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iPad File Explorer is a Windows application which provides
important functionality to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch that’s
missing from iTunes:
the ability to browse the folder structure of the device and easily
copy files back and forth. You can even create new folders on your
device and use them for mass storage, if you wish.
A couple of caveats here, though. Apple’s directories on your
device are labyrinthine, and the device also renames everything it
stores on the device, relying on internal tags to remember what
things are supposed to be called. Luckily, iPad File Explorer comes
with preview functionality, letting you test drive most filetypes
(such as .MP3) and track down the music file you’re missing.
Due to Apple’s propensity to rename every file and bury them
within folders, iPad File Explorer isn’t suitable for backing up
your iPad or restoring it. This app’s use is getting specific files
off your Apple device without dealing with iTunes’s esoteric
syncing rules, and for creating folders on the device for use as
Keep in mind that when using the device as storage, you still
won’t be able to find the files using Windows. Traditionally, Apple
gives you access only to images on your device from Windows
Explorer. And if you want to use this program on more than one
computer, you’ll have to buy another copy of iPad File Explorer and
install it at that destination to transfer the stored files from
the device to the secondary PC. Still, this makes the gigabytes of
storage on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone much more useful, and is
therefore well worth the $15.
Note: The demo version has a frequent nag
screen. The full version costs $15, and it includes a full unlock,
free updates, free tech support 7 days a week, and the removal of
the frequent nag screen.