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Update 5.10.2010
PhoneDisk allows for even more straight forward copying from and to any iOS device via PC or MAC.

Here is a quick one: the iPad/iPhone easily can be a USB pen drive for all kinds of data. All you need is a PC or Mac with iTunes 9+ (apparently this works only with newer versions of iTunes) and your iOS device with VLC or CineXPlayer or similar software installed.

Just attach your iOS device to the computer via the USB cable. Click on “devices” (“Geräte” in German) on the left column. After that you have to click on “apps”. At the very bottom of the page you’ll have the option to add files to an application. Just click on VLC or a similar App and start copying files by drag&drop of whatever you want to carry around. This also works vice versa, you can also drag all files from that menu to your desktop. Enjoy!

in pictures:

select devices/Geräte

click on apps

drag&drop movies/files