Media Players – Infuse and AVPlayerHD
The way it’s always worked for moving video content between desktop and iPad was through iTunes: you’d plug the iPad into your desktop then drag and drop the video files into your desired media player app.
One advantage that Android’s held over iOS for some time in the area of media management (and one that my Android-loving uncle never fails to throw back at me whenever I urge him to get an iPad) is the Android’s drag and drop functionality: you simply plug your Android device into your Windows PC then drag videos into the newly discovered device, much like putting files into a USB drive, no iTunes necessary. Thanks to these two media player apps: Infuse and AVPlayerHD, I finally have a response.
Both apps are quite similar in that each one supports a wide range of formats (.wmv, .avi, .mp4, .mkv to name a few), 720p and 1080p playback, and subtitles. The most modernising feature for me however is the ability to transfer files via wifi. Each app allows you to open up a file transfer server. Computers on the same wifi network as the iPad running the app can access this server through the browser in order to upload and download video content. No need to fish out cables or to open up iTunes (which has gotten more and more laggy for some reason).
Now the most significant differences between the two are in pricing and UI. AVPlayerHD is $2.99 to buy the app and all the features outright. Infuse is initially free but requires a $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock “premium” features like 1080p playback and support for more video formats. In the layout department, AVPlayerHD uses a list format for displaying available content which is better for larger libraries. Infuse uses a tiled layout with each video represented by a snapshot. Another feature that Infuse has over AVPlayerHD is that the app gathers metadata of popular movies and TV episodes displaying information like Genre, Cast, Director, Writer, as well as a short synopsis of the episode. I always appreciate little touches like this. I think they go a long way towards increasing the overall enjoyment of the app (and make one feel better about parting with $4.99).
In the end, you can’t go wrong with either one. Both apps offer a full-featured solution to watching videos on the iPad. The remote transfer feature decreases the iPad’s dependence on iTunes and brings it that much closer to being complete device.
- Infuse 2.0: The Best Media Player For iPhone And iPad Gets Redesigned For iOS 7 (apple4ladies.com)
- iOS Media Player ‘Infuse’ Upgraded With New Design, Network Streaming and More [iOS Blog] (macrumors.com)
- Android users comprised 40% of iPad purchases this weekend, research suggests (androidcommunity.com)