Need someone with patience to answer some questions about playbook for me please
So, the dude in the shop said 'its so east to do ANYTHING on a playbook' he lied.
Can you put itunes on it? If yes then how?
Can I get Vlc on it? If so how? If not what do I use to watch films, is there an app I can get that plays most media files?
- 01-12-2013, 04:46 PM #3
No, you can't load either iTunes or VLC on your PB, but, these are not the only media players in existence. The PB's Videos player will play most video formats, and most of the formats that it doesn't support are supported by Kalemsoft media player, available in App World. The PB's Music app will play most audio formats, and the ones it doesn't support or the features that it doesn't have are supported by Neutron MP, also available in App World.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-2013, 04:49 PM #4
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Playbook has its own media player and will play almost any video file. The only issue with it is it does not play files with the ac3 audio codec. This is due to licencing issues. You would need to use a converter to convert and files with ac3 to one with mp3. There are other apps you can get I think for playing the ac3 files. Not sure what they are, but I am sure someone will pop in and let you know.
I don't think you can put itunes on it.
No one tablet does all things, so the store guy should not have told you that. Did you specifically ask him about these 2 things?
The video should not be a hassle, but for music if you are using itunes, it will have to go from your computer to your playbook after you have download from itunes.
I see pacoman has filled you in.
Oh the guy in the shop said it could do EVERYTHING. I took it back and spoke to the manager and he laughed at me and said his staff would never have said that and I should have looked into the product more before buying it - and he is right of course. However I am stuck with it now so need to figure out how to get it to do what I need it to do....which is.....play films and music and store files.
I just tried connecting it to my laptop with the usb cable to move a photo from my laptop to the pb and it said I could not do it as there is not enough space....its a 64GB and had nothing on it apart from what it came with - how is that possible?
Do you have any advice on what sites i can go to using the PB's browser to download films from? I would prefer to do it legally and dont mind paying for it, just need it to be easy to do ha ha!
THANK YOU so much for your help!!!
- 01-12-2013, 05:14 PM #8
There is an app called itunes sync in app world, but note the comment about drm in the description. if you have older music you'll have to pay apple to remove it from those songs before you can sync and play on the playbook.
You can do almost anything with the playbook but you have to find the playbook way of doing it in another way.
- 01-12-2013, 05:19 PM #10
You can watch movies for free by going to crackle.com in the browser, it's run by sony.
You can also download or rent movies from the video store on the playbook but that is not cheap.
When you connect to laptop, the playbook should show up as a drive, usually drive z: you probably also want to install blackberry desktop manager so that you can do backups of your playbook.
- CrackBerry User
01-12-2013, 05:19 PM #11
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- Swipe from the Top Right corner toward the center of the screen to show the system bar at the top
- Click on the Gear icon in the top right corner
- Scroll down to Storage & Sharing
- Toggle File Sharing to On
- If you want a password toggle Password Protect to On and type a new password
- CrackBerry User
01-12-2013, 05:21 PM #12
- 32 Posts
You don't need to Connect a usb cable to download a picture my preferred way is with (print to go)this is already on the playbook, you just have to download print to go on your computer takes seconds. Then you can print anything from your Computer to your tablet works great documents Photos anything, thanks tony
- 01-12-2013, 05:39 PM #13
Take a look at the sticky for hints and tips BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Q&A and FAQ Support
And download the Discover Now! 2.0 app from app world for lots of video demos on different features of the playbook.
- 01-12-2013, 05:58 PM #16
Swipe left and right, if you see two or three little dots below the top row of icons (the dock) it is showing you how many screens/tabs you have.
Also try scrolling up,you aren't limited to the three rows of icons below the dock.
01-12-2013, 06:14 PM #17
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You can also transfer files using WIFI.
On the PB, swipe down and hit the GEAR (options/settings). Scroll down to find Storage/Sharing. On the RIGHT You can scroll. Turn on All (and choose a password if you want).
Then you will need the ip address of the pb. Found in the General at the top of the Gear options and then in the dropdown select Network.
enter that ip address into either a browser or into the Search in your Window laptop as //192.168.1.111 (or whatever your value was above).
Someone might have better instructions, I never remember to grab the link that folks reference.
- CrackBerry Addict
01-12-2013, 06:14 PM #18
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Here's the thing. You gotta turn off wifi before you plug it in, or else, nothing will mount. It used to work with wifi on, not sure why it doesn't now with the update (at least for me)
Then, on your bottom right corner of your computer screen, there should be a popup saying that a playbook with xxxxxxxxxxx (serial) is plugged in, and initiating volume
Once it is finished, look under my computers, and you should be able to see it mounted as a network drive Z:
Just drag and drop. I haven't had a file of mine not play on playbook, either it be audio or video
For itunes, just use the m4a format, and it will work fine
For video, i suggest either mp4 (h264) or avi. They have the best quality and work great. I do believe HD mkv works also? Correct me anyone if I am wrong
- 01-12-2013, 07:31 PM #20
There are two ways to transfer files over wifi. One as noted in the posts above, is to use your PC to transfer files between your PC and your Playbook. The other way is to use your Playbook to transfer files between your PB and your PC. For your purposes, probably the easiest way to do this is by installing Ghost Commander (free in app world) and using its Windows Share function to access shared files on your PC.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-2013, 07:57 PM #21
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OP is not techy. Maybe cloud storage is easier, like SkyDrive or Box. Have you used either of these methods to upload and access your files? Once you hear the PB sound quality, you will know you made the right choice for audio and video.
- CrackBerry User
01-12-2013, 08:26 PM #22
- 15 Posts
If you visit blackberry.com/playbooksupport it may be useful to watch some of the videos that explain how to do setup and other basic tasks on the playbook. The other option is to search this Site as many have suggested.
The playbook is flexible where you can drag and drop videos, music, and pictures from any mac or pc. This includes videos/movies you've converted to the proper format. I use mp4 for mine and have not had an issue using default playbook player.
There is a vlc android app located at goodereader.com along with other android apps you can sideload onto playbook. Search sideloading to get easy to follow instructions for loading android apps.
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