...My understanding is that it’s separate so that if something in the metadata’s updated, you just need the new metadata file. I don’t quite understand the logic behind it, but that’s nothing new
Some products have fairly large installers, over 100 MB in size. If the only thing being updated is the metadata, it’s faster to download the seperate metadata installer than to re-download the main installer.
That part makes sense . The thing that doesn’t is that they have both the product (containing the metadata) AND the separate metadata, even though it’s the original release and both are the same. And I suspect if they do update the metadata and you reset your product, you’ll get both again. I find that repetitive and confusing. If they want to have the metadata separate,for ease of reload, why not just have it separate, and NOT in with the product as well?
So now, I don’t even look at the separate metadata, which could be a problem if they HAD updated it before I bought it, and I have the wrong metadata in the main download..
And none of this is documented anywhere officially, so most people have no clue about it..