Plist Array to NSArray no objects

So I’ve searched, and read and have done this successfully before, but am running into a problem with this one.

I have a plist that is an array of strings. I get no objects being read into the array. I successfully do this for a dictionary in another controller. So here is my code.

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  •     // Open plist and get brands
    NSString *plistPath = [[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"brands" ofType:@"plist"];
    NSFileManager *fileManager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];
    if ([fileManager fileExistsAtPath:plistPath]) {
        NSLog(@"The file exists");
    } else {
        NSLog(@"The file does not exist");
    _brands = [NSArray arrayWithContentsOfFile:plistPath];
    _catList = [[[NSMutableArray alloc] initWithCapacity:[_brands count]] autorelease];

    and here is my plist. Note that the _brands array is defined as NSArray *brands, property set as nonatomic, readonly and is synthesized as brands = _brands.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
    <plist version="1.0">
            <string>Brand A</string>
            <string>Brand B</string>
            <string>Brand C</string>
            <string>Brand D</string>

    I see that there is a tag, but in Xcode it shows as an array with strings. Not a dictionary>array>many strings

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Plist Array to NSArray no objects”

    PLists are dictionaries at their heart (notice the <dict> tag). Read the file into an NSDictionary, then ask the dictionary for the array using objectforKey: method and the Root key.

    NSDictionary *dict = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithContentsOfFile:plistPath];
    _brands = [dict objectForKey:@"Root"];
    NSString *plistPath = [self copyFileToDocumentDirectory:plistFileName];
    NSDictionary *plistContents=[[NSDictionary alloc] initWithContentsOfFile:plistPath];
    [plistPath release];
    return  plistContents;