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How to copy music to your iPad

How to copy music to your iPad

All you need is iTunes, whether you have an iPad or an iPad 2

by Samuel Axon on March 18, 2011


Trying to copy music over to your iPad or iPad 2? It's actually really easy. All you need is a Mac or Windows PC with Apple's iTunes music software, your iPad, and the white USB connector cable that came with it. Just follow these steps to get all your favorite tracks over to your new tablet computer ? well, all the ones your iPad can hold, anyway! If you have any problems or questions, let us know in the comments. We hope this helps!

Step 1: Prepare iTunes
The iPad shares (or "syncs") data (like music and movies) with your computer through a program called iTunes, which is available for both Mac and Windows PCs. iTunes is a media player that also helps you manage your media library and buy new digital stuff whenever you want.

You don't even need to install iTunes if you have a Mac; it's included with the Mac OS. Just look for it in your dock or finder, or click on the search icon in the top right corner of the screen and type "iTunes" to locate it. You might have to update the program by clicking on "iTunes" in the menu bar when the application is open, then clicking Check for Updates from the options that appear below. If you have a Windows computer and you haven't already installed iTunes, go to Apple's website to download the latest version.

Once iTunes is installed, you need to add your music to your iTunes library. This is really easy; just drag the music files from wherever they are on your computer and drop them in iTunes' list of songs (whether it's already populated or empty).

iTunes

Step 2: Plug in your iPad
Your iPad came with a white USB cable. Plug the wide end end into the iPad and the narrow end into one of the USB ports on your computer. iTunes almost immediately detects your iPad. You might have to go through a quick setup process if you've never synced the iPad before, but it's quite simple. Just keep providing the requested information until you end up at the main syncing screen.

iTunes Sync

Step 3: Select the music you want to sync
You have 2 main options right off the bat: You can either manage your music manually by dragging and dropping it, or you can have iTunes take care of it for you.

To manually manage your files, check the "Manually manage music and videos" checkbox in the Summary tab of the iPad sync screen, then click the Sync button to save your changes. After you've saved that change, you can navigate to your computer's iTunes music library and drag songs from there to the iPad, which will be in the Devices section in the left panel. "Devices" is plural because if you also have an iPhone and an iPod, iTunes is clever enough to tell them apart.

If you want to keep things simple, skip the checkbox step and just click Music near at the top of the iTunes window, then check the box that says "Sync music." Press the Sync button after that, and your entire music library will be transferred to your iPad.

If you'd like to omit certain items from future syncs, you can uncheck the song titles in your iTunes library, then return to the Music tab and select "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" instead of "Entire music library." Click Sync again to match your iPad's library with the checked songs on your computer. That's it ? you're done!

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