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How can I add music to an ipad from a computer?

Updated February 21, 2017

The iPad is a tablet computer by Apple that uses touchscreen technology and works like the iPod when connected to iTunes. Once connected to a laptop or desktop computer, the iPad will automatically sync with the iTunes library on your computer, or you can change the configuration settings for manual media synchronisation. After the synchronisation is complete, your music is stored in the iPod application on the iPad. In addition to adding music from your computer, you can also purchase music directly from the iTunes Store through the iTunes application on the iPad.

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Automatically sync music

  1. Run iTunes on your computer.

  2. Connect your iPad to your computer using the supplied USB cable.

  3. Click the "iPad" tab under the "Devices" section in the iTunes sidebar and then click the "Music" tab.

  4. Check the box next to "Sync Music" and click the circle next to "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists and genres." Click the boxes next to specific artists, playlists and genres if you want to sync specific music to your iPad.

  5. Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the iTunes window. Unplug the iPad from the computer once synchronisation is complete.

  6. Open the iTunes program on your computer and connect your iPad.

  7. Click the "iPad" tab in the iTunes sidebar and click the "Summary" tab in the main iTunes window.

  8. Check the box next to "Manually manage music and videos" and click the "Apply" button.

  9. Click the "Music" tab in the iTunes sidebar under the Library section and drag-and-drop music to the "iPad" tab.

  10. Click the "Eject" icon next to the iPad tab after the music transfer completes.

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Mario Calhoun
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