How to manage iTunes library with an iPad and w/o desktop/laptop computer?
January 17, 2011 11:04 AM Subscribe
I'm retiring my home PC, in favor of an new iPad. How can I manage my existing iTunes library?
posted by stuehler to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For years, I've managed my fairly extensive iTunes library of music on a desktop PC. From that PC, I synced my iPod and iPhone; in other words, the PC was the "hub", and my iPod and iPhone were peripheral devices.
However, I recently got an iPad, and I'm close to retiring my PC.
(Given how I use computers these days - I don't really have a need for a PC. I can get away with just the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. I have a desktop PC at work I can use for anything else...)
However, I can't figure out what to do with my iTunes library. Where would I store it? How could I manage it across devices? How can I sync between an iPad and iPhone/iPod?
This seems like a huge gap in Apple's strategy. It seems like Apple is saying - "for many people who really just surf the web and consume media - the iPad is all the computer you need."
However, if you have a pre-existing and sizeable iTunes library, and you intend to sync it across devices (e.g., iPod, iPhone) - how do you do this with just an iPad?
1. How do you get that library ON TO the iPad in the first place?
2. How do you get a subset of that library onto another device (e.g., and iPhone)?
Many thanks in advance for any advice and insight!