Synchronize iPad Music and Videos with Computer

If you chose to let iTunes manage synchronizing your iPad data automatically, you can still manage certain options when downloading music and videos from your Mac or PC to your iPad. Make sure that your iPad is selected in the sidebar.

  1. Click the Music button, and then select the Sync Music check box in the Music pane.

    Your playlists, artists, genres, and albums are listed.

  2. Select the Entire Music Library radio button or the Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Genres radio button.

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    If you choose the latter, select the check boxes next to particular playlists, artists, albums, and genres you want to transfer. You can also choose to include music videos, voice memos, or both, by selecting the appropriate check boxes at the top of the pane.

    If you select the Automatically Fill Free Space with Songs check box, iTunes fills any free space on your iPad with music.

    If you choose this option, you may find yourself with too little free space on your iPad to take new photos or movies, download new apps, or save documents you create on your iPad.

  3. Click the Sync or Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window.

    Your music, music videos, and voice memos are synced.

Music, podcasts, and videos are notorious for chewing up massive amounts of storage space on your iPad. If you try to sync too much media, you see error messages that warn you that you don’t have enough room on your iPad for everything you tried to sync. Forewarned is forearmed. To avoid these errors, select playlists, artists, and/or genres that total less than the free space on your iPad.

How much free space does your iPad have? Look near the bottom of the iTunes window while your iPad is selected. You see a chart that shows the contents of your iPad, color-coded for your convenience.

If you have more music in your iTunes Library than your iPad will hold, you’re going to love iTunes Match, Apple’s service for storing your music in iCloud.

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