Playing Music on Your iPad - dummies

By Nancy C. Muir

Among other things, your iPad can be you own personal jukebox. It’s easy to play the music you want to hear. Get started by locating the song you want to play.

  1. Tap the item, such as an album that contains the song you want to hear.

    If you’re displaying the Songs tab, you don’t have to tap an album to open a song; you need only tap a song to play it. If you’re using any other category, you have to tap items such as albums or multiple songs from one artist to find the song you want to hear.

  2. Tap the item you want to play in the list that appears and then tap the Play button.


    If the item is stored on iCloud, you may have to tap the iCloud symbol next to it to download it. The item begins to play. Tap the bar with the playback controls at the bottom of the screen to display the album cover full-screen.


  3. Use the Previous and Next buttons to navigate the audio file that’s playing.

    The Previous button takes you back to the beginning of the item that’s playing or the previous track if you’re at the beginning; the Next button takes you to the next item.

  4. Tap the Pause button to pause playback. Note that you can also use music controls for music that’s playing from the lock screen.

  5. Tap and drag the line just below the album cover that indicates the current playback location on the Progress bar to the left or right to “scrub” to another location in the song.

If you don’t like what’s playing, here’s how to find another selection in the album: From the screen that shows all the songs in the album, tap the Back to Library arrow in the top-left corner to return to Library view, or tap the Up Next button near the bottom-right corner to show other songs in this album (it looks like a bulleted list). Tap another song to play it.

You can use Siri to play music hands-free. Just press and hold the Home button, and when Siri appears, say something like “Play ‘Take the A Train’” or “Play the White Album.”

The Home Sharing feature of iTunes allows you to share music among devices that have Home Sharing turned on. To use the feature, each device has to have the same Apple ID on your network. After you set up the feature via iTunes, you can retrieve music and videos from your iTunes shared library to any of the devices.

Using Family Sharing, up to six members of your family can share purchased content even if they don’t share the same iTunes account. You can set up Family Sharing under Settings → iCloud → Family.