Chapter 9How Can I Get More Out of Listening to Audio?

The Music app is built with audio in mind. It lets you crank music, music videos, audiobooks, and podcasts. If you have a fast Wi-Fi (or even a cellular) connection, you can use your iPad or iPad mini to purchase music from the iTunes Store. Playing a track is a snap on your tablet: tap Music, tap a browse button, and then tap the song. However, your iPad or iPad mini is more than a simple tap-and-play device. This chapter shows you how to take advantage of some of the more useful audio features.

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Preparing iTunes Audio for Your Tablet

Although you can purchase and download songs directly from the iTunes Store on your iPad or iPad mini, I’m going to assume that the vast majority of your music library is cooped up on your Mac or PC, and that you’re going to want to transfer that music to your tablet. Actually, perhaps I should say that you’re going to want to transfer some of that music to the tablet. Most of us now have multigigabyte music collections, so depending on the storage capacity of your iPad or iPad mini (and the amount of other content you’ve stuffed into it, particularly videos and movies), it’s likely that you want to copy only a subset of your music library.

If that’s the case, then iTunes gives you four choices when it comes to selecting which tunes to transfer: artists, genres, albums, and playlists. The first ...

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