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iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 12. Sync and Share Media Files Using iTunes and iCloud

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You’ll learn to:

  • Navigate iTunes 11

  • Shop the iTunes Store

  • Sync music, video, and other media to your iPad

  • Share files on your home network

  • Beam iPad content to your TV

ITUNES IS APPLE’S ALL-IN-ONE media jukebox and iPad management program. It’s a master of many trades: It’s a repository for all the audio, video, ebook, and podcast files in your media library, and it converts CD tracks into digital files. It also syncs any or all of your media to your iPad. It even lets you transfer music, apps, and books you bought on other iOS devices to your tablet. And for $25 a year, the optional iTunes Match service keeps a copy of your music library on iCloud, Apple’s online storage locker (Chapter 17).

This chapter focuses on using iTunes in tandem with your tablet: that is, downloading Store purchases to your computer, and then getting them over to your iPad.

Apple’s latest version of the program is iTunes 11, which made its debut at the end of November 2012. If you’ve used iTunes before, you’re sure to notice a lot of differences about how it works—and works with your iPad. Chapter 13 delves more into the inner workings of iTunes as a desktop music-management program, but if you’ve got your iPad ready to roll and you’re thinking of syncing, flip the page.

The iTunes 11 Window: An Introduction

ITUNES IS YOUR IPAD’S best friend. You can do ...

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