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Getting Stuff onto Your iPad

Getting music, video, movies, podcasts and (probably most important) games onto your iPad can be done properly following a few easy steps. You also have the choice to set up iTunes on your computer to sync content in your library, or you can manually manage the media you put on iPad.

Syncing Content from iTunes

You can get movies, music, video, and more onto iPad by syncing content from iTunes. You can sync all of your media, or you can select specific songs, videos and podcasts. Set iTunes to sync iPad content:

1- Connect iPad to your computer.

2- In iTunes, select iPad in the sidebar.

3- On the Music, Movies, TV Shows, and Podcasts tabs, select the content you want to transfer to iPad. For example, you could set iTunes to sync selected music playlists and the three most recent episodes of your favorite video podcast.

4- Click Apply. Only songs and videos encoded in formats that iPad supports are transferred to iPad.

If some of the videos or songs you transferred to your iPad don’t play, the video or song may have been encoded in a format that iPad doesn’t support. The following video and audio file formats are supported by iPad:

iPad supported video formats

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

iPad supported audio formats

  • AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
  • protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
  • MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR
  • Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
  • Apple Lossless
  • AIFF
  • WAV

If your target file isn’t one of the supported file formats, do a google search for “convert [your file format] to [.avi or any of the other formats listed]” and look for best iPad video converter or DVD to iPad converter that will convert the file for you.

Lastly, if there are more songs in your iTunes library than you can fit on your iPad, iTunes offers a way to create a special playlist to sync with iPad. iTunes fills the playlist with selections from your library, after which you can add or delete songs from the playlist and sync again.

Getting Apps and Games from the App Store

All the fuss mentioned above isn’t necessary when trying to get an app onto your iPad, as you can search for, browse, review, purchase, and download applications from the App Store directly to iPad. You can also install applications you’ve purchased or downloaded through iTunes on your computer when you sync with iPad. Applications you download and install from the App Store on iPad are backed up to your iTunes library the next time you sync the touch with your computer.

Note: To access and use the App Store, your iPad must get Wi-Fi network that is connected to the Internet. You’ll also need an iTunes Store account to download applications. To get an iTunes Store account, open iTunes on your computer, and choose Store > Account to set one up.