Best way to add iTunes movie space to iPad? SD?

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  1. Turnpike macrumors 6502

    Turnpike

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    What is the best way to add iTunes purchases (movies and TV shows) to an iPad. Here are the rules:

    1) Has to be able to plug in and give the space.
    2) Can't be a wireless anything.
    3) Price doesn't matter

    That's it. I'm trying to add more TV and movies to an iPad someone is taking on a trip, they only understand electronics enough to plug in the expansion card/case/whatever. A wireless reader will never work.

    I looked at Mophie's Spacepack case, but they only make it for the iPad mini. (and at $400 for a 128GB version, it's about the same price as a second iPad.) I have an iPad Air 2, with 128GB of space. I'm hoping to find a way to add another 128GB of purchases (I buy a lot). Does an SD card work when using the Apple SD-to-iPad port plug thing work for movies, or just for photos?

    If there's an expensive but good option out there, could someone point me to it? I'm really hoping it's something that plugs in the bottom like an SD card reader, flash drive, or similar, but it's got to be able to hold iTunes legal purchases of movies and TV shows. No jailbreaking anything.

    Thanks!
     
  2. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    With iTunes videos, since iOS 8 don't you have a DRM problem with any external storage?
     
  3. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    See, I don't know exactly what that is, but kind of... that's what I'm worried about. I want everything I download to be from my "purchased" list and to go right into storage- I don't want to strip or reformat files, etc... Is there any way to increase the 128GB of an iPad to twice that without messing with the file, or doing some wireless thing off of an external hard drive?
     
  4. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    DRM is Digital Rights Management which provides access control to restrict usage. With iOS 8 and beyond, Apple restricted how and where iTunes-purchased content could be played. It left a lot of people unhappy because what used to work for them no longer did. I don't think there is a solution for what you are looking for.
     
  5. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is what I was afraid of.... I thought if anyone would know of an option, it would be the folks on here... Guess I'll have to use a Macbook until the iPad Pro comes out with a 256GB version.... *sigh*
     
  6. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The Mophie Space Packs... .do they expand the Apple memory the same way as a larger iPad would? Like would a 16gb iPad plus a 16GB Mophie Space Pack provie the same quality/behaving memory as a 32GB iPad? Or are there certain things (like iTunes Movies and TV shows) that you can't put on that external memory? Does anyone know?
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If all your media content is purchased through the iTunes Store, and money is no object, then the simplest way to access that content from an iPad is to get an LTE iPad, sign up for the biggest data plan you can find, and download / stream the content as you go.
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    I doubt iTunes movies and tv shows will play from an external memory drive like Morphie. That's what the DRM is for -- to prevent people from sharing their movies by copying them to external drives and passing around the drive.
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Probably works like the Leef Bridge or Leef iAccess (http://www.leefco.com/) - you can access content on the storage, like pictures, etc. But not DRM-protected content. I tried the iAccess on my Air 2 but ended up returning it for a refund because it kept having issues (actually, I went through three of them provided by Leef plus updates to firmware and their app but I still had a lot of problems).
     
  9. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    Why don't you want to wireless storage device? They seem to be the future.
     
  10. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    Unless I'm missing something, all purchased music, TV shows, Movies from iTunes are stored in iTunes in the cloud and takes 0% storage space and can be watched on a Wi-Fi network. Plus purchased items from iTunes are DCMA protected and can not be exported on an external HDD or SC card.
     
  11. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks everyone- so this is a specifically protected 'can't-do" set up by Apple, I didn't realize it was that strict. The idea is to have everything I wanted on an iPad for convenient viewing on a trip- airplane, remote areas, overseas... I wish there were special order 256GB iPads available. Until such a thing exists, it seems I'm stuck with either a large capacity Macbook or two iPads. But at least with the input from everybody, I know I'm not overlooking something. Thanks! :D
     

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