How to transfer(not sync) music from Macbook to iPad?

kulimer

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I have the iPad 3, I want to transfer music from my MacBook to iPad. I will delete the MacBook copy when done. I don't want 2 copies of the same thing taking up space. Is there a way to do it?

I like to keep some things on my iPad, some on my laptop, don't want them to be universal, no need. Can Apple do it?
 

BFizzzle

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I have the iPad 3, I want to transfer music from my MacBook to iPad. I will delete the MacBook copy when done. I don't want 2 copies of the same thing taking up space. Is there a way to do it?

I like to keep some things on my iPad, some on my laptop, don't want them to be universal, no need. Can Apple do it?
You can click the manual manage music/video button in iTunes under your device music tab. Drag the music from your library onto the device on the left side.

Then delete it on your MacBook after it transfers
 

poloponies

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I've found the "manually manage" option to be the most practical because it allows you to drag and drop media (video, music and books) from any computer (meaning multiple computers rather than the one you're locked to when you sync).
 

Bluemeanie1976

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I've found the "manually manage" option to be the most practical because it allows you to drag and drop media (video, music and books) from any computer (meaning multiple computers rather than the one you're locked to when you sync).
Is that true? So if you click the manually manage option, you can plug in the device to any computer with iTunes, and add whatever you want from any computer to the device, and you get no messages telling you that the device will be erased if you sync, etc?


If so, that is handy to know!
 

BFizzzle

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Is that true? So if you click the manually manage option, you can plug in the device to any computer with iTunes, and add whatever you want from any computer to the device, and you get no messages telling you that the device will be erased if you sync, etc?


If so, that is handy to know!
it wont work on iphones, but i know an iTouch and ipod it does. I havent tried it on my ipad.
 

iThinkergoiMac

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I have the iPad 3, I want to transfer music from my MacBook to iPad. I will delete the MacBook copy when done. I don't want 2 copies of the same thing taking up space. Is there a way to do it?

I like to keep some things on my iPad, some on my laptop, don't want them to be universal, no need. Can Apple do it?
What happens if something goes wrong with one device or the other and you lose all your data on said device? Don't forget that, through iTunes, you can't transfer your music BACK to your MacBook. You need an external piece of software to do this. If you're that desperate for space, buy a bigger hard drive for your Mac! This idea of only ever having a copy of your music in one place is foolish and will lead to problems.
 
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JBazz

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Don't you get x amount of free hosting in iCloud? If so, you could upload to your cloud then download to your device.
 

WesCole

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You could also sign up for iTunes Match. It will allow you to keep all your music stored on your computer and then stream it to all your devices.