iPad-no USB ports.

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  1. longball11 macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad has no USB ports, so is it possible for the iPad to connect at all directly with an iPod? It says in the tech spec page that it comes with a dock connector to USB cable. What is that?
    I would be convinced to buy an iPad if I can plug my iPod directly into the iPad.
     
  2. JoshJosh117, Jan 30, 2010
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  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    No you won't unless the sdk allows disk access then you could connect in disk mode. There is a USB port it's just a little dongle that plugs in and allows picture transfer from camera. How much freedom of use deva get with this is down to apple.
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I'll bite. Why would you want to plug your iPod directly into an iPad?
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    as an external hdd?
     
  6. longball11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, so I can sync any music that I bought on my iPad.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    They may let you transfer your music to a host computer running iTunes and then to your iPod. Have to wait and see.
     
  8. rgbyhkr macrumors member

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    For my use case, so that I'm not double-copying music/video content to multiple devices. If my iPod already has my synced library, I don't have to waste space on the iPad for that same exact content. Just like you can with an iPod connected to a computer in iTunes, it would be cool to just play content from a connected iPod. Of course, the LaLa acquisition may solve this issue down the road if/when Apple offers cloud streaming of your library.

    As an aside, I have used SimplifyMedia on my iPhone and it works pretty well, but it's not as elegant as using the built in iPod app. Given the enhanced playback features built into in the iPad, I'd likely prefer it's native functionality even more.

    Jeff
     
  9. rgbyhkr macrumors member

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that there's no chance that you would be prevented from transferring purchased music/apps/video from the iPad back up to your computer for use on it and other devices. I think it's safe to assume that the usage allowances/limitations currently available when purchasing on the iPhone will apply exactly to the iPad. iBooks may have some new wrinkles in store but the other content should work the exact same way.

    Jeff
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Your computer is the main place to store media. It syncs with iPods and iPads and iPhones. The devices do not hook up to each other.
     
  11. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    The iPad is a client device which is reliant on a host. If it were a host, then of course it could connect to another host (in some ways) and connect to clients as well. We are relying on a Jailbreak to clear this up, but I don't know how far we would get with it. You never know though...
     
  12. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    I think you're speaking about the regular sync cable. The USB connector is for connecting the iPad to cameras.
     
  13. MTI macrumors 65816

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    I wonder how iPad will interact with Airport/Time Capsule drives
     
  14. Peace macrumors Core

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    In the keynote Jobs said you can sync all of your current apps in your iTunes library to the Pad and from your Pad to your iTunes library.

    Music,Movies,TV Shows,Apps and Books.
     
  15. JoshJosh117, Jan 30, 2010
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  16. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    If I had an iPad, I'd use it 99.5% of the time at home connected to my own network.

    Given this, wouldn't it be nice if it could connect via Bonjour to my central iTunes repository? Would mean I could access my entire iTunes collection, rather than have the selection limited by the size of the iPad.

    Probably makes too much sense.
     
  17. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    This thread's information is muddy and inaccurate at best. Let me clarify.

    The iPad has one (1) singular dock connector and includes a USB cable. One end is the 30-pin dock connector which plugs in the iPad and the other end is USB 2.0 which plugs into your computer. You need iTunes on your computer to transfer music, video, photos, etc. The iPad is also an iPod. Any iPhone apps you currently can be synced and will run on the iPad with no modifications. All music, videos, photos are synced to the iPad using that USB cable using iTunes. To iTunes, it's just another iPod.

    You can buy the iPad camera connection kit. I don't know how it costs yet. It comes with 2 little adapters. One acts as an SD card reader, the other a USB port. Picture below.

    The one on the left is a female USB port. The one on the right is an SD card reader. Both adapters plug into the iPad's dock connector.
     

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  18. johnnyhow macrumors regular

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    No doubt you'll pay an arm and a leg for one of those adaptors!
     
  19. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Based on what experience? iMac video adapters are $20; some other adapter cable options are pricier. Besides, how long till Belkin and "Hong Kong, Inc." come out with their flavors?
     
  20. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Thats how it will work. Just like on the iPhone today(they do run a similar OS after all)
     
  21. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I already have one. It cost $29.
     

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