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How to transfer music from PC to iPad

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How to transfer music from PC to iPad: Would you like to make your next weekend out of town a little less boring by bringing your favorite music with you, more precisely on your iPad ? Would you like to listen to the music in your iTunes or Spotify library from your iPad? No problem: you can do everything very easily.

If you want to know more, read the guide on how to transfer music from PC to iPad that I am about to offer you and, in no time, you will learn how to copy all your favorite songs on the Apple tablet and how to listen to your favorite songs. streaming from platforms with iCloud, Spotify and Amazon Music.

You just have to carve out a few minutes of free time, identify the solution that you think is most suitable for you and follow the relative indications that you find below. Even if you are not a technology expert and / or you are a beginner with the Apple tablet, I assure you that you will be able to do everything in an extremely easy way. I wish you a good reading and, above all, a lot of fun with your favorite music.


How to transfer music from PC to iPad with iTunes

Let’s start by seeing how to transfer music from PC to iPad in a standard way, that is, using iTunes , or the macOS Finder , which in the latest versions of the Apple operating system for computers has taken the place of iTunes.


If you use a Windows PC , you can transfer music to iPad through iTunes , the historic multimedia software from Apple. If you haven’t already installed it on your computer, you can easily get it through the Windows 10 Microsoft Store .

Open, therefore, this link , click on the button to open the Microsoft Store and, in the new window that is shown to you, click on the Get button , in order to start the automatic download and installation of iTunes. You may be asked to log in with your Microsoft account.

If you are using an older version of Windows, you must download iTunes from the Apple website by clicking on the appropriate button. At the end of the download, open the .exe file obtained, click on the Next and Install buttons and follow the rest of the wizard, in order to complete the setup. More information on the whole procedure can be found in my tutorial on how to download iTunes.

How to transfer music from PC to iPad

When installation is complete, connect the iPad to the computer using the appropriate cable and, if this is the first time you perform this operation, remember to authorize the communication between the two devices by clicking on the Continue button on the computer and on the Authorize button on the screen iPad. Finally, enter the unlock PIN on the tablet.

At this point, click on the iPad icon in the iTunes menu (top left) and choose whether to copy only some music files of your interest to the tablet or whether to synchronize the iTunes library (even partially) with the device: in the latter case, the iTunes music library and that of the iPad Music app will be connected and all the changes made on the one hand, subsequently connecting the two devices, will be carried over to the other.

That said, if you want to manually copy the music to iPad, select the Summary item from the iTunes sidebar and, in the Options area located at the bottom, check the box Manually manage music and videos , and then click the Apply button (in to save the changes). Then, go to the On device> Music section in the left sidebar and drag the songs you want to copy to the iPad in the appropriate box that appears on the screen.

Alternatively, if you wish, you can access your iTunes music library, setting the Music item in the drop-down menu at the top, selecting the songs of your interest and dragging them to the name of your iPad in the sidebar, corresponding to the item Devices .


If, on the other hand, you want to take advantage of the synchronization of the music library between iPad and iTunes, proceed as follows: select the  Music item from the Summary section of the iTunes sidebar, put the check mark next to the Sync music item and click the Apply button , if you want to sync all iTunes music library with your iPad.

Alternatively, if you want to sync only part of your library, check the Playlists, artists, albums and selected genres option and use the Playlists , ArtistsGenres and  Albums checkboxes to select the items to sync with the iPad. Once this is done, press the Apply button to start the data transfer to the tablet.

If you want, you can also activate the synchronization of the music library in Wi-Fi, provided that the computer and the iPad are connected to the same wireless network: to do this, go back to the Summary section of iTunes (after pressing the icon on the top left of the iPad ), check the Synchronize with iPad via Wi-Fi box and click the Apply button .

Note: if on your iPad you have activated the Apple Music service with the iCloud Music Library, you cannot copy music or synchronize it via iTunes as seen in the previous lines. Instead, you must add the songs of your interest to the iTunes library on a PC connected to the same Apple ID configured on the tablet, in order to take advantage of the synchronization of songs on the cloud. If you don’t know, to add songs to the iTunes library, just drag them into the iTunes window (while the music library is displayed in the program). More info here.


Finder macOS

Do you have a Mac ? In this case, if you are using a version of macOS equal to or earlier than 10.14 (Mojave) , you can follow the same steps we have just seen together for Windows , since iTunes is available, however, “standard”, even on these operating systems.

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, since iTunes has been split into multiple applications ( Music , TV and Podcast ), you must act through the Finder . Therefore, connect the iPad to the Mac using the appropriate cable, open the Finder (the smiling face icon on the Dock bar) and select the name of the tablet from the left sidebar.

At this point, you can proceed in an almost similar way to what was seen previously for iTunes, since the screens that will be proposed to you will be almost identical to those of the historical Apple software: the only substantial difference is that the various menus to navigate, instead of on the side, they are located at the top. Furthermore, clearly, the music library you need to refer to is that of the macOS Music application and not that of iTunes (which, as mentioned, is no longer available on Catalina and later).

How to Transfer Music from PC to iPad without iTunes

Does the procedure for transferring music from PC to iPad with iTunes seem a little too cumbersome to you? Don’t worry: there are workarounds you can use to transfer music from PC to iPad without iTunes . Here are the most interesting.

Music streaming services


The best solution that, in my humble opinion, you can rely on to copy music to iPad without going through iTunes, is represented by music streaming services . These services allow you to have a single music library, synchronized on all your devices (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) via the Internet, simply by logging in with your account.

Below, therefore, you will find a list of the main services of this type that you can use. To add songs, albums or playlists to their libraries, you simply have to do a search within their databases and press the + / Add button related to the content of your interest.

  • Apple Music – is Apple’s streaming music service. It is integrated into the Music app of iPadOS / iOS and macOS and into iTunes (on Windows and older versions of macOS). It has prices starting from 9.99 euros / month after 3 months of initial trial (without obligation of renewal). Its main strengths are the integration with Apple devices, the playlists edited by the Apple staff and the good quality of the streaming. I told you about it in great detail in my dedicated tutorial.
  • Spotify – is the most popular streaming music service in the world. It includes an ad-supported free plan and a paid one from 9.99 euros / month with 1 or 3 months of initial trial (without obligation of renewal), offline download function, streaming in high quality (320kbps) and other benefits. Its main strengths are the community and the system of automatic suggestions of the contents that the user might like. I told you about it in more detail in this guide.
  • Amazon Music – as you can easily guess from the name, this is Amazon’s streaming service. It also provides prices starting from 9.99 euros / month with one or more months of free trial, but Amazon Prime subscribers can take advantage of a “light” version of the service, Amazon Prime Music, which allows access to 2 millions of songs (instead of 50 million) and a monthly listening limit of 40 hours. Among its main strengths, in addition to the aforementioned “light” plan, we certainly find the integration with Echo devices. More info here.
  • YouTube Music – Google also offers a great streaming music service. Its cost is 9.99 euros / month after the initial free trial period. The integration with Google Home should also be emphasized. More info here.

Cloud storage services


If you do not intend to subscribe to a subscription for streaming music services, you can consider copying your music tracks on a cloud storage platform and thus synchronizing them on all your devices (iPad, computer, smartphone and so on. ), with the ability to listen to them with any player suitable for the purpose.

Services of this kind are basically free, but provide a limit on the amount of data that can be stored online and synchronized on other devices (eg 2GB). To remove these limits, you can subscribe to paid plans. With that clarified, here is a list of cloud storage services that I recommend you try.

  • iCloud – if you use an iPad and have it connected to an Apple ID, you already have an account on iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage platform, which offers 5GB of space for online data storage. You can access it through the Files app for iPadOS / iOS, through the macOS Finder, and through the iCloud client for Windows. To know in more detail how iCloud works, read my tutorial dedicated to the subject.
  • Dropbox – is one of the most popular cloud storage services ever. Through a special client, it is available on Windows, macOS, Linux computers, on Android devices and on iPadOS / iOS. The free plan offers 2GB of online space, with the ability to sync data across three devices. In my tutorial on how Dropbox works you can read more about it.
  • Google Drive – this is Google’s excellent cloud storage platform, integrated with an equally good suite for online productivity accessible via the Web and via the app. It is compatible with all major desktop and mobile platforms (via a specific client) and provides a free storage space of 15GB. To find out more, check out my tutorial.
  • OneDrive – is the cloud storage service from Microsoft, integrated “as standard” in the most recent versions of Windows, but compatible with all major operating systems for computers, smartphones and tablets (via special clients). It provides 5GB of free storage space. More details are available in this tutorial of mine.


Screenshot di AirDrop su Mac

If you use a Mac , you can copy your music tracks from your computer to the iPad using AirDrop : the wireless data transfer system designed by Apple and included “as standard” in all its most recent devices (to be precise, all iOS devices with iOS 7 and later, all iPadOS devices and Macs manufactured from late 2008 onwards with macOS 10.10 Yosemite or later installed).

To use AirDrop, your Mac and iPad just need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on and are within easy reach of each other. In addition, you need to check that AirDrop is active: on Mac, you can perform this check by selecting the item relating to AirDrop from the Finder side menu and choosing the Contacts Only option from the window that opens; on iPad, on the other hand, you can activate AirDrop by searching for the appropriate item in the Settings .

Once this is done, go to the Mac, right-click on the song you want to transfer to the iPad, select the Share> AirDrop options from the context menu and choose your iPad from the list of available devices. Then, if necessary, answer in the affirmative to the request that appears on the tablet.

If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how AirDrop works, read the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.

Other useful solutions


If none of the solutions I have listed above seem interesting enough to you, know that you can resort to some alternative tools that allow you to copy music (or even other types of data) from your computer to iPad without going through iTunes.

For example, the iMazing program , available for both Windows and macOS, allows you to copy music and other data to iPhone and iPad without resorting to iTunes (which in any case must be installed on the PC, in the case of Windows and versions of macOS prior to Catalina). iMazing is paid (its prices start at 39.99 euros), but it includes a free trial that allows you to transfer up to 50 songs. I told you about it in great detail in my tutorial on how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone.

Alternatively, I suggest you try the Send Anywhere service , which allows you to transfer any type of file from one device to another wirelessly, via the Internet, even without installing the appropriate client (by accessing it via browser). For more details, read my tutorial on how to transfer files to iPad, in which I also showed you many other solutions that could be useful for copying music and other data to the Apple tablet.