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wdh777

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I was really hoping for 128gb. Given I have more than 64gb of songs and video how do you think you will sync this? Will it be just like a touch or phone so you manually will sync and select the songs and video and pictures? What about syncing iWork docs? Also, will there be an adaptor to hook this up to iPod spreaker docks such as a Bose or Geneva sound speaker dock? Thx
 

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Looking at it (it's essentially a big iPod Touch) I'd say you sync it like an iPod or iPhone and use playlists etc to fill it.

Which makes it completely dependant on a larger, primary computer.

There's clearly a dock connector port, but it'll be too big to fit into anything that's currently on the market.
 

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The iPad itself has a headphone out port while the two dock accessories (the one that is just a dock and the other that has a keyboard) both have audio output. So the iPad's audio output (whether it is the headphone port or dock accessories) will work with any speaker system that has a 3.5mm input. Current iPhone and iPod specific speaker systems (where the devices are docked) are not big enough to house the iPad. You would have to contact the manufacturer of those speakers to see if they plan on releasing an adapter that could allow for the docking of the iPad.

Syncing of music, photo (maybe), and video content will likely occur through iTunes just like the iPod touch or iPhone. Apple hasn't outlined the entire process of getting content to the iPad. These questions will be answered in the coming days. Remember that the iPad is still 60 days away from a release date. That is a lot of time to fill in the who's, what's, when's, and why's.
 

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the Features list on the Apple web site says the iPad has iTunes on it and you can sync it with the iTunes library on your main computer.

If so, does this mean that you can play music from the iPad via iTunes? (Why have iPod software on it in addition to iTunes?)

If you can play music via iTunes on the iPad, will you be able to send a wireless stream from the iPad to a speaker system equiped with an Airport Express?
 

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The iPad has two different applications: the iTunes Store and the iPod section. The iPod section looks a lot like iTunes. Basically the iPad has a bunch of different applications to access the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, audio playback, and video playback. It does NOT run iTunes.
 

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thanks for the clarification.
Do you think the iPad will stream wireless music to an airport express device?
 

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I doubt it. You would be able to control your iTunes library on your computer that is streaming to an AirPort Express but I doubt the iPad will stream directly.
 

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Yes, since the iPad runs the iPhone/touch OS you should be able to run Apple's Remote (iTunes link) which can control iTunes on a computer or Apple TVs through a WiFi network. It works quite well and gives you the ability to browse the library similar to an iPod.
 

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Thanks. So you think the iPad can remotely control my iMac iTunes library?
Well, unless you think that your iMac is not a computer, then no. However, I answered that question in my previous statement. As Sparkee pointed out, you could use Apple's Remote app. It was made for the iPhone and iPod touch so that you can control your iTunes library on any wi-fi equipped computer. However, the iPad can run ANY iPhone and iPod touch app so you won't run into issues. Apple might integrate something like that into the music player on the iPad or even able Home Sharing. I doubt it but you never know. We are still 60 days away from the release of the iPad. Many people have a series of questions but they will have to wait until we get closer to the iPad's release before we get answers.
 

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I was big on having all of my library on me at once, and for a while, the 60GB iPod did that for me. Then the 160GB iPod did it for me, but now.... with over 1TB of data and counting.... that's not feasible. What I found was that smart playlists and a few manual ones took care of anything I needed on the go.

64GB is enough for me, I'll just sync my iPhone playlists to it (32GB iPhone 3GS) and set up a few custom ones for the iPad. Then I'll just leave about 5GB or so free for whatever I may download on the go.

Of course, more space is always welcome though.
 

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Yeah, I stopped worrying about carrying everything with me. I have my 120GB iPod classic that houses a good chunk of my music but now I can transfer all of my movies, music videos, and TV shows to the iPad. Actually, with 64GB of storage, that would translate to about 1/3 of the video content I have.

So either way (even if I had a 250GB iPad), neither my iPod nor an iPad would be enough to carry all of my content. Hence why I stopped worrying about carrying everything with me and just started using smart playlists. I go through and rate my music. Every song with a 5 star rating is automatically placed in a "best of" playlist and that is synced to my iPod classic. I then sync music that has never been played so that I can listen to it and rate the content. That playlist is constantly changing, it all depends on when I get content.

Smart playlists have really changed the way I listen to music so that I no longer need a 1TB player to carry around what I want to listen to. Sure, it would be nice to have my entire lossy audio library and video library at my fingertips but that will just never happen. Even by the time 2TB SSD drives come down in cost, my library will have exponentially grown by then.
 

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Yeah, I stopped worrying about carrying everything with me. I have my 120GB iPod classic that houses a good chunk of my music but now I can transfer all of my movies, music videos, and TV shows to the iPad. Actually, with 64GB of storage, that would translate to about 1/3 of the video content I have.

So either way (even if I had a 250GB iPad), neither my iPod nor an iPad would be enough to carry all of my content. Hence why I stopped worrying about carrying everything with me and just started using smart playlists. I go through and rate my music. Every song with a 5 star rating is automatically placed in a "best of" playlist and that is synced to my iPod classic. I then sync music that has never been played so that I can listen to it and rate the content. That playlist is constantly changing, it all depends on when I get content.

Smart playlists have really changed the way I listen to music so that I no longer need a 1TB player to carry around what I want to listen to. Sure, it would be nice to have my entire lossy audio library and video library at my fingertips but that will just never happen. Even by the time 2TB SSD drives come down in cost, my library will have exponentially grown by then.
Has anyone tried the Buffalo LinkStation to access your full library via an iPod Touch or iPhone? I am thinking with the iPad with 3G access, you could potentially have access to all your music, videos and other files on the go with the LinkStation iPhone Web Access feature. Here's a link to more info about it: http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/linkstation/linkstation-live-ls-chl/
 
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