How to transfer CDs to the iPad

By Roger Smith

Apple's iPad is an all-in-one solution for consuming media. As in Apple's line of iPods, music plays a central part in the iPad experience. With multi-gigabyte hard drives and iTunes software installed on the iPad, your iPad can store a significant part of your music collection.

Step 1

Install iTunes software on your computer. It is available as a download from Apple's website and will take less than 10 minutes to download on most high-speed Internet connections.

Step 2

Insert your album into the CD drive. iTunes will automatically detect the disc after it is inserted.

Step 3

Wait for iTunes to give track information. If you're connected to the Internet, iTunes queries a database that automatically pulls in the album's name, track listing and cover art, saving you the need to enter it manually.

Step 4

Uncheck any songs you don't want copied.

Step 5

Click "Import CD." This process will make a digital copy of your album and automatically transfer it to your computer's hard drive. Click "OK" to accept the import settings.

Step 6

Go to your music library. When the transfer is complete, iTunes will add the album tracks to your music library.

Step 7

Connect your iPad. It will show up in the devices panel on the left-hand side of the software. Tick the box labelled "Manually manage music and videos."

Step 8

Highlight the album or songs you wish to transfer to the iPad in the music library, then drag them over to the iPad. Alternatively you can automatically sync specific playlists, albums, genres and artists.

Tips & Warnings

  • It takes between five and 10 minutes to transfer an album into iTunes. Transferring an album from iTunes to your iPad, though, should take less than a minute.
  • Sometimes iTunes is unable to detect your album's track information. In that case, you'll have to label it manually.