This is a great thread so far. Sorry i am learning at your expense. My iPad is my first Apple product of any kind. But since my kids have always had iPods I have some experience with iTunes. I found out then that I didn't want to be locked in that box and bought a Creative player which was more attuned to a PC world. You have to understand synching Apple style or you find yourself with all kinds of unintended consequences. For that reason i haven't even begun to transfer any music to my iPad. I have been taking it slow with the iPad because I knew it would be frustrating but I am already doing some productive things at work with it. I am glad I took the leap.