New iOS device users may get stuck in syncing iPhone, iPad, and iPod to computer, though it’s easy to figure out for experienced Apple fans. Here are all frequently asked questions an iOS novice would ask in terms of iTunes media syncing. Hope these FAQs giving you a better understanding of enjoying music, photos and movies on iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV. Good luck!
1. Can I load pictures, music and videos to iPad/iPhone without iTunes?
No. Before setting up syncing you should download and install the latest version of iTunes. Wi-Fi syncing requires iTunes 10.5 or later and iOS 5 or later.
2. How do I sync music, video and movies to iPad/iPhone/iPod?
Sync music, video and apps from computer drive to iPad/iPhone via USB connection. This requires iPad/iPhone Dock Connector to USB Cable (that comes in your iPad/iPhone box) and iTunes.
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3. Can I wirelessly transfer local music and videos to iPad/iPhone?
Yes. This requires Wi-Fi connection and iTunes installed on your computer. You need to connect iPad to computer with USB dock and setup wirelessly transfers: Click "Summary" in the menu bar, scroll down to the "Options" section and check the "Sync with this (iOS device) over Wi-Fi" box. Click "Apply" to confirm.
4. iTunes refuses to sync my purchased HD videos to iPod or iOS device…
High definition (HD) videos purchased from the iTunes Store may not work with all devices. When you try to sync a purchased HD video that isn't optimized for your device, you may see a message like this one:
HD videos purchased from the iTunes Store are offered in 720p or 1080p and are compatible with iPhone 4 or later, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation or later), Apple TV, and computers. You may need to download your purchased video from iTunes in the Cloud in a lower resolution for your device.
5. How do I download previously purchased iTunes HD movies in a lower resolution?
The easiest way to put purchased videos onto your device is to download the videos from iTunes in the Cloud. This should make sure that you get the highest resolution video optimized for your specific device. Learn more about downloading from iTunes in the Cloud.
6. Can I sync iTunes TV shows and movie purchases to iPad via iTunes?
Yes. When you sync the iPad, a management screen appears in iTunes that sports a number of tabs across the top. The two relevant to this topic are “Movies” and “TV Shows.”
7. How do I sync movies that are not iTunes purchases to iOS device?
In order to sync local music and videos to iPad/iPhone/iPod, you need to add them to iTunes.
8. How do I add local videos to iTunes movie library?
It’s easy to add videos to iTunes. Go “File” menu>> “Add file to library….” or switch to iPad movie tab and then drag and drop videos to the iTunes window.
9. I tried to drag videos to iTunes but nothing happens…
This means your videos are not intended for iTunes or iOS devices. According to Apple, iTunes/iPad/iPhone supports M-JPEG encoded .avi, MPEG-4 encoded .mp4 and H.264 encoded .mov, mp4. If your videos are MKV, DivX, MPEG-2, VOB files, get a professional Video Encoder for iOS.
A typical guide for encoding 1080p video to iTunes/iPad mini:
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10. Can I import CD and DVD to iTunes for sync?
There are several ways to add music and video to iTunes 11:
- Import music and video that are already on your computer
- Import songs and podcasts from the Internet
- Import audio from CDs
- Transfer movies from Digital Copies
- Download music and video from iCloud
Digital Copies are naturally compatible with iTunes. DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are copy-protected and thus can’t be downloaded to iTunes library. Yet there are 3rd-party apps ( Blu-ray video converter ultimate )that enables you put DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes.