Download music from cloud

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by 2handband, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. 2handband

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    Hi, new user here... and not a very happy one so far. I'm a professional live sound engineer. Part of the job is having canned music to play through the PA, which I was hoping to use my new iPad for. It's looking like this is going to be a problem.

    What I need is a way to get stuff off of the cloud and onto this device. I need to be able to do it on the fly, and without having to rely on synching with a desktop machine. I always have wifi; an extra computer not so much. I don't care if the solution is Dropbox or iCloud or whatever but I need something that works.

    Can anyone help?
     
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    OK Guys - won't bite, but may take a nibble - a Professional Sound Engineer basing his/her career on an iPad? And then a few days later, another 'new' poster offering a solution? This has to be a scam - just saying? If wrong, then I apologize on my knees, but... Dave :)
     
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    Hardly basing my career on it, but hoping to use it to make my life easier. Unfortunately the iPad is the only tablet that makes sense; there are control apps for a lot of the equipment I use that are not available for other tablets. I was hoping I could use it for other stuff too. I had no idea how restrictive and control freaky Apple was... no access to the file system??? Who's good idea was that? Anyway, only being able to add music to the library via iTunes seriously limits this device's usefulness. Does anyone have a workaround?
     
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    I don't understand. I used WD cloud storage the 1t. I can simply download and play the music I want. I also use att locker and box and or Dropbox. Maybe I'm not understanding your need.
     
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    Hi again 2hand..... - first, the post from '....Ninjas' seems to have been deleted from this thread, so part of my initial response was related to that post - whoever this poster was/is had left at least 8-9 ridiculous posts and the mods seemed to have banned them - my guess.

    SO, back to your issue, i.e. wanting to have 'music' on an iPad to play over a PA system - correct? Well, you need to provide us w/ much more information, e.g. 1) Do you want to music stored on the iPad; 2) Do you want to stream the music via the cloud (of course, many options exist, e.g. I can play all of my Amazon purchases via their service wirelessly to my portable Blu-ray speakers); 3) How are you planning to play sound from the iPad (regardless of the source) to a PA system; and 4) What PA system options do you have, e.g. cabled plug-in and/or wireless options? Difficult to advise w/o more details - Dave :)
     
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    You're using Dropbox? How? I have tons of stuff on Dropbox, but if there's any way to download it to the iPads internal storage from there I don't see it.
     
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    ok Dave, to answer your questions: no, I don't want to rely on the cloud during a show... I almost always have wifi access but networks fail, ya know? That said my 64G device isn't going to store my whole library or anything like it, so I want the ability to hard download the songs I need for a given show from my collection on the cloud, have them on device storage for the show, then add/delete as appropriate for the next gig. Working for a regional production company doing a wide variety of event types means my needs are never the same one night to the next. As for plugging in that's easy... all of our rigs include an adapter/di to convert from the headphone out of a mobile device (as of right now I'm using an old laptop I was hoping to retire) to xlr into the console.
     
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    Hi again, if you don't want to rely on Wi-Fi, then your music files will need to be stored on your iPad, so a larger capacity device and/or more than one would seem to be one solution - I guess that a couple of 128 GB iPads would serve your needs?

    NOW, if you want to just have a single 64 GB iPad and are willing to trust Wi-Fi to your PA systems, then another option would be a wireless adapter - I have an AirStash Device which accepts SD cards of LARGE capacity and sets up its own Wi-Fi network w/ an iPad, so music can be streamed to the iPad from this device - there are several other similar options, but just another consideration. Dave :)

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    I have to apologize, your right you can't just download the music to the iPad from the cloud. I just play it from the cloud normally but I do see your issue. I new to iOS but maybe there's an app that will let you store music locally such as another player?
     
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    This. Is. Ridiculous. This is basic functionality on every computer or mobile device I have ever used. An Android phone will do this. All I want... the only thing... is to be able to put music on this device without relying on iTunes. And don't even tell me this is piracy prevention; we all know how far out of the barn that particular horse is. This is because Apple wants to sell Match. So I have to pay for something every other platform offers for free? Color me a very unhappy customer. Are there really no workarounds?
     

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