Must be the oldest question around for someone who has just been given an ipad but doesn't live in the Apple world. I have music (MP3s), films (AVIs) and books (epubs) on my 1Tb external hard drive. Lots of them. Trying to get what I want into the ipad is a nightmare. Clearly Apple don't want you to do it so they can 'force' you to buy the stuff again from the Istore. Itunes is a dreadful piece of software. So far. AVIs need to be converted before Itunes will recognise them then takes forever to transfer them to the tablet. MP3s are recognised but get converted on transfer so takes quite a while. Epubs I can live with just itunes is so awkward to use. The PC doesn't recognise the ipad as an external device. There must be a way to get the PC to recoginse the ipad and then simple drag and drop.... or do I have to bin the ipad and say never, ever, ever buy and Apple product again?