Looking at buying iPad2. Couple of questions...

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  1. extendedforecast

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    Hi. I purchased a Motorola Xoom tablet about a month ago and I can safely say it has replaced most of laptops day to day tasks like sitting in the living room and checking email, surfing the web, watching TV shows/movies etc. Now my husband is a bit jealous since he's still firing up the Windows 7 lappy whenever he wants to do any computing. He's not the most tech savvy individual however.

    I don't think I want to get him a Xoom as I feel it wont be too friendly to a non power user. I'm pretty sure he can handle the easier iPad. I did get him an iPod touch a couple years ago and he can use everything on it except iTunes. He wont use iTunes to manage his music so the device has been pretty much rendered useless in our house. So on iPad2, what are the other options for adding music files? He loves his music. If he could easily select and copy music files (which we have all stored on the NAS) to the iPad2 it will be a hit. If not, it will become another expensive paperweight. So I'm curious what are the options (I suppose app wise) for syncing music.

    On Xoom I have a file browser that opens the NAS and the local files (I just navigate to the music folder) and I just select all, Deselect the certain songs I don't want and just hit copy. This will overwrite the music folder wirelessly. The other option I can use is storing all my music in Amazons cloud and selecting from their app which songs to store locally. He likes both these options. Can I do this on iPad2 or is it stuck with the iTunes environment?

    I know he's not going to deal well with Androids multitasking and foreground/background programs. Notification pop ups will just confuse him although he is ok with home screen push notifications on iOS (I have to hide all of his icons in the Windows OS.) And once he is presented with both a backing out and home screen button...he will just get dizzy. I know this because I made the mistake of getting him a Windows 7 phone because I thought it looked easy. iPad2 has a single be all end all button. This is what I'm dealing with. Lol. Please tell me there's an app that's an alternate iTunes that will sync wirelessly upon a manual selection and I will order this thing.

    Thanks in advance for your help. :)

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  2. DontUnderstandMyIpad

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    The way the tablet is intended to be used, you are probably looking for another Android tablet. iTunes is at the core of iOS device synchronization. In terms of management the iPod touch and iPad work exactly the same way, so considering the iPod isn't getting used, the Ipad won't be of much use either. There just is no way around iTunes, if you want to store music on the iPad.

    If you just want to stream music from the NAS, then there are apps available, which let you access the NAS and play the songs, but you can't just save the music files from the NAS and add them to the iPod app.

    Now, for most iPad restrictions, there are workarounds, storing music on the iPad does require iTunes. You can of course save music files on the iPad, but they won't be added to the standard iPod, making it fairly pointless.

    So in conclusion, if iTunes is to be avoided at all cost, then an Android tablet will be the better choice.
     
  3. cypress

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    Yeah I face the same dilemma in that sense I hate I-tunes for music. I truely love the Zune and how it works with my music. I would suggest in your case that maybe u move towards the Android if music is a big part of why you would be getting him a tablet.
     
  4. extendedforecast

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    argh! How about when an iPad2 jailbreak comes out? Are there cydia apps that replace the itunes function. Streaming for the NAS is cool but there will be times he leaves the network (like on an airplane) he'll want local copies. I can set it up for him. Its really the operating environment that has to be very user friendly. The problem with Android is its always going to have more than one button and its always going to multi task. IPad2 is like the perfect tablet for his needs minus iTunes synching if I can get a work around. So sad. Must write to Apple corporation.

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  5. DontUnderstandMyIpad

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    Once a jailbreak comes out, there are other means of storing music, but they are not user-friendly.

    Just from reading your comments, it seems that the iPad seems to be the perfect device. So if your music library is not changing, then you could sync with iTunes to transfer the music and then never use iTunes again.
     
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  6. jmorton10

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    I agree 100%

    I absolutely HATE iTunes and how apple requires it to be used, but I took something like 800 songs from my DroidX phone memory card and copied them to a PC and synced them once to my ipad2 with iTunes.

    I could easily leave it that way and never use iTunes again if I wanted.
     
  7. zipur

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    What Zune! I hate the Zune interface they lock you down more than IoS.
    It nice how you can look up artists bio and history but thats about it. The volume keys are a major pain, the EQ's suck and worst of all its MS so very poor battery life.
     
  8. iRuthlessPad

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    If u want that kind of functionality then ur better off buying him an android tablet..
     
  9. Rudinater

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    Simple fact is Itunes is the way to life on the Ipad just as it is on the Ipod Touch. Any time you want a new app you will have to deal with Itune's and it way of thinking.

    Not a Itunes fan either, but I understand the driving force behind it. As a side note I even understand and work on the software that drives Itunes;)
     
  10. cypress

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    The Zune Pass is all i have ever needed. It's paid for itself many times I can stream the music I want and just keep 10 of them each month. The software is nice. I am not soo much into the EQ's cuz I'm not a huge audiophile but it still does a heck of job. As far as the battery life I get alot out of my Zune HD. I owned a ipod before the Zune and I never really liked it at all. Super Happy with my purchase.
     

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