Hi All, I am new to the forum as well as fairly new to iMac (was always a PC user), and very new to iPad but, a long time user of the iPhone. Hope I posted in the correct place. A little background (in hopes you don't get frustrated with the newbie questions): All of the Apple products I own are not used to their full potential. I use them to surf the web, reply to emails and play a few games when I need to pass the time. I have now started using all the products moreso for business reasons and find I need to understand them a bit better whereas I have important information sitting on all of them now. One of the (many) things I am confused about (even after reading threads regarding iCloud, iTunes, etc) is... where should I back up my data (contacts, files, pictures, documents, etc.)? In the past, I have backed up/synced with iTunes and when I did, I lost all my new contacts put into my phone. I do this just about everytime so I stopped syncing. How in the world do I get my contacts from my iPhone and iPad into iTunes when I may add a contact to one device and not necessarily the other? Does iCloud fix losing contacts and any other important potential data loss (user error I am sure) and help the "i" ignorant people such as me? Does it also eliminate the need to "transfer purchases" from my iPhone or iPad? Hope I explained it well enough to understand.. if not, it should give you a good look into the jumbled mess by brain has on "i" anything! LOL Pretty sad when an old-bird such as myself has less understanding of this stuff than the 7 year old next door! Thanks in advance!!