iPad May Be Simple to Use but it is Not simple to use with iTunes

ipadThe iPad my be simple to Use but it is not simple to use iTunes.  What I mean by this is I needed to add movies to my wife’ s iPad for her travels.  If it was an android tablet I would connect it to the computer with USB and drag and drop the movies onto the tablet.  Can I do this with an iPad.  NOOOOOOOOO.  This was the 2nd time I put movies on.  The first time was a pain and the second time was also a pain.  Lets add on to the complexity.  First, the ipad was originally synced with her work computer that bit the dust.  Second, the iPad was looking for the old computer to sync wirelessly but it was setup to backup to the iCloud(a disgrace to cloud services).  Third, the tablet would pop-up with a trust notification in iOS7 but would not show up in iTunes.  The Windows Device Manager said it was an “Apple iPad” but now I know that is a misnomer.  I needed it to show up as a USB device.  I updated the drivers by pointing it to the Apple files in the common folder.  That fixed that up.  Now since the iPad was originally setup with another computer I can’t just copy the movies over.   I have to erase and then restore the iPad.  Songs did not all match up with what was on the iPad or in iTunes so I hope everything is still there.  I think I spent 1.5 hours trying to put movies on it.

iPod and iTunes Setup

The new nanos are pretty aren't they
The new nano

Another short item about iPods.  When you get your iPod you actually cannot use it right out of the box.  You need to install iTunes.  Honestly, don’t bother with the CD.  Just download it off the internet.  You can find it here.  It will install iTunes and Quicktime.  Both programs are needed for your iPod.  Now, one thing to remember is that iTunes and Quicktime periodically check for updates to themselves.  Go ahead and download the updates but BE CAREFUL.  Apple started a very bad habit a few months ago and they really haven’t been called out on it yet. They include things that you may or may not be interested in like their own web browser called Safari and MobileMe.  Don’t bother downloading either one.  Use Firefox for your internet and pretend MobileMe doesn’t exist(Apple probably wishes it doesn’t exist either!)  Oh, and if you see anything about Bonjour it’s an Apple thing.

Once iTunes is installed it will ask you to reboot.  Go ahead and reboot.  After the reboot you can connect the iPod and it will automatically start to work!

Another tip: Use a computer that is only about 2 or 3 years at the oldest.  USB 1.0/1.1 is really slow.  New machines are all USB 2.0.