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Question: iPad to replace laptop as only non-phone device: Questions re: my Photos and Music libraries

When my MacBook Pro needs replacing I am considering going to an iPad. My concerns are mainly how to handle my photos and music if the iPad has 64GB or 128GB storage. Presently I have 20GB of photos in Apple's Photos on my laptop (backed up to iCloud and an external hard drive. I also have 175GB of music (combination of my own CDs and iTunes purchases). I have iTunes Match and I recently joined Apple Music and have downloaded music from it to my library.


I would greatly appreciate having the following clarified, confirmed or corrected:


1. MUSIC: As I am prepared to use Apple Music exclusively, I assume I don't need my current iTunes library on the iPad as it will exist in iCloud Music Library in its current form. I will be able to listen to whole CDs or individual songs as I do now. In addition, I can keep it on an external drive in the event I ever leave Apple Music.


2. PHOTOS: I can transfer the 20GB of photos from Photos on the laptop to Photos on the iPad. I can also keep them on an external hard drive as a backup. However, for new photos with my DSLR camera or iPhone taken after I have the iPad, I will be able to store them in Photos on the iPad but not be able to back them up on an external hard drive (unless there is a way to do so I don't know about).


Thank you.

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Feb 28, 2018 12:15 AM in response to Radiohead North In response to Radiohead North

To be clear...

In addition, I can keep it on an external drive in the event I ever leave Apple Music.

When using Apple Music, you never acquire "title" to any of its tracks. Once your paid subscription ends, so does your right to play Apple Music. You will of course retain ownership of iTunes purchases and your cd based music.


I will be able to store them in Photos on the iPad but not be able to back them up on an external hard drive (unless there is a way to do so I don't know about).


You can do this >>> Transfer photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support


Once on your Mac/PC, you can move them to your external drive.

Feb 28, 2018 12:15 AM

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Feb 28, 2018 12:29 AM in response to Radiohead North In response to Radiohead North

If you plan to use an iPad for more than just storing pictures and music, I would recommend forgetting a 64 GBs model and opt for either a 128 OR 256 GBs model iPad, if your budget allows.

As pointed out Apple Music is a music/rental subscription app.

So any tracks you save are not your own and the rights to those rented music tracks ends when you stop paying your monthly subscription fee.


Your only options for device backups is iCloud and other “cloud based”, offsite data storage server services, like DropBox, BOX, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive and similar monthly fee data storage services.


AND/OR


There are a few special storage devices for mobile devices. There are portable, bulit-in WiFi hotspot hard drives for mobile devices made by Western Digital and Seagate.


http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1330


http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1660


http://www.seagate.com/consumer/stream/



There are special mobile lightning connected and built in WiFi Hot spot, USB flash drives made by SanDisk (now owned by Western Digital)


https://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/ixpand


https://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/connect-wireless-stick


http://www.adamelements.com/iKlips/iklips.html


This listing maybe incomplete and somewhat outdated, now. So do an online search for similar external data storage devices for iPads


Kingston Electronics makes some data storage devices for iPads/iDevices, now, too!



Good Luck!

Feb 28, 2018 12:29 AM

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