How to Transfer MP3 to iPad with/without iTunes Sync

How to Transfer MP3 to iPad

I am a singer and purchased an iPad to organize music for gigs. At times I'd like to play an MP3 file for practice so I can improvise harmony, descant, etc. The only songs that I can reliaably add to my iPad are the 3 that I purchased from iTunes. The 300 or so other files in my iTunes Library on my PC always display a message indicating that the file can't be transferred because it cannot be found. Of course the files are on the PC's HD in the same folder where they have always been, and where they were when added to the iTunes Library. It would appear that iTunes can't reliably transfer MP3 files to my iPad. Is there some other way to to do this task?

There are several advantages of using iTunes to sync music and other media files among multiple iOS devices, however, it has obvious disadvantages. For exmaple, when the users transfer MP3 to iPad, they'll have to sync the whole music library with iTunes, and the process is a little complicated. What's worse, iTunes only supports limited kinds of music formats, so when the users want to enjoy the songs on their iOS devices, they need to convert the songs to iTunes-compatible format at first. Here we'll introduce top 3 ways to transfer MP3 to iPad easily.

Part 1. Best Way to Transfer MP3 to iPad without iTunes

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Steps to Transfer MP3 to iPad without iTunes

Step 1. Download and install dr.fone - Transfer (iOS) on your computer at first. Then you should connect iPad to computer with the USB cable for transferring MP3 to iPad. The program will automatically detect the iPad. Then choose the "Transfer" funtion.

Connect iPad to Computer

Step 2. Click "Music" on the top to view all the music files in their iPad. Click "Add" > "Add file" or "Add folder". Select MP3 files that you would like to transfer to iPad and click "Open" to let the iPad Transfer software to transfer MP3 files.

iPad Music Library

The software will also detect the selected music files which aren't compatible with iPad, and notice you to convert them.

Part 2. Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes

If you want to transfer MP3 to iPad using iTunes, you can check the following tutorial out.

Step 1. Start iTunes and click File at the upper left corner, then choose Add File to Library/Add Folder to Library.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Add Files to iTunes Library

Step 2. Find the music folder on your computer to add the songs to iTunes.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Locate Music Folder on Computer

Step 3. When users finished adding MP3 files to iTunes Library, they can find them in iTunes Music Library.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Find MP3 Files in iTunes

Step 4. Click Playlist in iTunes Music Library, and then choose Recently Added.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Recently Added

Step 5. Users can right-click the songs to get their music info.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Get Info

Step 6. Users can edit the music info if they need.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Edit Music Info

Step 7. If users want to import MP3 files to iTunes Library, they can click Edit > Preferences > General, anc click Import Settings.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Import Settings

Step 8. The pop-up dialog enables users to choose the file format they need.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Choose Import File Format

Step 9. If a song isn't an MP3 file, users can right-click it and create the MP3 version.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Create MP3 Version

Step 10. Now delete the incompatible music files in iTunes Music Library by right-clicking them and choose Delete.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Delete Incompatible Songs

Step 11. Sync iPad with iTunes to let iTunes transfer MP3 to iPad. After that, users can enjoy the songs on their devices.

Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes: Sync iPad with iTunes

Pros and Cons of Using iTunes

  • Once the songs are imported to iTunes, they can be synced to any iOS device.
  • The process is long and full of hassle for a new user.
  • Users can use iTunes to find the duplicate songs and delete them easily.

Part 3. Transfer MP3 to iPad with Media Monkey

Media Monkey enables users to transfer MP3 to iPad easily. The following tutorial will show users to how to add MP3 to iPad with Media Monkey.

Step 1. Connect iPad to computer with the USB cable, and then start Media Monkey.

Start Media Monkey

Step 2. Select All Music so that the program can search for the local MP3 files.

Select All Music

Step 3. Uncheck Auto Sync to avoid the device being synced automatically.

Uncheck Auto Sync

Step 4. Check the following options in Media Monkey.

Check Media Monkey Options

Step 5. Click the iPad icon and sync it with Media Monkey.

Sync iPad with Media Monkey

Pros and Cons

  • The program transfers the music files and its ID 3 info.
  • The support center of this program is not good.
  • The program recently added the auto DJ function.

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