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How do I replace my laptop itunes library with my iPad

by MrsErasmus2012 / February 27, 2014 7:06 PM PST

I own an iPad2 ,iPhone 4S, iPod nano and an iPod 5th gen.. I'm finding it near impossible to get all the same music on each... I want to wipe the music off all of them except the iPad.. I want to wipe my toshiba laptop itunes library and replace it with the iPad library... And then sync the other 3 with the new library.. Can anyone tell me how to do this?? I've tried to sync the iPad with the laptop library but it tells me the iPad will be replaced with the laptop library.. I've deleted itunes and reinstalled it but the same thing happens... I don't want to lose my iPad music...???

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First step. Backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2014 10:46 PM PST

Now while I will mention -> iRip <- this doesn't mean you should not backup your iTunes before you do this.

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To clarify a little.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 28, 2014 7:35 AM PST

iTunes sync's from the iTunes library that is on the laptop or desktop.
The sync is one way.
Any tracks that are on the external device (iPad/iPhone/iPod) but are NOT in the laptop/desktop library, will be deleted.
Been that way since iTunes was first released.

Bob's suggestion allows you to pull the tracks off the iPad and into the iTunes library on the laptop.

Pay particular attention to the words after the <-


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Light at the end of the tunnel
by MrsErasmus2012 / February 28, 2014 6:07 PM PST
In reply to: To clarify a little.

Ok I get the whole "from laptop to iPad sync" thing... How do I do <- irip??? I'm not of the most technically advanced minds... iPad 2 and toshiba laptop windows xp (about 7yr old)

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That is a question of reading the instructions
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 28, 2014 9:57 PM PST

that come with iRip.

It is pretty self explanatory and the instructions are clear

It's a piece of software you install on your laptop.


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