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oldmacuser Aug 25th, 2020 08:16 PM

SuperDrive with iPad 7th Gen.
I have a bunch of old CDs which I would like to digitize to store and use on my iPad or iPhone. I have a USB SuperDrive. Is there anyway I can use it with my iPad by getting an adapter? Iím thinking of getting an MacBook Air. Is that the only way I can do this?

polywog Aug 26th, 2020 05:09 AM

I don't believe iPad OS supports DVD/Bluray drives.

What are the contents of the CD?

oldmacuser Aug 26th, 2020 11:21 AM

Thanks for your response. I think you are right. The CDs are my old music collection, purchased commercially. When I retired I swapped out my MacBook Air for an iPad, forgetting about the CDs. I use the iPad mainly for browsing and photo storage. I thought about borrowing a MacBook to transfer the music, but then how do I get it into my cloud? I guess I could log in to iCloud on any Mac? Or just put it all on a USB and transfer to my iPad with an adapter? itís getting harder to keep up!

polywog Aug 26th, 2020 11:51 AM

There's a bunch of options, but none of them are as easy as they should be! I suspect if you used someone else's Mac to sync with iTunes, it would want to wipe your existing data first, but I'm not positive as I haven't gone that route in a while.

There is iTunes Match, which is pretty cheap for what it is (IIRC about $25 a year.) With it you could Rip your CDs in iTunes, and they would be stored in the cloud. Then, you could access them directly on your iPad just by turning on Sync Library.

oldmacuser Aug 26th, 2020 12:11 PM

Thanks Polywog,
So it definitely sounds like I need to break down and get another MacBook. I found another interesting forum on this topic, link below.
iTunes Match sounds good and I do have an Apple Music subscription. (I actually thought iTunes had been retired!)

polywog Aug 26th, 2020 12:20 PM

Oh, if you have AM, you can skip iTunes Match then

unblocktheplanet Aug 29th, 2020 03:40 AM

Forgive this philosophical intrusion. I guess it's what you want out of your music. I dropped iTunes because they would support hi-bitrate FLAC files. I'm also not a fan of the iTunes library catalog system. I prefer to keep my music arranged manually. Give a listen to Swinsian; sure sounds good to my ears.

oldmacuser Aug 29th, 2020 11:45 AM

Thank you for introducing me to Swinsian. I hadnít heard of it and Iíve downloaded the free trial to play around with it.
This is introducing a new topic, but I would love to get rid of the subscription I have to Apple Music. Iím paying $10/mo. and the only reason I got it is so that I can play my music to my Sonos speaker. Apple is very good at discouraging the use of third party software!

oldmacuser Aug 29th, 2020 11:55 AM

Now Iím reading up on hi-nitrate FLAC - so much to learn!

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