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I have just bought an iPad (latest Retina, 64gb), my first ever iOS device, and am struggling with Apple's way of doing things. I am used on my Android tablet to being able to load and play any media file of any format, and I am trying to replicate that on the iPad.

So far it seems the only music files that can be played are MP3s - is that correct? I have a large amount of WMA music that I wish to be able to play, but which iTunes doesn't seem to recognise.

I have so far only been able to load (via iTunes) videos of MP4 or M4V formats, and to play those videos. I have many videos of other formats, such as AVI and FLV, that I want to play. I am also accustomed to playing ISO video files. It seems that the built-in video player can't play any of these - is that correct? I have installed the application Player Xtreme which claims to be able to play any format, but even if that is so I can't find a way of loading any formats not playable with the resident video player - I can't find a way of getting them onto the machine in the first place. Presumably there is a way, or Player Xtreme would be pointless - can anyone tell me what it is?

With all these problems I'm not that impressed at present, but it's only been a couple of days and I want to persist for a while. I obviously expect it to operate differently from Android, but at present I can't find how to do basic things that I've never given a second thought to on Android. I have noticed so far though that the stereo speakers on my $180 Android tablet are vastly superior to the mono speaker on the $650 iPad, in sound quality, spread and volume.
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Check out this info for some suggestions. I have not tried either of the apps in that article. Pay particular attention to the method described for adding video I suspect some of the apps you've tried use a similar method.

OPlayer HD for iPad Review - YouTube might work as well. I think I have seen some suggestions that it plays .iso and .wma filesas well but can't confirm that.

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Thanks for the detailed reply. I'll try these things later after work. One correction - WMA works with no problems on Android as well as Windows.
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I've been rather busy but I wil try these over the next few days. Thanks.
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I did what was suggested above and I can now play various video formats. Haven't tried WMA music yet. But I have another question/problem. When I connect my iPad to my Mac with iTunes running it automatically "synchs", whatever that is actually doing. I don't want that to happen, as either it's doing positive harm or it's simply duplicating files on the Mac. How do I stop it so that it NEVER synchs unless I tell it to (and I won't)?
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Synching is copying data from your Mac to your iPhone (songs, contacts, etc) as well as performing a backup of the information on the phone. The setting which tells iTunes not to synch is in the Summary tab once you select the phone. Have a look at this video. It explains how to controls what gets synched.

What makes you think that it is doing "positive harm"?

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Thanks. I don't "think" it's doing positive harm, but "synch" has a range of meanings some of which would for me have that effect. But I've turned it off now and I don't envisage ever turning it back on. I like to have full control of what happens and where it's put, and I'm very wary of anything provided by a general software producer, whether that be for Mac or Windows.
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The procedures in the video that I linked to should give you a pretty good idea how to control that process. ITunes is the means for adding most types of file to the phone/ As you've noticed with video there are some formats that require other means to add and play back the media.

After viewing the video, if you choose to leave syncing turned off I recommend synching once in a while so you can backup the contents of your phone. I haven't had to use my iPhone backup yet but did use the one for my iPad once.

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