How to Transfer Music From a Kindle to an iPad

Use a computer to transfer music from a Kindle to an iPad.
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Because Kindle tablets are Android devices while iPads use the iOS operating system, you can't transfer files directly between the two devices -- you must use a computer as a go-between. Connect the Kindle device to your computer via USB, transfer the music in question from the Kindle to the computer's hard drive, and then use iTunes to sync the computer with the iPad.

1 Transfer Music From the Kindle

2 Connect the Kindle

Connect the Kindle to your PC using the included USB cable. Avoid plugging the USB cable into a USB hub, if possible.

3 Press

Press "Windows-X" to open the Windows Power User menu, and then choose "File Explorer" from the menu.

4 Select the Kindle drive

Select the "Kindle" drive from the left pane, and then open the "Internal storage\Music" folder. Your music is stored in this folder by default; if you stored it in a different folder, open it instead.

5 Select the audio files

Select the audio files that you want to transfer to the iPad, and then press "Ctrl-C" to copy them to the clipboard. To select multiple files, hold "Ctrl" as you click each file. You can select everything in the folder, including sub-folders, by pressing "Ctrl-A."

6 Open a folder on your hard disk

Open a folder on your hard disk, or create a new one, and then press "Ctrl-V" to transfer the music from the Kindle into the folder. The transfer may take a few minutes, depending on the number of files and their size.

7 Transfer Music to the iPad

8 Disconnect the Kindle from your computer

Disconnect the Kindle from your computer, and then connect the iPad using the supplied USB cable. Launch iTunes if doesn't launch automatically.

9 Select the Music library

Select the "Music" library from the "Library" drop-down box, click "File," and then click "Add Folder to Library" to open the "Add to Library" window.

10 Select the folder

Select the folder where you transferred the music from the Kindle, and then click the "Select Folder" button to add all audio files to the iTunes library.

11 Select the iPad from the Devices list

Select the iPad from the Devices list, and then click the "Music" tab.

12 Check the Sync Music'' box

Check the "Sync Music" box, and then click the "Entire music library" radio button. To transfer specific music, click the "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" button, and then check the albums, genres, artists and playlists you want to transfer to the iPad.

13 Click Apply to sync

Click "Apply" to sync your computer with the iPad and transfer the music. The transfer may take several minutes, depending on the number of audio tracks and their size. Disconnect the iPad from the computer after the transfer is complete.

  • Do not disconnect the Kindle or the iPad from your computer while the transfer is in progress.
  • Information in this article applies to iTunes 11.1.3. Procedures may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • Use the latest version of iTunes, if possible.
  • You can use the same method to transfer photos and videos from the Kindle to the iPad.
  • The iPad can play back audio files in MP3, AAC, WAVHE-AAC, Protected AAC, ALAC, VBR, AA and AIFF formats.

Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.