Now I am using an iPad, and I want to play MP3 on iPad. However, as I am new to Apple products, I asked one of my friends for help to tell me how to download MP3 to iPad. He was very kind-hearted and taught me 3 methods to download MP3 to iPad. Here I would like to share what I have learned on how to transfer MP3 to iPad in this guidance with you. If you want to transfer MP3 files to iPhone, don't worry, you can also learn how to transfer MP3 files to iPhone on this website.

Part 1: Transfer MP3 to iPad without iTunes but iTransfer

You can use Leawo iTransfer to transfer MP3 files to iPad. This software is quite helpful and can also be used to transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs. It can transfer many kinds of files as well. The following steps will guide you how to download MP3 to iPad.

iTransfer

Leawo iTransfer 

☉ Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
☉ Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
☉ Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone X, iPhone 11, etc.
☉ Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.

Step 1: Open Leawo iTransfer and Connect iPad to Computer

Open Leawo iTransfer, and then connect your iPad to your PC with USB cable. You will see the information of your iPad on the left interface.

Open Leawo iTransfer and Connect iPad to Computer

Step 2: Open "Music" Tab and Add MP3 Files

Tap "Music" tab under the menu of "iPad> LIBRARY" on the left side, and the contents will be displayed in the right side of the interface. Click "File > Add > Add File/Add Folder" to save MP3 to iPad from computer, or drag and drop the songs into the software.

Add MP3 Files

Step 3: Transfer MP3 to iPad

After selecting MP3 files, Leawo iTransfer will begin to transfer MP3 to iPad from your computer. The procedure in the pop-up panel will display the process rate to you. When the transfer is completed, you can open the MP3 files in your iPad.

Transfer MP3 to iPad

This method can solve the problem of "how to download MP3 to iPad" perfectly without any limitation. You can now download this magic tool to help you save MP3 to iPad from computer.

Part 2: Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes

iTunes is also a good choice to transfer MP3 to iPad. You can use this software to sync MP3 to iPad or buy MP3 in iTunes Store. The following two subparts will show you the detailed steps to realize your purpose.

1. Sync MP3 to iPad with iTunes

You can also take the advantage of iTunes to sync files to iPad. iTunes enables users to sync MP3 files from their computer to iOS devices without any difficulty, but users have to add MP3 files to the library of iTunes first. Then you can sync MP3 to iPad. The steps below show you how to transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes.

Step 1: Open and launch your iTunes and plug your iPad in with matched USB cable to connect to your PC. On the interface of iTunes, tap "File" and then click "Add File to Library".

Add File to Library

Step 2: After you save MP3 to iPad with iTunes, you need to tap the iPad icon on the bar of the sub-menu. Open your iPad and click "Settings" and then tap "Music" panel in order.
Step 3: Tick "Sync Music" option on the right menu and then select the MP3 files you would like to transfer to your iPad.
Step 4: After you select the MP3 files, tap "Apply" on the bottom right corner of the interface to begin to sync MP3 to iPad.
Step 5: Wait until the synchronization process is finished. Finally, you can listen the MP3 on your iPad happily and freely.

Wait until the synchronization process is finished

2. Buy MP3 in iTunes Store

You can also purchase MP3 files in the store of iTunes. After you connect iPad to Internet with Wi-Fi or LTE connection, you can go to iTunes Store and find your favorite songs to buy. The following guidance will introduce the detailed steps.

Step 1: In the "Source List", tap "iTunes Store". In the sign-in interface, tap "Create New Account" and fill in the requested credit card and other info.
Step 2: Find a song you want to buy and click "Buy Song". To make sure you really mean want to purchase the song, iPad will display a warning.

Buy MP3 in iTunes Store

Step 3: Click "Buy" to complete the transaction. In a few seconds, the song will be downloaded to the Purchased playlist. Then you can play MP3 on iPad.

Part 3: Transfer MP3 to iPad via Sharepod

SharePod is a lightweight music management program for your iPad. You can transfer music and videos between your iPad and computers. This software is quite simple. The first thing you need to do is download and install this magic software on your computer.

Step 1: Launch Sharepod on computer

Launch Sharepod on computer

Step 2: Click "Copy to iPod" button to add music files to your iPad. To add an entire folders worth of files, click the "Add Folder" button.

add music files to your iPad

Step 3: Navigate to and choose the folder you want to save, then click "OK".

choose the folder you want to save

Step 4: Repeat the above steps until you have all the music files and folders that you would like to transfer to your iPad. Then click "OK". A pop-up dialog will ask you to confirm the addition of sub-folders. You can choose "Yes" or "No" based on your own needs.

confirm the addition of sub-folders

Step 5: And all of the files will copy over to your iPad. When the copying process is over, you can click "OK".

click OK

Step 6: Back in the main interface of SharePod, all music file that you have copied to your iPad will be listed here.

Back in the main interface of SharePod

Part 4: Comparison between 3 Methods

Similarities

a) They both can help users to transfer and play MP3 on iPad.
b) You can use the three methods on computer without any difficulty.
c) Leawo iTransfer and iTunes both can be used to back up files.

Differences

a) Leawo iTransfer can save MP3 to iPad with high speed, which can transfer various kinds of files to iPad from computer quite simply. iTunes can only be used to transfer purchased songs to iPad.
b) SharePod can only transfer music, videos, podcasts and playlist, which has limited function and can not be used to back up various files. The operations of using Sharepod to transfer MP3 to iPad is a little complex, for you need to add files one by one.

To conclude, the above-mentioned three solutions are the best ways at present to download MP3 to iPad for your convenience. You can use the three software easily in accordance with the instructions in the above content. I expect that you have grasped the solutions clearly to solve the problem and can play MP3 on iPad delightedly!