What iPad is Right for My Music Studio?

imagesThis question comes up ALL the time, so I thought I would include my opinions based on personal experience here at 88PianoKeys.me.

Be a good friend and direct your friends and family here when they are looking for answers.

Below is the directory of iPad models (borrowed from the Apple site.)  Click here for more info. Referring to this speck list and my preferences will help you identify the perfect iPad to suit your needs.

FYI:  There will always be new models released but it’s hard to say when. Should you wait?

That’s a tough question, but I do know that the earlier model prices will go down once the new generation comes out which can be good news if purchasing the newest model is not that important to you.

FYI: GB = gigabyte is a measure of storage capacity equal to 2 30(1024) bytes.

 

I believe you want TWO iPads for your studio. Here’s why:

  1. Purchase the latest model you can afford with the most Gigabyte capacity possible. This will give you the freedom to take videos, pics and hoard apps with room to spare. Ex: iPad Air2 128G
  2. Purchase an earlier generation model for your students to use before or after their lesson. Although one iPad may work in your studio, having two will allow you to use “yours” during a lesson while a student can use the other during lab time or before or after the lesson in your waiting area. In addition, your higher-end model will be more money and you may not want grubby hands touching your pride and joy. Ex: iPad Air with 32G.

Extra Tips

  • Want a deal? Find good prices on new iPads at Costco OR purchase a refurbished model through Apple. Click here to learniPad Revolution-Book-Comp-4 2 more.
  • If you find a refurbished model you want, act now as they are snatched up quickly.
  • The Cellular feature adds to the price and I’ve found that it unnecessary because it is so easy to use Wi-Fi.
  • I would recommend not purchasing an iPad 2 as this model will not be able to update to the latest iOS software.
  • Click here for a comparison chart of the latest models.
  • Once you get your iPad don’t forget to purchase The iPad Piano Studio: Keys To Unlocking the Power of Apps at your local music store or here.

Use this discount code for 20% off: IPPS20SAVE

Below are the specs for all iPads

Model

Year Introduced

Model Number*

Capacity

2014

16, 32, 64, 128 GB

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

  • iPad Air
    Late 2013
    A1474
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)
    Early 2014
    A1476
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Late 2013
    A1475
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad mini with Retina display
    Late 2013
    A1489
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Late 2013
    A1490
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)
    Early 2014
    A1491
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad (4th generation)
    Late 2012
    A1458
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Late 2012
    A1459
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)
    Late 2012
    A1460
    16, 32, 64, 128 GB
  • iPad mini
    Late 2012
    A1432
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Late 2012
    A1454
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)
    Late 2012
    A1455
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad (3rd generation)
    Early 2012
    A1416
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Early 2012
    A1430
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular (VZ)
    Early 2012
    A1403
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad 2
    2011
    A1395
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA model)
    2011
    A1397
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi +3G (GSM model)
    2011
    A1396
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad
    2010
    A1219
    16, 32, 64 GB
  • iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G)
    2010
    A1337
    16, 32, 64 GB

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  • Hi Leila, I’m a fellow music lab proponent, and I’m presenting at the WSMTA conference in a couple of weeks on apps in music teaching. I’m going to reference your book: can I use your promo code to encourage sales? Thanks for sharing your great tips!

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