Long story, but I’m kinda old school… way back in the day, I got a LOT of CDs, ripped them all into my digital library (about 75G worth!). My cMP desktop is stuck at High Sierra what with what Cupertino refusing to even allow nVidia drivers (and I have an big investment in such a GPU, which, btw, works fabulously for my gaming needs running win10). My modern day investment (considerable) is in the 12.9" iPad Pro (oh, that screen!). Have NO interest in any monthly charge music services no matter from where. Simple, take a big chunk of the library I already own and get it rolling on my iPad.
I figure I should be able to figure this out… BUT I can not. It seems everything, but everything in the iOS Music app is 100% tied into their paid music service. There’s even a ton of songs in it’s “library” which has to mean at their music service.
Am I totally out of luck? 2 issues, how can I copy, say 30-40G of my music to the tablet and what/how can I play FROM that collection? A potential third question involves all the meta data I have tied up in my iTunes library on the desktop, but that is honestly less of a concern.