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Get Music on MP3 Player

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Multimedia
 
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Q:
Can you tell me how to actually get my music onto my MP3 player? I’ve been trying for awhile now, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. Please help!

A:
We’ve had several people ask that just this week, so this is perfect timing. I was actually on the phone yesterday with a customer who was having trouble with this. After that, I figured I should put an article together about it so I could help anyone else who was running into problems. Keep reading to learn the exact procedure you can use to add music to your MP3 player, with no hassle!

Before being able to listen to music on your new MP3 player, there are a few procedures you should be familiar with to make the process more successful. Here we go!

1. If you are a Windows 98 Second Edition user, you must install the drivers in order for the MP3 player to be seen by your PC and work properly. Any older operating systems are not going to work for an MP3 player. The drivers are on the accompanying CD and have an easy to follow install wizard that should walk you through the driver install.

2. Before you put any music or audio files onto your MP3 player, you have to have music and audio files available on your PC. For instance, if you have a music CD that you would like to transfer the music from to your MP3 player, you are should first “rip” the music into an MP3 format on your PC’s hard drive. This can be done by using Windows Media Player 10 (or above) and by following the instructions laid out in this other article.

Note: The above article does not use MP3 as the format, but that can be easily fixed by opening up your Windows Media Player 10 (or 11) and go to Tools, Options. From there, select the Rip Music tab and there you will see the format selection pull down menu. Choose MP3 for the best results.

One More Note: On older CDs, there may not be any information that the computer can read, such as the track, artist, album, etc. In this case, you should add the information yourself, so you don’t just have list after list of unknown information.

3. When ripping the music, you really want to make sure you know where you put the music (the default is the My Music folder in the My Documents folder, right off of the Start menu). This is important to remember so you can find it when you want to transfer it to your MP3 player.

4. Okay, so now we have the drivers installed (if you have Windows 98) and we have our music ripped to our hard drive, so we are ready to connect the MP3 player and transfer the files.

5. When you first connect the MP3 player, Windows should pop up with a window that asks you to choose what you would like to do with the device you just connected.

Note: If this is the first time you connect the MP3 player to the PC, you may have to wait awhile. Windows will install its drivers for it, but that should only happen the first time you connect the MP3 player to the machine.

6. Once Windows opens the MP3 player, you are basically looking at a folder with basic audio files in it. Next, all you have to do is locate the music you want to transfer to the MP3 player ( which will probably be the music you ripped to your PC earlier in the process). Again, the default location is the My Music folder in the My Documents folder. Open the folder with the music you want, select it, copy them and then go back to the window that represents the MP3 player and paste the files there. Once the process bar has disappeared, the transfer should be complete and the MP3 player is ready to go.

Note: I think it’s easier to open up both folders and then right click on your toolbar to select the “Tile Windows Vertically“ option. This makes it very easy to simply drag and drop the files right from the My Music folder onto your MP3 player.

7. Disconnect the MP3 player from the PC and power it up. You may notice that the library is updating from the message that appears on the screen. It will show the music finalizing the transfer. Once that’s done, you should be able to see and play the audio files you just dumped onto your MP3 player. Remember, if you never labeled the tracks and albums when it was ripping, they are not going to have any album information to display other than “Unknown Artist.”

That pretty much does it, but here are a few other articles that may help you complete this process even faster and easier:

Learn all about the different kinds of media files and players here.

Learn some digital audio player basics here.

Hope this helps clear some things up for you! Happy MP3ing!

~ Chad

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