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How to Borrow Music from Your Computer for Your Android Tablet

If you’ve already copied your music collection to your computer, you can share that music with your Android tablet. Many music-playing, or jukebox, programs are available. On Windows, the most common program is Windows Media Player. You can use this program to synchronize music between your PC and the Android tablet. Here’s how it works:

  1. Connect the Android tablet to your PC.

    Use the USB cable that comes with the tablet.

    Over on the PC, an AutoPlay dialog box appears in Windows, prompting you to choose how best to add the Android tablet to the Windows storage system.

  2. Close the AutoPlay dialog box.

    The AutoPlay dialog box might not appear. If it doesn’t, that’s okay.

  3. Start Windows Media Player.

  4. Click the Sync tab or Sync toolbar button.

    The Android tablet appears in the Sync list on the right side of the Windows Media Player. If not, click the Next Device link or button until it shows up.

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  5. Drag to the Sync Area the music you want to transfer to your tablet.

  6. Click the Start Sync button to transfer the music from your PC to the Android tablet.

    The Sync button may be located atop the list or it might be found on the bottom.

  7. Close the Windows Media Player when you’re done transferring music.

    Or you can keep it open — whatever.

  8. Unplug the USB cable.

    Or, you can leave the tablet plugged in.

The next time you start the Play Music app, you’ll find your music right there in the library. Now you can enjoy your computer’s music anywhere you take the Android tablet.

  • A small chance exists that the Play Music app won’t recognize music copied from your PC. Specifically, audio files used by the Windows Media Player may not work, but this is rare.

  • The Android tablet can store only so much music! Don’t be overzealous when copying your tunes. In Windows Media Player, a capacity-thermometer thing shows you how much storage space is used and how much is available on your tablet. Pay heed to the indicator!

  • You can’t use iTunes to synchronize music with the Android tablet.

  • Okay, you can synchronize music using iTunes but only when you install the iTunes Agent program on your computer. You then need to configure the iTunes Agent program to use your Android tablet with iTunes. After you do that, iTunes recognizes the Android tablet and lets you synchronize your music. Yes, it’s technical; hence the icon in the margin.

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