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Listening to MP3 Music Files on Your Kindle

8 of 11 in Series: The Essentials of Using a Kindle

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader is, above all else, a portable device; you can take it anywhere and read anything from your digital library. But not every place you go is conducive to reading. Trying to concentrate on what you're reading over the noise of nearby conversations, loudspeaker announcements, and all sorts of other background noise can be difficult. Thankfully, your Kindle lets you drown out all that distracting noise with your own MP3 background music.

The Kindle's built-in MP3 player has a number of limitations. You can’t change the order of the songs that the Kindle plays, unfortunately, and you can’t pick out the song you feel like listening to at the moment. The Kindle simply plays any songs that you have loaded on it, in the order in which they were loaded.

You can load MP3 tracks onto your Kindle by connecting your Kindle to your PC or Mac using the USB cable. The Kindle will appear to your computer as an external disk drive containing a set of folders. One of those folders is titled music.

To transfer MP3 tracks from your computer to your Kindle, just drag and drop the desired files from their location on your computer to the music folder on your Kindle. Those MP3 files can be music files, podcasts, or any type of audio file.

Music files located in other folders or on the Kindle’s internal memory simply aren’t recognized and won’t be played. It doesn’t make any difference if the music files are numbered. The Kindle will play files in the order in which they were added to the Kindle. But if a song comes up that you don't particularly like, pressing Alt+F will skip to the next song.

For now, the Kindle can play only MP3 music files. It won't know what to do with other audio file types.

After the MP3 files are loaded on your Kindle, you can play them by pressing the Home button, pressing the Menu button, selecting the Experimental option, and then selecting Play MP3.

If you want to play music files in a particular order, clean them out of the music folder and add them back in, one by one, to the same folder in the order you want to play them.

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