How to Download MP3 Files to an MP3 Player - dummies

How to Download MP3 Files to an MP3 Player

By Mark L. Chambers

Your PC can download MP3 files to your personal MP3 player for your portable listening pleasure. For example, you can use your iPod, which has 80GB of storage, a built-in 12-hour battery, and a very fast USB 2.0 connection.

(Although PC owners might not like it, the iPod is another masterpiece of design from your friends at Apple Computer. Luckily, the iPod works on the PC as well when using the Apple iTunes player.) The iPod sweet machine is the best MP3 player now on the market. In fact, iTunes automatically downloads and synchronizes your music on both your PC and your iPod, so there’s really not much else to say.

But wait — what if you don’t have an iPod? If you’re using one of the many MP3 player models supported within Windows Media Player, you’re still in good shape! However, you may have to install a specific driver or plug-in for your player (these files are supplied by your MP3 player manufacturer, so follow the instructions provided by the installation program to add them to your system).

To download the songs in your current Media Player playlist to your MP3 player, follow these steps:

  1. Plug your MP3 player into the USB or FireWire port.

    Windows should automatically recognize that you plugged in the device.

  2. Click the Sync tab at the top right of the window.

    Media Player should recognize your device and display the sync list. Drag and drop individual tracks or complete playlists to the sync list.

  3. Click the Start Sync button.

  4. After the copying process is complete, unplug your player and jam!