How to Listen to Music on Your Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Listen to Music on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Your Fire phone is ready to entertain you with music whenever you want to hear it. Simply plug in the headphones, summon the Music app, and choose tunes to match your mood. It’s truly blissful — well, until someone calls you and the phone ceases being a musical instrument and returns to being the ball-and-chain of the digital era.

Browsing the music library

To view your music library, choose a category from under the Library heading found on the Navigation panel. Your music library appears on the main Play Music screen. Swipe through the list to peruse your choices. Tap an album to view its songs, or view all the songs by choosing the Songs category.

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The phone’s music library is found in one of two places: stored on the Amazon music cloud or on the device itself, saved in internal storage. A master control on the Navigation panel determines which location’s music you view in the Music app. You cannot view both locations at one time.

Playing a tune

To listen to music on your phone, you first find a song in your music library. After you find the song, you touch its title. The song plays on another screen.

While the song is playing, you’re free to do anything else with the phone. To access the song from the Music app, look for it at the bottom of the screen. Or, any time you’re using the phone, pull down the Notification panel and choose the playing song from the list.

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After the song has finished playing, the next song in the list plays.

The next song doesn’t play if you have the Shuffle icon activated. In that case, the Play Music app randomly chooses another song from the same list. Who knows which one is next? Shuffle is on when it’s colored orange.

The next song might not play either when you have the Repeat option on: The three Repeat settings are off (white), on (orange), and repeat once (the number 1). To change settings, simply touch either the Shuffle icon or Repeat icon.

To stop the song from playing, touch the Pause icon:

  • Some songs have the Lyrics feature on the Shortcuts and Delighters panel. Sing along with your favorite tunes — especially when you’re out of earshot from any other living thing.

  • The volume is set by using the Volume key on the side of the phone: Up is louder, down is quieter.

  • Determining which song plays next depends on how you chose the song that’s playing. If you chose a song by artist, all songs from that artist play, one after the other. When you choose a song by album, that album plays. Choosing a song from the entire song list causes all songs in the phone to play.

  • To choose which songs play after each other, create a playlist.

  • After the last song in the list plays, the phone stops playing songs — unless you have the Repeat option on, in which case the song or list plays again.

Keeping music on the phone

Music accessed by the Music app exists not on the phone, but on the cloud. Specifically, music is stored on the Internet, available by way of Amazon’s cloud music service. The Music app merely provides a window to your songs. It all works fine, providing you have an Internet connection. When you don’t, you can save music from the cloud to your phone.

The technical term for saving music from the cloud to your phone is download. To make that happen, look for the Download icon. Tap that icon to download a song or an album. If you don’t see the icon, long-press the song and choose the Download command:

  • Music downloaded to the phone is available to play at any time.

  • To review the music saved on the phone, display the Music app’s Navigation panel and slide the master control to Device. Only music kept on the phone appears in the Music app.

  • Music available via the Amazon cloud music service can be downloaded to the phone and is available online. The only difference is that the downloaded copy is always available, whether you have an Internet connection or not.

Being the life of the party

You need to do four things to make your Fire phone the soul of your next shindig or soirée:

  • Connect it to external speakers.

  • Use the Shuffle command.

  • Set the Repeat command.

  • Provide plenty of drinks and snacks.

The external speakers can be provided by anything from a custom media dock or a stereo to the sound system on the Times Square Jumbotron. As long as the device has a standard line input, you’re good.

Oh, and you need an audio cable. Get one with a mini-headphone connector for the phone’s headphone jack and an audio jack that matches the output device. Look for such a cable at Radio Shack or any store where the employees wear name tags.

After you connect your phone to the speakers, start the Music app. Choose the party playlist you’ve created. If you want the songs to play in random order, touch the Shuffle icon.

You might also consider choosing the Repeat command so that all songs in the list repeat:

  • To play all songs saved on your phone, choose the Songs category and touch the first song in the list.

  • Build one playlist for your book club and another one for your theater friends.

  • Enjoy your party, and please drink responsibly.