How to Add Your Own Music to Your Surface with the Music App

By Andy Rathbone

To start listening to your own music on the Surface, tap the Collection button from the Music app’s right edge. The Music app takes a quick dive into the Music library on your Surface, and displays these results.

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If you store all of your music in your Surface’s Music library, you’re fine: All of your music will appear in your Collection folder.

Chances are good, though, that you may keep your music in other locations. For example, to conserve your Surface’s meager storage space, you may store music on a memory card tucked into your Surface’s memory card slot.

You may also store music in other places, such as OneDrive, a flash drive, or perhaps on a home network.

The Music app won’t find any of that music until you tell it exactly where to look by following these steps:

  1. Open the Music app and tell it where to look for your music files.

    If the opening screen says, “If you’re not seeing your music, tap to change where we look,” then tap that message.

    If the Music app’s opening screen doesn’t offer to find your music, add your songs this way: Open the Charms bar by sliding your finger in from the screen’s right edge. Then tap the Settings icon, tap Preferences from the Settings Pane, and tap the Preferences link called Choose Where We Look for Music on This PC.

    No matter which of the two routes you take, the Music app screen lists the folders currently monitored by the Music app.

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  2. Tap the plus sign icon to bring the File Picker to the screen. Then use the File Picker to navigate to a folder holding your music. Finally, tap the Add This Folder to Music button. Repeat to add other folders.

    The File Picker lists your currently viewed storage area in the screen’s top-left corner; tap that area to see a drop-down menu listing all of your Surface’s storage areas.

    For example, to add a folder called Music on OneDrive, tap the currently listed storage area listed in the File Picker’s upper-left corner. When the drop-down menu appears, choose OneDrive. When the File Picker lists your folders on OneDrive, tap the Music tile. Then tap the Add This Folder to Music button from the screen’s bottom-right corner.

    Or, to add a Music folder on your Surface’s memory card, tap the currently listed storage area in the File Picker’s top-left corner and then choose This PC from the drop-down menu. Then tap the Secure Digital Storage Device (D:), which is Microsoft’s odd name for your memory card. Tap your memory card’s Music folder, then tap the Add This Folder to Music button.

    As you add folders, they appear listed in a row beneath the File Picker, ready to be added.

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  3. Tap the OK button to add the selected folders to the Music app, and then click the Done button to close the window.

    Tap the OK button in the File Picker’s lower-right corner to add your chosen folder or folders to the Music app.

    The screen displays your newly added folder or folders. Tap Done to close the screen and return to the Music app.

When you return to the Music app, it lists your newly added music.

  • To remove a folder from the Music app’s catalog, follow the preceding Step 1. Tap the X in the upper-right corner of the folder you want to remove. (That doesn’t delete the folder; it just tells the Music app to ignore it.)

  • If you’re a Windows desktop person, take note that the Music app catalogs all the music stored in your Desktop app’s Music library. So, a simple way to add songs to the Music App is to place those folders in your Music library.

  • The Music app may display unexpectedly different artwork for your music. That’s because the app grabs the artwork from the Internet along with other bits of metadata.