How to Add Music to Galaxy Tab from Your Computer - dummies

How to Add Music to Galaxy Tab from Your Computer

By Dan Gookin

Odds are good that your Galaxy Tab came with no music preinstalled. One easy way to add music to your Tab is to use music that you already have on your computer.

Your computer is the equivalent of the 20th-century stereo system — a combination tuner, amplifier, and turntable, plus all your records and CDs. If you’ve already copied your music collection to your computer, or if you use your computer as your main music storage system, you can share that music with your Galaxy Tab.

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 Galaxy Tab. Here’s how it works:

  1. Connect the Galaxy Tab to your PC.

    Use the USB cable that comes with the Tab.

    Over on the PC, an AutoPlay dialog box appears in Windows, prompting you to choose how best to mount the Galaxy Tab into the Windows storage system.

  2. Close the AutoPlay dialog box.

  3. Start Windows Media Player.

  4. Click the Sync tab or Sync toolbar button.

    The Galaxy Tab appears in the Sync list on the right side of the Windows Media Player.


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

  6. Click the Start Sync button to transfer the music from your PC to the Galaxy Tab.

    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 Tab plugged in.

When you have a Macintosh, or you detest Windows Media Player, you can use the doubleTwist program to synchronize music between your Galaxy Tab and your computer.

  • You must mount the Galaxy Tab — specifically, its MicroSD card — into your computer’s storage system before you can synchronize music.

  • The Galaxy Tab 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 Tab. Pay heed to the indicator!

  • Windows Media Player complains when you try to sync the Galaxy Tab to more than one PC. If you do, you’re warned after Step 6. It’s not a big issue: Just inform Windows Media Player that you intend to sync with the computer for only this session.

  • You can’t use iTunes to synchronize music with the Galaxy Tab without first installing the iTunes Agent program on your PC and configuring it to use your Galaxy Tab with iTunes.