Downloading Music to an MP3/MP4 Player
Many people own MP3 or MP4 players – which are small, portable, hand hand devices that can play audio files (-in the case of MP3 players) or audio plus video (-in the case of MP4 players). They are sometimes collectively referred to as "Digital Media Players".
However, not all MP3/MP4 players sit well with Linux: Apple iPods tend to be designed to work with their own computers and a lot of other manufacturers seem to assume everyone will be running Microsoft. If you're going to be synchronising your MP3 from your Linux PC (-and you should), then look for a device that, when connected to a PC, mimics a USB Flash Drive (-also known as a “USB Memory Stick”). I use a player from PMP UK (http://www.pmpuk.com/), which does exactly that – although I believe the Samsung Yapp (YP- series) and also do this.
To connect an MP3 player of this type, simply attach it to one end of the supplied USB cable and the other end to a spare USB slot on your computer. Linux will automatically detect the device as another filesystem:
Right click on the icon and select “Open”:
If you are using Fedora, the MP3/MP4 player will directly open up the File Manager window, with the player's files listed under an entry in the "Devices" section.
This should open a window listing all the files on that device (-Note: the example device is an MP4 player, hence it also contains video) :
in Fedora, a dialogue box will display asking you which application you want to to use to access the CD: choose "Open Folder" and click "OK" to display the files in a File Manager window.
Now, it is simply a case of opening a window or tab to the location where track (-or selection of tracks in the example below) on your PC resides and left-click/dragging it to the MP3/MP4 player drive window/tab before releasing the left mouse button to “drop” it on the device:
When complete, this dialogue box will disappear – and you will see your new tracks in the MP3/MP4 filesystem window:
Once you have transferred all the tracks you require, right click on the MP3/MP4 Player icon and choose “Safely Remove Drive”. This will allow you remove the player without any adverse effects:
Note: in Fedora, you will need to right click on the device entry in the file manager window to see this option
Once the USB connection is removed, power on your MP3/MP4 player and browse your music –you should see the new tracks listed.