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Downloading Music to an MP3/MP4 Player

 Downloading Music to an MP3 Player

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 (, 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:

MP3 Device Mounted to Ubuntu Desktop

Right click on the icon and select “Open”:

Open Filesystem Menu

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) :

Files on the MP3 Device

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:

Dragging a File from a Folder to the MP3 Device Window

When complete, this dialogue box will disappear – and you will see your new tracks in the MP3/MP4 filesystem window:

New Audio Files in the MP3 Device 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

Disconnecting the MP3 Device Window

Once the USB connection is removed, power on your MP3/MP4 player and browse your music –you should see the new tracks listed.

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