How to Add Music to an MP3 Player

By David Coodin

MP3 players are convenient and portable devices that allow you to store and play music, podcasts and audio books. Unlike their predecessors, portable cassette and CD players, MP3 players can store entire music libraries. Adding music to your MP3 players depends on what type of MP3 player you have. For some MP3 players, special software is required to load music onto your device.

Things You'll Need

  • MP3 player
  • USB cord
  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • iTunes or other software (if necessary)

Step 1

Put digitized music on your computer in MP3 format. Burn music from compact discs using any audio program with burning capabilities, such as iTunes or WinAmp or download music from the Internet, either from iTunes or from another site. Save music into your iTunes folder or into the "My Music" folder on your PC.

Step 2

Attach your MP3 player to your computer with the USB cord. Open the iTunes program if you are using an iPod. Under "Devices," click on the tab for your iPod when it appears. Click the "Music" tab at the top of the screen. Check the box that says "Sync Music" and the one that says "Entire Music Library." Click the Sync button in the lower right-hand corner.

Step 3

Click on the Start menu if you are using another device. Click the "My Computer" icon. Click the icon for your MP3 player under "Devices with Removable Storage."

Step 4

Click the Start menu. Open the "My Music" folder. Drag the music you would like to put onto your device into the MP3 player icon. Keep dragging music folders until the device is full.

Step 5

Remove the device safely from the computer. Click on the eject icon in iTunes if using an iPod, or click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the lower right-hand corner of your PC. Wait for the MP3 player icon to disappear and remove.