If the question you’re asking concerns how to get music on Android, then we’ve got the answers. The task of acquiring music on devices running Google’s mobile platform is relatively easy compared to the rather complicated syncing method employed by Apple. Now before we begin, you’ll need to check which audio formats are supported by your smartphone or tablet. The manufacturer’s product page is precisely where you need to go for obtaining information of this sort. Also, certain versions of Android don’t support particular formats. For instance, playback for audio encoded in Flac was introduced in Honeycomb and later versions of the platform.
– 1. Manually copy music to Android:
Here we’re going to show you how to manually copy music to an Android device from a PC. The procedure is rather simple and involves carrying out basic copy and paste operations on a computer. There are a bunch of things you might want to keep at hand for successfully transferring music through this method. They include a USB cable (normally supplied with the smartphone or tablet), product drivers which are acquirable through the manufacturer’s website, and most importantly, a memory card with sufficient storage for hoarding the audio files you want. So let’s begin –
i. To get music on Android, first connect your handset or tablet to the computer through a USB cable. If the device is recognized by the PC, you will see a USB indicator on the left side of the Notification bar.
ii. Now, you need to slide down the Notification menu and tap on the ‘USB connected’ alert below the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Data options.
iii. There you’ll receive an option to ‘Turn on USB storage.’ Tap on it and select OK when a pop-up prompt stating ‘applications won’t be accessible when the memory card is mounted,’ appears.
iv. Once the device has enabled the USB Mass Storage mode, your computer should automatically bring up the AutoPlay menu with a couple of choices listed out. From there select the ‘Open folder to view files’ option.
v. If the AutoPlay menu didn’t show, you can access your memory card through My Computer, under the Removal Storage section.
vi. Once you’ve managed to access the memory card, the next step to get music on Android involves creating a folder named Music, if there isn’t one already.
vii. You’ll need to get your music files ready for transfer. For that, navigate to where they’re saved, then right-click on the desired ones and select Copy. You can also use the Ctrl + C shortcut from your keyboard to copy the content or simply drag and drop the files you want into the music folder.
viii. After copying all the necessary music files to your device, safely unmount the storage through the Taskbar and turn off the USB mode from the interface. In the drop-down Notifications menu, you’ll notice a ‘Scanning SD card media files’ or ‘Scanning external memory’ indicator. Wait for it to complete before running any application.
ix. With that done, head straight to the Music app and you’ll find the newly transferred content ready to play.
3. Acquire music through third-party applications:
If manually copying files isn’t what you’re looking for, you can even use third-party applications to get music on Android.
i. 4shared Music:
With 4shared Music, you can conveniently access a wide catalog of audio files online. Here, the application not only allows you to stream content, but also download any file hosted on the company’s server. You’ll be able to upload your tracks and entire playlists from a computer or device and access them through the application from almost anywhere. The service currently allots 15GB of free storage space to every new subscriber.
ii. Amazon MP3:
The Amazon MP3 application presents itself as an all-in-one music tool. It not only allows you to conveniently purchase tracks online, but also play back existing ones stored on your Android devices. On buying content from the online shop, you can either choose to save MP3 files directly to you device or on Amazon’s Cloud Drive service for free. Certain features of the Amazon MP3 application are available in the US and the UK only.
If you prefer streaming content online over downloading, the Spotify application provides you with access to a host of songs amounting to over 15 million from a catalog of artists. Besides listening online, you’ll be able to access tracks offline when data connectivity isn’t available. The app also allows you to share music with friends, mark tracks as favorite, create playlists and much more. The company is currently providing an extended trial period of 30 days instead of 48 hours.
If the aforementioned methods on how to get music on Android didn’t work out for you, check if you’ve done anything wrong inadvertently. It could also mean that the format you’re trying to access isn’t supported on your device. In the latter case, you could give a couple of audio apps from Google Play a try or pick one from our roster of the best music players for Google’s mobile platform. So now that you know what it takes to copy audio to Android devices, why not tell us what you’ve got lined up in your playlist.