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How to Download Music to MP3 Player: A Beginner’s Guide

Knowing how to download music to an MP3 player is something music lovers should know. This becomes a necessity especially when you want to listen to a lot of songs while on the go. While music streaming is more popular these days, MP3 players are still a popular way to listen to music in a portable way.

Here is a beginner’s guide on how to download music to an MP3 player.

 

What is an MP3 player?

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An MP3 player is an electronic device capable of playing audio files in the MP3 format. This device usually small and compact which makes it a portable music player. 

It has a small hard drive within it that is capable of storing large amounts of MP3 audio files. These MP3 audio files usually contain songs. Aside from songs, these files can also be voice recordings, audiobooks, and podcasts. 

You can hear these files through the MP3 player’s built-in speakers. Hearing MP3 files is also possible through earphones, headphones, and speakers. The MP3 player allows its users to bring it around easily and to play music anytime and anywhere.

 

Other music players

There were other forms of music players before the MP3 player came. These took the form of boomboxes, cassette players and CD players. 

Boomboxes played music through its built-in cassette players, radio and CD player. These featured two loudspeakers through which you can hear the music that comes from a cassette tape or CD. While it is portable, it is quite large and bulky due to the amount of in-built devices it has.

A cassette player is a music player that can play cassette tapes. Cassette tapes had music or other audio recorded into magnetic tapes. Magnetic tapes use long plastic strips that can embed information. Meanwhile, a CD player is another music player that can play audio from CDs. CDs usually contain music and other audio files and recordings. These are usually digitally stored in a CD.

MP3 players aim to be more compact and portable than previous music players. They also aim to be able to store more music files in a much easier way. This player also aims to make music much more accessible for people to hear.

 

History of the MP3 player

The MP3 player traces its roots back to 1981. In that year, British businessman Kane Kramer filed a patent for the IXI. This became the first digital audio player. It was as small as a credit card, had a small screen and navigation and volume buttons. It had a chip capable of storing 8 MB of data or three and a half minutes of music.

In 1987, German research institute Fraunhofer Institut began its work on digital audio. Its aim was to code music that has high quality but low bit-rate sampling. The result of this work is the MP3 format which is patented in 1989.

The MP3 is more formally known as the MPEG-1 Audio Layer III. This is one of the most common coding formats for digital audio. This format allowed for high-quality audio to compress into much smaller file sizes. Before this, high-quality audio had to take up a lot of storage space. When compared to similar digital audio in CDs, you can see a great difference with MP3s. You can shrink down a digital audio file on CD by twelve times into an MP3 audio file.

By the 2000s, MP3 players have become widely available and popular. This is due to it being a small, compact player for a vast collection of songs. Its use of songs stored in MP3 format files made it easier for people to access songs. Its small file sizes became useful when Internet bandwidth and storage were premiums. They can be easily uploaded on and downloaded from the Internet. This is the reason why it was easy for people to access songs in MP3 format.

 

How do MP3 players work?

To understand how MP3 players work, we need to understand first how MP3 files work.

MP3 is a format for storing music and other audio recordings in a digital way. You can only decode and play files in MP3 format on devices like an MP3 player. These players cannot work with audio files stored in formats other than MP3. MP3 is a digital technology which means that music stored in this format becomes numbers. CDs also apply the same digital technology used to create MP3 files. But, the noticeable difference is how smaller MP3 files are than CDs. 

CDs also apply the same digital technology used to create MP3 files. But, the noticeable difference is how smaller MP3 files are than CDs. For example, an audio file on a CD has a 32 MB file size. The same file in MP3 format can only have a file size of 3 MB.

The MP3 format does this by compressing the audio file. You can compress audio files by lowering the bit rate. Bits are binary digits which can stand in for information. Lowering the bits means less information is being stored. The lesser stored information can mean reduced audio quality.

Audio files in MP3 format do have lower audio quality than those in CDs. But, usually, people cannot tell the differences in the audio quality of the two formats. Taking advantage of this, the MP3 format removes unnecessary information from audio files. The reason is that the removed information is inaudible and irrelevant. This allows the file’s compression to a small file size.

This removal of information bases itself on perceptual noise shaping. This means that the MP3 file compression happens based on the characteristics of a human ear. As a result, it seems as if the MP3 file did not lose as much audio quality. This happens as there are sounds a human ear can hear. There are also sounds that a human ear cannot hear. When two sounds play at the same time, you can hear the loud one but not the soft one. 

Considering these, MP3 file compression is possible. The quality of this compression while low is comparable to CDs. Audio files can even compress into MP3 format to the point of reaching near-CD quality. As a result of MP3 file compression, music became more accessible. Its small size meant sharing it through the Internet was not a problem. This is because it did not affect Internet bandwidth too much. Also, mixing MP3 files’ small size and large storage sizes, it is like music became an on-demand thing. You can carry around lots of songs on one device and listen to it anytime and anywhere.

 

How to download music on your MP3 player?

There are a lot of ways to download music on your MP3 player. These steps are usually easy to do and very straightforward. Here are some of the easy ways that you can do to download music on your MP3 player.

 

iTunes

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iTunes is a media player and media library created by Apple in 2001. It also serves as an app for buying music on the iTunes Store. But, during the early years after its 2001 launch, it was mainly for music. It was heavily used to store and transfer music into MP3 players.

But, while people know iTunes for MP3 files, it doesn’t actually handle MP3 files. iTunes actually uses the AAC file format. While AAC and MP3 are similar in format, AAC is a completely different digital encoding format. AAC can encode to provide a better sound quality but still have a file size similar to an MP3 file.

This means that before transferring music to your MP3 player, you need to do file conversion. You would need to convert an AAC file to an MP3 file. There is a simple way to do this.

  1. First, head to iTunes. Then, go to Edit and then to Preferences. After this, go to General and click on Import Settings. Under this should be the Import Using option. Click on MP3 Encoder and click on the two OKs that appears on your screen. This returns you to the library.
  2. Click on the songs that you want to convert. When highlighted, click on the File menu on iTunes. Following this, click Convert. Selecting the Create MP3 Version will convert the songs to an MP3 file. Once you do this, you can now download songs to your MP3 player.
  3. Start by plugging in your MP3 player into your computer. Then, open iTunes and select the songs that you want to download into your MP3 player. Copy the selected songs. Before copying the songs, make sure that they are in the MP3 format.
  4. After this, head to the folder of your MP3 player on your computer. Then, paste the copied songs on that folder. After this, you have successfully downloaded songs from iTunes into your MP3 player.

 

Using Windows Media Player

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Windows Media Player is a media player and media library created by Microsoft. Usually used for music, it is also used for viewing videos and photos. Aside from being a media player, it also has additional functions. These include music rip, disc burn, and content sync.

This media player is also used to download music into your MP3 player. This is possible by syncing your MP3 player with Windows Media Player.

To do this, start by opening Windows Media Player. After this, add the songs you want to download to your MP3 player into WMP’s library. Following this, move the songs into the sync list. To do this, select the Sync tab and click and drag the selected songs.

Once you have done this, sync your MP3 player with Windows Media Player. Then, select the song you want to download into your MP3 player. Clicking Start Sync will start transferring the song into your MP3 player.

 

Using Windows PC

It is possible to download music into your MP3 player by using a Windows PC. To do this, you simply plug in your MP3 player on the Windows PC. Then, you drag files into your MP3 player from the Windows PC.

To start, connect your MP3 player on your Windows PC. Do this using a USB cable. After that, go click on the Start Button. Head for the Explorer part and then open Windows Explorer. Locate your MP3 player, which is usually marked as a removable disc on My Computer. 

Following this, find the folder that contains the songs that you want to put into your MP3 player. Then, select the songs and drag and drop them into the MP3 player’s folder on your Windows PC. After this, safely remove your device from the Windows PC. Once you do this, you have successfully transferred music to your MP3 player.

 

Using MP3 player sync

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There is software out that that allows for the syncing of MP3 players. This means that you can download music directly to your MP3 player. You do not need to manually transfer music to your MP3 player using a computer.

First, get a software that allows for MP3 player sync. One such software is Syncios Mobile Manager. It allows for files such as MP3 files to be directly downloaded to your MP3 player. The software also allows for video downloads, as well as file conversions.

Then, have your MP3 player connected to your computer. After this, start a music download. Once, you start a music download, it will directly save to your MP3 player.

 

Where to download MP3 music? 

MP3 music is easy to find on the Internet. Its small file size allows for its easy sharing throughout the Internet. Here are some of the places where you can download MP3 music.

 

Doremizone

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Doremizone is a free online MP3 music downloader. You can start downloading MP3 music on this site using its search bar. A user can place in the song title, album title, artist name and the like to start searching for your song. 

You can also put in the URL of your song in the search bar. Doremizone supports a number of music hosting websites. It also supports video hosting websites. This downloader can take audio from videos and download it as an MP3 file.

Doremizone has an app that provides even more music download features. The app is known as Doremizone Music Downloader Pro. It can download more than 200 songs at once. This also has an MP3 file player and a music converter. Files downloaded in Doremizone are of high quality. It also has a smart feature that makes music downloads easy.

 

MP3Juices

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MP3Juices is another online MP3 music downloader. It features a search bar that allows you to search the ones you want to download. Simply insert in keywords such as song title, album title and artist name to start the download. You can also start downloads by simply putting in the file’s URL.

Aside from downloading MP3 files, it can also rip audio from videos. Once you insert a URL of a video from a supported site, it automatically starts a file conversion. You can convert files from video format into MP3 format. 

 

My Free MP3

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My Free MP3 is a free online MP3 music downloader. It features a very basic interface that allows for easy MP3 music downloads. The downloader centers on its search bar. You can use this search bar to sort through a vast collection of songs.

After finding your MP3 song, you can simply press the Download button. This starts your MP3 music download. The download then results in an MP3 file of your song saved on your device.

 

FrostWire

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FrostWire is a free and open-source software that allows for MP3 music downloads. The software does this through its use of the BitTorrent protocol. FrostWire is similar to LimeWire but has more features.

To download a piece of MP3 music, simply insert in keywords such as song name and artist name on the search bar. This does a quick search of any MP3 file to download. Once you find your MP3 music, FrostWire then starts an easy torrent for your MP3 music.

While torrenting your MP3 music, you can do a preview or play the file. It also offers a media player that can play your MP3 music once their torrent is done. When not accessing your MP3 files, FrostWire can serve as a media library for your files.

 

TuneFab

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TuneFab is not necessarily an MP3 music downloader. But, it does do screen recording. It can record anything that happens on your screen. You can create screenshots and even full videos with it.

While TuneFab is definitely focused on screen recording, there is a way to get MP3 files from it. This is because TuneFab allows you to rip music and audio from your screen recordings. These music and audio recordings can become an MP3 file when saved.

 

 

How to convert MP3 music from streaming sites?

These days, people usually get their music from streaming sites. This is due to the amount of music uploaded on these very accessible and mainstream sites. But, music from these sites is not downloaded as an MP3 file straight away.

For music streaming sites like Spotify, Soundcloud and Amazon Music, the way to do it is easy. First, find an online music downloader. Make sure that the downloader supports your music streaming site of choice. Then, insert the URL of the music you want to download. The downloader may ask you to set the quality of the music. If there is an option on the format type, choose the MP3 format. After this, the file should download.

For getting music from video streaming sites like YouTube, you would need a converter. Find an online converter. Make sure that it can convert YouTube videos into an MP3 file. This means that a YouTube video’s audio is ripped and turned into an MP3 file. Then, enter the video’s URL. There might be additional settings like audio quality. Once you have done this, start the download.

 

How to convert CD music into MP3?

If you are finding CDs to be a hassle, you can turn its stored music into an MP3 file. All you need for turning a CD music file into an MP3 file is Windows Media Player.

Start by inserting the CD. Then, open your Windows Media Player. Then, head for the Rip tab and choose More Options. Following that, go to Rip Music and select MP3 under the Rip Music. Select the songs you want to rip and click on Rip. Once the ripping of the CD music is complete, you can now see it as MP3 files on your computer.

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