Free music download for your mp3 player

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Free music download for your mp3 player
Free music download for your mp3 player
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This wikiHow teaches you how to download free music for your MP3 player.

Steps

Method 1 of 5: Download from SoundCloud

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Step 1. Open

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Google Chrome.

Click or double-click the Chrome app icon (a circle with red, yellow, green, and blue areas).

If you don't have the Google Chrome browser installed on your computer, you can install it by going to https://www.google.com/chrome/, clicking Download Chrome, double-clicking the downloaded file and instructions for installation

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Step 2. Add the SoundCloud Downloader extension

You can download music from SoundCloud with this free extension:

  • Open the SoundCloud Downloader page.
  • click on Add to Chrome.
  • click on Add extension when indicated.
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Step #3. Open SoundCloud

Go to https://soundcloud.com/ in Google Chrome.

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Step 4. Search for a song

Click the search bar at the top of the SoundCloud home page, type the name of the song you want to download and press Enter.

You can also enter the name of an artist (or an album) or search for a genre here

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Step 5. Find a song to download

Scroll down until you find the song you want to add to your MP3 player.

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Step 6. Click Download

It's below the song title and the sound wave bar. The song will then be downloaded to your computer.

You may need to confirm the download or select a save location before the file is downloaded

Method 2 of 5: Download from YouTube

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Step 1. Install the program '4K Video Downloader' on your computer

4K Video Downloader is a free program for Windows and Mac computers -- you can use it to download audio versions of all YouTube videos, including those with music. Do the following to install it:

  • Windows - Go to https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader, click Get 4K Video Downloader, after downloading, double click the installation file, click Yes, and follow the on-screen installation instructions.
  • Mac - Go to https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader, click Get 4K Video Downloader, after downloading, double-click the installation file, confirm the installation if necessary, click and drag the 4K Video Downloader icon into the "Applications" folder, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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Step 2. Open YouTube

Go to https://www.youtube.com/ in your computer's web browser. The YouTube home page opens.

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Step #3. Search for a music track

Click the search bar at the top of the YouTube page, then type the name of the song you want to download and press ↵ Enter.

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Step 4. Select a video

Click on the video that contains the audio you want to save. This opens the video.

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Step 5. Copy the address of the video

Select the full address in the browser's address bar at the top of the window, then press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac).

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Step 6. Open 4K Video Downloader

Click on double click on the green and white icon of 4K Video Downloader to open the program.

On a Mac, you'll find the 4K Video Downloader icon in the Applications folder

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Step 7. Click on Paste Link

This option is in the top left corner of the window. Your copied link will be pasted and 4K Video Downloader will start searching for your video.

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Step 8. Choose Audio as Download Category

Click the 'Download Video' checkbox in the upper left corner of the window, then click 'Extract Audio' in the resulting drop-down menu.

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Step 9. Choose a quality

Click the checkbox next to a quality (eg, "High Quality") in the middle of the page.

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Step 10. Choose a download location

At the bottom right of the window, click To leaf through, then select the folder where you want to save your downloaded MP3 and click Save.

  • On a Mac click here instead of To leaf through.
  • In most cases, you'll want to choose something that's easily accessible (for example, the "Desktop").
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Step 11. Click on Extract

It's at the bottom of the window. When you do this, the video will begin to download to an MP3 file in your selected location.

While 4K Video Downloader usually evades copyright issues, you may encounter an error when downloading popular music (e.g. a recent release from a prolific artist). You can wait a day and try again, or try downloading another file without deleting the error file, and see if the new download fixes the old file

Method 3 of 5: Download Audio Archive

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Step 1. Open Audio Archive

Go to https://archive.org/details/audio in your computer's web browser.

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Step #2. Click on the search bar

It's on the left side of the page.

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Step #3. Search for music

Type in the name of a song or artist, then press ↵ Enter.

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Step 4. Choose a song to download

Click on the name of a song you want to download to open the page.

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Step 5. Scroll down to the 'Download Options' heading

This is on the far right of the page.

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Step 6. Click on VBR MP3 option

It's in the 'Download Options' group. This will download the song to your computer as an MP3 file.

You may need to confirm the download or select a save location before the file is downloaded

Method 4 of 5: Using Music Streaming apps

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Step #1. Understand when to use a music streaming app

Streaming apps such as Spotify and Pandora are available on smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone, iPad and Android.

If you have a traditional MP3 player instead of a smartphone or iPod Touch, you should use one of the above methods

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Step 2. Download a music streaming app

Common streaming apps are Spotify and Pandora, but you can use any free streaming app in your smartphone's app store. Once you've opted for a streaming app, download it:

  • iPhone - Open the

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    , tap on To search, tap the search bar, type in your app name, then tap To search, tap on To retrieve to the right of the app's name, and enter your Apple ID or Touch ID when prompted.

  • Android - Open the

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    Play Store, type in the name of your streaming app and tap To search, select the name of the app, tap to install and tap Accept when requested.

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Step #3. Open the app

Tap on To open in the App Store or Play Store, or tap your app's icon on the Home screen.

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Step 4. Sign up for the service

Tap on To register (or a similar link), and fill out the resulting form to create an account.

If you already have an account, please log in with your account details (e.g. email address and password) and skip the next step

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Step 5. Go through the default settings

This depends on the app you selected, but usually you need to select your favorite genre(s) and/or artist(s).

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Step 6. Select music to listen to

Once you're done setting up your account, you can continue searching for songs, artists, playlists, and more -- selecting an item (e.g. a song) will usually prompt you to play it play.

Free versions of streaming apps usually come with ads, so you may not be able to create a playlist or select all the songs you want to listen to without having to listen to ads and/or other music you have not selected

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Step 7. Consider a subscription

If you buy a monthly subscription to your streaming service, you can usually remove ads and listen to music on a first come first served basis.

If you use Spotify, you must purchase your subscription via a computer

Method 5 of 5: Add music to an MP3 player

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Step 1. Make sure you have the right type of MP3 player

You can add music to a traditional MP3 player on both Windows and Mac computers.

  • To add music to an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod, you need to put the music in iTunes on your computer and then sync your iOS device with iTunes.
  • If you want to add music to an Android smartphone or tablet, you need to use Google Play Music or a USB cable.
  • If you're using a Windows computer with Windows Media Player, you can add your music through Windows Media Player instead (this doesn't work for Apple devices like iPhone).
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Step 2. Copy the music you want to add

Select the music by dragging the mouse over it, then press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac).

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Step 3. Connect the MP3 player to your computer

Connect the plug of the USB cable from the MP3 player to your computer and then connect the other plug to your MP3 player.

If you are using a computer with USB-C ports instead of USB 3.0 ports, you must first purchase a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter and connect it to your computer

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Step 4. Open your MP3 player's folder

This process depends on your computer:

  • Windows - Open

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    Explorer, click This PC, and double-click the name of your MP3 player in the 'Devices and drives' group. If the player's explorer window opens automatically, you can skip this step.

  • Mac - Open

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    Finder, click on your MP3 player on the left side of the window. You may also be able to double-click the MP3 player's name on the Desktop.

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Step 5. Go to the 'Music' folder

Depending on your MP3 player, you will find this folder in the original folder of the MP3 player or open the 'Internal' or 'Storage' folder first.

  • You may need to open a "Music Storage" folder instead.
  • You know you have the right folder when you find one that contains all the music files from your MP3 player.
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Step 6. Paste the copied music

Once you're in the 'Music' folder, press Ctrl+V (Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac) to paste the copied music.

It may take a few minutes for your music to finish copying to the Music folder

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Step 7. Eject your MP3 player and remove the device

Ejecting your MP3 player before removing it from your computer will prevent files on the player from being accidentally damaged:

  • Windows - Click

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    at the bottom right corner of the screen, right click on the flash drive icon and click Eject.

  • Mac - Click the 'Eject' button

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    to the right of the MP3 player name in Finder.

Tips

  • MP3 players can often play more than just MP3 files. For example, many MP3 players can play WAV, AAC or M4A files in addition to MP3 files.
  • You can convert most audio files into MP3 files.

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