How to Download Music to Your Ipod or PSP

The process of transferring music to your favorite portal device can be frustrating. Let’s face it, whether it’s the famous Ipod or even the widely popular PlayStation Portable (PSP), there are restrictions that need to be understood, and steps that need to be followed properly to transfer songs on to either music platform.

So how do I download music to my Ipod?

Downloading music from your hard-drive to you Ipod is done with the program called Itunes. This program comes with your Ipod purchase or can be downloaded at http://www.apple.com. The software is vital because it not only allows you to purchase from the popular Itunes music service, it’s also the only way you can transfer songs onto your Ipod.

So let’s look into the Itunes software, and more specifically, the Itunes library that is used to transfer songs from your hard-drive to your Ipod. You’ll find it on the left hand panel of the program. Your library contains all your songs, movies, and podcast that you want to transfer over. Through the Itunes library, you’ll be able to use their drag-and-drop feature for easy and fast transfer to your Ipod.

Before we move one to the next step, it should be made clear that songs that are downloaded from P2P clients might not show up on the Itunes library. You must add them manually, because you will not be able to transfer any songs until they are integrated into your Itunes library. Doing this is simple. Click on file>add file to library, locate the file you want to add, and press enter to complete the process. There is also the ‘add folder to library’ function which allows you to transfer a whole folder of songs into the Itunes library. This is quite handy to have if most of your songs are stored in one place on your hard drive.

Alright, let’s get back on track here. You know the proper steps in which to keep your Itunes library updated now, and the last step is a breeze. Plug in your Ipod to the USB port in your computer, and you’ll notice the new option to add songs from your Itunes library to the Ipod. Click and drag your files into the Ipod transfer screen and then you’re done! You’re now ready to explore the wonderful world of music without the burden of a large cumbersome computer to haul alongside you!

Downloading music to your PSP

The common misconception about the PSP is that it’s just to play old PlayStation games. It’s not. More and more it’s being used as a great alternative to an MP3 player, and the quality is just as good. There are however some drawback in the PSP that can make downloading music to your player extremely frustrating.

Lets get down to the drawbacks first, and what you need to know to start downloading files onto your PSP. The first is that some file extensions will not work. For example, every song downloaded from the Itunes music service will not work on the PSP because the .m4a extension, which is associated with Itunes, is not compatible with the PSP. Furthermore, if you’re a user of another popular music service such as napster, you’ll find that music downloaded from their service has restrictions placed on their files that will also not work with your PSP.

There are a few options to work around that. The first way to get around this problem is with the use of an audio conversion program. This software will convert a format such as the .m4a extension to an extension that is compatible with your PSP like the .MP3 format.

Currently, the only extensions that work with the PSP are the MP3, AAC, and WMA formats. Before you proceed on, make sure that your files end in the proper extensions!

The next step is to make sure your memory stick, which is where your songs will be stored, is formatted properly. It’s a fairly simple process. Turn on your PSP, go to system settings, and then format your memory stick. A music folder should automatically appear that will be used to place your music in.

How To Download Music Videos For Your PSP-Easily!

Get the Hardware Right!

The first thing you need to look at when thinking about downloading music videos to your PSP is the memory capacity. Your PSP should have an inbuilt memory size of 64 Mb, in addition you should also have a 32 Mb memory card which will have been supplied when you purchased it. In addition you should consider, if you haven’t already done so, purchasing a larger capacity memory disk, these range from 1 Gb to 4 Gb.

Compression Software Next

You should also consider the possibility of getting some compression software to work with the PSP so as you can store a lot more music videos. You could look at dbpoweramp to do the compression for you but lets not get into too much detail here about “technicalities”.

The fact is that the more prepared you are from a hardware point of view then the more seamless downloading music videos to your PSP is going to be.

Once you have the PSP “sorted” then it’s time to move on to making sure that your PC is suitably set up to help transfer the music videos.

As a minimum, you’re going to need a DSL Internet connection to enable fast downloads to your PC. Ideally you will have a USB cable to connect directly from the PC to the PSP. At this stage, the PSP should be off.

Once the PC is connected to the PSP, you will need to turn on the PSP. The PC will then recognize the PSP as new hardware. Once this is done you will need to press X this allows the desktop on the PC to recognize this as a volume with no title.

Next, you will need to to access the memory card of the PSP and search for the folder named “PSP”. Within this PSP folder there will be four sub-folders and these are videos, games, saved data and the last one is photos.

You May Need Conversion Software!

The next step is to create a new folder and name it “MP-ROOT”, so you will now have five folders in total. You should then create a sub-folder of MP-Root and name it 100 MNV01, this is a standard file name to ” house” the music video that you wish to download. This step is important as video files are nearly always in MP 4 format and the PSP player only plays MP3 format files this means that the MP 4 files must be converted to play on the PSP player.

This conversion of the DVD files or music video files can be done on the PC before transfer. Once conversion has occurred then it is a relatively simple process to download these videos or any DVD to your PSP.

Is there any easier method?

The simple answer is yes. There are sites on the net which are dedicated to PSP downloads and these are commonly referred to unlimited download sites. One of the major benefits to the reputable sites in this sector is that they provide, or at least as a minimum should provide, software that will enable you to convert any format of any music video so as it can be played on your PSP.

In fact, many of these PSP download sites have extensive tutorials on how to effectively download videos, DVDs, games and music which means that it has been made relatively simple and straightforward for you to download media into your PSP. The additional benefits of these sites is that they have fast download speeds, files are free of viruses, and there is a massive choice of current and older music videos, tunes and even movies.

You may be thinking that these sites are going to cost a small fortune however, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that they are usually no more than $35 for a lifetime membership and unbelievably this includes the ability to download an unlimited number of files.

So, if you’re looking to download music videos you should at least check out some of the best and most reputable unlimited download sites available on the market.