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How To Video: Load music onto a mobile phone
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How To Video: Load music onto a mobile phone

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Learn how to transfer music from a computer to your mobile phone or download songs over the air.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> Mobile phone companies have been trying to get people to use their phones as MP3 players long before Apple got in the game. The problem has been and continues to be that's not always obvious how to get your music on to the phone. There's no perfect solution for loading music easily on to any phone but if you're confused about where to start here's a handful of tips that may help. First, find out if your phone came with a cable that allows you to connect to your computer usually this is something with a funky phone connector on one end and a USB plug on the other. If you use this to connect your phone to your computer there's a decent change the device will show up as a removable drive or as a Windows Mobile device. On a PC take a look in the My Computer directory and hopefully you'll find the device in a folder where you can drag and drop some MP3's. On a Mac you'll either see an external drive on your desktop or you won't in which case try searching the web for a Mac Utility for you phone or just try another one of these techniques. There's also a popular app out there called Double Twist that works with most popular phone brands and can also help you in transferring video and photos. Okay, a second method for loading music on to your mobile phone is to see if it supports micro SD cards or some kind of memory card expansion. Most phones are pretty light on built-in memory anyhow so if your phone has a memory expansion slot it can be a great way to give your phone extra memory and load your music files all in one shot. Now, to load music on to the card you'll want to get your hands on a USB card reader. These things shouldn't cost more than $20.00 and it'll let you load music on to the card for both Mac and PC. Once the files are on the card put the card into your phone, boot up the phone's music player and if the files don't show up right away look for a menu option where you can load the music from the card. Now, if your phone doesn't have a micro SD slot there's also Bluetooth. If your phone has Bluetooth and can connect to your computer you should be able to send files back and forth if you know what you're doing. Now, troubleshooting Bluetooth connections is a subject for a whole other video, but if you're feeling confident it's one more option you can explore. Finally, many carriers include an option for purchasing and downloading songs directly on your phone. Every phone puts this option in a different place but it probably won't be too far out of the way since carriers typically get a cut from song sales and want you to use this feature. It's definitely not a solution for getting your whole music library on to your phone and you'll likely pay a premium for the convenience but when all else fails it's good to know you have this option. So there you go, hopefully I've given you some helpful ideas on how to load music on to your mobile phone. For CNET.com I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:02:40 [ Music ]

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