How Do You Put Songs on an MP3 Player?

Use iTunes or Windows Media Player to transfer songs from your computer to your MP3 player. Tools for this include a Windows or Mac computer, an MP3 player and a USB cable or iPhone-compatible cable.

  1. Connect your MP3 player

    Connect your MP3 player to your computer using a mini- or micro-USB cable or an iPhone cable. Plug the small end into the MP3 player and the USB end into the computer.

  2. Open a media player

    Open Windows Media Player or iTunes, depending on whether you use a Windows or Mac computer; iTunes works for both Windows and OS X. For iPods and other Apple MP3 players, iTunes automatically detects these devices and provides an option for syncing the content. For non-Apple devices, locate the Sync tab in Windows Media Player to connect the MP3 device.

  3. Sync the files

    In iTunes, click the Music tab to select your sync options, or expand the icon to view the content on your player. Next, drag and drop songs from your iTunes library to your device. In Windows Media Player, enable or disable the automatic sync option. Select all the songs you want to transfer to your device, and click Start Sync. Wait for the process to finish, and unplug your MP3 player.