How to Play Music From an SD Card

By Stephen A. Powell

Play music stored on SD cards from your personal computer.
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Playing digital music on your computer provides convenience in that you do not have to leave your workstation to hear your favorite songs. You can store digital music on SD cards for storage and easy transport between SD card-enabled devices. Provided your computer has an SD card reader, you can play music directly off SD cards. Use a USB SD card reader if your computer does not have one built in.

Connect a USB SD card reader to your computer if you do not have one built in. Insert the USB SD card reader's USB plug into an available USB port on your computer.

Insert the SD card containing the music you wish to play into your SD card reader. Doing so allows your computer to recognize the SD card as a connected storage device and make use of its contents. The SD card's device icon will appear on your computer's desktop or in its file manager, such as Windows Explorer or Finder.

Double-click the SD card's device icon. Doing so reveals its file folder's contents.

Double-click the music file icon you wish to play. Doing so will launch the media player application associated with the song's file type. Alternatively, you may launch the media player application and open the music file from the "File" menu's "Open" or "Play" option. Select the music file from the SD card in the ensuing file browser.