How to Transfer Music to Non-iPod MP4 Players
By Kay Dean
Updated February 10, 2017
It's rectangular. It has a screen. It plays music, videos, pictures and audio files, and even has an address book. It's an iPod, right? Wrong! It's a generic, non-iPod MP4 player. (You can tell all your friends it's a "FauxPod.") Although it looks like an iPod, you don't transfer music to it in the same manner. iTunes will not work on these players at all, but there are two other ways to transfer music to the MP4 player.
Open Windows Media Player on your computer. Insert a CD into the CD player; after it loads, click "Rip"; this will transfer the music from the CD to the computer. Continue to transfer the music from CDs to the library in Windows Media.
View the files for the MP4 player in one of two ways. In the first, plug the MP4 Player into the computer using the USB cable. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner to open the Start menu. Click on "Computer" in the right-hand box. When the menu opens, it should have an icon for "Removable Disk"; click on this icon. This will open a screen for the Mp4 player. Click the small "boxes" icon in the upper right-hand corner of that screen to minimize it, so it does not take up the entire desktop.
View the files for the MP4 player in the second way. Plug the MP4 player into the computer using the USB cable. The AutoPlay box will open. At the bottom of the box, under "General Options," is a folder icon with "Open folder to view files" next to it. Click on this. It will open a screen for the MP4 player. Click the small "boxes" icon in the upper right-hand corner of that screen to minimize it, so it does not take up the entire desktop.
Make a file for Music in the screen for the MP4 player by clicking "Organize" on the toolbar. This will open a menu box. Click on "New Folder." An icon will appear in the main box with an empty title box next to it. Type "Music" in this box. Click it to name the folder. Leave the minimized screen for the MP4 player open on the desktop.
Click on the Windows icon to re[open the Start menu. Click on "Music" in the right-hand box. This will pull up a menu box with folders containing the various pieces of music stored on the computer. Minimize this screen and click and drag it so it is near the screen for the MP4 player.
Locate the folder for the music you want to transfer. Use the click-and-drag method to transfer the entire folder, or open the folder and click and drag particular songs. Click on the song (or folder) and drag it to the "Music" folder on the MP4 player's screen. The MP4 player will light up, indicating that the music is being transferred.
Transfer music using Windows Media Player. Open the program and plug the MP4 player into the computer using the USB cable. Click on "Sync" at the top of the toolbar. The music saved to the computer will be on the left side, and there will be a column on the right side titled "Sync list." If this is the first time you have done this, you will be asked to name the MP4 player. Then click and drag the music you want from the right side to the sync list. When you have selected all the music you want transferred, click "Start Sync." The MP4 player will light up, indicating that the music is being transferred. An icon will indicate that the transfer is complete.
Close Windows Media Player (or the Music Folder) to view only the screen for the MP4 player. Click on "Music" to see what music was transferred. Unplug the MP4 player.
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Windows Media Player
These methods also work for MP3 players.
You can also transfer pictures on your computer to the MP4 player using the click-and-drag method.
After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.