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Move music from PC to player
Know your software
By Russell Kibbee
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2000-10-25
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Your portable music player is the ticket to music everywhere, but all the technology in the world will not play music if there is no music on the player. This is where the music transferring software that comes with your portable player really shines. A firm knowledge of how this works will help you to make a better decision on a player and allow you to understand any software that you may encounter.

Step 1: Manage your music
You should look at your main computer as the base for all of your music. Because you cannot rip and encode music on your portable player, you will need to use your computer for this purpose as well as storage.

Step 2: Blending hardware & software
Once you have digital music stored on your computer, then you will need to install the software that comes with your player. All players use their own proprietary software, so you should consider the ease of use and stability of this when buying a player.

Step 3: Demo if possible
There is no way for you to know if the player of your dreams comes with nightmare software. The best you can do is to view the company’s website to get a feel for it or read reviews on some of the major sites such as mp3.com’s hardware area.

Step 4: Careful where you buy
Buy from a website or store with a liberal return policy. That way, if you do buy a player that comes with bad music transferring software, you can always take it back and get another player with better software. Beware of restocking fees and shipping charges when dealing with website returns.


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