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How To Transfer Music to a PSP Memory Stick

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Even though the PSP is mainly a gaming machine, it also makes a great portable music player. You won't be able to fit your whole music collection on a single Memory Stick (though they get bigger and cheaper every day), but you can easily switch to new music once you know how to transfer the files.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Insert a Memory Stick into the Memory Stick slot in the left side of the PSP. Depending on how much music you want it to hold, you may need to get a larger one than the stick that came with your system.
  2. Turn on the PSP.
  3. Plug a USB cable into the back of the PSP and into your PC or Mac. The USB cable needs to have a Mini-B connector on one end (this plugs into the PSP), and a standard USB connector on the other (this plugs into the computer).
  4. Scroll to the "Settings" icon on the home menu of your PSP.
  5. Find the "USB Connection" icon in the "Settings" menu. Press the X button. Your PSP will display the words "USB Mode" and your PC or Mac will recognize it as a USB storage device.
  6. If there isn't one already, create a folder called "PSP" on the PSP Memory Stick -- it shows up as "Portable Storage Device" or something similar -- (you can use Windows Explorer on a PC, or Finder on a Mac).
  7. If there isn't one already, create a folder called "MUSIC" inside the "PSP" folder.
  8. Drag and drop image files into the "MUSIC" folder just as you would save files in another folder on your computer.
  9. Disconnect your PSP by first clicking on "Safely Remove Hardware" on the bottom menu bar of a PC, or by "ejecting" the drive on the Mac (drag the icon into the trash). Then unplug the USB cable and press the circle button to return to the home menu.

Tips:

  1. You can listen to MP3, ATRAC3plus, MP4, WAV and WMA files on a PSP with firmware version 2.60 or higher. If your machine has an older firmware version, you can't play all formats. (To find out what version your PSP has, follow the tutorial linked below, then check the firmware profiles to see what formats your PSP can play.)
  2. Memory Stick Duo is a better type of stick than Memory Stick Pro Duo for music files. Memory Stick Pro Duos may not recognize all music files.
  3. You can create subfolders within the "MUSIC" folder, but you cannot create subfolders within other subfolders.

What You Need

  • a PSP
  • a computer
  • a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo
  • a USB cable with a Mini-B connector on one end
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