Brand new to iPhone or smartphone?

Doubletwist_screenshotIf you are into singing and you just got your first iPhone, you might want to take advantage of the many capabilities of the iPhone. One such ability is to store your favorite karaoke tracks on the device so you can play it anywhere you want without the need for an internet connection. It is a fairly easy task. At a high level here are the steps

  1. Install iTunes: You would have already downloaded and installed iTunes onto your laptop/computer. This is a must anyway to register the iPhone with Apple
  2. Import your music: The iTunes software will prompt you to scan your hard disk for music. But what if you just acquired, say, a new Sonu Nigam Karaoke CD and wants these tracks on your device. Well, you can import the songs from the CD from within the iTunes library. The relevant instructions can be found on Apple site or see this link.
  3. Sync the iPhone with your library: The third step is to sync (synchronize) your music library on your laptop/computer’s iTunes library onto your device. For this you connect your iPhone to the laptop. iTunes will detect your device and depending on the settings, will auto-sync your library. If you have a huge library and the storage on your device is not so large, then you can create playlists in your library and sync selected playlists. Here are the instructions.

You can find many videos on YouTube related to steps 2 and 3. But for an iPhone it is just the steps – 2 and 3, given step 1 is a necessity. After sync’ing, you will find the same playlists and songs on your device as in your iTunes library. Any change you make in either the library or on the device, will get sync’ed next time you connect your device to the library and run the synchronization process. This includes ratings, number of times a song was played, etc.

That’s for iPhones. But, what if you had bought an Android smartphone? With an Android device, it is more simple, but needs a bit of an understanding of how file systems work. I copy all my music from CDs or other media onto my home laptop (it is a good backup, anyway). Connecting the Android phone to the PC using the same micro-usb cable that you use to charge your phone will ‘reveal’ the phone’s content on your PC much like other files and folders you have on your computer. Then, you can drag and drop files from your PC onto your device. You can use the built-in music player on the Android device to play your songs.

This is in a nutshell what needs to be  done. There are apps that manage the process and make it easier.  MusicMonkey, Winamp, DoubleTwist, iSynr are good choices. Many of these are freely available. Here is a good related article.

Alternatives: If you don’t want to go through the process of synching, just open an account with Dropbox. If you have a Google account, you already have access to Google’s cloud storage via GoogleDrive. Microsoft and Amazon have their own option. You get free storage that is more than enough for a beginning with these services – we are talking about storing 100s or even 1000s of songs for free here. You then upload your files to the Cloud. With Dropbox and GoogleDrive, you actually see these as a folder on your computer. Then you can just drag and drop your tracks and access it on your smartphone via a music player app.

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