Hi Dave, I just got a brand new Samsung D500 and I want to put music onto it via USB cable, but it won’t work. How do I do it?
First off, a disclaimer: I don’t have a Samsung D500 so I can’t test out what I’m going to explain here. However, just about all the MP3 players on the market work in the same way – and it’s how the Sony PSP works too, in fact – so let’s just talk about the general solution for downloading music onto an MP3 player.
The first step is to see if there’s any special software available from the vendor to help the process along. With the D500, for example, go to the Samsung Web site and click on “Support”, then type in the product name. I typed in D500 and then choose “TV, video and audio”. Wrong choice: no matches. I tried again with “Computer and related products” and got a list of three possible matches, one of which is your product, the SGH-D500.
Turns out that the D500 is a mobile phone, actually, not a simple MP3 player at all (wish you would have mentioned that, btw!) but I figured it out. Turns out that there’s a raft of different user manuals available on the D500 download center page, and, clicking on the Software tab, it turns out that there’s software you can download from Samsung too, including “Samsung PC Studio PC Sync (ver 2.0)” which is probably what you’d want.
Generally, though, if you don’t have any software or can’t find anything for your MP3 device (which, as you can see, includes cellphones!) then you should be able to copy across MP3-format audio files by:
- Hooking up the device to a USB connection on your computer.
- Going through the settings on your device to find a “USB CONNECT” or “USB MODE” option. Some devices do that automatically when they detect power on the USB cable, others (like the Sony PSP) require you to do it manually).
- Your computer should now automatically detect the device, probably showing it as a removable hard disk. Both Macs and Windows XP computers do a very good job with this, older operting systems can be more challenging (e.g., Windows 98, MacOS 9).
Now you just need to rummage around a bit and figure out where music files should be stored. One way to do this is to pay for one song to be downloaded from a service, if that’s an option, then see if you can find where it’s stored on your MP3 device and drop other songs into the same place. If that’s not an option, then just put a few songs in different directories and see if your device can find it once you disconnect and try to play a song or two.
Hope that helps you out! If anyone wants to send me a fancy MP3 player so I can test it out, I’d be happy to hear from you.