PC to Sony PSP: How do I download music?
Dave, Help! How do I download music from my HP Windows computer to a Sony PSP computer? The system says it is downloaded but the PSP says that there are no tracks available?
Hmmm... I'm trying to figure out whether researching this question would justify me buying a Sony PSP and claiming it as a tax deduction on next year's taxes (a curiously apropos question since today is April 15th, when we file income taxes here in the United States). :-)
More seriously, here are the steps you'll need to go through to get your music to download successful from your Windows PC to your new Sony PSP unit:
- Connect the PSP to your PC with a USB cable. (about $10: buy a USB cable for your PSP)
- Press the "home" button on the PSP (it's a tiny button to the lower left of the screen) then use the left-right directional buttons to find "Settings", then the up-down buttons to find "USB Connection" on the PSP.
- Press the "X" button (you got it, the round button with the "X" on it) and your PSP should display "USB Connection".
- In a moment or two your computer should tell you that a new USB device has been connected, then show you a new generic hard drive, usually E: or F:
- Click on the drive letter that corresponds to the PSP unit.
- Now create a new folder on that drive and name it "psp".
- Within the new "psp" folder create another folder, and name it "music".
- Copy your desired mp3 files into the new "music" folder.
- When you're done copying your desired music tracks, press the "O" button on the PSP to get out of USB connect mode.
Now you're ready to go! Use the left-right arrows to move to the music area, then the up-down arrows to find "Memory Stick". Chose that folder by pressing the "X" button again, and you should be able to find all your favorite music!
Note that the PSP running older firmware (firmware is the "operating system" of the PSP) does not support any Windows Media formats i.e WMA & WMV, so any music you have in that format must be converted to MP3 before copying to your PSP. Fortunately, Sony's very own Image Converter 2.1 can convert all your music with a very simple GUi and will then also manage all the measuring and transfering for you too.
If Image Converter doesn't seem up to snuff, then there are various other solutions for converting audio files, including the free Windows application Switch, written up here: How to convert WMA audio files into MP3 audio files.
If you really want to play WMA format audio files, make sure you have the latest version of the firmware from Sony (see below for update instructions).
That should get you up and rockin' in no time!
Additional useful tutorials:
• How to format your PSP memory stick
• Update your PSP firmware via wifi network
• Update your PSP firmware without a wifi network
• How to get music to play on your PSP
Thanks to PSP owner Tommy Martin for his help
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Reader Comments To Date: 695
By GUI I mean the "graphical user interface", but really, when I read the directions again, what I should say is that you need to use the little HOME button to get to the top level menu on the PSP itself, then use the left or right arrow to move to the SETTINGS option, then use the up or down arrow to find "USB CONNECT". Once you're there (again, on your PSP screen) select the USB CONNECT by pushing once on the "X" button, the bottom of the four buttons on the right side of the PSP screen. Hope that's a bit clearer!
How do i download games to my psp. I can download movies, music and photos but whenever i go to download a game on to there it says this folder is empty. Please help me i have got loads of class games to transfer on there.
how do u put games from comp to psp. PLZ
What usb can apple use what should i use i have mac o x hardware?
how do you put movies on your psp?
Sam, modern Macs, like modern PCs, can work with USB 1.0 or USB 2.0, so they're definitely quite compatible with the Sony PSP. You'll be fine with just about any PSP to computer cable.
Roger, please see:
can you get music frome your ipod to your psp using a USB cable. I think its the same mp3 format but im not sure.
Cody, I don't know how you could do that, you need to have a computer in the middle somehow. Transfer iPod -> PC (or Mac), then transfer PC -> PSP.
I have been using morpheus for 2 years now. When I try to search for a song it says trying to connect to network...it never does. What am I doing wrong, or what can I do?
i dont no how to play my music it is on and the memory stick has some memory took off it just says no tracks and stuff can you use windows media player thats what i have been using
Can you give a step by step in how to download CDs to your psp? I puchased the PSPware for windows but still havent figured out how to get my ITUNES songs onto this thing!!
Not sure what Morpheus actually is, Jane, but I think it's a p2p network, and if so, I don't offer support for peer to peer tools because of the very high incidence of illegally copied content on those networks.
Dude, you need to either enable WMA format on your (firmware 2.6 only) PSP, or you need to convert it into MP3 format. This can be done with an audio converter: try download.com for one.
Vicki, that's a great question. I'll try to field it in the next few days or so... Good luck!
Dave, I copied music from windows media player onto my psp, but all i see is less memory space everytime and no tracks. Is there more past USB mode?????????????
what round button? I have been trying to find out how to get music for three houres and I can not find the round button. Is it on windows Media Player? is it on the psp? I dont know and it is driving me crazy!!!!!!
How do we format music to MP3 to download on PSP..you have the best website for this...also, how do we do movies...we need help! Anything at all that you can tell us will be very helpful, we know nothing about all this.
Mary and Alex
Hey Dave, i got my psp and looked alot for how to add music videos, i can play regular music just not videos or music videos. I hear u have to down load a new version to do it,because it will ake the folder for you. I was wondering if you could help me with it soon.
Dave, I wrote before but then something else happened. When I copied music from windows media player to my psp it did show that line that goes across when the music downloads onto it. Then after that I go to music and click on the memory card which has less memory space and it says no tracks when I click on the memory card. It has nothing about any folders at all. What the heck is happening???????????????????????
how do you get free downloads on my psp
give me a site
i cant seems to find my "E:" drive in my computer can someone help me to install it or anyway to get it...plz plz plz plz
I have just bought a PSP. i connected the USB to the PC. a window pops up, and i tell it to open files. in the PSP file, i made a file and named it "MUSIC". Then i went to my Windows Media Player 10. Then i synced the music into the PSP. The music went to the PSP and it was on the same screen as the PSP folder. I dragged the music into the PSP folder. then into the MUSIC folder. The songs showed up with an icon of the Windows Media Player. i htink that may be the problem.
Can you tell me how i can make the songs into MP3 format? If i need to download any programs or something, please tell me how to download them, and they must be free. also, plz make the instructions clear. it is in your hands to make my life good with my PSP. So plz help me. i will be forever grateful to you for this.
how do you take music and media off of your psp?
I am nowhere near what you are talking about. Please tell me what is the round and the cross button. And please tell me what you mean by generic drive E:. Also I am not sure how to make the files MP3 files. You have given me the best information so far due to I can not comprehend to what Sony customer care is saying. I just do not get what you mean by round and cross button and the instructions are to hard for me to comprehend. Thank you for your time. I hope you understand what I am talking about and if you could please please please help me please!!! I also do not no what a URL is. That is why I put What??????
I downloaded the music but it shows there is no tracks on my PSP. Can you please tell me what i did wrong or how how can i fix it?
Oi, Dave. Most of this stuff seems like it should work, but I have a tiny little problem. Every time I try to transfer music into the Music folder, I get the following error:
Cannot copy: -Music-: Cannot find the specified file.
Make sure you specify the correct path or filename.
Now, I thought it might be an isolated problem. Sadly, it isn't... this happens with ALL of my music files. They're all in mp3 format... so I have no idea what's going on. Help, please?
Hey Dave, I have a PSP and I did everything you said so far, but when i go to create another folder it says access denied. Do you know why?
how do i download music from my sony pc(rb series)to my psp? merry x-mas
Thank goodness that I googled this site. I just bought my son a psp for xmas and now we were trying to download music to it. Fortunately I found the answers here, but my big question is or I should say my big rant is... for $300.00 I think the least they could do is give you decent instructions and then they send you to their website for additonal info but all it does is give you an overview to buy more product. I would think they should make users write their instruction files. Maybe then people would actually know what to do.!
Thank you Dave.
i got my psp about a month ago and i dont know how to make a new folder. I understand the rest of the steps but, i just dont know how to make a new folder.
how do u put videos from ur comp to ur psp
I have a Windows 98 and i can't figure out hoe for my computer to recognise that the Usb cable is in? What do i do? Please help.
I have a Windows 98 and i can't figure out how can my computer recognise that the Usb cable is in? What do i do?
do i need a program or something
where can i get that program
Hi Dave, I downloaded a few games from the net for psp, but I have no idea so as to put it into the psp. Please help. Thanks.
At this point in time, AJ, I don't offer support for game downloads for the Sony PSP. Try going to http://www.psphacks.com/ for hints and suggestions.
well i have followed your directions on downloading the music but when it says eject and i do that it says make sure all files are closed so i press of and check to see if all of the music is there and it shows that there is 58mg when i had468mg to start with and i dont know where it is all a??
I am VERY conefused. I hooked up my USB connection and then something came up saying
"The Device can perform Faster
This USB device can perform faster if you connect it to a Hi-Soeen USB 2.0 Port.
For a list of available ports, click here"
What is wrong with it dave? Do I need something, or did I put the pluug into the wrong part of my computer? please help.
I just got my new psp for Christmas and the second I got it I put all my iTunes songs on my psp in my music folder in the psp folder. But they dont show up on the psp. How to I convert my iTunes music files into MP3 files? Just give me links, or programs, or anything I can download or buy so i can convert these files! Thanks!
Just what it says, Jarrel: the PSP knows "USB 2.0", which is a faster communications system than the older USB 1.0, and you've plugged your PSP into a 1.0 port. (they're different hw). You can safely ignore it, but if you can figure out where your USB 2.0 port is on your computer, it will work better.
Nothing is working can you help me download music on to my PSP
I can't download any music to my PSP I have a 1 gig. card. I can't seem to change the itune format to mp3. I've tried everything... Please HELP........
i put songs on the psp but when i go to music the are no tracks
This is probably the funniest page I've ever been to!
Oh, and by the way GUI=Graphical User Interface (the thing u see when you start the psp). Great stuff all of you. Keep up the good work!
I got a PSP for Christmas recently and when I plug it in to the computer using the cable that came with my giga pack a small box appears and then I open the music file and copy some music and put it in. Then my PSP has this little bar showing that somethings happening while I copy the songs, then I see that I used up some space. I go to music and then it says the name of the group but that there are no tracks. I really do not know what to do Dave. Please help me.
Hey guys does anyone know if they are gonna make any pokemon psp games? oh, and Pikachu....thats me...I have alot of different pokemon screen names....and I like pokemon alot...
They wont make any pokemon games, thats NINTENDO!!! But they are gonna make a final fintasy game. Maybe I can get some final Fantasy music on it too. What do you think Davey Crocket?
Dave, I'm trying to connect my PSP USB to my computer. When I press USB CONNECTION on my PSP, my computer tells me a USB high speed device is connected to a non-high-speed port. What should I do?
I still have no idea what I am doing. I install everything correctly and its in my computer. But its still searching for psp I cannot transfer songs to load into the psp. I cant figure out how to make folders. Am I supposed to make folders in the psp and the computer? and do I have to make folders in my computer?? Please help I am ready to return everything cause its just to complicated thanks
IS EASY TO GET SONG ON YOUR PSP FROM THE COMPUTER 1 PLUG IN YOUR PSP USB TO YOUR COMPUTER 2 SOMETING SHOULD POP OUT WHEN IT THOUSE GO TO FOLDERS 3 CREATE A NEW FOLDER CALD PSP AND A NEW ONE CALD MUSIC 4 PUT MUSIC TOGETHER WHITH PSP FOLDER NOW YOU GOT YOUR FOLDERS READY.REMEMBER THAT PSP ONLY DOWLOADS MP3 MUSIC SO WHEN YOUR REDAY TO RIP A CD RIGHT CLICK WHERE IT SAYS RIP GO TO TOOL THEN OPTIONS GOT TO RIP MUSIC THEN CHANGE IT TO MP3 NOW YOUR RIPING MP3 MUSIC.THEN CLICK ON ANY SONG YOU WANT TO TRANSFER TO YOUR PSP WHEN IT FINISHIS RIPIN.THEN RIGHT CLICK THE SONG YOU WANT GO TO WHERE IT SAYS OPEN CONTAINING FOLDERS.NOW CLICK ONCE ON THE SONG YOU WANT AND GO TO COPY FILE AND CLICK ON MUSIC YOU SHOULD SEE THAT YOUR PSP IS RECIVING THE SONG.REMEBER THAT YOU HAVE TO BE ON USB CONNECTION ON YOUR PSP ALL THIS TIME.
when i hook my usb cable into my pc (window 98) my pc does nothing please help and what do i do when it does something?????????????
I got it dave. Thanks alot. I don't have a 2.0 port, but I can still use my 1.0 port. Now I have just one last question, how do I convert the music on my cd to MP3 music?
I had a friend that told me I needed to upgrade windowms media player to WMP10, but it nothing is still working for me, do you have a solution?
I have followed your instructions on converting music to MP3 format, but when I click the convert button it tells me that the song is protected. I have downloaded from MusicMatch Jukebox onto my PC. Does this have something to do with it.
i have followed your directions but when i copy the music files into the music folder, a popup comes up saying "this file is too large for the destination drive: if possible, insert a higher-capacity disk" do you know what this means? and if so can you tell me how to fix this?
Ok, Dave, I got PSP for son for Christmas, I am running Windows XP with usb 2.0. Formatted the memory, tried every usb port but still getting "USB Device not Recognized", tried this on another computer at a friend's home the usb device read. Is there somewhere I download the drivers? or do need to take my laptop to the shop
i was reading how to download music from the PC on to the PSP and it said to go to GUI what is that and where is it located
Cheers Dave , after reading all your instructions to download music on to my PSP i still couldnt do it, so on your advice downloaded Sonic Stage to my computer and wow ive done it .Once you have downloaded sonic stage it does it all for you,give it a try.
Gary.....U ned a bigger memory card....u can get it from best buy circuit city office depot w/e....just make sure it says psp compatible tho
Sorry about that, Nick. "GUI" is a graphical user interface and it's my bad with the jargon! What I mean to say is that 'Use the PSP as usual to find your MUSIC area'. :-)
Dave, You are a saint!!!! I would be driven mad by all this! I have read all of the previous entries, and have decided to take note of some of your answers to others who have asked what I was going to!! Rather than make you repeat yourself again, I will only ask if I am still stuck!! Thanks for your advice!
i have tried this and the psp displays that there are no music tracks on the psp. what do i do?
haha....now the helper needs help....if anyone knows...the exavt message i get when i try to transfer files is 'Error Copyinf File or Folder "Cannot Copy (song name....Make sure you specify the correct path and file name"' if anyone can help me that would be great
HI dave. I need some help putting videos on my psp. Music videos from itunes. I bought a PSP set up software named MAX MEDIA, MEDIA MANAGER SOFTWARE. I figured out the pictures + music( god does reading the directions help. lol) It has to do with putting saved pictures and music on the F file, then PSP, then in music/pictures, then MP3 for music. I kow i cant downlaod the videos (or music) from itunes onto the psp, but i tried to save from itunes to F. its doesnt show up on the psp. Tahnks for your help. if i had a credit card, i would buy you a chai,but at age 13 i dout my parents wil give me a credit card.
How do I change music into mp3 format using Windows Media Player??
How do you go on the internet on my PSP? How do you download songs on my PSP?
I have an MP3 player but I can't put my music on it from Limewire on my computer. What do I do?
Hey dave, its jarrel again...
I wante to know where can I go to download FREE music on my psp?
Stella and Jarrel, I don't offer help with peer to peer (p2p) applications because in my experience almost everything you can find there is illegally copied. So you're on your own with limewire and your quest for free music...
yeah i bought a usb program called MAX MEDIA, MEDIA MANAGER SOFTWARE and i was wondering how do i put music from itunes to my psp
You're not the first person to mention Max Media, actually, but i don't have a copy so I can't really go too far with helping you.
thanks dude im gonna try ur instructions right now.i hope they work.
hi, i need sum help with my psp.
i cannot get my computer to recongize the usb mass storage system. When i connect my psp to my computer with the USB cable, and then i go to add new hardware, while it is tryint to install it i have this error The NTKERN.VXD device loaders for this device could not load the driver(Code 2). it said click update to fix it and i did. but when i did it have this problem The file USBNTMAP.sys was not found.
so how do i fix this???
i am using window me
Thanks man that worked like a charm i got music on my psp now.... thanks :)
dave i have no idea hot to transfer music to my psp when i try to sync the music my computer says it on my psp but when i go to my music its empty
Ive tried so much to get music onto my psp, ive tried all what you have said, can you tell me how to put the files onto the psp and then put music onto it, thanks
i do not no what to do after i click on usb connection 4 the download music please help me.
I've tried so much to get music onto my psp, i've tried all what you have said, can you tell me how to put the files onto the psp and then put music onto it, thanks
yoo wut up.......how do u put music videos onto the psp.....i heard u have to convert it to an mp3 file but i dont know how u think u could explain it to me..?
i put the cord in and it only did nothing
can you tell me how 2 put music onto my psp from a music disc in my i tunes player.
I Have music on windows media player and would like to put it on my ipod What do i do
how do i transfer windows media player`s library to itones and then to the ipod
How do i open my "E" drive?
my comp doesnt reponse to the USB, but the PSP does..and der is no E: drive
hi dave.i need help downloading games onto my psp becuase i am totally oblivious on how to go about this.
How the heck do i get music on my PSP? It took up a lot of space but there is NO MUSIC
hi i need help gettin my psp to get pics from my friends it always sais no connection y is that?
how do you make a music folder on a pc for a psp?
how do you put videos to psp?
How do you open the e folder on my computer
i cant seem to find it.
When i had put my PSP into the computer drive then i made my folder than i had dowmload songs on My Music because i had went to my computer and went on my music than when i clicked on a song to download in my PSP it just kept putting me online so how do i get a website to put music on my PSP.
look to all those people who dont no wat to do this is the simple answer:
on the psp go to 'settings' and then 'usb connection' then just leave it.
1)plug in the usb to the top of your psp and the other end to front of the computer. (a slot at he bottom)
2) go to 'my computer' in the start menu
3) under 'devises with removeable storage' there will be drive 'E:' open it and 2 folders will appear. 'MP root' and 'psp'
4)open 'psp' and then more files will appear.
5) open 'music'
6) finnaly drag and drop your selected music files to here.
so on the computer i followed your steps on how to download music it got put in the music folder but not on my psp. what did i do wrong?
i have done everthin u said but,..........wen i go to the music folder on my PSP it say no sound track.....helppp
i have done every thing u have said but it still says there are no tracks i need help ive been tryin this for 30 min and ive been goin through every thing and it nots working
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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