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