I know this might have been answered before.. if so all I need is a link thank you. But I read your answer on transfering music to the Sony PSP and the music went on the PSP. But when I play it after about 15 seconds it’ll stop and say file is corrupted. The music is in mp3 format. The PSP firmware version is 2.60. Please help. thank you.
I see this question with some frequency and have determined that there are two main reasons this occurs, and the solution to one is so simple you won’t believe me:
Replace your USB cable with a newer one.
I’m a scientist and have a background in various engineering disciplines so I am the first to admit that this makes no sense to me, but over the last few years of helping people out with the Sony PSP, I have time and again heard from people with corrupt data who found that replacing their USB cable with a new, better quality one eliminated their corrupt data problems with music.
Even the top-end fancy cables aren’t much more than $10, too. For example: this USB cable at Amazon.com is $12.99 which is well worth it if you think about it as an investment in your sanity! In fact, Amazon’s reselling it for Target stores, so you can probably just pop into your local Target and buy it for the same price and have it now, not in a week.
I should note that issues of video files that can’t be played are usually a different problem, one that’s more likely caused by the fact that the PSP is extraordinarily fussy about video formats, even with its latest firmware upgrade that supposedly fixed things. I have found that even with my favorite DVD conversion software (AnyDVD, commercial app), sometimes I just end up with a video file that won’t work on the PSP, even though I’ve used 100% identical settings to others that work just fine.
The other reason is that you might have a bad or counterfeit memory card. I talk about this problem at length here: Why cant’ I format my PSP memory stick?
Anyway, if you’re seeing corrupt file data on your Sony PSP, my first recommendation is to replace the USB cable and, while you’re at it, make sure your USB port on your computer is working perfectly too (or just switch to another one). If that doesn’t help, then check out your memory card and make sure it’s not messed up or a fake. For that matter, I recommend that you don’t buy memory cards off eBay, however much they may seem like a great deal. Better to pay another $20 and get something that’ll work reliably!