I have a Sony PSP which I love, but while I’ve read your article about how to download music, I don’t know where to get it from. Can you suggest a site or two where I can get PSP-compatible music files?
Like many audio devices, the Sony PSP works with MP3 (that’s MPEG, Motion Picture Experts Group, version 3, by the way) audio format files. A lot of systems can automatically scan your music CDs into MP3 files – for example, Apple’s iTunes can do just that, and I have thousands of MP3’s on my own system.
MP3, WAV, WMA, and OGG are the four most popular audio formats (actually, AAC is popular too, from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, but I don’t know of any way to turn those files into something that’ll work with the PSP), and if you go to a site like download.com and search for ‘mp3 converter’ you’ll find that there are a number of different applications available.
Just a few of those that look good for a Windows system are:
On the Macintosh side, here are a few choices:
If you’d like to see how one of these works, I suggest you check out this article: How to convert WMA audio files into MP3 audio files.
So now that we’ve addresses how to convert files to a format suitable for the Sony PSP, what about the original question of where to get music? Well, any online music store that offers non-proprietary formats will work, as well as ripping your own audio CDs that you already own, of course, including MP3.com, Napster and even Sony’s only Connect music store.
(By the way, sources report that Sony Connect is going to be expanded to include Sony PSP downloads, actually. We’ll see what Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will come up with: they’re the group working on this project, apparently)
Don’t forget, if you don’t know how to download music to your Sony PSP, there’s an article on this site about exactly how to do it: Download music to your Sony PSP and a second article How do I get music and photos onto my PSP?.
Hope this information helps you out!