In a previous post (click here or type in http://bit.ly/rBm1Im into your computer’s web browser to see it again), I told you Amazon was giving away a free MP3 song each day in December through Christmas. It is a different song each day, and they don’t tell you what it is in advance so you need to bookmark this link and check it for the remaining days of this of this month: http://amzn.to/decembermusic
I will admit I forgot about it until someone asked me about it today…looking at the list, I missed some good ones!
That also reminded me that Amazon has thousands of songs in MP3 format available for free each day – the list changes daily – but, again, the price is free. You can click here or type in http://amzn.to/mp3tunes into your computer’s web browser to take a look. You probably want to bookmark that link in your computer’s web browser and check it out periodically. You may also need to re-sort the list periodically from “low to high” in the top right-hand corner of this Amazon web page as sometimes it just randomly shows titles (although it looks fine today).
Why am I telling you this? Well, your new Kindle Fire can play music, right?
“Regular” Kindle users shouldn’t feel left out, as their Kindles can play music, also (alas, the $79 Kindle does not).
Your Kindle can also play mp3 songs: you can listen to it via the Kindle’s speakers or insert your favorite headphones / earbuds into the Kindle and listen away.
I’ve posted about how to listen to music on your Kindle, and it is one of the most popular “tips” I have on the blog. If you’re familiar with the process, you can stop reading now. However, if you are not or need a refresher on how to do it, read on!
In addition to having your Kindle read to your with the test-to-speech option enabled, you can also listen to music. I don’t know about streaming music over the Internet – I haven’t personally tried it but who knows, it could happen if you had a real good connection – but I am talking about your favorite music in MP3 format. At this time, pending a future software upgrade, the Kindle only supports MP3’s for playback.
Here are some of the basics for the non-Kindle Fire owners:
You will need to transfer your MP3 files over to your Kindle using the USB cord via your computer. If you haven’t changed the directory structure of your Kindle, you will see three folders: Audible, Documents, and Music. You want to put your MP3 files in the “Music” folder (I know some of you are saying “duh” right now, but some of you are not!).
If you want to organize your music by artist, for example making a folder for “Van Halen” and another for “George Strait,” you can make those folders. However, the Kindle does not allow (pending a software upgrade) you to navigate via the folders as you are selecting songs.
From the Home screen, select Menu, then Experimental, then Play MP3. If you want to listen to the music while you are reading, just click the “Home” key and navigate to your book and start reading.
If you want to stop the music, just press the “ALT” and spacebar keys at the same time; the same is true if you want to start playing music again. If you’re tired of the song you’re listening to, just press the “F” key to move to the next song.
While you can listen to your music with the built-in speakers, they sound good to me for what I am using it for – mild background music while I read. However, if you like to have your music a little louder than other people prefer, or maybe traveling on a plane and don’t want to disturb the person 1.7 inches to your immediate left you can plug in headphones (click here or type in http://amzn.to/iMsxjD into your computer’s web browser for some options from the Kindle store). Headphones can be plugged into the audio jack located just to the side of your “on/off” switch on the top of your Kindle.
And who needs an iPod these days when you have your Kindle?
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