Free Music for Your Kindle

Since I posted about free music from Amazon on the 20th, I’ve had a lot of emailed questions regarding it – primarily, what was that link again?  So, here is a little bit of a repeat (don’t worry, a new tip or book post will be here again soon).

There are also several hundred MP3 songs for free from the Amazon Kindle store: yes, you can play songs on your Kindle as well as the Kindle Fire. Here’s a link you probably want to bookmark so you can check those out throughout the year:

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).

If you’re a Kindle Fire owner, hopefully you know how to listen to music on your Kindle Fire.  If not, well, please help me put food on my table by purchasing my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in into your computer’s web browser.

OK, the PT Barnum moment is over…back to the serious stuff!

“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:

Music Location:

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 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?

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in into your computer’s web browser.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!




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4 responses to “Free Music for Your Kindle

  1. I bought the Altec Lansing single speaker with the standard headphone jack to listen to music on my iphone & Kindle Fire. Sounds outstanding! I got it on ebay for $11, but you can buy it for $25. Also bought the same speaker with a usb jack for my laptop. Sounds great loud or soft. They’re great to use when you watch a movie on the Kindle Fire.

  2. Michael,
    I have tried reading all of your tips and your blogs and you say “You will need to transfer your MP3 files to your Kindle using your USB cord via your computer”.. Ok I understand that and I have not changed the directory structure and I found the “Music” section but from there on I am completely lost. I downloaded an album into Amazon Cloud on to my desk-top but I can’t figure out how to get that album on to my Kindle. Can you give me step by step directions on how to do that ot tell me where I can find the stept by step directionsThanks Richard Hohnbaum.

    • Michael Gallagher


      You just need to find the folder the music is on your computer. Then go to that folder, and copy and paste the individual song titles over to the music folder of your Kindle.

      Hope that helps!


  3. Vicky

    I am truly disappointed that Amazon does not allow MP3 downloads in Canada.

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