Tablet computers are designed for entertainment – for exploring the web, reading books and playing games. They’re also great for listening to music while you do those things, with most tablets having built-in audio players.
The Kindle Fire is no exception and if you’ve recently bought or been given one of Amazon’s new tablets then you might be wondering how to put new songs or an existing library of digital music on to your device.
The process isn’t difficult but there are a couple of ways to go about it – and we’ll explore both in this guide.
Step 1: Buy music from Amazon
This, of course, is what Amazon would like you to do – and it’s certainly a quick and easy way to get new music onto your Kindle Fire.
From the Home screen, tap the Music app. This launches the Music Store.
You can browse by genre, or check out the charts. You can also hear previews of tracks by tapping the Play button (a triangle in a circle) next to their titles or buy one by tapping the orange price label followed by the green BUY button and follow the prompts.
Step 2: Transfer digital audio files from your PC or Mac
The Kindle Fire supports a number of digital audio file formats, including the popular MP3 type – so if you have an existing digital music library stored as MP3 files then it is easy to transfer them your tablet.
First, use the supplied USB cable to connect the Kindle Fire to your computer and wait a moment for it to be detected.
In Windows, hold down the Windows key and tap E, then navigate to the Music folder on the Kindle Fire. Mac users should use Finder to do the same thing.
Now simply drag and drop the MP3 files across to the Kindle Fire’s Music folder. Note that if your MP3 files are organised into folders sorted by album name and artist – as is likely – then just drag the folders across.
When you next launch the Music app on the Kindle Fire, your tracks will appear.
Step 3: Take it to the cloud
An alternative way to get an existing digital music collection stored on a computer to play on your Kindle Fire is to make use of Amazon’s Cloud Player tool, which is free with an Amazon account. It lets you store music in the cloud, rather than on your tablet.
From your computer, visit the Cloud Player website and sign in using your Amazon credentials. When your Kindle Fire tablet is connected to your computer, it will automatically import your music.