To play music on a portable player, you must first get the files onto a computer and then download them to the player. Someday, you’ll be able to download files from the Internet directly to your portable player, but for the time being, the music must pass through your computer first.
With CD-based players, you simply burn a CD with your jukebox program (see Chapter 15) and pop it into the player. With flash memory and hard disk players, you must transfer the songs from the computer to the player. There are several ways to do this, depending on the player.
The easiest way is via your jukebox program, assuming it supports your player. Depending on your jukebox program, you may need to download a plug-in for your player. If no plug-in is available, you should still be able to use the software included with your player, but you’ll lose the playlists you’ve crafted so lovingly on your PC.
If your player emulates a removable drive, you can drag songs directly to it from the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. This is fairly easy, but you’ll need to become familiar with the way the files in your music library are stored. For example, in iTunes you can specify the folder where all music files should be stored. As songs are added to the library, iTunes creates folders for each artist, with subfolders for each album. Any songs missing metadata values for artist name and album title are stored in a folder called “Unknown Album” located under “Unknown Artist.” If you ...