Leaving the iPod World in Favor of Android

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

This was not a conscious decision. I abandoned my iPod because my iPod abandoned me first.

How the Split Occurred

My iPod died. Well, it didn’t die, but the On/Off button stopped working. The iPod remained on but without having the button to activate the screen, I couldn’t control what played. I had an endless loop without the ability to change books. Reading a book twice is okay, but forever is a bit too much.

I refused to purchase another iPod. I’ve heard too many stories of folks with broken iPods. I still have my 10-year old iRiver MP3 player and it works just fine (unfortunately, it’s hard drive is too small). My iPod Nano on the other hand died after a couple years of use. Not a good track record in my opinion.

Using My Android Mobile Device as an iPod

As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, I’m new to mobile technology. To the rest of the world putting books/music on a phone is very simple. For me, it’s a major undertaking. This post is written for the one other person in the world who is as mobile device illiterate as I am and wishes to listen to audio books/music on an Android mobile device.

I have a library of audio books and music that I’d love to transfer to my device. Since the iPod died now is as good a time as any to figure out how to convert CDs so I can listen to them on my phone. The process of converting the CDs and placing them on the phone isn’t very tough. The tricky part is locating the newly converted files on the Smartphone in order to play it.

Converting CDs into Android Compatible Files

You’ll need a computer or laptop for the first few steps. In addition to the computer you also need to have Windows Media Player installed on your computer. I believe most Windows operating systems have Media Player already installed.

Open Windows Media Player and insert the CD

Before you begin ripping the CD, make sure you select MP3 format under the Rip Settings, Format menu. Mp3 files are compatible with Android devices.Select MP3

One other thing you should check before ripping the CD is the location of the ripped files. There’s nothing more frustrating than ripping music only to lose them somewhere on the computer’s hard drive.

To find the destination location, select More options… under the Rip settings menu option.

More Options

Doing so will invoke the Options screen:

Options

As you can see, my files are going to the BOOKS-MUSIC folder. This step isn’t absolutely necessary because the files are automatically ripped to the “Library,” but I’ve lost files on my hard drive before so now I make sure to know where everything is going. Next, click Rip CD to begin the ripping process:

And the ripping process begins…

Ripping

Now that your files are ripped, navigate to the file folder to make sure they’re actually there. Once satisfied all the files are there, remove the CD and close Windows Media Player.

Transferring Files to Your Android Mobile Device

Here’s where the fun begins. Get your mobile device and it’s associated USB cord. Connect your device to the computer and wait for the computer to recognize/find the mobile device. Once the computer finds it, navigate to the mobile device and select or create a folder for your music/books.

Smartphone Files

Drag and drop the ripped files from your Library over to the desired folder on the mobile device. After the files are transferred, unplug the device from your computer.

Finding Files on the Mobile DeviceES File Explorer

Mobile devices don’t always come equipped with “Windows Explorer” type software to allow you to view files. That being the case, you’ll have to download an app for viewing files. In my case I downloaded the free app ES File Explorer (Instructions from here on in are written based on using ES Explorer). .

Open ES Explorer and navigate the music folder. Long tap the desired music folder to invoke the menu options. Tap More to bring up another set of menu optionsMore

On the second set of menu options tap Play. Doing so will begin playing all of the songs within the folder.

Play

You can play a continuous loop, shuffle, Fast Forward, Rewind or Pause the audio file.

ES Explore Music Interface

If you want to play an individual song over and over again, instead of long tapping on the file folder, open the folder to access the individual songs.

Individual Songs

Select the song to play and it will continue to play over and over again.

Once you’ve gone through the CD to Android conversion process once, it’s easier the second time around. If I can do it, anyone can!

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Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.

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