Issue 98: Music on my Kindle

I have had a Kindle for several years now, and have occasionally toyed with the idea with finding out how to make it play background music while I’m reading.

The first thing to bear in mind is that mine is an old-style keyboard Kindle; one of these: 

so if yours is newer, you may have to press different buttons to make it start and stop playing.

Here’s what you do – it is so simple I don’t know why I didn’t try this a long time ago. Using the USB connection, you plug your Kindle into your PC. Find the “music” folder (or is it a directory? It’s pretty obvious) in the Kindle, and copy and paste your favourite mp3 tracks. Finito. That’s it.

Aha, there must be more to it than that, I hear you say. Well, yes. The ONLY control you have is to start and stop playing, and to skip forward one track. I press ALT and space bar, which toggles between play and pause. It plays through the tracks in the order in which you copied them in. If you want to listen to a track that is way down the list, you have to keep doing ALT and f until you get there.

Sound quality ain’t great – it’s only a tiny speaker – but is improved by using headphones. There you go.

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