Most MP3 players can synchronize with a computer for transferring music between the devices. This feature allows users the convenience of organizing playlists and albums on a computer before accessing them on the mobile device. MP3 players often require a specific software program to make the transfers. Which program you use with Windows Vista depends on the model of your MP3 player and your music management preferences.
Apple offers the iTunes program as an official method of synchronizing iPods, iPhones and iPads with Windows Vista. The software can rip music from CDs, import from the system's hard drive or download music and other media purchased from the iTunes store. Download iTunes for Vista from the Apple website. Some third-party programs, such as CopyTrans and MediaMonkey, also work with the iPod on Windows Vista.
Microsoft's Zune devices work with the Microsoft software of the same name, freely available from the Zune website. This software also functions with Windows Phone 7 smartphones with preinstalled Zune software. Like some other devices, Zunes can also sync with the Windows Media Center program already installed on Windows Vista machines.
Many smartphones have MP3 player functionality, and some also require specific software for syncing to Vista. BlackBerry devices, for example, use the free BlackBerry Desktop Software for syncing music and media in addition to other data. Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices can synchronize media through the Windows Mobile Device Center, Vista's replacement program for Microsoft ActiveSync. Some devices, such as Android smartphones, do not require extra software to work with Vista. Simply copying the music files to the phone's memory will allow MP3 playback.
Other MP3 Players
Many other MP3 players work with Windows Vista, often with the built-in Windows Media Player. If your device did not include syncing software, connect it to the computer and attempt to transfer data using the Media Player's "Sync" tab. This process works with Coby MP3 players, SanDisk Sansa devices and others. If the device appears in the "Computer" window as a removable drive, you may not need any extra software. Copy compatible media files to the device's storage for playback.
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