How to Download Music to a Kindle

The Kindle eBook provides a convenient mechanism to access books in digital format. The device also includes sound for audiobooks and for its text-to-speech utility. The "Experimental" section on the Kindle contains limited bonus options, such as playing music in the background. When the device is connected to the computer, the computer recognises the Kindle as an external drive. That enables files to be transferred between the device and computer, enabling users to quickly manage libraries and collections. Similarly, music can be downloaded directly to the Kindle by copying the MP3 file from the computer to the Kindle Music folder.

Connect the Kindle to the computer using the USB cable.

Select "My Computer" from the Windows Start menu to view the computer and network drives. Mac users can see that the Kindle registers as an external drive in the Finder window or desktop.

Double-click the drive for the Kindle to open a directory.

Double-click the "Music" folder in the Kindle directory to open a separate window.

Select the desired MP3 music file and drag it to the Kindle Music folder to create a copy.

Safely eject the Kindle from the computer using the "Eject" function located under "File" in the top menu bar on the desktop. Disconnect the Kindle from the USB cable.

Play songs on the Kindle device by selecting the option "Play MP3" on the "Experimental" page.


According to the Kindle Users Guide, songs will be played in the order they were added to the Kindle (that is, specific songs cannot be selected). Consider regularly updating your music files to play newer songs in the background (and to manage the available memory on the device).


Only MP3-formatted files (songs) can be played on the Kindle. Songs protected by DRM (digital rights management) cannot be converted and played on the Kindle.

Things You'll Need

  • Kindle USB cable
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Regina Edwards has been a freelance writer since 1990. She has penned video scripts, instructional manuals, white papers and abstracts. She has also ghostwritten diabetes journals. Edwards is a scuba instructor and Usui and Karuna Reiki teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph's University.