How to Load Music on a USB Memory Stick

Updated July 20, 2017

A USB memory stick is a portable storage device that plugs into your computer's USB port. It is also referred to as a thumb drive or flash drive. USB drives are often used to transfer data between computers or to back up data. You can store many types of files on a USB memory stick, including music files. After you load music onto the flash drive, you can play it on any computer equipped with a USB port and media-playing software.

Insert the USB memory stick in the computer's USB port. A new drive will appear in the "My Computer" folder for Windows users. The drive will appear on the desktop for Mac OSX and Linux users.

Double-click on the new drive to open a folder that represents the USB memory stick.

Open the folder or directory that contains the music you want to load onto the memory stick.

Hold the "Ctrl" (Windows and Linux) or "APPLE" (Mac) key and click on each of the music files you want to load.

Press the "Ctrl" key and the "C" key simultaneously to copy the files. For Mac users, press the "Command" and "C" keys simultaneously.

Place your cursor anywhere in the USB memory stick folder.

Hold the "Ctrl" key and the "P" key simultaneously to paste the files. For Mac users, press the "Command" and "C" keys simultaneously.

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Kristen Waters has been writing for the computer industry since 2004. She has written training materials for both large and small computer companies as well as how-to and informative articles for many online publications. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.