How to Play Music Files From a Flash Drive to an Amplifier

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How to Play Music Files From a Flash Drive to an Amplifier
Many flash drives fit conveniently on an owner's keychain. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Many computer users now carry flash drives to keep personal files in a convenient, portable device. Many drives like the SanDisk Cruzer can hold up to 64 gigabytes of data. You can play music files on a flash drive through an amplifier by using a computer and a 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch converter cable. The audio signal will move from the computer's headphone jack to the amplifier. The entire connection process can be completed within a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch audio cable
  • Computer
  • Audio player

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  1. 1

    Turn on the computer you will using to play the files by pressing the "Power" button.

  2. 2

    Insert the flash drive into an open USB port on your computer. Wait for the flash drive's icon to appear in your desktop.

  3. 3

    Open an audio player application on your computer like Apple's iTunes or Windows Media Player.

  4. 4

    Insert the 1/8 inch side of the cable into the headphone jack of your computer. Insert the 1/4 inch side of the cable into the "Input" jack on the amplifier. Turn on the amplifier and turn up the "Master Volume" knob.

  5. 5

    Double-click the flash drive's icon in the desktop. Double-click the music file you want to play inside the flash drive. The song will begin playing through the software audio player and into the amplifier.

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