How to download music on stick: Would you like to copy songs on a USB stick to listen to them in the car or in the living room DVD player but, being practically fast of technology, you don’t know how to proceed? Don’t worry, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Indeed, the mere fact that you are here and want to learn how to download music on stick, does you honor and denotes your willingness to learn new things, even in areas that until recently you considered completely out of your reach.
Transferring music – as well as any other type of file – to a USB stick is a very simple operation that does not require any advanced technical knowledge. In any case, today I will be happy to give you a hand and to clarify any doubt on the matter, so that you can consider yourself 100% ready and proceed with the creation of your “musical key”.
At the end of the reading, regardless of the type of computer in your possession and the operating system installed on it, you will be able to get a stick full of songs that can be used not only in the car and in the living room DVD player, but also in the computer, set-top boxes, televisions, stereos, smartphones and tablets with USB support and many other devices. So, can you know what are you waiting for? Find all the information you need right below.
Before we get to the heart of the tutorial and find out how to download music to a stick, I advise you to do a couple of preliminary operations.
Format the key in FAT
The first thing I advise you to do is to make your key “universal”, that is, compatible with as many devices as possible. How? Simple: formatting it with the FAT file system.
As I got to tell you in other tutorials, the file system FAT it is not among the most efficient in terms of performance (it tends to fragment the data and therefore to extend the access time to the files), it does not allow the use of single files with a size greater than 4GB (which in the music field should not be a big problem) but it has the advantage of being supported by a very wide range of devices and operating systems: it is compatible with PCs equipped with Windows, macOS and Linux, with televisions, decoders, set-top boxes, Blu readers -Ray / DVD, with video game consoles and home and car stereos. In short, with almost everything that has a USB port!
At this point the question arises: how do you format a stick in FAT? I’ll explain it right away, and know that it is a very simple operation on both Windows and macOS: that’s all explained in detail.
If you use a Windows PC and you want to format your USB flash drive in FAT format, open theFile Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar), select the item This PC / Computer from the left sidebar of the window that opens, right-click on the icon relating to yours USB pendrive and choose the option Format from the menu that appears.
In the window that appears next on the screen, select the item FAT32 from the drop down menu File system, type the name you want to assign to the stick (e.g. Music) in the field Volume label and click on the button first Starts and then on OK to start formatting the drive (an operation which, as is known, will lead to the deletion of all data currently present on the drive).
If you tick the option Quick format, the formatting will only take a few moments. If you remove it, the formatting will last a few more minutes as the key will be formatted, then checked to detect any bad sectors and finally rewritten with “zeros” to make it more difficult to recover the deleted data.
If you use a Mac, you can format your USB stick using Disk Utility, the application included “standard” in macOS that allows you to manage drives and partitions in a very simple way. You can find it in the folder Other of the Launchpad or looking for it in Spotlight.
After launching Disk Utility, select your icon key from the sidebar of the program and click on the button Initialize located at the top. In the window that opens, select the option MS-DOS (FAT) from the drop down menu Format, type in the name you want to assign to the drive (e.g. Music) in the field First name and presses the button Initialize to start the formatting process. Easier than that ?!
Note: if any passage is not clear to you, you can find more details on how to format in FAT32 reading my tutorial dedicated specifically to the topic.
Converting songs to MP3
If you intend to use your “music stick” on dated devices, such as an old car stereo, you may have difficulty reproducing files in formats other than MP3. In this regard, I highly recommend you download a program to convert music files to MP3, eg Fre: ac, which is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, and to convert all your songs to MP3. I assure you that this is a very simple operation.
If you have never had to deal with programs for converting music files and you want information on how to use them, consult my tutorial on the best free MP3 converters: inside you will find numerous conversion software and detailed instructions on how to use them.
Download music to a USB stick
Once you have obtained a “universal” key, compatible with almost all devices, and songs in MP3 format that can be reproduced even by older systems, you can take action, that is, copy the files on the key.
If you use a Windows PC, you can transfer your favorite music to a USB stick by opening theFile Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar), navigating in the folder that currently contains the songs of your interest and copying the latter. To do this, select the files you want to copy on the stick using the left mouse click (to select multiple files simultaneously, hold down the key Ctrl keyboard), then right-click on any of them and choose the item Copy from the menu that appears.
At this point, select the item This PC / Computer from the side bar of the file explorer, double click on the icon for the USB pendrive, right click in an “empty” (ie without icons) part of the window that opens and select the item Paste from the Windows context menu. Within a few minutes the songs you have selected will be copied to the USB stick without being deleted from the PC.
If you prefer to transfer the songs on the stick by deleting them from the computer, repeat the same operation that I just illustrated to you by choosing the command Cut it instead of the “Copy” option from the Windows context menu. Easy, right?
Another way you can follow to copy music from a Windows PC to a USB stick is to use Windows Media Player, the famous multimedia player from Microsoft, which allows you to synchronize songs, albums and playlists from its library with USB storage units.
To synchronize the songs of Windows Media Player with a USB stick, start Windows Media Player (you can easily find it by clicking on the Windows flag located in the lower left corner of the screen and looking for it in the menu that opens), select the tab Synchronize located at the top right and select yours key from the bar that appears laterally.
Then access the Windows Media Player music library (by selecting the item Music from the left sidebar), select the songs of your interest, drag them into the right sidebar and click on the button Start sync (also located in the right sidebar).
Note: for copyright and song protection systems (DRM) issues, songs downloaded from music streaming services such as music streaming cannot be copied to USB sticks or other devices Spotify. I told you more about the issue in my tutorial on how to download songs from Spotify.
If you use a Mac, you can copy your favorite music to a USB stick by opening the Finder (the smiling face icon located at the bottom left of the Dock bar) and going to the folder that contains the songs you are interested in.
Then select the files you want to copy to the stick (to select multiple items at once, use the combination cmd + click), right click on any of them and select the item Copy xx items from the menu that appears.
Next, select your name USB pendrive from the sidebar of the Finder, right click in an “empty” point (ie without icons) of the window that opens and choose the item Paste xx items from the context menu of macOS to start copying the data (without deleting the original files from the computer).
If you prefer to transfer the music to the stick and delete the original files from the Mac, copy the songs as just explained, then select the name of your USB pendrive from the sidebar of the Finder, right click in an “empty” place (ie without icons) of the window that opens, hold down the key options keyboard and choose the voice Move xx items from the macOS context menu.
If you want to copy the songs in the library of iTunes, select them directly from the Finder and do copy-and-paste as just explained. To find the path of the iTunes library, start the program, go to the menu iTunes> Preferences located at the top left and select the card advanced from the window that opens (the default path is / Users / name / Music / iTunes / iTunes Media).
Due to copyright issues, songs downloaded from cannot be copied to USB sticks Apple Music. These songs, in fact, are protected by DRM and are playable only in iTunes and in the Music app of iOS using the Apple account of the holder of the subscription to the service.
If you have a smartphone or tablet Android and the latter is equipped with technology support OTG (USB on The Go), you can connect a stick to the device’s charging port (the micro-USB or USB-C one) and copy music to it.
To check if your device supports OTG technology, do a quick Google search by typing the name of the smartphone or tablet followed by the term “OTG” (eg. Huawei P9 Lite OTG). In some cases, OTG support is locked at the software level and can be unlocked through some scripts that require the root.
Once you have checked the compatibility of your device with OTG technology (or have enabled support for the latter via root), you can purchase a USB OTG stick with microUSB or USB-C connection (depending on the type of charging port on your device) or a adapter able to connect the microUSB / USB-C port of the portable device to a classic USB stick (the one with the USB-A connector).
At this point, open any one file manager for Android – I advise you X-Plore File Manager, which is completely free and without frills – navigate to the folder containing the songs you want to transfer to the stick and select them. To select multiple files, it is usually sufficient to make a long tap on any of them and then select the others by placing a check mark next to their icons.
After that, select the item Copy (or Copy to clipboard if you use X-Plore File Manager) from the file manager menu, move to the folder related to the USB stick (e.g. General USB drive) is paste the songs you previously copied by pressing the appropriate button on the screen.
The first time you copy files to the stick, Android will ask you for permission to write data to the drive. To agree, reply Go on when the warning appears on the screen, select the USB pendrive from the screen that opens and presses the button Select all displayed below.
Note: if you want to copy the music on a stick by deleting it from the memory of your smartphone or tablet, before pressing the button Paste of X-Plore File Manager, put the check mark next to the optionMove mode (at the bottom of the screen).
As you certainly know, iPhone is iPad they do not have USB ports but only Lightning ports (which are used for charging devices). However, for some years now, on the market it is possible to find special keys that, having a Lightning connector, can be connected to the charging port of iOS devices and allow the copying of data to and from the latter.
If you are interested in copying music from iPhone and iPad and transferring it to a USB stick, you can use a device of this kind (here are some examples) and use their accompanying apps to perform data transfer.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to spend money on the purchase of sticks, you can transfer music from iPhone to PC by following my tutorial dedicated to the theme (which also applies to iPads) and then copying the music from the computer to the stick following the instructions I gave you in the previous chapters of this tutorial: the choice is yours.