These days, smart phones are probably the most common device for storing and playing music. However, unless you know how to use a smart phone and more importantly how to use the built-in player, you will not be able to use this functionality. Also, before you can start playing music, you will have to store music on your phone. This step can be quite complicated depending on your model. Follow the next few tips to learn how.
If you haven’t purchased a smart phone yet, I recommend purchasing one with a large amount of internal storage. The more storage you have, the more songs you will be able to put on your phone. Obviously, ideally you will want to put your entire music collection on your phone. However, you can also purchase a phone that has a slot for inserting of a memory card. Those phones are usually cheaper than those with large internal storage. Since the prices of memory cards have come down tremendously, you can easily purchase that card later on. However, when purchasing a memory card, make sure that you form will support it. Some phones are limited in the maximum size of storage cards.
Before you can start using a smart phone for playing music, you will have to convert your CDs to MP3s or other formats. I recommend using AAC as a format for compressing music because it offers better compression than MP3. However, AAC is not yet supported by all players. Therefore, first check that the player which comes with your phone supports this format. Alternatively, you can also download another player from the app store or Google play.
The next step is to transfer your songs to your phone. If you have an iPhone, you will need to use iTunes. If you have an android phone then you will have to install the software from your phone provider. Using the software, you can transfer music files onto your phone. I recommend storing your songs on the external memory card. The internal storage should be reserved for applications. When transferring songs, you can typically specify whether the files should be stored internally or on the external card.
After you have transferred the files, start up the player which comes with your phone. You will need to have your player do a search in order to discover the files that you have just transferred. After your player has located those files, it will be able to play them. You can either play them by using the shuffle function or play them sequentially. Some players also allow you to create playlists. Typically I recommend storing songs from different genres in different folders. That way you will easily be able to play songs from a specific genre.