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How To Transfer Music From Your PC To Your PSP

Simon Slangen 04-08-2009

psp_musicThe PSP isn’t just a handheld gaming console. You can use it to watch movies, browse the internet, or even read your RSS feeds.


Listening to music on your PSP is as easy as on any mp3 player – plus you’ve got a whole arsenal of settings and a great visualizer to play with.

The only worry you (might) have is how to transfer music from your PC to your PSP.  In this short tutorial, we’ll explain you in detail how you do this. It’s actually quite easy.

How Do I Transfer Music From My PC to My PSP?

First of all, plug the USB cable into the back of your device. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a big enough memory stick, unless you’re satisfied with two or three CD’s. If you’re talking gigabytes you’re usually in the ok zone, but as always, ‘the bigger the better’.

Next, go to and select Settings – USB Connection on your PSP. Your device will now try to connect, and should show up on your computer.



Open the PSP folder in your ROOT (the lowest lowest level in the hierarchy, encompassing all other directories) – if there isn’t one, create it now.

In the PSP folder, open the Music folder. Again, if there isn’t one, you can create it now.



This is where you’ll be putting your music. Your PSP’s music player will recognize any files as long as they’re somewhere in this directory, but for practical purposes, you might want to create a hierarchy of artists and albums. Only one folder level is allowed beyond the Music folder. Any further subdivisions will be ignored.


Back on your PSP, go to Music to browse your music. Currently, you’re able to playback ATRAC3plus-, MP3-, WAV- and WMA-files. If your files are in any other format, you’ll have to convert them.

If you want to listen to WMA files, you’ll need a network connection. Go to Settings – System Settings – Enable WMA Playback – you’ll need to sign a user agreement and follow the on-screen instructions.


Alternatively, you can use an adapter to directly connect your memory stick with your PC. From then on, the tutorial will remain the same.

You now know how to transfer music from your PC to your PSP. You can usually configure your local music management application to do this for you. If you’ve got anything to say, or a question you need to ask, drop a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Related topics: MP3, PlayStation.

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  1. Tom
    August 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I'd appreciate it if you would update your article, because with the release of PSP firmware 5.50 a few months ago your article is actually incorrect, you can now browse more than one directory deep on the PSP. I personally find it worrying how you haven't even taken the time to research this feble excuse for a post, this article is the equivilent of teaching people how to copy and paste, only an idiot wouldn't be able to work out to paste music in the folder called music, furthermore the PSP now has software from sony to copy everything across to the correct folder should it prove to be a problem for less technologically aware users. If you had written a post which gives readers a quick walkthrough of this software prehaps that would have been a good article, but recent I find the articles on this blog seem to becoming filler posts just to attract more visitors and ad impressions rather than make people want to visit with quality content.

    • Simon Slangen
      August 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      Well, I wasn't really sure about too recent changes, so I decided to use ( the official website as a source for this - bad choice apparently?

  2. Jerry
    August 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Useful guide. BTW, if you wanna take any network video to ur PSP 2000/3000, check out this applied guide:
    "How to download and convert YouTube video(FLV) to PSP, Zune…"

  3. Psyfon
    August 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Good article. Could you post a follow-up on how to view your RSS feeds with the PSP?