You keep your complete digital music library on your PC, which is great when you want to listen to music — and you’re near your PC.
But listening to your music when out of the house typically means carrying it in your pocket.
Because your smartphone is always with you, it’s the logical device for mobile tunes. Unfortunately, Windows and Android don’t always play music well together. Getting your collections of songs, albums, artists, and especially playlists properly copied from PC to phone can be a challenge — especially if you depend on Windows Media Player (WMP) on the PC.
In the Dec. 17, 2015, Top Story “Making Windows and Marshmallow work together,” I discussed sharing files between a PC and an Android device, and working with office apps. In other words, it was primarily about work. This time, I’ll concentrate on fun — specifically music. I’ll describe three ways to move your song collection from a Windows machine to an Android 6 (aka Marshmallow) phone, without losing tunes or messing up your playlists.
The phone I used for this article is a Nexus 6P, described in the Nov. 26, 2015, Top Story, “Why your next cell phone should be unlocked.” Sold directly by Google, it runs a pure version of Android, free of alterations by the phone manufacturer or carrier.
Making the connection with Windows Media Player
The obvious way to copy your music from PC to phone is with a physical cable and Windows Media Player’s Sync capabilities. (Yes, you can directly drag-and-drop files between PC and phone, but that doesn’t get you those playlists you worked hard to create.) The cable/WMP combo should work perfectly for you — or it might not. Here’s why.
When you plug a Marshmallow phone into a PC via USB and set the connection to File transfers, WMP recognizes the phone as an MP3 player — a device to which music can be synched. (In this case, my device is the Nexus 6P I mentioned, as shown in Figure 1.) You can then select the playlists you wish to sync and start the download process with the right-pane Sync tab (see Figure 2).