How to transfer music to a Blackberry and create a playlist
Why not tap into the power of your smartphone’s media capabilities? Here we show you how to transfer music to your BlackBerry so that you can create playlists while away from the desktop.
Step 1: Media Sync
Start by connecting your BlackBerry to a Mac or PC via a USB lead and then boot up the BlackBerry Desktop Software. Perform a data sync and then under the Media Sync heading, select the Music link. Media Sync will now display all the music (artists, playlists and genres) stored on your desktop computer.
Step 2: All Music?
The next step is to transfer some music to your BlackBerry’s media card. If you have enough space, you may want to sync all your music. If so, check the All Music box at the top of the screen. To check if there is enough memory available, take a look at the memory bar at the bottom of the screen. You will be warned if you are about to exceed available space (Fig 2).
Step 3: Random Music
If memory is limited, either manually select which artists or genres that you wish to sync or click Random Music (Fig 3). This feature will fill all available space with a random selection of tracks from your music library. It’s certainly our preferred method of transferring music to a BlackBerry. When you have made your choice, click Sync and your selection will be transferred to your smartphone and you will be notified when the process has completed.
Step 4: Audio player
Disconnect your BlackBerry, plug in a headset (optional but recommended) and click Media and then Music. You can now view your music library in one of five ways: All Songs, Artists, Albums, Genres or Playlists. Select a song to play it or click Shuffle Songs to play songs randomly. Spend a few moments familiarising yourself with the audio player. All the usual controls are present and you can play, pause, skip tracks or adjust the volume. If you have album art, it will be displayed along with the name of the track playing and the album it originates
from (Fig 4).
Step 5: Create playlist
It’s now time to create a playlist. Let’s start with what is termed a standard playlist. Return to the main music library screen and select Playlists. Now press the Menu key and select New Playlist. When you are prompted to select which type of playlist you would like to create, choose Standard Playlist (Fig 5).
Step 6: Add songs
Enter a name for your new playlist and click OK. As you can see we have decided to call ours Gym Workout (Fig 6). The next step is to add songs. Press the Menu key, click Add Songs and select the music that you wish to include in your new playlist. As ours is for a workout, we select songs that are aimed to motivate! When you have finished creating the playlist you will be prompted to save the changes.
Step 7: Automatic playlist
Now let’s create what is termed an automatic playlist. Click New Playlist again, but this time select the Automatic Playlist option. When prompted, give your playlist a name and then select OK.
Step 8: Add music
You are now given the option to add music by Artist, Album or Genre (Fig 8). Click the plus (+) sign next to ‘Songs by these Artists’ and select one or more artists to include. Now press the plus sign next to ‘In these Albums’ and choose one or more albums to include. Don’t worry if you want to make changes as clicking the minus (-) sign will remove items. Finally, highlight ‘Of these Genres’, click the plus key and select the genre(s) you wish to include in your new playlist.
Step 9: Save changes
That’s all there is to it. Save you changes, return to the Playlists screen and click the first song in a new playlist to start listening to your custom music selection.