Use Music Square on Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung Galaxy S3's Jelly Bean version OS has a good feature for all you music lovers out there. Samsung has incorporated a function called; Music Square, into their native music player that automatically categorizes a music file into four levels of emotions: Exciting. Passionate. Calm. Joyful.

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From those ratings, music files are then grouped (as in a playlist) into 25 squares, with each square having a different emotion level. To enjoy the feature, follow the procedures below.

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What is Music Square?

Music Square is a music player function on the Samsung Galaxy S3 which makes music playing much more exciting. Music files are categorized in one or more emotional modes: Passionate, calm, joyful and exciting.

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What does Music Square do?

The music player on the Galaxy S3 still has all the songs, the albums, the artists, and the playlists. And in addition, it has an exciting improvement. It has Music Square. Music Square analyzes the characteristics of the songs on your S3, and divides them into four different mood categories -- passionate, calm, joyful, and exciting. You can use one emotion, or you can use a combination of them. Just press a square on the screen, and you get a song that will mirror the blend of emotions you want.

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Instructions

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    Go to your Samsung Galaxy S3's home screen.{
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    Tap on the "Applications" menu icon.
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    On the application menu, look for "Music Player" and tap on it.
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    On the upper portion of the built-in Jelly Bean music player, scroll to the right until you see the Music Square.
    If you're already playing a song, tap the Music Square by clicking on the Music Square icon (it looks like a turtle) on the lower right (just above and to the right of the song progress bar).
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    Your Samsung Galaxy S3 should load.
    Wait for it to analyze all the files.
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    You can then tap on any of the 25 squares, with each square having a different emotional level.
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    Enjoy!
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How to Add New Music

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    Acquire New Music.
     
    1. Google Play Store. Purchases from the Google Play store will be downloaded directly to your device.
    2. Personal Music Library. You can add music you've downloaded on your S3.  
      1. USB Connection. Any modern computer will detect an external device and allow you to drag and drop files into the drive.  
        1. Connect USB Cable. Plug the data cable into the appropriate connectors; the larger end of the USB connector into the computer and the smaller Micro-USB connector into the S3.
        2. Check MTP. A notification will appear on the Galaxy S3 Notification Bar. Tap "Connected as a Media Device" to open the USB PC connection menu. Ensure that the Media device (MTP) check box is selected. This signifies that the device is properly connected.
        3. Troubleshooting: If a Windows machine does not recognize the device, then try installing the USB driver software to the desktop or Laptop PC. The software may be downloaded HERE. Download the executable and follow the standard installation procedures. Once installed, repeat the connection steps.
        4. Open the External Device. Open the device by expanding the drive in the operating system file explorer. Expand the directories until the correct download location is open. By default, music is stored in the Music folder in the Phone's directory.
        5. Drag and Drop. Drag the files you wish to transfer from your computer to the download location and open in the file explorer.
    3. Cloud Services. Google Drive is an excellent free cloud service, which will be used in this example. Any cloud service is applicable to these steps.  
      1. Access the Cloud service. From your desktop or laptop computer, access Google drive from your preferred web browser
      2. Sign into drive.Google.com with your Gmail account or create a new account to access the drive features.
      3. Select the red and white 'Upload' button. This button is located next to Create and has a white arrow facing upward.
      4. Choose 'Files' in the context menu. You can upload entire folders as well. Select folders for this option.
      5. Select the files you wish to upload from the file explorer.
      6. Upload. Once the files are selected the 'Open' button will upload the files to your Google Drive.
      7. Sign into the cloud service on your Galaxy S3. Access the browser and navigate to drive.Google.com.
      8. Select files. Select the check box next to the files you want to download to the S3.
      9. Expand "More". Select "More" and expand the context menu.
      10. Download. Select download from the menu to transfer the files to your mobile device.
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    Update the Media Library.
    Now that you have moved new files to the device the media library must be updated.  
    1. Home screen. From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.
    2. Select "Music Player".
    3. Navigate to the Music Square tab.
    4. Access the menu by tapping the "Menu" button.
    5. Tap Library Update. The library update sequence will detect which files are new to the device hard drive. This may take a few minutes, depending on the number of new files.
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Where to Store Music

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    Internally.
    Any media downloaded to the Galaxy S3 is stored on the internal hard drive. Music is stored in the Music folder by default.
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    Externally.
    Data can be backed up on external sources such as desktop computers, cloud services and microSD cards.  
    1. microSD Cards. The Galaxy S3 has a microSD slot under the back panel of the device. Open the back and slide the card into the designated slot until it clicks. Now files can then be moved from internal storage to the SD card by the following steps:  
      1. Apps. From the Home screen, select "Apps."
      2. My Files. Open "My Files."
      3. Select SD card. The default name of the internal storage device is SDCard0. Select this drive.
      4. Locate and Open the Music Directory. The Music directory is generally located at media/music.
      5. Open "Menu."
      6. Select "Move."
      7. Return to the drive selection and choose the external SD card. By default, the external drive is named ExtSDCard.
      8. Open the destination folder.
      9. Tap "Move Here." This will move the selected files or folders to the destination folder.
    2. Desktop Computer.  
      1. Connect Data Cable. Attach the USB cable to the ports previously described.
      2. Open the mobile device in the file explorer.
      3. Navigate to the music folder.
      4. Drag and drop files to the desktop or PC download location.
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    In the Cloud.
    Again, any cloud service works with the instructions described here.  
    1. Google Drive. The cloud storage used in the previous steps can be used to transfer files to a PC from the phone. The following steps start with the S3. You can also download the drive app from Google Play. These steps are mostly the same except that instead of browsing to drive.Google.com you open the Google Drive application from the Apps menu.  
      1. Log in or create a Google Drive account from the Galaxy S3.
      2. Select the Upload files icon.
      3. Choose which files you want to upload from the file explorer.
      4. Upload.
      5. Access Google Drive from PC.
      6. Download files to PC backup location.
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How to Edit Music Selections

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    Go to the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S3 device.
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    Tap the "Apps" icon to get to the music application.
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    Select "Music Player" from the applications.
    This will lead you to Music Square.
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    Navigate to the Music Square tab to choose the kind of music you want to select and make changes to.
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    Tap the Music Square you want to select and it will open the music available, so you can select the music you need to move or add.
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    Move to the next Music Square and tap until you have selected all your choices.
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    Add your selections to a playlist, or just create a new file for your music selections from the menu.
    You can name it depending on the kind of music you have selected.
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    You can now enjoy playing the list of your selections from the device.
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    Repeat the same procedure if you want to edit the selections, by adding more or removing any from the list of your choice to your playlist.
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    You can add or remove any music selection from the list when you tap the music file and then you remove or add.
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  • Note: You can also edit the music selections of your Samsung Galaxy S3 by creating a playlist to help you enjoy your favorite music from your device. This process is detailed below.

How to change Music While in Another App

There are two ways to change music on the Samsung S3 while you are in another application.

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    You can slide your finger from the top of the screen going down to show some applications.
    When you are playing music, the music menu will appear and you can change your music by tapping on the "Next" icon. You can also click on the "Music" icon and choose "Song Menu" to change your music.
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    You can also change your music while in another application by pressing the "Home" button on your Samsung S3.
    Next, click on the menu and find the music icon. From there, wait until the menu for music is shown, and the playlist is shown. If the song list appears, you can click on the songs and scroll through until you find the music you want to play.
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How to Edit the Music Selection by Creating a Playlist

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    From the home screen of the device, go to the "Apps" menu.
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    Go to "Music Player" and tap it.
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    You will be able to see the "Playlist".
    Tap it.
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    Move now to the "Menu" key and tap it, and you will be able to see a pop-up menu from there.
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    Tap on "Create Playlist" from the pop-up menu".
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    Give that playlist a name, depending on the kind of music it is, or just a name of your choice.
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    Tap on the "OK" button after giving your playlist a name.
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    You are now free to add music files to your newly created playlist.
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    Just tap on "Add Music" and a check box will appear.
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    Tick the check boxes of the files you want to add to the playlist.
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    Tap on "Add" after ticking all your choices.
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    You have successfully created your a playlist.
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    Enjoy listening!
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How to Select and Listen to a Playlist

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On your Galaxy S3, you can select a playlist from any home screen, and listen to the music according to your mood. Your Galaxy S3 has nearly 50 GB of capacity. So, you can keep hundreds of songs to enhance your day.

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From the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy:

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    Touch the "Apps" icon.
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    Tap "Music".
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    Now you have a choice to select music from these any of these tabs:
    Playlist, Songs, Albums, or Artists, Music Square, or Folders. On the Music Square tab or Folders tab, just touch the top of your screen and by keeping your finger on the screen, you can drag to the left.
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You can find and tap the desired song to suit your mood:

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    From the home screen, touch the "Apps" icon.
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    Tap "Play Music".
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    Now swipe either left or right to one of these screen choices:
    Playlists, Artists, Recent, Songs, Genres and Albums, to find and tap the desired song.
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How to add a song to your Music Square Playlist: Add a song to your playlist by touching and dragging the song to the music folder on your Galaxy S3 from your PC:

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    Tap "Music square".
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    Touch "Menu".
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    Tap "Library update".
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Now to play a song you want according to your present mood:

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    Unlock the home screen.
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    Tap "Music square".
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    Find the mood category that matches your mood, and tap it.
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    To play tunes for multiple moods, just touch the screen and drag your finger to circle all the music cells for those times you might be many moods.
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Possible Issues When Using Music Square

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    Music Square sometimes doesn't work on a Galaxy S3s that have a Verizon account, while subscribers with other companies have Music Square that works well.
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    Many users claim Music Square only works if your music is stored in the internal memory of Galaxy S3.
    It does not work if it is stored on the SD card.
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    Some Verizon subscribers insist Music Square works on their S3.
    They create a folder in the root directory and name it "Music" (or whatever you want to call it) and drop all their music files into it. Just wait for Music Square to analyze all the songs and it is done. And they are having the time of their life, as they swipe single boxes, groups of boxes, entire rows of boxes!
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    Reformatting the SD card to FAT32 might solve the Music Square issues.
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    Music file types might be causing the problem.
    If most of your music was transplanted from iTunes (and most are AAC tracks), Music Square will not work with this kind of file, but the stock music player on the Galaxy S3 recognizes and plays this kind of music file. MP3 files are recognized by Music Square.
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    Your music files should be only between 8 GB and 20 GB, because if they are larger than that, Music Square does not seem to function.
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    In summary, one loyal Galaxy S3 user summed up everything he knows in order to get Music Square to work:
     
    1. Moved all his music from his phone to the external SD card.
    2. Turned the phone off.
    3. Removed both the battery and the SD card.
    4. Reinserted the battery, and then rebooted the phone.
    5. Forced stop the music player.
    6. Cleared the data in the music player.
    7. While the phone was still on, he reinserted the SD card into the phone.
    8. He opened the music player and then opened Music Square.
    9. After this, the S3 instantly started to update Music Square. Not all the songs will be captured, but the majority of songs will work.
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    This user called Samsung support before realizing the above procedure.
    They were not very helpful as they had apparently hadn't had much training in how to operate Music Square. But the information he got from them was enough for him to piece everything together, and we're grateful he shared it with us.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

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    The closer a square is to the mood quadrant, the more of the corresponding emotional qualities it possesses.
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    Mood classification of songs may not be 100 percent accurate.
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    The playlist may or may not apply to other Jelly Bean (Jellybean) devices.
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Questions and Answers

Music Square does not work nor load songs for me; it returns a "Selected List Empty" message. What should I do?

There are Samsung Galaxy S3 versions that may have problems with Music Square. This is a common issue for some S3 users. If Music Square does not work for you, and you have at least 25 songs in your library, here's a fix you can try that has been proven to work for people with similar problems.

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  • Transfer all of your music files from your phone's internal memory to your SD card.
    • Using your default file explorer, My Files, go to Device storage and locate the music files.
    • Put a check mark on the boxes beside the music files to select them. You can select all files in a specific folder by opening the folder and tapping on the Menu button. The "Select All" option will be displayed; just tap on it.
    • Once selected, tap on the "More Options" button (icon with three horizontal lines) on the upper-right part of your screen.
    • From the list of options, tap on "Move" and open a desired folder on your external memory (SD card).
    • Once you are on the folder, tap on "Move Here" to move the selected files to that location. You are done transferring music files from your internal memory to your SD card.
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  • Turn On and Off the Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Install SIM Card and Battery on Samsung Galaxy S4 and the SD card.
  • Reinsert the battery alone; do not include the SD card. Do not put on your back cover yet.
  • Turn your phone on again.
  • "Force Stop" your Music Player application. To Force stop, go to Home > Apps list > Settings > More > Application Manager > Swipe to the right until you get to "All" tab > Scroll down and look for Music Player and tap on it > Tap on Force Stop.
  • "Clear Data" on your Music Player application. To clear data, go to Home > Apps > Settings > More > Application Manager > Swipe to the right until you get to "All" tab > Scroll down and look for Music Player and tap on it > Tap on Clear Data.
  • "Clear Cache" on your Music Player application. To Clear cache, go to Home > Apps list > Settings > More Tab > Application Manager > Swipe to the right until you get to "All" tab > Scroll down and look for Music Player and tap on it > Tap on Clear Cache.
  • After clearing data and cache, insert the SD card back into your device.
  • Go to the Apps list and open the Music Player application.
  • Go to the Music Square tab.
  • Songs will now start loading and you can use Music Square.
  • Enjoy!

You will need to have at least 25 songs on your device in order for Music Square to begin working.

How do I stop Music Square picking up Audiobook files and playing them?

My Audiobook files are in a separate folder from the music files (both on my SD), but it seems to include them in the music square. Thanks!

Music Square will scan for all music files, both in your phone's internal and external memory. Any music file whether it's an audio recording, or an audio book, will be analyzed and included in Music Square's playlist. There's a little trick to exclude audio books from becoming part of Music Square's music playlist. Follow the procedures:

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  • Temporarily move your audio books to your computer.
  • Once done, open Music Square and tap on the Menu key.
  • From your Menu options, tap on Library Update. This will update Music Square's library, and since your audio books are not on your phone, they will not be included in update.
  • You can then put the audio books back on your phone.
  • Check on the Music Square playlists, your audio books will not be on the list anymore.
  • Updating the library again with the audio book files on your phone will include the audio books in your Music Square.
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Music Square will pick up any and all media located in your music library. If you don't want the audio books to be played, you can either select the next song to play, or move the audio books to another folder in your device using a PC.

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You may stop Music Square from picking up the Audiobook files on your phone by doing the following.

  • Open your File browser.
  • Go to the folder where your audiobooks are located.
  • Create a new file and name it .nomedia and leave it in the folder with your audiobooks.
  • That's it. Your Audiobook files won't appear on Music Square again.
  • When you create a .nomedia and put it in a folder, that folder will not be scanned by Music Square.
  • If you can't create a new file using your current file browser, please download ES file explorer on Google Play Store.

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Music Square's not working. It keeps saying you need 25 songs.

I can't load songs onto Music Square. I've updated library several times but nothing happens. I have an S4

Yes, you do need to have at least 25 songs on your devise in order for your Music Square to be able to load up enough music for the Music Square to work. Ensure that you have 25 songs. Reply in this section if you have loaded up at least 26 songs , to make sure, and let us know if that worked.

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In regards to the error that you are talking about, you will need to in fact have 25 or more songs on your device in order to use the Music Square. The music square will need to have about 25 songs so that the music square can separate and categorized the music square fully. Download 25 songs and from there you will be able to use the music square.

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My songs are on my SD card, but Music Squares doesn't recognize it?

I'm trying to get Music Square to work with my SD card. It can view my music, but the squares won't work. Do you know which file folder they should be in for this to work? Thank you

As long as your music can be played on your device through the music application, then you will in fact be able to bring up the music in the music square successfully. The files on the SD card should be located in media in order for you to be able to load up the music successfully.

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Music player on Galaxy S3 is not identifying sufficient music files to work?

Music square is not "seeing " my music files. How can I make the upwards of 600 songs I have stored on my phone visible to Music Squares?

Yes, the music picked for each individual square is supposed to represent your mood and does not access all the songs in your library. You'll need to update your library by hitting Menu, then Select, then "Library Update".

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I can't find the Music Square icon on the menu?

Recently, I received an update of my Android OS. The music player app included a Music Square feature, and it categorized my mp3s. So I have already tried out the feature, and it worked. One time. But now, I can't find the Music Square icon on my music player app anymore, even after rebooting. Where did it go? As far as I can see, there are many others on the internet blogs with the same problem, but no solution is offered.

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It's a good idea to try uninstalling and then reinstalling your music player app. It may still be adapting to the new OS. Therefore, you can help the app get used to the new OS by installing it under the new OS. If this doesn't work the first time, try doing it again. You should notice some improvement the second time you do it.

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The Music Square function disappeared with the new update to the Samsung Galaxy devices. As of right now, there is no information regarding this issue.

I have 105 songs on my phone and only 33 show up on Music Square.

They are located in two different folders; 29 on the SD card and 76 on the phone. Can you tell me why it won't find the others? I have already tried to update my library, but it only finds 33.

I suggest you store all your music files in one place (either on your SD card or in your internal memory). Remember that music square has a number limit. That means if your music is a thousand or more only half or less will be recognized.

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Why won't it let me select my music?

Whenever I'm on Music Square and I tap on one of the boxes it says 'Selected Box Empty'. How do I put songs in the boxes? Do I need to connect with a PC with a USB cable? Thank you.

You do not place the songs in the Music Square - Music Square selects the songs depending on the beat and wording of the song, and places the song in a music category.

Need help identifying Music Square?

I cannot seem to find the music square on my S3? Do you know where it may be located? If not its okay, I really do not need to know but it would help so I can try out something new. It just seemed pretty cool to look at. Thank you

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Music Square is only available on Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android Jellybean OS. If you have a Jellybean OS, please read the instructions in this wiki on how to use it. If this feature is not present on your phone, you will need to update your OS, first. To update your OS, connect your phone to the internet and go to your phone Settings, then About device > Software update and then tap on Update to update your phone.

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How do you update the music library?

It says I may need to update the music library in order for Music Square to work

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The Music Square seems to be missing since my recent update on my GalaxyS4?

'Used to have Music Square, but now seems to be missing.

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How to get music square on Samsung S3 JellyBean OS?

My S3 with JellyBean doesn't have Music Square.

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