Use the Music Player and Manage Playlist on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Once a must-have gadget, MP3 players, thanks to the built-in music players included in smartphones, like the Galaxy S4, are becoming less common. Your S4 music player is easy to use and offers plenty of space for large media libraries, with the ability to play any of the following files: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EVRC, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, QCELP, WAV, and WMA.

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Best of all, the S4's media player is really simple to use. Just follow these instructions to get started.

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Play Music Using your Samsung Galaxy S4 Music Player

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    Go to your S4 Home Menu by pressing the Home button.
    This is the rectangular button located on the lower-middle part of the front of your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Next, tap on the "Apps" icon to view your installed applications
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    located on the lower-right part of your touchscreen
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    From the Apps page, locate and tap the Music Player Icon.
    By default, Samsung Galaxy S4 icons are arranged alphabetically, so locate the app among the ones that start with letter "M" (Music). Tap on the Music icon once you find it.
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    Once the Music player opens, tap on the "Songs" tab to see the list of music files on your device.
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    Play your desired music file by tapping on it.
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    Your music will begin playing.
    You will see the basic music controls (previous track, play, next track) on the lower part of the screen. Tap on the album cover to be taken to the "Now Playing" page.
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    When you are on the "Now Playing" page, you can tap on the down arrow in the controls (lower-left) to go back to the library to view the list of songs.
    Play, pause, and listen to your heart's content!
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Create Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your S4 Home Menu by pressing the Home button.
    This is the rectangular button located on the lower-middle part of the front of your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    Next, tap on the "Apps" icon to view your installed applications.
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    located on the lower-right part of your touchscreen.
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    From the Apps page, locate and tap the Music Player icon.
    By default, Samsung Galaxy S4 icons are arranged alphabetically, so locate the app among the ones that start with letter "M" (Music). Tap on the "Music" icon once you find it.
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    Once the Music player is open, tap on the "Playlists" tab to view the playlist menu.
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    Under Playlists, you can see four default playlists.
    Tap on the "Menu" button
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    if you want to create a new playlist.
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      Favorite - This playlist contains all the music files you have marked as a favorite.
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      Most Played - This playlist contains a list of the music files that you have played most frequently.
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      Recently Played - This playlist shows the music files that you have recently played.
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      Recently added - This playlist contains a list of music files that you added recently.
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    After tapping the "Menu" button, you will see the playlist options.
    Tap on "Create Playlist"
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    to start creating your new playlist.
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    Enter a desired name for the playlist.
    Tap on "OK" when you are done.
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    You will be taken to the next page, where you can choose to add music to the playlist.
    Tap on the plus icon
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    to add songs to the playlist.
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    You will then be shown the list of all songs on your phone.
    Tap on the check box to the right of each song to include it on the list to add to the new playlist.
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    Tapped boxes will have a checkmark.
    Continue selecting boxes until you have marked all the songs that you want to add to the playlist. Tap the "Done" button (upper-right part of screen) when you have finished adding songs.
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Edit Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your S4 Home Menu by pressing the Home button.
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This is the rectangular button located on the lower-middle part of the front of your Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    Next, tap on the "Apps" icon to view your installed applications.
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    From the Apps page, locate and tap the music player icon.
    By default, Samsung Galaxy S4 icons are arranged alphabetically, so locate the app among the ones that start with letter "M" (Music). Tap on the Music icon once you find it.
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    Music Player will now open.
    Tap on the "Playlists" tab
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    to view the playlist menu.
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    Under Playlists, you can find the list of playlists on your phone.
    Tap on a playlist that you want to edit. Tap on the "Menu" button to view available options for the playlist. Options include the following:
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      Share Via Bluetooth - This option allows you to share your playlist via Bluetooth.
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      Remove - This option allows you to delete songs from your phone's playlist.
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      Edit Title - This option allows you to edit the title of your playlist.
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      Search - This option allows you to search for music files on the playlist.
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      Change Order - This option allows you to change the order of your music files on your playlist.
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      Settings - This option allows you to access additional settings on your playlist.
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      End - This option allows you to close the menu.
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    Tap the "Back" button if you want to return to the playlist page.
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    If you want to add music to your playlist, tap on the plus icon and search for the track(s) that you want to add.
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Questions and Answers

I don't know how to load music onto my S4. How do I import music from my computer library?

How to establish a music library.

You can load music files on your Galaxy S4 by moving music files from your computer to your phone. To do so, you need to do the following:

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Once the songs are loaded, refresh your music library by restarting your phone. Your device should automatically detect new music and display it in the music player.

Another solution requires a USB cable and you need to download the Samsung Kies software to your computer. Once you have downloaded the application, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable and then wait for the computer to install your phone's drivers. Then, open Kies and wait for it to detect your phone. You can then import music files from your computer to your phone.

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See more questions like this: I have a Galaxy S4 and uploaded my music to Google Play with Music Manager but then I deleted by mistake and un-deleted tracks but they are not on my phone now like before in offline mode. How do I reset the whole upload list

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How do I get media player apps on my S4 to play songs that are stored on the SD card?

I have media (mp3 files) saved to my SD card, but can't get any media player apps (Google Play, Samsung Music) to find and play the songs. I can force them to play by opening the file through the "My Files" app.

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There a few possible reasons why your phone does not recognize the songs on your SD card, but is able to play them when you manually open them in file explorers. It could be a problem with the memory card, the music files, or the installation location. Try some of these steps to fix the issue:

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  • Reboot your Galaxy S4. When your device restarts and you open your Music Player, it will scan for available music files on your phone and your memory card.
  • Make sure that your music's file names end with a supported file type. If your music file does not end with ".mp3" or any of the other supported file formats (listed in the intro to this article), your Music Player may not recognize it as a music file and skip it when scanning for songs.
  • Create a new folder in your SD card, name it "Media," and put all music files on your SD card in that folder. To do so, go to your Home screen by tapping on the "Home" button. From Home, tap on the "Apps" icon to get to the application list. From this list, open "My Files." On My Files, tap on "All Files", then open "SD Memory card". You are now accessing your SD card. Tap on the Menu key to view available options. Tap on "Create folder" and enter the new folder name as "Media." Transfer the music files on your memory card into this folder.
  • If nothing else works, try reformatting your SD card. Before doing a reformat, transfer all of your SD card's files into your computer using the USB cable or a memory card reader (be sure to put the SD card back into the phone once finished). Once transferred, you can use your phone to reformat your SD card by going to Home > Menu key > Settings > More > Storage > Format SD card. Tap on the "Format SD card" button. Once the format is complete, transfer your files back into your memory card. Your music should now be detected.
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When you first open the Google Play Music app, tap on the headphone icon to access the menu, then go to settings:

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In settings, make sure your Galaxy S4 is authorized in the My Devices option. Go back out to the Play Music screen, and in the My Library tab, choose "On Device." The player should now load all the music stored on your S4's microSD card storage.

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http://screencast.com/t/2qdy8xLfCZ2

See more questions like this: I would like to change the order of the songs on one of my play lists but when I go into settings and then click on change order, nothing happens when I click on any song

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Can I edit an S4 playlist using my PC?

Can I edit a playlist using my PC?

No. Only your phone is capable of editing the order of music in an S4's playlist. You can, however, change the names of tracks on your computer.

See more questions like this: How to Transfer mp3 files from PC desktop to Samsung Galaxy Note4?

How do I alphabetize the songs in my newly created playlist?

I created a new playlist & there is no function to reorder alphabetically

Unfortunately, the only way to order a playlist alphabetically is to create it that way. There is no option to automatically rearrange an existing playlist in alphabetical order.

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How do I change the order of the music on my S4?

When I transferred music from my computer on my phone, the tracks were already in the correct order. When I opened them on my phone, most of them were still in the correct order, however a few were not. How do I change the order?

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The viewing order you set on your computer does not translate to your phone. If you are using the Native music Player on your S4, you will need to set the order manually.

Open up your music player and then hit "Menu" and select "Settings." From here, tap on the first selection, which should be "Music Menu." At the Music Menu screen, hit the menu button and select "Change Order." The next screen will show you the order in which your phone displays your music list (by artist, albums, etc.) Check out the screenshot below:

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What's the best way to store and manage music on an S4?

'I am using Google Play and my music doesn't play when I have a poor network connection.

If you sync music to your device, you can play your music by simply using the "Music Player" app on your phone, which does not require you to have an internet connection.

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Why does my S4 only play 10 seconds of each mp3 track?

My S4 won't play more than 10 seconds of any mp3 on my phone. Any help fixing this would be appreciated.

Please try the following to fix this problem on your phone.

  • If your mp3s are all in your SD-card, please move them to your internal memory.
  • Now, try to play a song and see if the problem persists.
  • If this doesn't work, try formatting your SD-card.

Recently added playlist. Longer question to submit working yes?

I changed a number of songs in a recently added playlist. Typing for extra length so that the thing allows me to submit this. Hopefully this is long enough, I don't know, is it? Yes probably, ill try

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How do I find the menu button? I can only see album art for music I have on my phone.

How do I get to the menu button? I want to create a unique playlist for exercising.

In step 5 of "Create playlists on Samsung Galaxy S4", it says to "tap on the Menu Button." The "Menu Button" here refers to the soft touch key located at the left side of your home button - http://screencast.com/t/se75NsO7iVA. Just touch it to see the playlist options and create your exercise playlist.

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Why does my phone keep opening up to a specific album, and why do certain songs not show?

I recently synced a lot of new songs (they were ripped from CDs), and none of them seem to show on my phone. In addition, every time I open my music app it opens to one specific album, and not the place I last left it. What gives?

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If you copied the songs from CDs, they may not be in the correct format. Before copying them onto your phone you should ensure they are in one of the formats your S4 can read. If they are not, you can find a free converter on the internet to change the tracks into Mp3. You can try this free online converter http://media.io/ and see if that fixes your problem. If the songs are already in mp3 format, check to ensure you placed them into the correct folder for your music.

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How do I clear music from the "Now Playing" list?

I just want to clear the "Now Playing" playlist. When I tap the menu button, I do not have an option to remove or delete tracks.

The now playing list is only letting you know what you have playing on your device at this time. If you want to remove the song or list, simply long press on the song in order to bring up the options to delete or remove items from the playlist.

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Where can I find the music player? I accidentally uninstalled it.

I accidentally uninstalled the music player. Where can I find it?

You will have to download it again, and it will help if you remember exactly what the name of the app is. There are so many other apps out there that you'll have a difficult time finding it if you have to go looking. Remembering the logo will also make it easier to find it.

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How do I permanently delete a playlist?

I added a playlist, but apparently didn't delete it completely, so when I try to add another playlist of the same name, it won't let me. If I add an 01 or another name it works fine. I just want to completely delete the old name. Can you help? I used the Kies the first time.

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There are more likely some components of the previous playlist that were left on your list. What you can do is restart your device and wait for a few minutes before turning it on. In most cases, the phone is not able to delete the file right away - that's why when you try to create a file with a similar name it still detects it as existing in the system. Wait for your phone to fully detect that the file is gone before creating a new one.

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Why is the S4 music player not recognizing new songs?

The S4 music player will not recognize new mp3s anymore, even after restarting the device.

If your Samsung Galaxy S4 will not recognize new MP3's anymore, and restarting the device is not solving the problem, you will have to try to look inside your "My Files" folder by going to your Apps.

Click on "My Files" and then "All Files."

Choose "Device Storage" and "Select Music."

Look to see if those new MP3s are there.

If not, you have to transfer the music files into your phone again. You also have to check the file formats of the new music files.

If the music files have the supported extensions, take a look at the memory and see if it is almost full. Try to delete some files. If possible, backup the music files and then reformat your memory card (if you are using a memory card). Once reformatted, load those music files again and try to restart your device.

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See more questions like this: S4 won't play .wma files.

Is your description still valid on Kitkat?

On my S4 (4.4.2), I moved part of my mp3's from a simple SD card sub-directory to a sub-directory of Storage/extSdCard/Android/data/description of my sync-tool. Samsung's stock music player is not able to find the moved mp3's there. Even after cleaning cache & data & rebooting. Even after changing the default music-directory in "My files" to the new one, it will only find the mp3's in the old location on the SD card.

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What does the Capital A and the arrow icon mean when a song is playing?

What does the Capital A and the arrow icon mean when a song is playing?

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Can you help with the 7.0 Tablet?

Symbols on music player an A with arrow below means it plays an album once and stops. . A with arrows around number 1 means repeats one song? A with arrows around the letter A means it repeats the album?. Thanks

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Samsung does so many things and has so many features which is great, but the downside is I can't easily figure out how to get them to work.

For example... How to play multiple audio files one after the other in a row. Took me quite a while to figure out their mysterious controls. It would be nice if they had help popup to make it more user-friendly. I feel like I have to get a PhD in Samsung software, just to enjoy all the features. I DID finally figure it out but it took a while.

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This is the biggest flaw of any touch-screen mass-market technology. There are no manuals shipped with the devices, there are no help files for the Android system; and everything feels counter-intuitive and guess-like. On top of that, not a word is written on the icons, and it is not always clear where you can tap on the screen, as there are no shadows and the interface is flat. Finding each feature is painful on Samsung, on any Android smartphone, or any iOS smartphone. In addition to that, tapping the screen occludes the area, which makes it a blind choice sometimes.

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Thankfully, you have VisiHow, where we are ready to help you with solving your questions. To queue up files in Google Play Music, find an album or song you want to play. Tap on the triple-dot icon in the corner. Tap on "Add to queue". In Samsung Music Player, open the song, tap on "MORE" in the upper-right corner, and select "Add to now playing list". This will let you queue up your files.

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