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
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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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    located on the lower-right part of your touchscreen
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    From the Apps page, locate and tap the Music Player Icon
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    This is the rectangular button located in 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 in 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
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    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
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    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
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    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 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.

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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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 a 01 or another name it works fine. I just want to delete the old name completely. 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 the new MP3s are there.

If not, you have to transfer the music files to 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: Have a GS4 and the music player starts in the background of my phone using up battery and I have to go into task manager and close it manually. Why does it do this and what can I do to stop it from starting up without my knowledge

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Samsung does so many things and has so many features which are 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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