How to download music to a USB from a computer
How to put music on a USB flash drive on Windows 10 and 8
How to put music on a USB stick on a Mac
How to download music to a USB drive on Windows 7 and earlier versions
Frequently asked questions
How do you put music on a USB flash drive?
Connect your flash drive and navigate to the drive. This can be done using Finder or File Explorer, depending on your operating system.
Ensure there is space on the drive and that it is correctly formatted.
Navigate to the files that you want to transfer, usually in your Downloads or Music folder.
Transfer the files by right-clicking and using Send To on Windows, or simply copying and pasting the files across to the location of the flash drive.
Eject the drive, and you should be ready to go.
There are some more steps, and nuanced differences depending on which operating system you are using. Read the full guide for tips on whichever operating system and machine you are using to download and transfer music.
What format should a USB be for music?
You may want to format your disk drive before you even start to add files. Fat32 is a freeware solution to format your drive and ensure that it can be read and understood by all devices.
This is particularly useful if you want to use your USB drive in a lot of locations, for example, if your car has the capacity to read audio from a flash drive.
Can you put songs from Spotify on a USB?
There is currently no way to take songs from your Spotify library and put them on a USB drive. It is confusing, as Spotify’s marketing does discuss “downloads” but this is not the same as physically having an MP3 file, for example.
Spotify Premium users can download Spotify songs offline, but only within the specific Spotify app, which means that the files are protected and linked to the app. There is no way to transfer them and move them from one location to another.
How do you download music from YouTube to a flash drive?
You may have heard a new song on YouTube Music or just the regular YouTube, and want to put it on a flash drive. Unfortunately, there is really no legal way to do this.
YouTube ripping programs are a breach of copyright laws, so there is no way to download directly from YouTube as an MP3 or WAV file, for instance. Instead, you can try to find the same song available to buy and download on an artist’s website or through Amazon or Apple Music. This may allow you to download the file itself and put it on a flash drive.
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