How to Organize Music on Android: The Complete Guide
Music is the rhythm of life. From celebrating a joyous occasion to cherishing alone time with someone special, music and songs with their notes and melodies fill our moments with sweetness.
Our fascination with music is abiding and never waning. Check any smart device and chances are 50% of the memory space is taken up by songs running the gamut of pop, rock, soul, blues and heavy metal.
Our tendency to download music for free, borrow it from friends and even purchase what can’t be had without paying a fee leads to unorganized play space and apps that save items randomly without the right identifiers of song name, artist name, date of release and other meta information music enthusiasts need to customize their experience.
iPhone owners have it easy though. The iTunes app is really effective when it comes to categorizing music, adding tags and ensuring that favorite songs never have to be “hunted” for hearing pleasure.
So what do Android evangelists do?
People love the flexibility of Android and shifting to iOS just for the sake of better music organization isn’t much of a bargain.
There is a solution though – one that doesn’t call for the use of fancy tools. Everything you need is built right into the Android platform. The only thing that you have to do is shift your mindset and embrace the world of playlists.
What are Playlists?
A playlist is a compilation of songs that have something in common. It may be the band or the singer, the genre or the movie if you like collecting original sound tracks. Since a playlist is customized to suit your preferences, it is an easy way of managing hundreds of songs without overwhelming your phone’s capacity or processing power.
How Can Android Users Create Playlists?
First and foremost, take stock of the Playlists that your Android phone already has. Even if you have never created a playlist, it is likely that your phone comes with a few pre-created ones. The most common are Frequently Played based on the tracks that you enjoy the most often, Never Played which brings together the songs that are used the least and Starred Songs which details the tracks you have personally “starred” or marked a “favorite”.
1. Visit the My Music native app of your Android phone. It is the hub of your music. When you touch it or tap it, generally the music player shows up with the last song you were listening to.
2. Hit the My Music button on the navigation menu and you should see the central music dashboard. This categorizes your songs in a couple of ways. You will see folders that group songs by Song Name, Album, Artist, Friends’ Preferences (in case you are socially connected with what your friends like to hear) and more.
3. Navigate to the folder that says “Playlists” on the dashboard. There should be one. Decide on the number of custom playlists that you are going to have. You can create one for all of your favorite bands and one for different genres. To do this, tap the “Create New Playlist” button. The rest is self-explanatory.
4. Once you are satisfied with the number of playlists, visit the main Songs folder from the dashboard. Long press an individual song and you should see the option “Add to Playlist”.
Sometimes you can also tap the hamburger menu to the top right of the song player to access this functionality for the track it is currently streaming. Keep doing this till you have populated all the Playlists. Even the songs that don’t fit a particular category can go in a “Miscellaneous” folder.
5. Using your playlists is as simple as navigating to the “Playlists” folder and accessing the compilations within.
6. In case you wish to delete a Playlist or a song in it, long press the item and hit the option “delete” from the modal. You must keep in mind that custom playlists can be deleted but the ones that come pre-created can’t be removed from the system.
Don’t subscribe to the misconception that Playlists hog more of your memory than your original cache of songs. They simply link you to the music stored in the device from a more organized interface.
If you are an apps junkie, there are a couple of effective music organizers like doubleTwist which boasts full synchronization capabilities from your desktop and MobileGo from Wondershare that helps organize as well as recover lost music.