How to Play MP3 Music on PS3

by Jason Artman
The PlayStation 3 can replace a home stereo and Blu-ray disc player.

The PlayStation 3 can replace a home stereo and Blu-ray disc player.

Sony's PlayStation 3 game console has the ability to replace a living room stereo system thanks to its built-in media player application. The PlayStation 3 can play MP3 files from a connected USB drive. Alternatively, your PC running Windows 7 has the ability to stream music from Windows Media Player to your PlayStation 3 over a wireless network. Use one of these methods to play MP3 music on your PS3 when you aren't busy gaming.

USB Thumb Drive

Connect the USB thumb drive to your computer and copy the desired songs to it. To do this, drag the songs to the thumb drive or right-click them, select "Copy," right-click the thumb drive and select "Paste."

Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then click the USB thumb drive to eject it from the computer. Remove the thumb drive and connect it to one of the USB ports on the front of the PlayStation 3.

Push right on the PlayStation 3 controller's thumb stick to highlight the "Music" icon. Push down to highlight the "USB Device" icon, shaped like a rectangle with a white area in the upper right corner. Push the "Triangle" button.

Select "Display All" with the thumb stick and push the "X" button. This displays all of the MP3 files the PlayStation 3 detects on the USB thumb drive. If you created a folder to store the MP3 files, select the folder with the thumb stick and push the "X" button to open it.

Select the desired song with the thumb stick and push the "X" button to begin playing it.

Wireless Streaming

Add the songs that you want to play to the Windows Media Player library on your computer. You can do this by copying the songs to the Music folder on your computer -- open the Start menu and click "Music" to see the folder -- or by opening the "File" menu in Windows Media Player and selecting "Add to Library." When adding music to your library, you can select folders for Windows Media Player to monitor. When you copy music to a monitored folder, Windows Media Player adds it to the library automatically.

Launch Windows Media Player. Click the "Stream" button near the top of the window and select "Turn on Home Media Streaming" on the drop-down menu below. If you do not see the "Stream" button, click the button shaped like three small squares and a left-facing arrow at the top of the window. If you do not see "Turn on Home Media Streaming" on the drop-down menu, this option is already enabled. Skip this step.

Click the "Stream" button and select "More Streaming Options" on the drop-down menu to display a new window with a list of the computers and devices detected on your network. The PlayStation 3 is called "Unknown Device."

Click the button next to "Unknown Device" and select "Allowed." Click "OK" at the bottom of the window.

Push right on the PlayStation 3 controller's thumb stick to highlight the "Music" icon. Push down to highlight the name of your computer and push the "Triangle" button.

Select the desired song with the thumb stick and push the "X" button to begin playing it.

Tips

  • The PlayStation 3 supports the FAT32 and FAT file systems. If you connect a USB thumb drive formatted with the exFAT or NTFS file systems, the PlayStation 3 may not detect the drive. To resolve this, reconnect the thumb drive to your computer and transfer the files stored on it to a folder on the desktop. Open the Start menu, select "Computer," right-click the thumb drive and select "Format." Select "FAT32" or "FAT" on the "File System" drop-down and click the "Start" button to format the thumb drive. Transfer the files back to the thumb drive and reconnect the drive to the PlayStation 3.
  • You can copy MP3 files to the internal hard drive of your PlayStation 3 to save wear on the USB thumb drive. To do this, highlight the file you want to copy while browsing the contents of the thumb drive, push the "Triangle" button, highlight "Copy" with the thumb stick and push the "X" button.

Warning

  • Some MP3 files purchased online have built-in Digital Rights Management preventing playback on unauthorized devices. These files may not play on the PlayStation 3.

Items you will need

  • USB thumb drive
  • Windows 7 PC
  • Wireless network

About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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