Listening to Music on Your Kindle Fire
Given that the Kindle Fire has a relatively low amount of onboard memory (about 6GB), you might be tempted to think that it isn’t a great music device. Most of us have rather large digital music collections (I have something like 18,000 tracks stored on 86GB of hard drive space on my computer), and only a tiny chunk of a large collection can fit on a Fire. Although that is true of on-device storage, let’s not forget about the cloud. You can use Amazon’s cloud services to give your Fire an unlimited capacity for music (as long as you have an Internet connection).
This chapter will cover the music interface and all the ways to get music onto your Fire, as well as what to do with it when it is there.
Getting to Your Music
Tap Music on the navigation bar to enter the Music library on the Fire (Figure 4.1). At the top you’ll see the top navigation of the Music library: Music, your two libraries (Cloud/Device), and a Store button.
Figure 4.1 The Kindle Fire Music Cloud library
By default, your Cloud library is displayed. Tap Device to see your local library, though if you don’t have any music stored on your Kindle Fire, you’ll see an alert telling you that there isn’t any music on your device and why not tap the big orange button to buy some from Amazon? (Figure 4.2). Tapping the “Shop the Music store” button takes you to the Fire music store (more on that in a bit).
Figure 4.2 If your on-device library is empty, Amazon suggests you buy some music.
When you have music in either of your libraries, the interface is identical despite that the music is stored in different places.
Under the main navigation are the four different sections of your music library:
- Playlists: Playlists on your Fire are just like playlists on every other media player. They are lists of songs you create. The neat thing, though, is when you create a playlist in your Cloud library, it is available in the Amazon Cloud Player for the Web.
- Artists: This is a scrolling list of all the artists in your Music library along with the number of albums and songs from that artist.
- Albums: This is a scrolling list of your albums with the album cover to the left, the name of the album in white text, and the number of songs on the album.
- Songs: The final section of your Music library is Songs, the basic building block of any Music library. This list, much like the Albums list, shows the album cover, the name of the song, the artist, and one additional piece of information: the song’s duration.
Your music is also searchable. Just tap the search button in the options bar, and the Search box appears. You cannot search across all your music in both libraries, Cloud and Device, at once. If you want to search both libraries, you’ll have to search one and then the other.
Each section of the Music library (Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs) has its own search results format. If you search the Albums section, albums are returned with album cover art. If you search for artists, the artists and the number of albums and songs you have belonging to them are returned.