Android phones are landing in the homes of about 300,000 users per day. What are those users doing with their new smartphones? Listening to music, of course. Apps like Pandora or Slacker Music get lots of love for audio streaming. You can listen to your own music collection too, but you need to get it from your PC to your phone first. You could sync your music the old fashioned way, using a USB cable, installing drivers and connecting it to your PC– or sync it the 2011 way, wirelessly.
Winamp is the best free Android app I’ve found for wirelessly syncing music. It’s simple to set up and easy to use. Here’s how to get it to sync your tunes, sans cables.
Install Winamp for Windows
You’ll first want to go download Winamp for your Windows PC and install it. After install, either import your iTunes library or add your non-iTunes media to the Winamp library. It’s important that you grab at least version 5.6 since older versions don’t support Wi-Fi Sync. You can go get it at http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en. Once you have your Winamp library set up, it’s time to get Winamp for Android.
Install Winamp for Android
Launch the Android Market app and search for Winamp. Once you’ve found it, go ahead and install it to your phone. Winamp for Android only works on Android 2.1 and higher. When you launch Winamp for Android the first time, you’ll be prompted with a choice to configure Wi-Fi Sync. Select the button for Wi-Fi Sync to begin configuring it.
Configure Winamp for Android
Once in Wi-Fi Sync Setup, you’ll want to run through each step to make sure your phone is configured. Step 1 enables Wi-Fi Sync on your phone. Step 2 verifies that your phone is connected to your Wi-Fi network. Step 3 allows you to send a link to download Winamp for Windows to your email account. Since I already told you to where to download it, you can ignore Step 3 and select “OK.”
Attach Your Android Phone to Winamp
Now that Winamp’s installed on your phone and your PC, you’ll want to “attach” your phone to your PC so they can start syncing. When you start Winamp for Windows, you should see your Android phone in the Discovered area of the Devices view.
Double-click on your phone graphic to send a pairing request to your phone. On your phone, select “Allow”, which should move your phone from the Discovered area to the Attached area. Now you’re ready to start syncing your music to your phone.
Wirelessly Sync Your Music
The simplest way to transfer your music is to drag it from the Winamp library to your device icon. This can be a single song, an entire album, or everything from an artist. Once you drag the music over, Winamp will begin syncing it to your phone. Playlist synchronization is also supported.
Winamp can be further configured to your liking from your PC by right-clicking on your phone device graphic and selecting “Preferences.”
That’s it! Enjoy the freedom of wireless music syncing on your Android phone. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.