Downloading and playing music on Google Nexus 7

You cannot download Monsters the début album from Jewelia, or so I was told.

I knew this not to be true, as I had never had any problems downloading from bandcamp.

To check, I downloaded Monsters to a computer, then as I wished to play on Google Nexus 7, dragged my download across to a folder marked music.

What now, how was I to play Monsters?

Google Play Music did nothing, other than try to access the net.

In the absence of a music player, I downloaded and installed a music player from Google Play. I cannot recall what it was, but nothing happened, and so I deleted it.

The other problem, Google Nexus 7 has no means to explore folders or file content.

I can explore the Google Nexus 7 by connecting to laptop or computer, but this is ridiculous, and defeats having a tablet if need a laptop too.

It then occurred to me, maybe I am going abut this the wrong way, maybe I need to use bandcamp app to download and play Monsters.

I downloaded and installed bandcamp app, then used it to download Monsters.

I actually succeeded in downloading more than one copy as I thought nothing was happening.

I only learnt this when I tapped and slid down the status and saw several copies downloaded.

Although I still could not see where the albums were stored, maybe in downloads, maybe in music, at least the downloads showed.

Tap, and everything should be automatic, that is what usually happens, the appropriate app takes over.

Er no, I get an error message, can’t open file.

I guessed it was because the albums were zip files. But should not the bandcamp app download files in a format it can use?

I also noted the albums downloaded had meaningless names

  • album-1.zip
  • album-2.zip …

When I downloaded to the computer and transferred across to the music folder, at least the file had a meaningful name.

It was time to visit TechStart, where they know more about Android than I.

Very much as I suspected, need to install a file explorer (which can also unzip files) and a music player.

Following their suggestions, downloaded and installed

  • File Manager
  • N7 Player

File Manager used to unzip Monster files and placed in a folder

  • Jewelia Monsters EP

within the music folder.

As more than one copy of album downloaded as mp3 and FLAC, allowed comparison between mp3 and FLAC.

mp3 320 is high quality. Quite impressive. Then FLAC, a noticeable difference. [see mp3 v FLAC]

Monsters is not only excellent musically, it is also high audio quality.

A curious thing. I tapped on Google Music Play, and there was Monsters already loaded and waiting to play. I had done nothing. That is other than making Monsters available as an album in a folder in the music folder.

Monsters now also in Google Music Play Library.

Which means I had no need to download and install a music player.

And now for books …

Note: Google Nexus 7 an Android device. Discussion thus applies to all Android devices.

Note: Bandcamp allows live streaming if you purchase and download an album. Cannot see what this offers, as can live stream albums on-line as often as you wish.

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5 Responses to “Downloading and playing music on Google Nexus 7”

  1. Steve Smith Says:

    Downloaded on iTunes, plays just fine, seems a lot easier than all of that.

  2. keithpp Says:

    There are many reasons not to use iTunes:

    – have to download iTunes software to use

    – lofi few second samples

    – screws fans and musicians

    – data goes to iTunes not artists

    Contrast with bandcamp

    – site designed for musicians

    – bandcamp only take a a small cut

    – can listen to entire album on-line

    – artists get data

    – easy one click download

    – easy to share

    Spotify is of course far far worse.

    I have not come across any site, where download is as easy as bandcamp, albeit to desktop computer or laptop.

    I agree, download to a tablet or phone under Android is not so easy, as have to first convert the zip file and have to download a file manager or unzip app to do this.

    Something that needs to be addressed.

    The obvious would be for the bandcamp app to download, unzip, and as default place in a folder in the music folder with a name as the album. What I had to do manually.

    If bandcamp fix this, then download on a tablet or phone will be as easy as on a laptop.

    Then, once downloaded and unzipped and placed in appropriate titled folder, any media player will automatically pick it up, as I found with Google Music Player, not only pick it up, but place in its Library for future listening.

  3. Steve Smith Says:

    Still seems very complicated. At least I can download the music in iTunes or free from bandcamp, drag it into iTunes, then it just synchs with all my phones/iPad/Mac etc. and is available to my Sonos system straightaway. Don’t need to get involved with worrying about what files go where.

  4. keithpp Says:

    No, not very complicated, a simple extra step, unzip the downloaded file.

    But I agree, should not be necessary,

    Bandcamp app needs a redesign. Download an album or track, automatic unzip, store in a folder and available to play.

    Always download from bandcamp where there is a choice, as the money is going to the artist who created the music, not to a faceless greedy corporation, that does nothing to nurture talent.

    Support the a artist, not a corporation.

    Bandcamp was established as a platform to benefit musicians. It is good for music fans too.

    A tale of two (Music) websites and why using Bandcamp wins

  5. keithpp Says:

    The best way to support an artist is to pay then directly. — Ethan Diamond

    Ethan Diamond, co-founder of bandcamp, discussing why bandcamp is good for artists.

    https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/ethan-diamond-on-bandcamp-at-xoxo-festival-2014/

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