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[PSP® system / PSP®go] Updated 08/09/2013

Use the links below to learn about music and audio playback on PSPgo and PSP systems.

Top Supported Music File Formats

The PSP system supports the following music and audio file formats:

  • Memory Stick Audio Format (ATRAC) - ATRAC must be enabled for playback, click here to learn how.
  • MP3
    - MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3
    - MP3 Surround
  • MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)
  • WAVE (Linear PCM)
  • WMA - WMA must be enabled for playback, click here to learn how.

Click here for information on how to transfer music onto the PSP system.


Notes:

  • Requires PSP system software version 2.8 or greater (see PSP system software updates for information).
  • If the music files are copy protected, they may not play on the PSP system.

Other music and audio options

  • UMD™ Music
    You can also play UMD™ (Universal Media Disc) MUSIC discs on your PSP system.

  • Converting music/audio files
    If the music/audio files you want to play are in a format that is not supported by the PSP system, you may be able to convert them into a compatible format with Media Go.
Top Saving Music Files to PSP

To save music and audio files to a PSPgo / PSP system:

  1. Make sure the music or audio file formats are supported by your PSP system. For details, see Compatible Music/Audio Formats.
  2. Chose your saving method and follow the instructions:
  3. Save the music or audio files into the MUSIC folder inside the PSP folder on your Memory Stick media or built-in flash memory.
    The PSP system can read music up until second level subfolders, but will not read music in third level or lower subfolders.
    music folder
  4. You can create subfolders inside the MUSIC folder to group tracks. For more information, see Using Music Groups.

RSS Music Content

When you use a WLAN connection to go online though the PSP web browser, you can save RSS music content directly to your Memory Stick Duo for offline enjoyment. For more information, see Saving RSS Content.

Music/Audio Formats

  • Music/audio files must be in the correct format in order to be played on the PSP system.
  • MP3 files containing expiration dates or a limited number of playbacks cannot be played on the PSP system.
  • If you encode an audio CD into MP3 format so that it can play on the PSP, you should set the bit rate to 128k for a good balance of sound quality and file size. If you prefer better sound quality and have more available space on your Memory Stick media or built-in flash memory, set the bit rate to 192k.
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo™ cards will not play or record ATRAC3™ or ATRAC3plus™ files.
Top Controls For Music Playback on PSP

Click on the links below to view the PSP system controls for music and audio playback.

Music controls on the Home Menu / XMB™ (Xross Media Bar)

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Under Music icon (Music) in the PSP system home menu, the following icons are displayed:


UMD icon
UMD™
Play UMD™ (Universal Media Disc) MUSIC. This icon will only appear when a UMD™ MUSIC disc is inserted. If you select the icon, a thumbnail will display.


System Storage icon
System Storage
Play music saved in the system storage.


Memory Stick icon
Memory Stick
Play music/audio saved on a Memory Stick Duo™. This icon will appear only when a Memory Stick Duo™ is inserted.



Music & Audio Buttons

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When you are listening to music or audio on the PSP system, the buttons on the front function as follows:
PSP front
PSPgo front

BUTTON
FUNCTION


L button
Play the current track from the beginning. Press the button again to scroll back through the tracks.


R button
Play the next track. Press the button again to scroll forward through the tracks.


Triangle Btn
Display or hide the control panel.


X Btn
Play a track or confirm a choice.


Circle Btn
Stop a track, go back to the previous screen or exit a function.


Right ButtonLeft Button
Play or fast-forward/fast-reverse playback.


Select Button
Display information about the track or stop fast-forward/fast-reverse.


Start Button
Pause or start playback.



Music / Audio Control Panel

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Use the on-screen music control panel to control the music and audio playback, display information and access other music functions.

Using the Music Control Panel

  • While music/audio is playing, press the Triangle button at any time to display the music control panel.

  • Select one of the option icons and press the X button. For example, to pause playback, select the Pause icon and press the X button .

  • To clear the music control panel, press the Triangle button or the O button.

Music Control Panel Options


Previous Group icon
Previous Group
Return to the beginning of the previous group. For more information, see using Music Groups on the PSP system.


Next Group icon
Next Group
Skip to the beginning of the next group. For more information, see using Music Groups on the PSP system.


Previous Track icon
Previous Track
Return to the beginning of the track currently playing or to the beginning of the previous track.


Next Track icon
Next Track
Skip to the beginning of the next track.


Fast Reverse/Fast Forward icon
Reverse / Fast Forward
Play in fast-reverse/fast-forward.


Play icon
Play
Play a track.


Pause icon
Pause
Pause playback.


Stop icon
Stop
Stop playback.


Group Mode icon
Group Mode)
Switch to Group Mode. For more information, see using Music Groups on the PSP system.


A-B Repeat icon
A-B Repeat
Specify a part of a track, then play that part repeatedly.


MODE icon
Mode
Switch to Play Mode.


Clear icon
Clear
Clear Group Mode, Play Mode, and A-B Repeat settings.


Display icon
Display
Display the album name, track number, and total number of tracks.


Help Icon
Help
Display the functions of the PSP system buttons.



How to read the PSP screen during music/audio playback

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During music/audio playback, information about the track is displayed on screen. Different areas of the screen tell you different information such as album name, track name, track number/total number of tracks. See the information on the screen below for more details.

Reading the screen.



Sound settings

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Under Settings icon (Settings) in the home menu, select Sound Settings (Sound Settings) to access the following settings:

  • AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System)
    Turn on/off the Automatic Volume Limiter System feature, which limits the maximum volume. For more information, see using sound on the PSP system.

  • Key Tone
    Turn on/off the Key Tone feature, which allows the PSP® to make a confirmation sound when you press a button. For more information, see using sound on the PSP system.
Top Playing Music from Memory Stick

You can play music and audio that has been saved to a Memory Stick media on your PSP system

To play music or audio files from Memory Stick media

  1. Make sure the music or audio files are the correct format for the PSP system. See Compatible Music/Audio Formats for details.

  2. Select Music icon (Music) from the PSP system home menu.

  3. Insert a Memory Stick media with music or audio saved on it.
    Click hereto learn how to insert Memory Stick media into a PSPgo / PSP system.

  4. After the Memory Stick icon (Memory Stick™) appears, select it and press the X button.

  5. A list of the tracks on the Memory Stick media will appear.

  6. Select the icon of the track you want to play and press the X button.

  7. To stop playback, press the O button when the track is playing and the music will stop.

See music controls on the PSP system for more information on controls.


To delete or view information about a music/audio file from Memory Stick media:

  1. Follow the instructions above for playing a music or audio file.

  2. Select the icon of the track and press the Triangle button to display the options menu.

  3. Select Information or Delete as you desire and press the X button.

Notes:

  • MP3 files containing expiration dates or a limited number of playbacks cannot be played on the PSP system.

  • If you encode an audio CD into MP3 format so that it can play on the PSP system, you should set the bit rate to 128k for a good balance of sound quality and file size. If you prefer better sound quality and have more available space on your Memory Stick media, set the bit rate to 192k.

  • Memory Stick PRO Duo™ cards will not play or record ATRAC3™ or ATRAC3plus™ files.
Top Playing a UMD Music Disc

To play a UMD Music disc on your PSP system:
The PSP®go system does not have a UMD slot.

  1. Select Music icon (Music) from the home menu.

  2. Insert a UMD Music disc.
    Click here to learn how to insert a UMD into the PSP system.

  3. After the UMD icon appears, select it and press the X button.

  4. A list of the tracks on the UMD will appear.

  5. Select the icon of the track you want to play and press the X button.

  6. To stop UMD playback, press the O button when the track is playing and the music will stop.
    See music controls on the PSP system for more information on controls.


Note: If Restricted Content icon (Parental Control) is displayed with a disc, access is restricted by the Parental Control Level feature. To access the disc, you must enter the password using the directional buttons

Top SenseMe Channels on PSP

Listening to music using SensMe® channels

The SensMe channels application uses Sony's proprietary 12 Tone Analysis technology to evaluate music tracks that have been imported from the Media Go application to the PSPgo / PSP system. The application automatically categorizes the tracks into 12 channels such as "Relax" and "Dance". You can select a music channel to match the time of day or to match your mood.


Available channels

Morning / Daytime / Evening / Night / Midnight Music for various times of the day
Shuffle All Music played in random order
Energetic Uptempo and high-energy music
Relax Calm and relaxing music
Mellow Soft and slow-tempo music
Upbeat Cheerful and uplifting music
Emotional Ballads
Lounge Jazz and easy listening music
Dance Rhythm, rap and R&B music
Extreme Loud and powerful music
Favorites Music tracks that have been selected to be added
to the Favorites channel
Newly Added Music tracks that were imported recently


Using the SensMe® channels application

To use the SensMe® channels application on your PSPgo / PSP® system, you must first download the application to your system.


For details about downloading and using [SensMe® channels], visit http://www.playstation.com/psp-app/sensme.html