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Kindle Fire HD - putting Music/audiobooks/movies we already own onto it

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Initial post: 25 Nov 2012 15:26:13 GMT
Angela says:
Hi everyone, hope you can advise me about this.
Our son says he wants a Fire HD and I'm thinking about it for Christmas. Looks like a fine piece of kit, but I can't find out how the Amazon 'skin' restricts Android, and whether we will be able to put existing content onto it - MP3 music & MP4 movies.
Also, what do we do about backing up content from the Kindle.

I'm used to managing Android on my Samsung phone, and carry all sorts of content with me on that. Don't want to buy the Kindle then wish we had opted for a Google Nexus 7 or a Galaxy Tab 2 instead.

Please put my mind at rest, or point me to some info that can help.


In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 15:51:55 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Angela, music and movies can take up a lot of space so I store much of my music in the Cloud, but movies I keep on a Kingston Wi-Drive.

Amazon will only store 250 of your own tracks free of charge but extra Cloud storage can be purchased. As most of my mp3s have come from Amazon anyway it's not a big issue for me, but if your Son has a lot of non-Amazon music then a Tablet with an SD card slot may be more appropriate.

With music in the Cloud it's very easy to swap content in and out of the Fire, and also stream it to the Fire.

I have a 10" Asus Tablet but I find the Fire suits my needs better than that and I like the integration with Amazon but, in my opinion, if you have little Amazon purchased media other Tablets may be more suitable and easier to use.

I'm more than happy with the Fire but no device is perfect for everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 16:11:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2012 16:12:43 GMT
Angela says:
Hi Denis,
None of our existing music is in the cloud, we have a great big NAS box with it all on, which we connect to via our PCs. If we connect the Kindle via USB to a PC, is there anything stopping us from copying files from the NAS box onto the kindle ??

Even better, can the Kindle connect to an SMB share wirelessly ??

Alternatively, the NAS box can share as NFS, since it runs linux.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 17:07:18 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Angela, the Fire is, in my opinion, intended as an Amazon Media Player. It's not a Tablet like a Nexus, Google, or Asus. The Home screen and tabs for Music, eBooks, Movies etc., are designed for Amazon media and not personal media. That doesn't mean it won't play it, just that it won't display your movies, for intance in the Move tab. You'll need to install a File Manger in order to see them. I'm not trying to put you off here, just warn you that for non-Amazon stuff it's possibly not the best option.

You can copy anything to the Fire, and as long as it's in a format that the Kindle can cope with, or there's an app to play it, and DRM isn't an issue then it will play it, and the speakers on the Fire HD are very good indeed for such a small device. The screen can't be faulted either. Whether your Fire will be able to "see" what's on your NAS box (I have no idea what that is) may well depend on whether there's an app available. I have a Kingston Wi-Drive with my movies on and that creates it's own WiFi Hotspot that the Fire can connect to, but it needs the Wi-Drive app to see the contents.

I'm afraid that you'll need someone else to comment on SMB and NFS as neither mean anything to me.

I think you may benefit from a visit to a Waterstones store where they have them on dislpay for you to have a go on. You'll see that the interface isn't like other tablets and may not suit your needs.

Again, I love my Fire HD and it does everything I want it to and more besides but I have a lot of Amazon ebooks and music which integrates fully with the interface and even displays my Cloud content. If you have nothing in the Cloud then, again in my opinion, you're losing half the functionality and purpose of the Fire when it comes to music.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 21:28:44 GMT
Sa Douce says:
Hello everyone, I have just been putting music on my kindle fire but only the single tracks are showing up. The albums I have put on arn't showing up. Please help xx

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 12:04:35 GMT
Lesley H says:
How do I put music I already own from my computer on to my kindle fire hd?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 12:16:25 GMT
Denis Powell says:
The quickest way is to copy it over using the USB cable.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 19:25:33 GMT
Buy a Nexus 7. Its fantastic.
Had mine 5 months and love it. Can read kindle books and epub books' also books from my local library.
Its very fast and doesn't have amazon all over it
Best buy ever.
My friend has a kindle and she so wishes she hadn't.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 19:40:25 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I suspect the original poster made her mind up before Christmas.

If it's any help to your friend I can read epub books on my Fire HD and borrow ebooks from my local library. It has very much better speakers than the Nexus 7 if you want to use it without headphones and the ability to connect it to a TV is another bonus.

Having said that, no Tablet is perfect and what suits you best may not suit someone else as well, just as what I prefer won't.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 21:08:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2013 21:09:17 GMT
@MM: My dad's bigger than your dad! Oh, I meant to say my Blackberry Playbook is miles better than N7 or the Fire for camera, speakers, multi-app environment, storage, price, coming with a high speed charger and stonking HMDI TV use.
The Fire has a far better ecosystem and app availability. Fire's can use Skype. Probably does loads of other things better too.

If you have a specific need a specific tablet is bound to be optimal. If you have a general need then the one you buy is probably just the one you want. Why playing games over "mine is bigger than yours?"

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 13:21:31 GMT
How do you read epubs and library books? As my friend has just bought a kindle Fire and not got a clue

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 13:37:59 GMT
Denis Powell says:
I installed the goodereader app store. That has the apps required for borrowing from Libraries, in my case Aldiko, and for reading DRM'd ePub books I've bought from various sites including those from

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 14:02:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2013 14:02:38 GMT
We are in Uk though.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 14:30:33 GMT
Denis Powell says:
So am I.

Posted on 27 Feb 2013 15:29:43 GMT
ChrisJ says:
Not all UK libraries do e-books.
Not all UK libraries use the same system.
Not all systems that are used are available as apps for the Fire....

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 15:58:51 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Chris, I think the two main apps libraries use are Aldiko and Overdrive, both of which can be installed on the Fire. I read DRMd epub books using Bluefire linked to my Adobe account. It's not as fully featured as the Kindle app but it works well enough.

Posted on 21 May 2013 02:18:46 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 10:35:48 BDT
essercizi says:
Yeah, that's why I bought a Nexus. Coz nice cuddly Google don't want to suck out my soul - or money - or data - or life - or eyeballs ;-)

Seriously though ...
All tablets are different, but some are more different than others! The Fires are very much Amazon media devices, but if that suits your needs, by all accounts they're excellent, just as the e-ink Kindles are excellent e-readers. If that's not what you want, then it doesn't mean they're poor, just that they're probably not best for you. Just because I've chosen a Nexus, I wouldn't say "don't buy a Fire", any more than I'd say "you have to buy a Nexus". Decide what you want it for, do some research, and choose the best device for your needs so you won't be disappointed.

(of course if you DO decide to buy a Nexus, you might want to wait until the new improved version of the Nexus 7 is released, rumoured to be out in July :-)

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 15:05:17 GMT
Dodi says:
I was thinking of buying a Kindle but have just been on my local library website and they state that Kindle is the only e:reader that cannot connect to the Library because of "Restrictions by Amazon" - is this correct?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 15:09:34 GMT
Denis Powell says:
That's correct for the e-ink models but this thread is about the Fire and you can borrow e-books on those from the public library service.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 15:36:31 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
My local library's e-books are in a format which does not work on Kindle Fires. So its both the Library fault for only using e-books with the wrong file type for Amazon devices, and Amazon's fault for manufacturing devices that don't use those file types.

I understand that I could download something to use their file types but may just save and buy a non-Amazon reader that can read them and add it to my Kindle device collection.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 16:01:22 GMT
ChrisJ says:
Dodi: How do we know your local libraries policies and procedures and formats?? You haven't said which is your local library.
The more info you can give, the easier it is for us to answer your questions.

However: the other answers are likely to be fully correct - there are very few (close to zero) libraries that produce Kindle format books, and therefore the library e-books can not be read on an e-ink Kindle. However a Kindle Fire is a tablet computer, and can have other apps installed onto it. One or more of those apps certainly should be able to read the format of files your library produces: but we cant 100% tell without knowing what that format is.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 17:13:04 GMT
Denis Powell says:
What does your local library require in terms of apps to borrow ebooks on Android? I know several people using their Fires to borrow, myself included.
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