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This document applies to HP computers with Windows 8.
With the HP Connected Music software application, you can listen to Internet radio, listen to subscription music services, and play music files stored on your computer. Use this document to learn more about installing and using the HP Connected Music app.
NOTE:This document does not apply to the Windows 8.1 version of HP Connected Music. If you are looking for information about HP Connected Music on your PC with Windows 8.1, go to New HP Connected Music (Windows 8.1) .

Installing HP Connected Music

Use the following steps to install the HP Connected Music app and create a new account:
  1. Click the HP Connected Music app tile on the Start screen.
    Figure 1: HP Connected Music app tile
    Image of the HP Connected Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen
    The app opens on the Windows desktop.
  2. If a Windows Security Alert window appears, select the networks you want to allow HP Connected Music to use, and then click Allow access.
    Figure 2: Windows Security Alert
    Image of Windows Security Alert notification that Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this app
  3. On the Welcome to HP Connected Music screen, select your desired language from the language drop-down menu.
  4. Click the links to read the HP Connected Music Terms & Conditions and HP Connected Music Privacy Policy. When finished, click Agree.
    Figure 3: HP Connected Music Welcome screen
    Image of the HP Connected Music welcome screen, accepting the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
  5. The HP Connected Music home screen opens. Click on the Setup button located in the lower left corner of the screen.
    Figure 4: Setup
    Setup button for HP Connected Music
  6. On the Setup Account window, sign in with another account or enter your email address and click Setup Account to create a new account.
    Figure 5: Setup Account information
    Setup Account information window
    NOTE:You can choose to sign in with these services at any time after logging in to HP Connected Music by clicking on the Account icon located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  7. Fill out the Setup Account form, and then click OK.
    Figure 6: Setup Account form
    Setup Account form window
  8. At the Account Successfully Created window, you are given another opportunity to sign in to any additional accounts. Close the window to start using HP Connected Music.
You are now ready to configure and use HP Connected Music.

Configuring HP Connected Music

After you have set up an account, you return to the HP Connected Music Home screen on the Windows desktop.
Figure 7: HP Connected Music Home screen
Image of HP Connected Music Home screen
On the HP Connected Music home screen, in the lower left corner, click the options icon and then select Preferences from the menu.
Figure 8: Preferences in the Options menu
Preferences in the Options menu
The following tabs allow you to configure HP Connected Music to your preferences:
  • General: Use the General tab to configure General preferences, such as language and display options, and CD Import Preferences.
    Figure 9: General tab in Preferences
    Image of the General tab in Preferences
  • Folders: Use the Folders tab to begin watching, or to stop watching, music folders and applications. Watching a folder allows HP Connected Music to find music and album information from that folder, and add it to your library.
    Figure 10: Folders tab in Preferences
    Image of the Folders tab in Preferences
  • Services: Use the Services tab to log in to different subscription music service accounts that you want to use in HP Connected Music.
    Figure 11: Services tab in Preferences
    Image of the Services tab in Preferences

Adding music files to your library

The HP Connected Music app automatically adds music from your watched folders to your library. You can add more music to your library by downloading music from online stores and by importing music CDs. To open the HP Connected Music app, click the app tile on the Start screen.
Figure 12: HP Connected Music app tile
Image of the HP Connected Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen
The app opens on the Windows desktop.
Figure 13: HP Connected Music Home screen
Image of HP Connected Music Home screen
For more information about adding music to your HP Connected Music library, choose from the sections below:
Load music files from iTunes and other music players into your Music Folder to have the music added to your library. If you would like to access music in other folders, use the following steps to have HP Connected Music watch the folders for new music to add to your library.
  1. On the HP Connected Music home screen, in the lower left corner, click the options icon and then select Preferences from the menu.
    Figure 14: Preferences in the Options menu
    Preferences in the Options menu
  2. Select the Folders tab, and then click Watch a Folder
    Figure 15: Watch a Folder in the Folders tab
    Watch a Folder in the Folders tab
  3. Browse to the folder location, select the desired folder, and then click OK.
HP Connected Music can watch up to ten folders for music to add to your library.
Use the following steps to import music from a CD.
  1. Insert a music CD into the CD/DVD drive in your computer.
  2. Open the HP Connected Music drop-down menu, located on the upper left corner of the screen.
    Figure 16: HP Connected Music menu
    HP Connected Music menu location
  3. When the album title appears, click Import to begin importing the music files.
    Figure 17: Import CD on the Home menu
    Import CD on the Home menu
  4. Wait for the album to finish importing, or click Cancel to stop the import process.
    Figure 18: Importing album progress
    Album import progress bar
    The album is added to your Library, and is also saved to your computer in the HP Connected Music folder.
Imported albums appear in the Recently Added section at the bottom of the app window. Click the album art to see a track list and playback options.
Figure 19: Recently Added album
Recently Added album list

Listening to music

Use HP Connected Music to listen to music from your library, create and listen to a playlist, or listen to music on Internet radio. Open the HP Connected Music app by clicking the app tile on the Start screen.
Figure 20: HP Connected Music app tile
Image of the HP Connected Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen
The app opens on the Windows desktop.
HP Connected Music offers options to listen to music or create a music queue with a variety of artists, albums, and playlists.
Use the following steps to play music.
  1. From the HP Connected Music home screen, go to your library by clicking Library, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Figure 21: Library
    Your HP Connected Library
  2. Find your music by sorting your library. To sort, click on Artists or Albums, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Figure 22: Library options
    Library options
  3. Find your album or artist selection on the screen, and then click the menu icon for your selection.
    Figure 23: Play selected artist or album
    Play selected artist or album
  4. You are provided options to play your selection immediately, or add your selection to the end of the existing music queue.
    Figure 24: Music Play options
    Options for playing music
    • Click the Play button to begin playing the selection, or click the plus (+) sign next to the play button to add the selection to your queue.
    • Click the Mix button to play the selections in a random order, or click the plus (+) sign next to the mix button to add the selections to your queue in a random order.
The top bar on the HP Connected Music screen provides information about the track currently playing. Audio controls are located to the left of the search field.
Figure 25: Track information and audio controls
Track information and audio controls
View the upcoming music in your music queue by clicking on Queue or the menu arrow .
Use the following steps to create and manage playlists:
  1. From the HP Connected Music home screen, go to your Library by clicking Library, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Figure 26: Library
    Your HP Connected Library
  2. Click on Playlists, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Figure 27: Playlists
    Select Playlists in the Library window
  3. Click on Create New Playlist on the left side of the screen.
    Figure 28: Create New Playlist
    Create New Playlist in the HP Connected Music Library
  4. Enter a name for the new playlist, and then click Save.
    Figure 29: Create a new playlist window
    Create a new playlist window with a playlist name entered
You are ready to load music onto your new playlist.

Adding tracks to a playlist

Use the following steps to add individual tracks to a playlist.
  1. From the HP Connected Music library screen, click on Tracks, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen to find music to add to your playlist.
    Figure 30: Tracks
    Select Tracks in the Library window
  2. Right-click on the track you want to add and then click on the more icon .
  3. Select Add to a Playlist and then select the playlist or create a new playlist for your chosen track.
    Figure 31: Add to a playlist
    Add  to a playlist menu
Your playlist now contains the track you chose.

Adding albums to a playlist

Use the following steps to add an entire album to a playlist.
  1. From the HP Connected Music library screen, click on Albums, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen to find music to add to your playlist.
  2. Select the album you want to add by clicking on the check mark in the upper left corner of the album cover art.
    Figure 32: Select an Album
    Select an album in the Library
  3. At the bottom of the screen, click on Play Selected Album to open the drop-down menu.
    Figure 33: Play Selected Album
    Open the Play Selected Album menu in the Library
  4. Click on the more icon , and then select Add to a Playlist. Select the playlist or create a new playlist for your chosen track.
    Figure 34: Add to a playlist
    Add an album to a playlist
Your playlist now contains the album you chose.

Managing your playlists

Return to Playlists in your Library and click on the menu icon next to each playlist to see playlist options:
Figure 35: Playlist options
Playlist options
  • Click the Play button to begin playing the playlist, or click the plus (+) sign next to the play button to add the playlist to your queue.
  • Click the Mix button to play the playlist tracks in a random order, or click the plus (+) sign next to the mix button to add the tracks to your queue in a random order.
  • Click View to see the track list.
  • Click Delete, and then click Yes, to delete the playlist.
TuneIn Radio provides free radio and podcasts streaming from every continent. TuneIn Radio offers over 60,000 radio stations and millions of on-demand programs.

Create a TuneIn Radio account

To begin using Internet radio, first log in to your TuneIn Radio account, or sign up for an account using the following steps:
  1. On the HP Connected Music home screen, in the lower left corner, click the options icon and then select Preferences from the menu.
    Figure 36: Preferences in the Options menu
    Preferences in the Options menu
  2. Select the Services tab in the Preferences window.
    Figure 37: Services tab in Preferences
    Image of the Services tab in Preferences
  3. Next to the TuneIn listing, click Log in.
  4. The Set Up TuneIn Radio window appears. If you already have a TuneIn Radio account, log in using your username and password. If you do not have a TuneIn Radio account, continue using these steps.
  5. Click Create Account.
    Figure 38: Set Up TuneIn Radio
    Image of the Set Up TuneIn Radio window with Create Account selected
  6. Fill out the form and click Create.
    Figure 39: Create TuneIn Radio Account
    Image of the form to create a new TuneIn Radio account
You are now ready to listen to free Internet radio.

Listen to TuneIn Radio

To listen to a radio channel, use the following steps:
  1. If you are in Audition Mode, click the x next to Exit Audition Mode before playing a radio channel.
  2. From the HP Connected Music home screen, click TuneIn Radio, located below the search field in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Figure 40: TuneIn Radio
    TuneIn Radio on the HP Connected Music home screen
    The TuneIn Radio screen appears with Suggested Radio channels displayed.
  3. Click one of the categories in the left panel to view radio channels sorted by location, language, or other option.
    Figure 41: Radio channel sort options
    Radio channel sort options
  4. Click on a radio channel you want to listen to, and then click Play.
    Figure 42: Play radio channel
    Play radio channel
  5. To add a favorite radio station to your Radio Channels list, click the station and then click Add to library.
    Figure 43: Add to library
    Add to library
    The selected channel is added to the Radio Channels. Access the Radio Channels using the HP Connected Music drop-down menu, located on the upper left corner of the screen.
    Figure 44: Radio Channels in the HP Connected Music drop-down menu
    Radio Channels in the HP Connected Music drop-down menu

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the following most frequently asked questions.

Where can I get more help?

To learn more about the HP Connected Music app or find help, see HP Connected Music Support Forums (in English).

What audio file formats does HP Connected Music support?

Formats include:
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • AAC
  • FLAC
  • OGG
HP Connected Music plays back files at bit depths up to 24 bit and sample rates up to 96khz.

What audio file format is used to encode my CDs?

FLAC is used for full quality lossless storage and playback. FLAC shrinks files to roughly half their size but keeps full quality.
AAC is used for lossy storage and playback. AAC shrinks files considerably for portable use and is recognized by Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and other portable devices.

How can I add music to my collection?

Your Music folder is monitored by HP Connected Music. Any songs added to this folder are automatically added to your collection. Music can be downloaded from online stores, or transferred to your computer from your disk drive, USB port, or SD card port. See the Adding music files to your library section of this document for more information.

Where do files go when I add them to my collection?

The HP Connected Music folder is located inside your Music folder. If you add music to your iTunes library, Windows Music folder, or any folder you have selected as a watched folder, the music is left in that folder.

I keep my music in a different location than the default iTunes/Windows folders. How do I get that music into HP Connected Music?

Any music in watched folders is automatically included in your collection. Your collection updates automatically when music is added or deleted. To set up a folder to be monitored, drag and drop the folder directly into HP Connected Music, or add it through Preferences, on the Folders tab. See the Adding music from folders section for more information.

How much music can I have in my collection?

Performance depends on a combination of factors, such as how powerful your computer is, and how big your collection is. Speed and fluidity are the same no matter how much music you have. Whether you have 25 songs or 25,000 albums, you can find exactly what you're looking for in seconds.

Some music in my iTunes/Windows Music isn't showing up in HP Connected Music. What's going on?

When you first open HP Connected Music, it finds your iTunes Music folder and your Windows Music folder. Any music in these folders is added to your collection. If any music is added to these folders (for example if you buy a song from iTunes) it is automatically added to your HP Connected Music collection.
If some of the music in your iTunes library is not appearing in HP Connected Music, it is probably in a different folder. To find out where it is located, right click on the song in iTunes track listing and then select Show In Windows Explorer. Select the song and drag it into the HP Connected Music folder.
You can set up the folder to be watched by adding it through Preferences, on the Folders tab. See the Adding music from folders section for more information.

Can HP Connected Music sync music to my phone or iPod?

Currently, you cannot use HP Connected Music to sync music on mobile devices.

I uninstalled HP Connected Music; can you send me a download link?

This version of HP Connected Music only ships on selected HP computers with Windows 8. HP does not provide a download link for this version of HP Connected Music.
If you update your computer to Windows 8.1, you can download the new version of HP Connected Music. For more information on the the Windows 8.1 version of HP Connected Music and information on how to download the application, go to New HP Connected Music (Windows 8.1) .
To recover this version of the HP Connected Music application, you must restore the original HP image for your computer. See HP System Recovery (Windows 8) for steps on how you can restore system software.

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Founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd, Meridian has a 30 year history of innovation and leadership in the development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance.
Widely recognized with numerous awards for bringing original and leading-edge technology of the highest quality to audio and video reproduction, Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world's first consumer digital surround controller, and developed the Meridian Lossless Packing (MLP) system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company's optical disc players, DSP Digital Active loudspeakers, video projectors and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver both a sweet, natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism.
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