Learning how to connect an iPod to a PS3 is a simple process that will allow you to play your MP3’s directly through your television speakers or stereo system. It may seem complicated at first, but once you complete this guide you will understand the basics of how the PS3 recognizes and organizes your iPod’s music files.
To begin, you will need the following items:
- USB adaptor (provided with your iPod)
- FAT32. The PlayStation 3 will only recognize devices that have been formatted using the FAT32 file system. This means that if your iPod is formatted for use with a Mac it will not be recognized by the PlayStation 3’s operating system. Also, not every iPod is compatible with the PS3. For example, a first or second generation iPod, iPod touch or iPhone will not work with the PS3. Furthermore, because Apple imposes digital rights management (DRM) for songs downloaded through iTunes, certain MP3 files are not able to be played back on the PS3. Make sure you have a compatible iPod and that your music files contain no DRM.
- Connect iPod to PS3. Plug the iPod’s USB cable into one of the free USB slots located on the front of the console. Power on your iPod and wait for it to load. Next, power on your PS3.
- Locate your files. Using your PS3 controller, browse to the “Music” tab and locate the “Device” option. Press the triangle button on your PS3 controller to bring up a list of devices that are currently connected to your PlayStation. Locate your iPod and press the “X” button to display the list of folders that are contained within it. Please note that the PS3 does not support video playback through an iPod.
- Play a Song. Select a song and press the “X” button to begin playback. Please note that the PS3 does not support Apple’s AAC tagging setup. AAC tags are little bits of information that store the title, artist, album information, and other content associated with an MP3 or music file. If the MP3 or music file you are trying to play contains AAC tags it will be displayed as four random letters. This can make it difficult to locate a particular song, but until Sony updates their operating system to support AAC tags there is no way around it.