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Setting up HP Pocket Playlist

This document pertains to the HP Pocket Playlist.
  note:
This is an edited copy from the printed format of the HP Pocket Playlist User Guide. To obtain a better representation of the printed form, refer to the manuals section of this product’s support site.
This document provides instructions for setting up your Pocket Playlist for the first time, loading the Pocket Playlist with media files, and configuring it to view or listen to the media files on a mobile device. You can access your files without an Internet connection.
What's in the box?
  • HP Pocket Playlist
  • 65 W Switching Adapter and cable
  • HP Mini USB Car Charger
  • Documentation
Image of the Pocket Playlist, and it's cable, plug, and charger.
    Figure : HP Pocket Playlist
     Imaging showing the Pocket Playlist, cable and power adapters
  1. HP Packet Playlist
  2. USB Cable
  3. Travel Power Adapter
  4. Adapter for Power Outlet
Setting up HP Pocket Playlist for the first time
Complete the following steps to set up the Pocket Playlist:
  1. Unpack the box and remove any packaging material and protective film covering the device.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the Pocket Playlist. and a USB port on your computer.
  3. Turn on the Pocket Playlist using the power button is located on the right side of the device. Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds until the green light on the front of the Pocket Playlist comes on.
Step 1: Load the software
To load files and use the HP Pocket Playlist, you need to install the software package onto your computer. Control Center is automatically installed as part of the computer software package.This software loads the Control Center as well as files that communicate with the HP Pocket Playlist.
  note:
In order to install and use the HP Pocket Playlist software, your computer must meet the minimum software requirements.
After turning on Pocket Playlist, install the Pocket Playlist software on your computer as follows:
  1. Select Run setup.exe, and select a language when a language selection screen appears.
  2. When installation is complete an icon appears on your desktop.
      note:
    When using Windows 8 a tile for Pocket Playlist is created on the Start screen.
  3. Click the HP Pocket Playlist icon to open the Contol Center.
    Figure : HP Pocket Playlist Control Center
    Image of the Pocket Playlist software - Control Center.
Step 2: Loading files onto HP Pocket Playlist
Transfer files to and from HP Pocket Playlist using your computer and either a wired USB or wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. A wired USB connection is the recommended, faster method. When you connect a USB cable from your computer to the HP Pocket Playlist, it acts similar to a USB flash drive. You can transfer files using file management software such as Windows Explorer or File Explorer. You can use Control Center to manage your files with a wired or wireless connection.
  note:
When using a wired USB connection, make sure the switch on the HP Pocket Playlist is set to USB mode .
You can use several methods to access the folders on your device.
  • Control Center software from your computer
    1. Open the Control Center software.
    2. If you are connected to HP Pocket Playlist from your computer using a USB cable, click USB Connection.
      - or -
      If you are connected to HP Pocket Playlist from your computer using a wireless connection, click Wi-Fi Connection.
        note:
      After powering on the HP Pocket Playlist, a brief delay occurs before wireless functionality is available.
    3. Click View HP Pocket Playlist.
      Figure : View files
      Image of the Control Center with the View HP Pocket Playlist highlighted.
      A browser window opens displaying a list of your folders. Double-click the name of a folder to browse its contents. Using a web interface, you can transfer one file at a time with a maximum size of 2 GB.
    4. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, you can manage files by clicking Customize HP Pocket Playlist Settings.
      Figure : Customize HP Pocket Playlist Settings
      Image of the Control Center with the Customize HP Pocket Playlist Settings highlighted, plus an arrow pointing to the Wi-Fi icon.
      The folder structure for the device displays. You can manage individual files from this interface.
        note:
      Not supported from mobile web browsers.
  • Windows Explorer
    If your HP Pocket Playlist is connected to your computer with a USB cable, it displays as a drive named “USB DISK” (similar to a USB flash drive). You can manage the files on the device as you would any other drive.
    If the device is connected to your computer with a wireless connection, it displays as a network connection.
    After opening your HP Pocket Playlist, the default network address displays in the address bar as \\PocketPlaylist\WiFiDrive.
  • Mapping drive letters
    In Windows Explorer, select Tools, and then select Map Network Drive to map the HP Pocket Playlist.
    Type \\PocketPlaylist\WiFiDrive
      note:
    If you changed the name of your device, type the new name instead of PocketPlaylist.
Pocket Playlist supported file formats
HP Pocket Playlist supports the following file formats:
Video
Music
Photo
: .avi, .3gp, .flv, .m4v, .m4p, .mov, mp4, .mpeg, .mpeg2, .mpg, .ogg, .qt, .ts, .tts, .wmv
: .aac, .ac3, .adts, asf, .lpcm, .m4a, .mp3, wav, wma
: .bmp, .gif, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .tif
Step 3: Set up your mobile device - Downloading the playback application
The HP Pocket Playlist app is available from the Apple App Store or Android app stores. The app lets you use your mobile device to play, show, and control videos, audio, and photos stored on the HP Pocket Playlist.
  1. Go to the application store on your mobile device and search for HP Pocket Playlist..
    - or -
    Go to Google Play and search for HP Pocket Playlist.
  2. Install the application to your mobile device.
  3. Open the application. Configure your mobile device and Pocket Playlist according to the instructions shown.
Step 4: Establishing a connection
To establish a connection from your mobile device to the HP Pocket Playlist Device:
  1. Power on your HP Pocket Playlist and switch it to Wi-Fi mode.
  2. From your mobile device, go to Settings, select the wireless option, and then connect to PocketPlaylist.
    If you previously changed the name of the device, select the name you chose.
  3. Start the HP Pocket Playlist app.
    The app prompts you to choose a new name for the HP Pocket Playlist and optionally configure a password.
      note:
    If you change the name, you have to reconnect your mobile device to the new SSID name.HP recommends that you set up a password for your HP Pocket Playlist.
  4. Tap the HP Pocket Playlist icon.
      note:
    Tap the refresh icon if your device does not display.
  note:
When you establish a wireless connection from your mobile device to HP Pocket Playlist, your mobile device may drop the existing connection to your default wireless access point. You can configure your mobile device to allow connections to both sources. For more information, see Using the HP Pocket Playlist.
Step 5: Browse and play media files
HP Pocket Playlist organizes your files by various different categories, specific to the type of media. For example, music files are categorized by artist, album, playlist, and so on, while photos are organized by date, album, playlist, and more.
To browse and play media files, follow these steps:
  1. Open the HP Pocket Playlist app on your mobile device and select the device to view.
  2. Select Storage to manage your files, or the corresponding icon to play or view your media files.
  3. Select a media folder in the HP Pocket Playlist device, and play the media files.
Configuring HP Pocket Playlist
You can access the settings from a computer using a wireless connection. You can also access some settings from the mobile applications, including Wi-Fi setup, hotspot mode, and default settings.
Hardware components
The HP Pocket Playlist includes the following features:
Figure : Pocket Playlist
Image of the pocket Playlist with callouts.
Item
Component
Description
1
Accessory/strap holder
Secures your accessories.
  note:
Strap not included.
2
USB cable connector
Connects to an AC adapter, car charger, or a USB cable for direct connection to a computer.
3
Reset button
Press and hold for 5 seconds to reset the device. Pressing this button resets all values to factory defaults, reboots the device, and cleans and rebuilds the DLNA database while retaining your information.
4
Power light
Solid green = power on, battery fully charged.
Blinking green = charging.
Solid orange = 30 minutes of battery life left at time light turns orange.
Solid red = 10 minutes of battery life left at time light turns red.
Blinking red/orange = backup mode, which detects a firmware update failure and restores original firmware.
5
Wireless light
Solid blue = wireless connection ready.
Blinking blue (irregular) = Data being transmitted.
Blinking blue (0.5 seconds alternating off and on) = WPS button pressed, device ready to make wireless connection.
  note:
Light blinks for 120 seconds or until connection is established.
6
Power button
Press to turn power on and off.
  • To turn power on: Hold down for 3 seconds until the green LED turns off. The LED stays off briefly, and then comes back on and stays lit.
  • To turn power off: Hold down for 3 seconds until the green LED turns off.
  • To force shut down if the device becomes unresponsive: Hold down for 7 seconds until the green LED turns off.
7
Connection source
Select to enable a connection using a USB cable.
If you switch from USB mode to Wi-Fi mode with the device on while connected to the computer, the drive letter disappears from Windows.
Select to enable a wireless connection.
If you switch from Wi-Fi mode to USB mode with the device on, the Wi-Fi network turns off, resulting in your mobile devices disconnecting and no longer streaming.
8
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
Press the WPS button on the HP Pocket Playlist to connect it with a WPS-enabled computer without having to manually enter the security information.

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