Sure, rip your CD's to your computer (make them MP3 format) and then upload all the songs to Amazon Cloud Drive. The first 5GB is free. Then it is easy to access your music on the Fire by tapping on Music (with wifi connected).
If you have more than 5GB of music, you can buy 20GB of storage for $20 per year. Then you can store UNLIMITED amounts of uploaded music. This is a special offer though so read about it at the Amazon Cloud Drive page..
What format were your files? did they have any copy protection? Copy-protected files will not.work.on the fire. Only certain formats will work. You can see http://amazon.com/kindlefire to see the list of supported formats.
Completely untrue -- I uploaded about 500 MP3s in the MUSIC folder in the Amazon Cloud Storage. Less than 10 of them were purchased from Amazon. The rest were ripped from CDs in MP3 format.
You can do the rip easily with Windows Media Player. The upload takes forever. They play quite well on the Fire by tapping Music and choosing what you want to download. You can even build playlists on the Fire.
Since you seem to have actually copied them over via usb to the Fire, that may have different requirements. What folder did you put them in? If you just dropped them on the Kindle Drive root directory, that won't do. I believe the folder is called Music.
I very carefully ripped CD's using Windows Media Player. I then had to re-format to MP3, using a free utility I downloaded. I then loaded them onto my Kindle Fire, using the USB cable (I don't always have Wifi access.) I checked, the songs played. A few days later, they won't play. Any thoughts?
Suzanne - you are completely wrong about that. Most of the songs I have came from iTunes originally, and the rest were from CDs. I only have a dozen or so that I actually purchased from Amazon (only started using the MP3 store last year). All of them are in my Amazon cloud player, and all of them play just fine on my Kindle Fire.
You can add music to your Music library in three ways:
* Purchase it from the Music store. Tap "Store >" in the top right corner of the Music library screen to browse the Amazon Music store. When you purchase music, you will be asked whether to store your music in the cloud or download it to your device. If you download your purchase, it will not be stored in the cloud. If you choose to store it in the cloud, you can later download it from there to your device.
* Upload it from the music collection on your computer (such as iTunes) to your Amazon Cloud Drive via Amazon's Cloud Player website http://www.amazon.com/cloudplayer. The Cloud Player website supports uploading from both Mac OS and Windows computers.
* Transfer it directly from your computer to your Kindle Fire via a micro-USB cable (sold separately). Please note that only MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (.m4a) files are supported in your Music library.
All you have to do is rip them into MP3 format and copy them to the Music directory on the Fire. I rip them with iTunes, which lets you choose MP3 format, and then copy them from my iTunes music library to my Amazon cloud drive and to the Fire.