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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 7:38:21 PM PST
Free Time app seems great on first look, but as far as I can tell, it allows child to read books, use approved apps and view approved movies but NOT to listen to music. Is this correct or have I somehow missed the music in this app?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 8:02:42 PM PST
 Ann says:
I couldn't find a way to add music either.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 12:05:35 PM PST
I like FreeTime but its going to be a hard sell to my daughter if it doesn't let her connect to her music. Kindle needs to allow music.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:00:48 PM PST
I can't find out how to add music either... Hopefully an update will fix that.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:06:19 PM PST
I don't see music, but what if you had an app that was also a music player? I was thinking of Pandora, and maybe an MP3 player app (if you have MP3s loaded onto the Fire). Might be a work around.

It sounds like Kindle Free Time is a good idea, but many things need to be addressed and updated. You cannot add the Harry Potter books, or library books, or streaming Prime video. And now it sounds like music is going to be difficult as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:08:57 PM PST
I was thinking about a music player app too, Laura... Just like I got a camera app for my kids to take pics. (Photo Editor). Hoping to find something looking around Google... If I do I will post it, if anyone else knows of one, I'm interested! :)

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:11:04 PM PST
I have not tried this one, but it's free and compatible with both the Fire and the Fire HD:


Posted on Nov 26, 2012 11:12:24 AM PST
Just a quick test and it seems the music player app is the answer here. I loaded WinAmp and authorized it through Free Time and it seems to see my songs and play them. However then WinAmp promptly crashed on me, so I'm testing out all the other free music apps.. I'm certain one of them will do just fine!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 12:26:48 PM PST
I downloaded Songbird (or something like that), and it was working fine... But about 10 seconds in the kindle fire HD needed charging and powered off. Oops. ;) I haven't messed with it much but it seemed simple enough for my young ones to operate.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 2:44:32 PM PST
teresa lamb says:
I use isync to move my iTunes playlists to kindle and am able to listen in freetime using the rocket player app. This way, my kids only have access to playlists I choose... Rocket player recognizes all music on the kindle regardless of how it got there inside freetime.. Im unsure how the cloud works here.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 11:52:06 AM PST
Thanks for the tips, everyone. It's a bit tricky for me since we bought the Kindle Fire HDs for our 9-year old twins, and thus everything on it is already theirs, but we just wanted to restrict access to some of the web stuff and all the ad junk. So I understand that Amazon is trying to protect kids on the music front, but why not let parents control this? So I'm writing this feedback for the benefit of any Amazon employee who may scour these posts. Please change this! We bought Fire HDs over the Nexus 7 specifically because of FreeTime, but our preteens want music on those more than anything. Seems like it shouldn't be hard for Amazon to give this option.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 11:57:19 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 12:02:27 PM PST
Ooooh. (Bump) You can't allow streaming from Prime? Bummer. That's something my kid really uses a lot. Hmmmn...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 12:02:43 PM PST
Thanks, Susan. Done. Although you'd think they'd have thought of that inside look at customers' thoughts, usage, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 12:05:31 PM PST
I have heard of posters receiving emails from Amazon reps, saying, "I saw your post..." So it does happen. Occasionally.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:29:46 AM PST
BW says:
my kids are 6 and 9 and i'm right there with you on the music... what app did you end up putting into freetime for music? also, did you find a picture taking app you like? thanks so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 9:18:07 AM PST
We ended up with Songbird for music and Photo Editor for taking pictures. :)

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 9:31:07 AM PST
BW says:
Thank you! Chose Music Player - Free Player for music and it works perfectly in Freetime!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 9:50:23 AM PST
Dad of one says:
is isync an app or do you have to go to your itunes library. Do you have to attach kindle to computer? Not quite understanding how works

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 11:25:51 AM PST
teresa lamb says:
Insyncr is 2 parts. One app for tour kindle, one app for your pc where iTunes is. Yes, you will hook your kindle to your computer via USB to transfer the music. There are very detailed instructions within the insync app when you download it...

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 9:06:34 PM PST
mom2.3 says:
Downloaded free rocket music player app. Added to kids apps so they can listen to music in kindle free time mode, since there is no music option in free time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2013 3:44:09 PM PDT
Heidi says:
I have downloaded rocket player and I've downloaded favorite songs for my son but I cant see how to get rocket player into Freetime!! Help appreciated.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 12:59:21 PM PDT
Dr. XYZ says:
Rocket Music player worked great for this issue. Amazon still needs to have this directly in Freetime so I can control which albums are available to each child, but for now lowest common denominator wins.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2013 10:35:15 PM PST
Calthine says:
Something I may have missed in the discussions above: When using iSyncr (which I adore, I've used it for my Androids forever) you *must* run it from inside FreeTime. If you run it outside FreeTime any music player inside FreeTime cannot see the songs. So, step-by-step:

#1 Download and install iSyncr to Kindle Freetime.
#2 Follow the instructions to install Syncr on whatever computer you have iTunes on
#3 Run iSyncr and synch what you want to. Be sure the Kindle is in Freetime when you do it!
#4 Download and install your preferred music player to Kindle Free Time
#3 Play music!

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:14:09 PM PST
So, even if I have music in my kindle, and enable a player like Rocket player through FreeTime, the music will not be visible when I run the player in freetime?

I may be cheap, but I hate the idea of spending additional money on a synch app just so I can get to a feature that is already in the tablet...

Grudgingly downloading isyncr right now.

How about pictures, though? Any recommendations?
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