Monday, September 1, 2014

fISHER PRICE FP3 PLAYER mp3 conversion

Here is how you can convert .fp3 files from mp3 files on a computer.
First, go spend 8 hours with your kids.
Second, download these songs onto your kids fp3 player via windows explorer and then call it quits.

If you really want to continue, then don't say I didn't warn you.  Take that 8 hours with your kids and fugedaboutit.

If its not a windows computer, you will need an emulator.  Mac can dual boot into a windows OS, etc.
It does not have to be a 32 bit windows system, as windows 7 and up can run the Fisher Price Software in compatibility mode.

You can download the Fisher Price software here: 
 You will have to use the serial number that came with your device to install the software.  When you do, if you aren't on a 32 bit machine, the R click on the program in the start menu and click on Properties, then the compatibility tab, and then change the settings for all users - Run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.

Burn all your .mp3's to a cd using Windows media player.  Forget mounting virtual drives, etc. unless you already know how to do it.  Now is not the time.
Open up the FP3 player software and it will automatically find the music cd's you inserted into your computer.  Copy the files to your library. 
Then navigate to: C:\Users\*yourusernamehere*\Music\Fisher-Price\FP3 Player
Copy the .fp3 files from the above folder to the device via usb cable or sd card. Edit the playlist files on the device in Notepad.exe

Remember, playlist.sty is for stories and playlist.sng is for songs.  Skip the numbers of the stories on the song list.  Numbers start at 0000 and at the top is the number of Stories or Songs on the list (depending on which list you are creating).

If your setup is anything like mine (64 bit windows 7), then the software won't work correctly and it won't find your device.  That is OK, it will still convert CD songs to Fp3.  But it will save it in the above FP folder, and you have to go there, drag the songs onto your device through windows explorer.  Also, if you have an SD card inserted as a drive B, then it will not find that either.  Open that in Windows explorer and copy more songs onto it.  Start the filenames on that where you left off on the device.  So if you stopped at 00056, then on drive B, you will have 00057 and on.  Make sure on your song/story playlists you specify which songs are on drive B and which are on A (internal memory).  The only playlists are on drive A, don't put one on B. 

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