What are the best digital picture frames with music?
Digital picture frames with music aren’t a common find on today’s market. While some premium digital frames offer audio support, not many of them let you listen to the radio or load songs to the frame’s internal storage. On top of that, even fewer frames let you play music over slideshows or send personalized voice messages to other frames in the family.
Pix-Star’s digital picture frames immediately jump to mind as one of the most capable digital picture frames with music and audio support. First of all, you can send voice messages directly to your frame(s) via the Pix-Star Snap mobile app. Voice notes are limited to a maximum length of 2-minutes – which is more than enough for almost all situations. For comparison, Messenger only lets you send 1-minute voice notes before needing to start a new one.
Secondly, Pix-Star’s frames have inbuilt speakers that let you play voice messages, radio, web music, and other audio files. The sound quality is a little on the quiet side – but this is very common with digital frames. They have more of a focus on the display; sound quality isn’t a priority, but rather a bonus feature. Additionally, Pix-Star’s frames can connect to external speakers/headphones/earphones. Each frame has a USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack – both can be used to connect external sound output devices.
Thirdly, Pix-Star’s frames come with web music & radio. You can browse through radio stations & channels by genre or country of origin. There are hundreds of stations and styles of music to choose from. To add to this, you can play radio stations over slideshows for a unique and personalized slideshow experience that’s found on very few top-end digital picture frames.
Finally, you can load audio files to the Pix-Star frame via USB/SD card. These files can be your favorite songs, special audio, etc. You have to make sure that they match the frame’s file format requirements. All audio files can be played over slideshows, though this needs to be done manually. On top of all of this, audio that accompanies video files can be set to play or be muted when videos are included in slideshows.
How to send music to my digital picture frames?
The best way to send audio to your digital picture frames with music support is by USB/SD card. Despite this being an offline method – meaning you need to be by the frame in person – it’s user-friendly and quick. Many digital picture frames have a plug-and-play feature that lets you play the audio, photos, and videos directly off the connected USB/SD card – without having to copy it all to the frame’s internal storage first.
Another excellent way to send audio files to your digital picture frame is by mobile app. It’s worth noting that only a handful of the best digital picture frames like the Pix-Star come with mobile apps. In some cases (e.g., with Nixplay or Skylight frames), the mobile app is locked behind a subscription paywall. You need to pay for the annual subscription package to unlock the mobile app – or to use it for sending video & audio files. Pix-Star’s mobile app and all of the frame’s features & functions are free from the get-go and there are no recurring or hidden fees to worry about.
Can digital picture frames play music over slideshows?
Very few digital picture frames let you play music over slideshows. Most cheap digital frames offer very little control over slideshows outside of a couple of customizable style & speed settings. It’s in the premium digital frame range that you find frames with tons of customizable slideshow options.
Pix-Star’s digital frames let you play music files, web music, radio stations, and other audio files over slideshows. This can be done directly in the slideshow by pressing the “Menu” button on the control – you don’t need to exit the slideshow and the changes will take effect immediately. It’s an excellent way to create a unique and highly-personalized slideshow for you, your home, and your loved ones!
Can digital picture frames with music connect to speakers/headphones?
Pix-Star’s digital picture frame is one of the only high-end frames that let you connect to external speakers or headphones. To connect to external speakers, you can use either the USB port or the 3.5mm audio input port. Since the frame has relatively low maximum volume, connecting to external speakers is often a great way to boost immersion and share special moments with your loved ones. Simply insert the USB cable from your USB speakers into the frame’s USB port. The rest will be done automatically.
As for headphones, both USB headphones and 3.5mm audio jack headphone/earphones are supported. You can’t connect type-B or type-C earphones to the frame unless you have an external USB to type-B/C adaptor with you. The sound quality of audio played on the frame is much better when external audio output devices like speakers or headphones are connected. We recommend this if you’re going to include videos in slideshows and don’t want to have their sound muted (which is an available setting).
How much music can digital picture frames hold?
How much music your Pix-Star digital picture frame can hold depends on the quality of the music, its length, format, and file size. It’s worth noting that some file formats take up more space than others – so keep this in mind when loading music to your digital picture frame.
Pix-Star’s digital picture frames have 8GB of internal storage and offer free-for-life cloud storage. 8GB is usually enough for several years’ worth of photos. You’re unlikely to run out of space as Pix-Star’s frames don’t need you to copy audio files to the internal storage before they can be played (Pix-Star’s plug-and-play feature takes care of this).
It’s hard to give an estimate of just how much the Pix-Star frame will hold as there are too many variables to account for. For reference and comparison, 8GB is enough internal storage space for around 30,000 photos that match Pix-Star’s native resolution and aspect ratio.
Additionally, Pix-Star’s frames support USB/SD cards with no upper size limit – meaning you get access to essentially limitless storage space. Pix-Star’s frames offer a plug-and-play feature that lets you start slideshows directly off an inserted USB/SD card without having to first copy its content to the frame’s local storage.