Yesterday’s release of the PS4 2.0 firmware update, also known as “Masamune,” contained one of my most-wanted features: the ability to game with my own music in the background. The only kicker is that, at least for now, the music must be stored on an external USB drive.
If you’re like me, that could mean a music selection hampered by the available space on your only drive. And if you’re really like me, the USB stick itself may not even fit into any of the available slots!
Fortunately, there is a method for using your trusty old iPod to fulfill those auditory desires. First, plug your iPod into any compatible PC/Mac/Linux device and navigate to the root (base) directory of your device. Create a folder titled ‘MUSIC’ (that’s case-sensitive), dump all your favorite jams in there, and then connect the iPod to your PS4.
The PS4 will recognize the files in your new folder and the USB Music Player app will appear on screen. Once you’ve opened it, you can choose to either “Play All” or a specific selection of music, with shuffle and repeat options to boot. You’re also able to set the music volume independently. It’s pretty damn cool and a welcome improvement over the PS3 paradigm that the previous lack of functionality had me pining for.
Additionally, after playing around with it a bit in DriveClub and MLB 14: The Show, I noticed that the system automatically suppresses the natural soundtrack of the game regardless of your in-game audio settings. Nifty stuff!