How to Play Music on Samsung HT-J4500ZA Home Theater

Introduction

Samsung Home Theater Systems allow you to enjoy music from a multitude of sources such as connected devices or included features. This guide will show you how to play or stream music and audio on your Sony Home Theater Systems.
Samsung Home Theater System.

1 Menu Navigation

The menu navigation controls on the remote are as follows:

Navigation buttons on remote control

  1. Home - Press to move to the Home menu
  2. Return - Return to the previous menu
  3. Arrows▲/▼/►/◄ - Move the cursor or select an item
    Enter - Activate the currently selected item or confirm a setting
  4. Exit - Press to exit the current menu

? How do you want to play music?

  1. Play from Disc
  2. Play from USB Device
  3. Play from Network Device
  4. Stream with Built-In Apps
  5. Stream with Web Apps
  6. Listen to Radio
  7. Play from Bluetooth Device

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Samsung Home Theater Systems allow you to enjoy music from a multitude of sources such as connected devices or included features. This guide will show you how to play or stream music and audio on your Sony Home Theater Systems.
Samsung Home Theater System.

The menu navigation controls on the remote are as follows:

Navigation buttons on remote control

  1. Home - Press to move to the Home menu
  2. Return - Return to the previous menu
  3. Arrows▲/▼/►/◄ - Move the cursor or select an item
    Enter - Activate the currently selected item or confirm a setting
  4. Exit - Press to exit the current menu
  1. Press the Eject button on the device to open the tray
    Blu-ray front panel with button highlighted
  2. Place the disc into the tray with the label facing up.
  3. Press the eject button on the device to close the tray.
  4. If it is a commercially recorded disc, the content on the disc will start playing automatically.

You can choose between:

  • A user recorded disc.
  • A USB device.
  • A networked PC and/or any DLNA compatible device. Please refer to the devices documentation to learn how to connect it to the network.

To play from a media source:

  1. From the main screen select Change Device.
    Blu-ray menu with option highlighted
  2. Select the device you want to play media from.
    Blu-ray source selection screen
  3. Then select the type of content you want to play from the device. If it contains other types of content they will not show up.
    Blu-ray menu with categories highlighted
  4. Browse through the content and select what you want to play.

The music playback controls on the remote are as follows:

Playback buttons on remote control

  1. Numbers (Audio CD only) - Jump to and play the desired track in the playlist.
  2. Skip - Move to the previous or next file of the playlist.
  3. Stop - Stops playback.
  4. Fast Play (Audio CD only) - Changes playback speed with every press of the button.
  5. Pause - Pauses playback.
  6. Play - Starts playback.
  1. Open the protective USB cover and connect your USB device into the player.
    Blu-ray front panel with USB cover highlighted
  2. The screen will show a pop-up asking you to select the type of content you wish to access on it. If it contains other types of content they will not show up.
    Pop-up on Blu-ray interface

An internet connection is required to stream with these apps. App availability may change over time.

Samsung Blu-ray players come with a few pre-installed apps that allow you to stream video and audio.
  1. You can select any of the built-in apps from the bottom left corner of the main screen or select More for additional ones.
    Blu-ray menu with option highlighted
  2. From here you can select additional apps to stream content with.
    Blu-ray apps customization screen

An internet connection is required to stream with these apps. App availability may change over time.

Certain Samsung Blu-ray players come with the Opera TV Store pre-installed which gives you access to web apps that allow you to stream video and audio.
  1. You can access the Opera TV Store from the icon at the bottom side of the main screen.
    Blu-ray menu with option highlighted
  2. Scroll left and right through the categories at the top then go down and select your desired app.
    Opera TV store main screen
  3. Then select Open to launch the app.
    Opera TV web app
  1. Connect the supplied FM antenna to the rear of the home theater unit.
    FM antenna connector placement on rear of unit.
  2. Press the Function button on the remote control to display the FM message on the front of the home theater unit.
    Function button highlighted on remote.
  3. Use the radio controls to tune to the desired station:
    Stop button highlighted on remote.
    Radio controls on remote.

    • Manual Tuning: Press the Stop button to select Manual then press the Tuning Up or Tuning Down button to tune in to a higher or lower frequency.
    • Automatic Tuning: Press the Stop button select Manual then press and hold the Tuning Up or Tuning Down button for a few seconds to automatically search the band.
    • Preset Tuning: Press the Stop button to select Preset then press the Tuning Up or Tuning Down button to select a preset station.

  4. To preset a station you have to press the Tuner Memory button twice within 5 seconds, when a station is selected during the manual or automatic tuning methods.
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Bluetooth technology allows you to stream content wirelessly between devices without connecting any cables. With your devices connected via Bluetooth to your Samsung unit, sound will play pack thru the speakers connected to your Samsung unit, rather than the built-in speakers of your device. Playback can take place normally. The following steps are examples of playback options for your devices.
Samsung system with Bluetooth capability.

There are multiple apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for the purpose of playing or streaming music and audio on your device.

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
    Play Store.
  2. Within the Google Play Store, tap Categories then Music & Audio.
    Google Play store with path to music apps highlighted.
  3. Browse through the listed music apps and select the one you prefer. You can even check the most popular ones by tapping Top Charts.
    Music apps in Google Play store.

Some popular Apps for streaming or playing music are:

Spotify. Spotify allows you to search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection. Get inspired with personal recommendations, and readymade playlists for just about everything. Listen absolutely free with ads, or get Spotify Premium.
 
Google Play music. Google Play Music gives you millions of songs and thousands of playlists for any situation. Powered by Google, we serve up music based on where you are and why you’re listening, getting smarter and more assistive as we get to know your tastes. Subscribe to create playlists, listen offline, and get ad-free YouTube with YouTube Red (where available).
 
Soundcloud. SoundCloud is the world's largest music and audio streaming platform – 150 million tracks and growing. With a buzzing community of artists and musicians constantly uploading new music, SoundCloud is where you can find the next big artists alongside chart-topping albums, live sets, and mixes for every occasion.

Pandora. Pandora gives you a personalized music experience that continually evolves with your tastes. Create stations from your favorite songs, artists or genres. Or search browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity.

There are multiple apps that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for the purpose of playing or streaming music and audio on your device.

  1. Open the App Store.
    iOS app store icon.
  2. Within the App Store, tap Apps.
    iOS App store menu showing Apps highlighted.
  3. Scroll down to Categories and tap See All.
    iOS app store top categories menu highlighting see all.
  4. Tap Music.
    iOS app categories menu showing music highlighted.
  5. Select the App you want or tap See All to see more.
    iOS music category highlightning apps and see all.

Some popular Apps for streaming or playing music are:

Spotify. Spotify allows you to search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection. Get inspired with personal recommendations, and readymade playlists for just about everything. Listen absolutely free with ads, or get Spotify Premium.

Apple music. Apple Music gives unlimited access to millions of songs and your entire music library—totally ad-free. Apple Music works seamlessly with your iTunes library to give your personal music collection a major upgrade. Start your trial today, cancel anytime.
 
Google Play music. Google Play Music gives you millions of songs and thousands of playlists for any situation. Powered by Google, we serve up music based on where you are and why you’re listening, getting smarter and more assistive as we get to know your tastes. Subscribe to create playlists, listen offline, and get ad-free YouTube with YouTube Red (where available).
 
Soundcloud. SoundCloud is the world's largest music and audio streaming platform – 150 million tracks and growing. With a buzzing community of artists and musicians constantly uploading new music, SoundCloud is where you can find the next big artists alongside chart-topping albums, live sets, and mixes for every occasion.
 
Pandora. Pandora gives you a personalized music experience that continually evolves with your tastes. Create stations from your favorite songs, artists or genres. Or search browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity.

Now that your device is outputting its audio via Bluetooth, media playback can take place normally. All audio that is played will now be played through the connected Bluetooth device instead of the built-in speakers. Common playback options can be found below.

  • Groove Music is a music player app that was introduced by Windows 10 and its primary role is playing music stored locally on our devices. The Groove Music app is useful for many: it is one of the best universal Windows apps, and with it, you can play your locally stored mp3 library, or even listen to the songs you have stored in your OneDrive.
    Windows 10 Groove Music app.
  • Windows Media Player 12 is a common media player option built into Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 for playing music and video files. Windows Media Player has the ability to play music, rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn discs in audio CD format, or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD.
    Windows Media Player.
  • Spotify is like a jukebox you only need to feed once, or a radio that plays what you want in between ads. Spotify’s music library contains everything from mainstream pop hits to obscure death metal classics.
    Spotify windows application interface.
  • iTunes is a media player made by Apple that is used for playing digital music or video files. iTunes is also used to purchase digital music files or subscribe to podcasts through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
    iTunes windows application interface.
  • VLC Media Player is a free and open source media player. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
    VLC Media Player windows application interface.

Now that your device is outputting its audio via Bluetooth, media playback can take place normally. All audio that is played will now be played through the connected Bluetooth device instead of the built-in speakers. Common playback options can be found below.

  • iTunes is the default music playback software built into the Apple operating system and is standard on all Apple Mac computers used for playing digital music or video files. iTunes is also used to purchase digital music files or subscribe to podcasts through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
    Apple iTunes for Mac.
  • Spotify is like a jukebox you only need to feed once, or a radio that plays what you want in between ads. Spotify’s music library contains everything from mainstream pop hits to obscure death metal classics.
    Spotify application.
  • VLC Media Player is a free and open source media player. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
    VLC Media Player for Mac.
  • Amazon offers free music streaming with Prime, a paid music service for an additional monthly fee, direct MP3 sales, a way to get MP3s when you purchase audio CDs, and a music locker you can upload your own songs to.
    Amazon Music application.
For other types of devices, please refer to their respective documentation for more information on available software and apps for music and audio playback.
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