A lot of Community Volunteers have huge music collections on their computers in iTunes or on a drive but they need a tool to load their songs onto MP3 players -

Here you go:




Introducing The alive inside Song Grabber!
         (Click here for video Tutorial) 

Do you have a big music collection and you want to load a MP3 player?

All you need is:

  1. A playlist made on iTunes on Spotify 

  2. A large collection of music imported from your elder’s CD’s in iTunes or on a drive!

  3. An Mp3 player:
    The Alive Inside Headphones are inexpensive so you can give one to an elder.  
    The Alive Inside Headphones only play MP3s and wavs!

  4. A computer - Mac or PC

If your Community has a library with all the songs you need, we suggest that one person on your team (someone very good with computers) be the designated community "song loader".   (It is not easy, so it should be someone who loves computers, music, and helping others!)

Ok, you found that person...   

Thank you for being a good human being!




Step 1:  Export your list from Spotify or iTunes. Here is how to do it:

First, create a folder on your desktop called “Elder Playlist

Second, Plug in your Micro SD card using the USB holder - make sure you know how to find it on your computer!

USB SD Card Reader

USB SD Card Reader

Micro SD Card

Micro SD Card

If your playlist is in iTunes:

  • Open iTunes

  • Open the playlist you want to export from the left column






  • Go to File - Library - Export Playlist







  • A Pop-up window will open. Under Format, choose Plain Text

  • Save it in your “Elder Playlists Folder” on your Desktop







If your playlist is in Spotify:

  • Press the button that says “Get Started


  • Log In to your Spotify account when prompted to do so

  • When you sign in, a list of your playlists will come up
  • Find the playlist you want, and click “Export” to the right of the playlist





  • When it is downloaded, find it on your computer, and put it in the “Elder Playlist” folder.


Step 2: Install The Alive Inside Song Grabber!


How to Install on Windows

Windows users do not need to install Mono, BUT they need to have ".NET 4.5 framework". If it is a new machine, you can probably skip this step. If not, click here to download it. 

Then, download the Song Grabber Software here.

Download the file titled “sg-setup-0128.exe” - the last 4 digits might be different, but that's fine - we continue to update this software. 

Install the Song Grabber by double clicking the file titled “sg-setup-0128.exe” on your computer.

You should be ready to go!


How to Install on Mac OSX

Note: You have to have Mac OSX Yosemite or newer.

You need to install the Mono framework first. Download Mono Universal Installer here.

Install it by finding it on your computer (either in in the Downloads or Applications folder)

Then, download the Song Grabber Software here - download the file titled "songgrabber-0126.pkg" - the numbers in this name might be different but that's fine! 

Again, install it by finding it on your computer (probably in the Downloads folder)

OK, now go to your Finder window and open the Applications folder

Find the Song Grabber Folder

Double click “Songgrabber” (the only one with no extension in the name)

The Song Grabber Application is open!
It should look like the photo below, but we'll get back to that in a second...

Remember where you plugged in your microSD card using a USB SD card reader in Step 1?

You can find it in the Finder window in the left column under “Devices


Now go to the SONG GRABBER

and select your Headphone SD Card Location

To do that Click the top right button that says “Browse








Find the USB SD Card Reader -

For me it is "/Volume/NO NAME" because I did not name the SD Card.

Check "Auto Delete" to clean the card if there is old information on it that you don't want to keep.

If you are just adding songs to an existing SD card, keep it unchecked.

Then, choose your "Headphone SD Card Location."







go to Elder Song Playlist - 

My list was made in Spotify - 

I used Exportify to create a text file of my playlist and moved it to my Desktop earlier, so I found the .csv file and checked the box that says "Spotify".


The first time you use a music library you have to Create a "Text Catalog of Music Drive"

If you do not have a catalog file, the program will prompt you to use the default location.

Next time, as long as we don't change anything we can “Use Existing Catalog”. We have to create a new catalog every time we change things.

Specify Music location -

Go to the Song Grabber window that says “Mp3 Folders”...

Select the Music Library Hard Drive connected to the computer as the source of the mp3 music we will be choosing music from and your "iTunes Library" if you are using that.


Ok, now hit “Run”!

Building a catalog for the first time takes a few don't get impatient.

OK, when the catalog is done,  the refine window comes up. 


Let's “Refine":

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With the Refine Window you can find songs that are missing or hard to find on your drive or skip songs!

Use the Search Bar to easily look through the library to find the songs - if you don’t see your song, make sure you are capitalizing correctly-
let’s say you’re looking for a Beatles song -
it could be under B for “Beatles”, or T for “The Beatles”.

When done, look at your USB SD Card Reader, and you should see your playlist as mp3 files!

Find missing songs-

Search for the missing song report that is generated - it is called “report.txt”.

Remember, you can easily just drag mp3s and wavs to the SD card.





Load the SD Card and