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  1. Posts : 8,699
    Mac OS Catalina
       #11

    Compumind said:
    Hmm...

    In my new 2019 Subaru, I can't seem to get past a 16 GB Flash Drive - followed all the steps in the manual.

    Thanks for refreshing my memory - I need to call them.

    You are just going to ask yourself why you did not just go to the Subaru forums. The newer head units will let you use a NTFS formatted stick/drive. With my Fiancé’s jeep, I just use my iPhone to play back music stored on it or through iHeart radio. The index is off from what is actually on my phone. I will just shuffle or change from the phone. I have yet to try a SD card or USB drive on it, since the head unit is very generic in how to select music on it.
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  2. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Pro 1909 64 bit
       #12

    USB for car


    From my own experience, depending on the age of the vehicle, you should format the drive as FAT32 with a 52KB cluster size. I discovered this after weeks of trying to get my 2010 vehicle to play music on an USB. In my particular case, I cannot have more than 1000 tracks on the USB because that is the limit for indexing.
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  3. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #13

    bro67 said:
    You are just going to ask yourself why you did not just go to the Subaru forums.
    I agree. Their forums would be the best place. Thanks.
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  4. Posts : 8,699
    Mac OS Catalina
       #14

    Compumind said:
    I agree. Their forums would be the best place. Thanks.
    You learn even if you do not post about problems that you run into. Worse case, I pick up the phone and confirm with my brother what the solution needs to be.

    Ran into a issue with our dishwasher. Kept looking at the schematic and telling myself to check the one thing in the circuit that can cut current off if thwre is high temp or high water. In the end, nothing said to take the one part that was causing the problem and cleaning it up to actually fix the problem.

    The key is that the solution is going to be staring you in the face and always trust your gut instinct instead of teaching those on the phone that are in the same boat as you are.

    I keep a lot of stuff to myself when I solve things on my own, since there are always those who cannot accept that the solution was simple.
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  5. Posts : 8,699
    Mac OS Catalina
       #15

    Dugly said:
    From my own experience, depending on the age of the vehicle, you should format the drive as FAT32 with a 52KB cluster size. I discovered this after weeks of trying to get my 2010 vehicle to play music on an USB. In my particular case, I cannot have more than 1000 tracks on the USB because that is the limit for indexing.
    Newer head units have been capable of NTFS for some time. exFAT is something that will still take time to be adopted.
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  6. Posts : 1,333
    10 Pro retail 1909
    Thread Starter
       #16

    I will try Honda but may I ask, do I have to rip the files from the CD to the flash drive o make them MP# or can I just copy and paste from the CD to the flash drive?
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  7. Posts : 4,176
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #17

    You will need to create the MP3 or other file for use on the player and then Copy or move them to the USB

    One thing that you will probably encounter is that most Car media players do not have very good, if any, sort controls - they simply treat each folder as an album and sort alphabetically by filename of the MP3 (or other format). They also sort folders by the Time of loading onto the player. because of this you have to load all the files onto the USB at one time, Name each file so that it starts with a track number or put up with not alphabetically sorted folders, (albums).

    There is a little freebie that allows you to get around these limitations Drivesort is a small utility available for free that allows you to sort files and folders Into albums and/or playlists on a USB stick, that will be remembered when in the car player - I carry a number of 64GB Mini Drives for use in the car and find this an essential
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  8. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #18

    maranna said:
    I will try Honda but may I ask, do I have to rip the files from the CD to the flash drive o make them MP# or can I just copy and paste from the CD to the flash drive?
    If you are referring to a traditional commercial music CD, the files would NOT be in mp3 form nor can they simply be copied.

    You can likely put the CD into your PC DVD drive and observe the file extension. If I recall correctly, they might show as having a CDA extension? It's been a long time since I've even looked at a commercial CD.

    You have to rip--there are many ways to do that.

    Rip the files to your hard drive. Then copy them to your USB drive after you have confirmed that the USB drive is formatted properly in whatever way Honda suggests.

    It might be possible to rip directly to a USB drive--I've never tried it. But there's no over-riding reason to do that. You might want to keep copies on your hard drive anyway--as backups or to play directly from your hard drive on occasion. Most people involved in music mp3s at all will eventually have a library of hundreds or thousands of songs that can be periodically copied to a USB drive for playback on other devices and locations.

    You should immediately consider how you prefer to play music in a car..........you may want to categorize the USB file folders in some way or possibly not use folders at all.

    Left to their own devices, car playback units are likely to play in alphabetical order by file name--unless you select random play. So you have to give some thought to file names and ordering if you aren't going to use random.
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  9. Posts : 1,333
    10 Pro retail 1909
    Thread Starter
       #19

    If you see post 1 I was successful in ripping two sets of songs to the flash drive and it worked. I tired to just copy and paste the third and it all got messed up so I formatted. I was using WMP but am not familiar with it so it is guess work.
    Back to scratch.
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  10. Posts : 12,487
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #20

    You can likely put the CD into your PC DVD drive and observe the file extension. If I recall correctly, they might show as having a CDA extension? It's been a long time since I've even looked at a commercial CD.
    Exactly. The files on a commercial audio CD [and maybe newer DVD] discs are .cda format and very small, about 1KB, only point to the hidden music tracks on the disc which is why they need to be Ripped, not simply copied. Most programs that can Rip can save as different formats, determined by the user's needs.
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