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Old 08-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i tried multiple usb flash drives to play mp3 songs in the vehicle.

As a test, I tried 10 different make/model flash drives, formatted them with the different types and copied 4 folders consisting of 10 songs to each.

When i say doesn't work, means the radio resulted in the error message of "connection error". Here is what i found:

* Windows NTFS, MAC OS HGST and Windows FAT format doesn't work
* Lexar, Kngston, PNY and Centon flash drives don't work
* Patriot flash drives formatted with FAT32 works
* Sandisk flash drives formatted with FAT32 works
* Tested sizes were from 8gb to 32gb

Have not tested an external usb hd or a microsd card in a usb adapter. Right now i am using a 32gb sandisk with over 1000 songs on it.

I like to hear from others what make/model/size and format your using in your Elantra that does play mp3's properly.

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So i tried multiple usb flash drives to play mp3 songs in the vehicle.

As a test, I tried 10 different make/model flash drives, formatted them with the different types and copied 4 folders consisting of 10 songs to each.

When i say doesn't work, means the radio resulted in the error message of "connection error". Here is what i found:

* Windows NTFS, MAC OS HGST and Windows FAT format doesn't work
* Lexar, Kngston, PNY and Centon flash drives don't work
* Patriot flash drives formatted with FAT32 works
* Sandisk flash drives formatted with FAT32 works
* Tested sizes were from 8gb to 32gb

Have not tested an external usb hd or a microsd card in a usb adapter. Right now i am using a 32gb sandisk with over 1000 songs on it.

I like to hear from others what make/model/size and format your using in your Elantra that does play mp3's properly.

Thanks
In the cars manual it says to use FAT32.

I've used a Supertalent USB (8GB and 32G chip in there and had no problem. External USB hard drives will not work as they need more power than the USB port provides. A curious mod would be to supply the external HD with extra power and then hook it's USB data cable into the USB port.

It will play VBR and CBR mp3s. It uses the ID3V1 tag for the display on the radio head.

Playback is handled with music located at the root of a location (at the top of the drive or inside a sub-directory) of the USB stick is played first. Then the sub-directories second.

Songs are played in file name alphabetical order with numbers played first (Ex. 01-Mysong.mp3 is played first over Mysong.mp3). Then capitalized letters, then lower case letters. Example, songs labeled: N-Trance, n-Trance, and n-trance. N-Trance is played first. n-Trance is played second. n-trance is played third.


Here is another thread talking about this topic: Portable Hard Drive Limit?
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I have a 16GB Lexar USB flash drive, it's USB 3.0 and I have almost a 1000 songs on it and it works just fine
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My wife's GT has worked with every brand of flash drive I've thrown at it, all formatted FAT32, and all different sizes from 4Gb to 32Gb, with tunes encoded from 128Kb to 320Kb. I have an 32Gb iPod touch in mine so I don't need a flash drive.
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I use a generic Micro Center 32GB USB3 thumb drive with a bit over 1000 songs and it works fine. That said, I have a real gripe about this head unit which is a huge oversight in my eyes. No proper playlist support, is really annoying. I heavily rely on custom playlists which I build in my music manager (Rhythmbox) and this head unit wants nothing of m3u or pls formatted playlists.

I was using an iPod touch before but has been nothing but a migraine since going back to Linux. So my solution to the playlist issue was to simply write a python program which takes my playlists from Rhythmbox and makes duplicate copies of all the songs, numbering them appropriately to maintain order, into a special directory for each individual playlist.

So in other words, the drive looks like this:
- All Music
-- all mp3's stored here
- Playlist 1
-- 001 - Song 1.mp3
-- 002 - Song 2.mp3
-- etc, ...
- Playlist 2
-- 001 - Song 1.mp3
-- etc, ...
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I have a 4GB USB Kingston stick in mine and it works fine!
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2GB Kingston FAT32 no problems
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That said, I have a real gripe about this head unit which is a huge oversight in my eyes. No proper playlist support, is really annoying.
Yes! I too find that annoying. Right now I just have them sorted out by rough genre and then sorted by artist name. So once I start listening to the 80's, I'm only listening to 80's until I get out of that folder.

I personally doubt they can come back with a firmware update to fix that. It might be something that needs a complete head re-design.
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My wife's GT has worked with every brand of flash drive I've thrown at it, all formatted FAT32, and all different sizes from 4Gb to 32Gb, with tunes encoded from 128Kb to 320Kb. I have an 32Gb iPod touch in mine so I don't need a flash drive.
Same here multiple random drives up to 32gb all worked fine.
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