Page 5 of 9

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:10 am
by jcesare
Randy wrote: Nissan / Clarion really need to produce a software update that respects the track number tags and plays them in order that way....
It's not just Nissan / Clarion. I have the same issue in my home with DirecTV and PS3. I have NAS (Network Attached Storage) with all my music on it. The UI on these devices ignores the track #. I've have to add the track# to the name. I think the programmers have never listen to an entire album. They are from the iPod shuffle generation. It's a real PIA especially when the track numbers are significant e.g. Side II of Abbey Road or The Who's Tommy.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:19 am
by evnow
jcesare wrote:I think the programmers have never listen to an entire album. They are from the iPod shuffle generation.
Well, then the problem is that they are letting the programmers decide how it should work.

I don't remember playing through XBox 360 - but my guess is ut uses Zune and will play by track # (or shuffle etc).

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:48 am
by patrick0101
turbo2ltr wrote:much to my dismay, is that if I skip a track with the steering wheel controls while in the shuffle all mode, it skips to the next track in the folder that contains the currently playing song, not the next random song. I consider this a bug.
I just found this too and I agree that it is a bug.

I just had the Leaf mess up my flash drive. I pulled it out mid-song (USB is fully hot pluggable), then when I put it in the computer, it said the drive needed to be formatted. :cry:

There goes the hours I spent selecting what music to put on the drive for my driving music.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:52 pm
by Rat
Most of my music on my flash drive was in .wav format. I spent all afternoon reformatting it in WMA. I will make sure to save a copy on my hard drive so that if it gets messed up by the Leaf I can just copy it all back again.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:03 pm
by brettcgb
evnow wrote:All this means that Leaf doesn't use the media portion of Windows Automotive. May be they will have time to incorporate that in MY2012.
It seems not.

In my 2012, USB operation appears to be identical to what I've seen described earlier in this thread. There is no shuffle (a future feature I'm sure, rather than a bug), and apparently no use of MP3 metadata.

I've organized a 512MB thumb drive into
root > artist > album > song and
root > podcast > episode

This works well enough, but since metadata is not used, there is no indication of how long a track might be. For podcasts, a "song" is often >30 minutes. There doesn't seem to be a way to fast-forward or back-up within a song. Another future feature for a very stupid player I'm afraid.

When I plugged my android phone into the USB port, I was expecting only to be able to charge the battery, but I got more. The file structure containing MP3s was read out and displayed/played just like the thumbdrive.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:07 pm
by brettcgb
garygid wrote:What brand, model, and size, please?
I believe any 2.5 inch drive would work. It seems they were intended to be powered only by USB.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:18 pm
by brettcgb
blorg wrote:Has anyone really identified the play order that it does by default on a USB drive? Manual says that it plays in the order that the files were put onto the drive, but I'm seeing it playing by file name order. I'm not sure if that's just how my software ended up copying it, so it happens to be the same either way or not.
The files seem to be played in alpha-numeric filename order. But then, I wrote the entire album to the thumb drive in one shot. Albums were written out of order, but are displayed/played in foldername order.

I got in the habit long ago to precede song names with 2-digit track numbers for this very reason.
What are other people doing to work around this, other than going the ipod route?
I don't think a workaround is possible. Everything I've seen suggests the filestructure dictates playback order.

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:22 pm
by Rat
After seven months of ownership I now have a different perspective on this. First, the shuffle feature works just fine, although, as noted, if you flip the lever on the steering wheel to the next song, it's always the next one in the same folder. I have found that it does skip to each of my three folders randomly. It seemed to skip randomly from song to song also, but now I don't think it does. I've found that there are many songs that are played quite often and some, in fact a large block of cuts, that have never been played.

Early in this thread it was stated that the USB drive had a limit of 510 files. According to the spec chart on p. 4-8 of the navigation system manual the CD has this limit but the USB can go to 8000 files, as long as each folder does not exceed 255 files. Mine all have < 255 files, yet the first folder I put on the drive, Rock, seems to play all the songs randomly, the second folder (miscellaneous) does fairly well but misses some, and the last, Folk & Classical, plays a very limited selection of songs, or so it seems. It is as though the file system grabs all of the songs from the first folder, and some from the next 2, but stops after a limited number and only plays those, rather than going back onto the USB drive and randomly choosing from all ~220 songs in a particular folder. Of course I haven't done a scientific controlled study to verify my impression, but I was wondering if others have experienced this? Any theories or recommendations on how to get it to play the whole range (without having to play 10-20 string quartets in a row)?

Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:20 pm
by CWO4Mann
I use a 4GB thumb drive. I've already filtered all of my music files (wav, mp3, ogg, flac) using EasyTag, a compilation and general purpose swiss knife application which runs on Linux. Then I take the 3500+ music files and shotgun them into the stick drive using Brasero, another Linux all-purpose audio player which I can have randomize tracks. I've got about 225 hours that way.

The left hand pickle shift on the wheel take some practice since in my case I have gone from stick drive to bluetooth to Sirus and there are 3 Sirus folders each with a number of "stations" inside of each; then on to the FM and AM radio in a big circle. It has only been in the last few days that I discovered pressing the pickle at the same time as pulling or pushing it.

The screen display is OK, I suppose, but I am always hitting the mode button. The titles and artists are a PITA, but after re-writing the thunb drive a couple of times I got it set to the correct sequence.

I would like to be able to have a meta-pickle or something to trigger a paradigm shift between Insane Clown Posse tracks and Verdi's Operas.


Re: USB drive organization

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:06 am
by relytgerg
In my 2012, the mp3 tags do show correctly, but only on some of the songs. I've been doing some testing and troubleshooting. I have around 8GB worth of songs on a 16GB USB drive. When I checked on my computer into the properties on songs that displayed correctly vs. ones that didn't the significant item that seemed to be different was the "encoded by" field. Because of the lengthy time period (measured in years) of accumulating this library, this field could contain: iTunes n.n.n.n (where n.n.n.n is a version number), nothing at all, or possibly some other value. At first I thought only the ones with recent versions of iTunes listed in that field were the working ones, but now I'm not sure. It seems the simple act of modifying that field, and nothing else, from the Windows 7 file explorer, makes the tags readable by the Leaf. It doesn't seem to matter what you put in there, even putting nothing seems to work. I wonder if there is some slight unseen difference in how Windows 7 saves the tags vs. other applications within Windows or earlier versions of Windows like Windows XP.

In any case, I think I know how to get them all to read correctly now although the process may be quite time consuming.