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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

You'd have to use a USB hub for that. A passive hub is a simple device, but may interfere with some power aspects. An active hub (that gets powered from the vehicle) alleviates any power issues. Whether the system would recognize two or more devices simultaneously is a different question, albeit easy to test I would think. How the USB was implemented in the system relative to the standard, etc., matters. Note I'm speculating here. Haven't tried it and I don't use USB in my MY12 other than for past firmware updates.

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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

I guess the simple solution is to keep the music collection on an SD card rather than a USB drive.
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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

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I guess the simple solution is to keep the music collection on an SD card rather than a USB drive.
Honestly, I agree with that. It's simple and compact.
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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

Well, no worries ... here comes the 1TB SD card.
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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

Check the system specifications to insure that you can use a 1tb card in that slot. You can fit about 8,000 songs on a 64GB card and the "price is right"...
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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

Probably have to format it in transFAT.
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I advocate using an SD card for music.

The SD card port has only a single function, unlike the multifunctional USB port which can accept an iPod, a phone, a flash drive, or could provide extremely slow charging for USB devices if you and your Jeep were stranded on a desert island without a USB wall charger and somehow also lost your aukey accessory jack charger. It makes sense to use the unifunctional SD card port for its sole purpose and consequently keep your options open with the USB port.

I use a 128 GB SD card in my 2014. NTFS or FAT format work fine, though I recommend FAT for this purpose, for several reasons. I also highly recommend buying the fastest speed class SD card you can find, presuming you want to load a large (>64 GB) music collection as I have done. There seems to be much better real-world benchmark data for SD card speed vs USB flash drive performance... driven by the fact that the primary use for high speed SD cards is for high res digital photography.
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Re: Are the rear USB ports intended for charging only?

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I advocate using an SD card for music.

The SD card port has only a single function, unlike the multifunctional USB port which can accept an iPod, a phone, a flash drive, or could provide extremely slow charging for USB devices if you and your Jeep were stranded on a desert island without a USB wall charger and somehow also lost your aukey accessory jack charger. It makes sense to use the unifunctional SD card port for its sole purpose and consequently keep your options open with the USB port.

I use a 128 GB SD card in my 2014. NTFS or FAT format work fine, though I recommend FAT for this purpose, for several reasons. I also highly recommend buying the fastest speed class SD card you can find, presuming you want to load a large (>64 GB) music collection as I have done. There seems to be much better real-world benchmark data for SD card speed vs USB flash drive performance... driven by the fact that the primary use for high speed SD cards is for high res digital photography.
There are two USB charging ports on the back of the center console.




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There are two USB charging ports on the back of the center console
Thanks, but that question was resolved approximately 2.5 years ago by the second post in this thread (cf. this thread's title).

We then had a necro-post yesterday and a tangent from there.

Oh, and continuing on the tangent, the reason to get the fastest possible SD card is *not* to save time copying your music library onto it, but rather to keep the 8.4AN from lagging so hard when you browse the library in the Jeep. It really does make a difference if the read speed is faster.
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