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Re: SD card Vs USB

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Did some searching on Amazon and came up with these. I'd like to get a 32gig SD card but prices vary. Does it really matter which brand? Class 10 necessary?

Amazon.com: sd card class 10
Class 10 is definitely overkill if you'll be using the card for music only. This level of data throughput is necessary for HD video and the like. Save your money and buy a Class 4 or 6 for car use.

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Class 10 is definitely overkill if you'll be using the card for music only. This level of data throughput is necessary for HD video and the like. Save your money and buy a Class 4 or 6 for car use.

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I thought so. Stopping by Best Buy to pick up a 16GB class 4 SanDisk card for $20.
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What type of files are playable off a usb stick or SD card ?
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Re: SD card Vs USB

I've just been using a 32 GB Sandisk SD card. Is there any way to let the media softkey choose the SD card by default instead of USB? I don't have anything in the USB port.
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Not the answer that you're looking for Hammerhead, but you could connect your SD card via an "SD to USB" adaptor to achieve that result.

Personally, I found extracting and reinserting SD cards fiddly, and I grabbed the adaptor to solve that.

Anecdotally, I now use a retired 80Gb 2.5" hard drive, and as a bonus find I don't need to replenish my files so often.

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I did another radio reset.

How do you do the reset?

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EDIT: oh, is this the "factor reset" referred to here?

It would be nice if we could simply reboot, as well as a "factory reset".
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SD card Vs USB

So I've been having very intermittent operation with media player and an SD card. Getting the random number of songs and then the other day it stopped reading the card all together.

While I was transferring the music to a temporary location in preparation for a re-format, a random thought occurred to me. A lot of the songs have random characters like parentheses, apostrophes, brackets, etc. in the filenames...

I wonder if the player is getting confused about some of the characters in the filenames.

So I decided to try that out as a hypothesis. Here is the procedure I'm using:

* reformat using NTFS (full format, not quick format) using default block size
* remove all special characters from filenames
* copy content onto SD card
* flip the write protect to the "on" (protected)

So far so good. It recognized the card, and most interestingly, it has not shown a variable number of songs since the change. I've only used it today, but I made a bunch of stops today and previously it rarely has listed the same number of songs, and never the full number for any number of restarts.

Specifics:

* Sandisk Extreme 32GB microSD card in the provided SD adapter
* NTFS using the default block size, formatted with Win7.
* A bit over 2600 songs split between mp3 and m4a
* Songs typically around 256-320Kbps (mp3s are transcoded from FLAC)

I used the following quick-and-dirty hacked up script, using Cygwin to enable bash shell functions, to perform the file rename. This is an adaptation from the script I found here.

Note I was too lazy to do this well, so I simply ran it once with the script looking for .mp3 and then ran it again with the script looking for .m4a.

Code:
#!/bin/bash

for file in *.m4a; do
    filename=${file%.*}
#    file_clean=${filename//[ ()$+&\.\-\'\,]/_}
    file_clean=${filename//[()$+&\!\.\'\,]/}
    final="$file_clean.m4a"
    #echo "\"${file}\"" "\"${final}\""
    mv "${file}" "TEMP"
    mv "TEMP" "${final}"
done
I'd be curious to have other folks try to eliminate any special chars and see if it helps. A bigger sample size would help determine if this is the problem.

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Re: SD card Vs USB

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I'd be curious to have other folks try to eliminate any special chars and see if it helps. A bigger sample size would help determine if this is the problem.
No problem with bigger sizes, provided all my songs were tagged with Mp3tag, and I replaced all the filenames with TITLE tag, using the validate$ option in Mp3tag copy_tag_to_filename action. This option cleans up any forbidden character in filename.

For anybody interested, I provide my experience below:

I'm currently experimenting with SD card versus my iPod Classic. My goal is to keep free the USB port for charging my phone while it stays on its support on the dash (I use the Brodit support hanged to the front air vent).

In my previous 2012 JGC, I could place the iPod in the upper compartment in the center armrest, while the charging usb cable for the iPhone was connected to the front usb port in the 2012 7" uconnect system.

Now, with the 2014 model, there is no usb port in the armrest, so I had to change my configuration.

My current music library is more than 15,000 songs, total size more than 180 GB, with more than 60Gb FLACs, the remaining are all 320Kbps MP3.

All songs were accurately tagged, all relevant tags (ingluding ALBUMARTIST set to "Various Artists" for compilations) completely filled. All albumart embedded in songs, all of them resized to 600x600 px.

The correct tag organization is the first thing to do to ensure all these modern radios correctly index all songs and to avoid strange errors in searching or showing albums, artists or coverart.

The best way to transfer a library potentially greater than the size of your media is to use a music manager software (like iTunes, Mediamonkey, Winamp, etc.) supporting smart playlists. With smart playlists you can choose selection criteria for the songs/album/artists you want to bring with you in your car, leaving the software to dinamycally update your music selection while you update it in the time.

Then you can syncronize your smart playlist with your device, after choosing what action to do with file formats not supported by your radio (for instance, I choose to convert on-the-fly all FLACs included in the playlist to 256Kbps VBR MP3s). Usually other options are available, such us randomly choosing songs to transfer, or fixing a space cap not to be overridden.

I found out that Mediamonkey is the best softawre to sync with Apple devices, as it implement native iPod/iPhone support even for the latest iOS (at least, for the Gold version I paid for...)

On the converse, Mediamonkey has poor support for the SD card: it's not able to see it as a removable device, thus losing all the intelligent sync options.

I found MusicBee the best software to sync the SD card: it fully support intelligent syncing to the SD card, it's freeware and has a lot of options to manage tags and smart playlists (Mediamonkey has more in the payment version).

Incidentally, syncing to iPod classic still allowed me to fit my entire library. The smaller space available on the 128 GB SC Card (actually less than 116 GB), forced me to do some choices with the smart playlist I described above, that delivered almost 13,000 converted MP3s (original 320Kbps untouched, 256k VBR from FLAC conversion) on my card.

The transfer to SD card via MusicBee was slooooow: more than 13 hours to complete. In comparison, transfer to iPod classic via Mediamonkey was very fast: 4 hours for the entire 15000 songs library. I think Mediamonkey makes a better use of my multicore Intel i7 processor.

Once placed in the car, both devices are recognized very fast and I could start playing after 10/15 seconds from engine start. The total song count still continues to update for a few minutes.

Unitl now, I did't notice any difference in both device behaviour. Both work fine, searches and selections are apparently fast the same speed, all coverart are correctly displayed, the HK Summit radio sounds in a incredible manner (by far the best sound I ever had in more than 30 years of driving).

The only problem I'm still investigating is that while playing from the SD card, any incoming or outcoming phone call puts the song in pause, and I have to manually switch to the media panel and press the 'play' soft button at the end of each call.
With iPod playing, music automatically resumes when the call ends.

Sorry for the long post, I only hope I can help other people to better enjoy their music.
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