Re: Gracenote Updating
Yes, I ripped most of my CD's to mp3 format using the Chrylser and Gracenote recommended iTunes software. Results were:
220 CD's - All recognized by iTunes for music (Artist name, CD title, etc), but there was about 10% missing artwork. I was able to find all but 3 CD's by using the iTunes manual CD search and attach feature. This was approx 9 gb of music.
Loaded to a 16 gb Sandisk thumbdrive.
Tested on (2) desktop PC's, (3) different laptops (Dell, HP and ASUS), iPad (cloud download) and iPod (downloaded from PC). The CD's played and artwork displayed on all equally well.
Plugged thumbdrive into faceplate and armrest USB on 2012 GC with 430N. All CD's recognized, folders recognized. But no album art will display.
Tested several CD's by downloading directly to HDD. If the albums were released prior to the 430N Gracenote latest release date (April 2011), art will display. Anything more recent - forget about album art.
Downloaded 9gb from thumbdrive to HDD. The 430N did not follow the thumbdrive file folder format, and created it's own file folders. The 430N Gracenote software would not recognize several artists (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Zac Brown Band, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts among others), approximately 50 albums (over 20%) were not recognized and over 1000 songs not recognized. The 430N created artist, album and song "UNKNOWN" folders and dumped all the recognized into those folders.
I also found approximately 20 albums that were mis-identified or in a genre "UNKNOWN" folder. These only took about 1/2 hour to manually fix.
I spend a few hours each week untangling this mess. I have manually entered all the album titles, all genres, all artists and am currently working on manually entering the titles of the approximately 700 songs remaining in the songs "UNKNOWN" folder.
All this technology is an awful lot of work. I figure I should have this completed just in time to trade for the refreshened 2014 GC. I am sure the new media centers are MUCH improved (yeah, right...).
I do really like my back-up camera. And overall I like not having to fuss with CD's anymore.