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      04-14-2008, 07:04 PM   #67
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Just put on 60kms testing out the Flash Voyager. Works perfect! Could not be any happier! Thanks for the this thread, TS!
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      04-14-2008, 07:32 PM   #68
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So, I got the Corsair in 8gb @ Frys today, but I'm having a small issue. I downloaded all the music onto it fine, and it sounds great, when it works...

Every once in a while the music just stops and the system kicks me out to the radio (or CD, whatever I was listening to previously). It works again once I un-plug and re-insert. Without un-plugging the AUX menu doesn't recognize the drive.

I figure it might be that the cable was a bit loose, but it does the same thing direct also. Anyone have an idea of whats going on?
Sorry, this is on an 08 M3.
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      04-15-2008, 03:36 AM   #69
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The MAJOR plus in running a USB flash drive instead of your iPhone/iPod as the host of your MP3s is that iPhones/iPods process the audio signal and they do it in analog only. Flash drives on the other hand don't do any of the processing at all. They hand that task over to the unit installed in your car which in turn does it digitally, thus giving a more pristine representation of the original MP3/WAV's quality.


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I can confirm that usb is much better than ipod from the experience in my home set-up. I have a yamaha 2700 receiver which has a USB port and a dedicated ipod dock. When playing the same file and switching between the two the USB sounds twice as good. I have one question though, does usb have bitrate limitation to 256 as the CD and DVD drives do?
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max bitrate?

Hi all,

Has anyone successfully played mp3s with a bitrate of 320kbps through the ipod/usb interface with a USB stick? This is the bitrate I use to encode all of my CDs to mp3s (I would have tried this myself except that my car hasn't arrived yet). I hope I don't have to re-encode all of my CDs to a lower bitrate.

On a separate note, Amazon has the Corsair 16GB flash drive for $59.99 after rebate, which I will probably buy if anyone can help me confirm my bitrate question.

Thanks!
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      04-15-2008, 04:46 PM   #71
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bugger...just ordered mine for 79.99
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      04-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #72
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Has anyone successfully played mp3s with a bitrate of 320kbps through the ipod/usb interface with a USB stick? This is the bitrate I use to encode all of my CDs to mp3s (I would have tried this myself except that my car hasn't arrived yet). I hope I don't have to re-encode all of my CDs to a lower bitrate.

On a separate note, Amazon has the Corsair 16GB flash drive for $59.99 after rebate, which I will probably buy if anyone can help me confirm my bitrate question.

Thanks!
I cant confirm the bit rate, but all I know is that the Corsair 16g works!
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      04-15-2008, 09:05 PM   #73
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I've been running MP3s encoded at 320k. Although I haven't ruled out the high bitrate as a potential cause for the hang-up in the head unit's recognition of the device...
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btw does the USB read files other than MP3?
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btw does the USB read files other than MP3?
It can read mp3 I know for sure, but it cant read mp4 and video files (tested so far). It says that it can read wma files in the manual, but have yet to test
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Sorry, this is on an 08 M3.
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So, I got the Corsair in 8gb @ Frys today, but I'm having a small issue. I downloaded all the music onto it fine, and it sounds great, when it works...

Every once in a while the music just stops and the system kicks me out to the radio (or CD, whatever I was listening to previously). It works again once I un-plug and re-insert. Without un-plugging the AUX menu doesn't recognize the drive.

I figure it might be that the cable was a bit loose, but it does the same thing direct also. Anyone have an idea of whats going on?
same thing here
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Has anyone successfully played mp3s with a bitrate of 320kbps through the ipod/usb interface with a USB stick? This is the bitrate I use to encode all of my CDs to mp3s (I would have tried this myself except that my car hasn't arrived yet). I hope I don't have to re-encode all of my CDs to a lower bitrate.
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btw does the USB read files other than MP3?
The car manual says that bitrates over 256 may not play, but I have a number of 320 bitrate .mp3s and they play fine. It will play, mp3, aac, wmv, m4p, wav from my experience. Won't play ogg though.
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when using a thumb drive or HD via USB can you see the library as a folder tree?
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      04-18-2008, 10:20 AM   #79
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when using a thumb drive or HD via USB can you see the library as a folder tree?
Yeah, you can see directory folders and everything
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      04-20-2008, 11:16 PM   #80
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So I've got one of these and it is working in the car, but the only thing I can access is the directory structure. All the other options - playlists, genres, artists, etc. are not highlighted, so I can't browse them. My drive structure is /music/artist/album. Any ideas?
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Cant you select the folder and go to sub-folders to get to the actually song? That is how I am using it right now. I got folders of each album and I have to go into the album folder to see the songs
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Cant you select the folder and go to sub-folders to get to the actually song? That is how I am using it right now. I got folders of each album and I have to go into the album folder to see the songs
Yes, I can do this, but can't select any of my m3u playlists.
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Not being a heavy tech-junky, can someone explain one thing to me:

Will the functionality of the USB drive, when interfacing with the car systems, be the same as the functionality of the iPod? Will the song menus etc. all look/act the same on the car system?
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Not being a heavy tech-junky, can someone explain one thing to me:

Will the functionality of the USB drive, when interfacing with the car systems, be the same as the functionality of the iPod? Will the song menus etc. all look/act the same on the car system?
Yes, same exact functionality (meaning structure of artist/song/album selection).
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Yes, same exact functionality (meaning structure of artist/song/album selection).
But have you been able to get it to play m3u playlists?
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But have you been able to get it to play m3u playlists?
Wasn't that what post #14 was about? BTW, Newegg also has the 16Gb for $59.99 after $20 rebate now. Think I'll go for it.
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Wasn't that what post #14 was about? BTW, Newegg also has the 16Gb for $59.99 after $20 rebate now. Think I'll go for it.
Yes, but this does not work for me. Can create them and play them fine when the USB drive is plugged into my computer, but they don't show up in the car, either as files or through the "playlists" navigation button (idrive won't let me select).
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so does anyone know why my drive only works for like 30secs to 1 min and then stops and then starts again? This is on the corsair that you guys reccomended? Any thoughts?
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