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Playlists on USB

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Andrew Wolfe, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    I put a bunch of music on a USB drive and plugged it into one of the jacks. The car found the music and indexed it and will play it fine. However, I'd prefer not to always listed to it in alphabetical order.

    I can't figure out how to get it to find a playlist file. There also doesn't seem to be a random play option,

    Anyone else tried USB music? Am I missing something?
     
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    There doesn't appear to be any way to organize things or make playlists. You can create favorites in the order you want them to play in though.
     
  3. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    I was hoping. Oh well.

    How about subfolders? Can I get it to playlist based on the files in a folder?

    I'll know soon enough, but I'm building the USB drive now and would rather not put effort into items that don't work (yet).
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    You can scroll by artist or album so there is some organization but it's still all very basic. I'm hoping it improves with the next software update.
     
  5. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    You can access by genre - so I suppose that you could make a duplicate music database with made up genres corresponding to playlists. (The naming database I use has so many genre's that pretty much every artist has their own :smile:) It would still be in alphabetical order within that list though.
     
  6. contaygious

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    Is artist and album by tag only or can you navigate sub folders?
     
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    They play alphabetically by songname tag, file name has no significance and is not displayed
     
  8. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    I'm not completely sure. I think it just marks the file as "unknown."

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    No folders. The tags are read into an internal database during a scan after insertion and folder structure is lost.
     
  9. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    I actually would consider that a good thing, as it enables me to take tons of my mp3s that I have lying in folders all over the hard drive and just lump them on a USB stick. Sure, I have my iTunes library all neatened up and whatnot, but for the two hard drives sitting on the shelf over there ... sure makes it easy just to drag them over.
     
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    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    This is what I have organized for my songs. The micro SD is a class4 (but not having any problems with lag for simple songs - non streaming) and the reader is some overseas-tech thingy that I found. Both on ebay. Total cost was less than $30. Probably closer to $25

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  11. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Any recommendations for something manage tags? iTunes is simply horrid for making large-scale edits.
     
  14. v12 to 12v

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    Be careful with overseas eBay tech thingies. This is something you don't want to go cheap-out on. Some can contain malicious spyware and viruses that you may spread. Some are incredibly sophisticated and may not be targeting you in particular. It could be as small as a petty corruption or as big as industrial or international espionage. You may not be able to detect them even if you are an expert. It's better to pay for some integrity and security. Some dangerous spyware and viruses are showing up in what were thought to be reliable product channels as well.

    It would be nice if one could buy devices that are certified as "sealed and sanitized for your protection".

    -Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming-
     
  15. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    Bought one of those yesterday too in 32GB. (Red to match the car). The Kingston was much smaller and had no extra cover piece hanging on it - so I tried it first. Some systems choke over 32GB so I am interested in seeing if anyone has luck with something larger. On the other hand - 32GB is over 300 hours of music before it repeats and at 64GB I'd still only get part of my (completely legal) collection.

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    Media Monkey! Try it.
     
  16. rbergquist

    rbergquist S946 - VIN 1017

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    I use Helium Music Manager. It's the best program I've found to manage tags (http://www.helium-music-manager.com/)
     
  17. W.Petefish

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    I submitted a feature request to Tesla on the playlist function. The advocate said that he would pass it along to the engineering/programming team.
     
  18. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    You didn't happen to request the support for the hard drive as well, did you?

    (and did you get your CD-ROM?)
     
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    I sent you a reply saying I got the disc.

    No, I didn't request HDD support. I think that the bulk of the problem for using a HDD is the ports are not providing enough power.
     
  20. MichaelS

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    Hi,
    I have a 32 GB flash drive I just loaded about 7 GB of music on.

    I just copied the folders (some with sub folders) onto the USB drive.

    But, when I plug it in and I select anything other than folders, it just sits there forever with the busy spinner.

    The music does play fine in folder mode.

    Any suggestions on why it chokes?

    Any idea how long the indexing should take?

    Does the car use a music service to identify the music and try to download album art?

    Tesla's usual lack of communication is frustrating me with no answers.

    Thanks,
     

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