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USB drive as 100 disc CD player?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by montgom626, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. montgom626

    montgom626 Active Member

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    #1 montgom626, Aug 20, 2013
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    USB drive as infinite virtual CD player?

    Is there anyway I can have my USB thumb drive play one album of 10 songs, and when done just automatically go to the next album of 3 songs and when done go to the next album of 15 songs and when done......You get the idea. Once folder after another.....

    I don't know how to do it. Can it be done? Why can't it be done if it currently is not supported?

    Heck, I remember record players where I could load 5 LP's on a spindle, and drop the next one on the platter when the previous one was done. All I want in my MS is a similar concept.

    Right now, I have to load each album. One after another.
     
  2. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    My 1965 GTO has a 45 rpm record player, you load up to 14 singles upside down and it drops one after each song and plays on. Everyone always gets a kick out of that at the shows. It skips when accelerating heavily in second gear, though, and the AM modulation isn't very clean and clear.

    Demonstration of the ARC 2500 car record player - YouTube

    I imagine you could get the same effects if you were to rename the songs and put them all into one folder, a la
    D001-T01-Rush-Fly By Night
    D001-T02-Rush-Next Song
    ...
    D002-T01-Journey-Song 1
    D002-T02-Journey-Song 2

    I know, PITA, but using iTunes I think you can structure the filename of the songs in the Library to make it easier (?)
     
  3. kevincwelch

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    If playlists don't work, you would have to put them all in one folder in numerical order.
     
  4. Sparrow

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    I put them all in one folder and then appended a 2 digit album number to each track. Thus the first song on the first album was 0101 last song might be 0114. Then the first song on the second album was 0201 etc. I found this easier to do than to renumber every song. Seems to work on my model S. Funny it doesn't work on my Leaf which now plays all first track, then all second tracks etc, which is exactly the problem I had with the S before I renumbered the songs.
     
  5. montgom626

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    Doing it by hand seems like a PITA. :)
     
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    Sparrow S105/ Roadster 189

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    Yes, I spent hours doing it be hand. My advise would be to test what you are doing in your car to see if it has the desired effect before you spend too much time.
     
  7. montgom626

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    Hours? Wow, you are tougher than I am. :)
     
  8. kevincwelch

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    If your songs are already numbered to some extent, find a program out there called "Renamer." It's a PC program. Works great for things like this and will cut your work down.
     
  9. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Or just write a batch file, or perl, or... to do it. :)
     
  10. montgom626

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    Thanks!
     
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    10 print "hello!"
    20 goto 10


    That's about it for me.
     
  12. astrotoy

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    To respond to the title of the thread, I just installed a 2TB portable drive into one of the USB slots. It needs to be formatted FAT32 to be recognized. It is about 60% full and has my entire collection of CD's - over 1500 of them. They are all ripped uncompressed flac or wav files for best sound quality. I have them in folders and albums with the appropriate album art, which the Tesla recognizes - they are almost all classical music. I normally will play through one album, between 60 minutes and 75 minutes, at a time, so I don't feel the need to have consecutive playing of albums. It does work like a 1500 disc jukebox, without having to pay 10 cents per song (if you really mean a jukebox from the days of American Bandstand. :)

    I suppose you can put 2 2TB drives in the two slots and have 5000+ CD's in your car all uncompressed. I bought my 2TB portable drive from Costco for $115 on sale last week. It doesn't need any power except from the USB slot.
     
  13. timdorr

    timdorr Model S P1698 / VIN 1657

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    There are apps that can automate this for you. I wish I knew some offhand, but I do know it's definitely possible. You'll have to use your own Google skills (look for file renaming utilities). Sorry for not being more specifically helpful!
     
  14. sublimaze1

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    So I have been absent from the thread(s) about the USB ports being able to recognize platter based (e.g. hard drive) memory. Is that solved with the recent software updates?
     
  15. FlasherZ

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    They have been able to recognize platter based hard drives even in 3.x, I haven't checked if it went away or not. I've used my super-slim 500 GB Mac external drive and it was recognized if you format it FAT32.
     
  16. brianman

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    Basic. I haven't heard that name in a long time; long time.
     
  17. bsd

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    So... Do playlists work? Eg .m3u files
     
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    Oh, apparently not: Playlists on USB
     
  19. Merrill

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    So can anyone explain how you rip CDs to uncompressed FLAC. I assume that this is better than compressed FLAC.
     
  20. Rodolfo Paiz

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    I don't think there is such a thing as "uncompressed FLAC". FLAC stands for "free lossless audio codec", with the "lossless" referring to its signature trait of mathematically-perfect lossless compression. All FLAC is compressed.

    As for the title of this thread, the Model S music app definitely needs a "random" switch that allows you to randomize by individual songs (ie any song follows any song), or by albums (each album is played in order, then proceed to next random album which is then played in order).
     

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