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Old 11-30-2010, 5:45 PM   #1
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Help with USB Audio.

I feel like I saw a forum a while back on USB audio vs iPod audio, and it detailed on how to use a USB drive for audio, but I can't find it now.

Does anyone know how to use a USB drive for the TSX?
I loaded my usb drive with like 7000 songs, but I plug it in and its not supported.

Do I need to create a specific "Music" folder?

Thanks in Advance.
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http://tsx.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=777627

Here you go. As far as my experience goes, check to make sure the type of music file you have are compatible (like MP3 or AAC). I haven't tried WAV, but I'm pretty sure it would work. Apple lossless doesn't work for sure. I don't know if there's a manual somewhere with this info.

EDIT: The 2011 TSX supports MP3, WMA, and AAC (only?) as stated by the Acura website.
http://www.acura.com/Features.aspx?m...od_integration

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No need to create a special folder. Check the formatting of your drive. Mine is formatted FAT32. Any folder you have in there, even if nested, will appear as a root folder in the Acura. Make sure it's not a U3 drive or anything like that.
The following is from the Acura web site: " The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA, or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights protected files may not work. Please see your dealer for details on compatibility."
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First format your drive in FAT32, Windows only allows formatting until 32GB in Fat32, so if your drive is larger, use Linux or a partition manager to format it Fat32.

Second, when you load the files, the files get sorted in the order its written, so you need to use a program called "foldersort.zip" and use that to resort all the files / folders in alphabetical order. Otherwise you will have this really weird random file ordering. It is due to NTFS and FAT32 in how they record files.

The TSX (even my 2009) will play MP3, AAC and WMA. I prefer AAC or MP3 format.

Enjoy! Any more questions send them my way.
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Any generic .mp3 and .wma would be played ok. As others said, FAT32 as format, not NTFS.
I love this feature most, in fact, I haven't used the CD slot once sine owning the TSX.
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Ok, I guess my problem is the formating. it's a 256g flash drive, I'm guessing its not formated as FAT32
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....I love this feature most, in fact, I haven't used the CD slot once sine owning the TSX.
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Hey guys, my TSX base model doesn't have the USB port, but only the AUX (iPod) jack in there.. is there any way I can still play USB.. and if so.. which cable would I need to convert/adapt?
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According to the service manual, the usb port is linked to a module that is somewhere under the center console. I suspect that this module interfaces with the radio. The base model in Canada has a different radio than the canadian premium model (no XM) so I am not sure that a direct retrofit would be easily feasible.
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Ok, I guess my problem is the formatting. it's a 256g flash drive, I'm guessing its not formatted as FAT32
A 256GB flash drive? Wasn't even aware they were available in this capacity. I did a quick search on NewEgg and I did find one for $722. If you have one of these that's pretty awesome.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139147

I think your problem may be one of the following:

1. Your flash drive has some type of security or backup function/software that is incompatible. A format of the drive may or may not be able to fix this issue. I know one Sandisk USB stick I bought had hard coded security I could not remove.

2. Your device is actually a portable hard drive. Ie not a USB flash stick but an actual laptop hard drive in a mini case or SSD drive. I believe these devices can require more power than the TSX can provide. (not 100% sure about this)

I'm referring to something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148565


Edit: Oh BTW, prepare to be disappointed and fustrated using the TSX's amazing audio interface while trying to navigate 7000 songs. I had such aspirations once to place my entire music collection in my car. I have gone down to about 1000 songs and I am thinking about deleting more. After a while you realize your wasting to much time scrolling...waiting...scrolling..waiting though songs you never listen to anyway.

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Etzero, what if you organized your sonhs by folder? Would make it easier to navigate but i agree, the interface is less than perfect!
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i think if it says "not supported", the car doesn't support that particular flash drive. out of 3 that i used, only 2 were supported.
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The beauty of it is it also takes the SD or microSD card if using along with USB reader.
I usually load up music files into the 2GB SD card, let it play from first to last song, if getting bored then remove them (songs) and reload others.
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Etzero, what if you organized your sonhs by folder? Would make it easier to navigate but i agree, the interface is less than perfect!
Oh I do use folders. But since the TSX reads all folders as flat (no sub folders) the list of folders can be huge. The issue is magnified by the lag when scrolling though folders. At least in my car it takes 2-3 seconds to update the folder names if scrolling fast. So it ends up:

Starting at A and needing to get to artist that starts with R.
Scroll Scroll Scroll forever till you guess you have reached R.
Wait for the folders to update to realize you are only at K.
Scroll Scroll Scroll
Wait for folders to update to realize you passed R and at T now.
Scroll...wait..Scroll...wait... to finally find artists that start with R.
and god forbid you go down into the final Audio menu and shut off your car. Once you go back to the folder list, it starts at "A" again.

Don't get me wrong I like my TSX. Just wish they had put more thought into the USB and Ipod interface. I guess I am spoiled after having an aftermarket stereo in my last car.
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A 256GB flash drive? Wasn't even aware they were available in this capacity. I did a quick search on NewEgg and I did find one for $722. If you have one of these that's pretty awesome.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139147

I think your problem may be one of the following:

1. Your flash drive has some type of security or backup function/software that is incompatible. A format of the drive may or may not be able to fix this issue. I know one Sandisk USB stick I bought had hard coded security I could not remove.

2. Your device is actually a portable hard drive. Ie not a USB flash stick but an actual laptop hard drive in a mini case or SSD drive. I believe these devices can require more power than the TSX can provide. (not 100% sure about this)

I'm referring to something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148565


Edit: Oh BTW, prepare to be disappointed and fustrated using the TSX's amazing audio interface while trying to navigate 7000 songs. I had such aspirations once to place my entire music collection in my car. I have gone down to about 1000 songs and I am thinking about deleting more. After a while you realize your wasting to much time scrolling...waiting...scrolling..waiting though songs you never listen to anyway.

I actually bought it offf ebay for 25 bucks. It's a knock off from china but it contained 256gs so that's all I wanted!
Thanks for the tips I'll try it out this weekend.
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I actually bought it offf ebay for 25 bucks. It's a knock off from china but it contained 256gs so that's all I wanted!
Thanks for the tips I'll try it out this weekend.
$25 for 256GB? even for a knock off that so dirt cheap!
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My car doesn't have the USB port in there, if i get this and plug it in, will it work for a USB to play music?
http://www.cutedigi.com/product_info...43682ce72cfedb

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My car doesn't have the USB port in there, if i get this and plug it in, will it work for a USB to play music?
http://www.cutedigi.com/product_info...43682ce72cfedb

Thanks!
That's just a charger; it doesn't have any connection between the USB device and the audio system.
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