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    Using a FlashDrive with 2015 BMW RT Audio System

    I looked around some, tried searching but came up with no prior Forum posts on this issue.

    I have a 2015 RT with audio. I know it can handle an input from a USB FlashDrive because I have done it. My issue is that I don't know how to create a file order in the FlashDrive which will help me organize and then find the songs (all MP3s) and finally play them through the audio system. I did RTFM and p38 of the "Audio System and Pairing" manual says: "Playlists can be created as a means of sorting tracks."

    If I look at the list of files on the FlashDrive it shows a list of names and numbers. On playback, I can get things to play via the LH grip thumbwheel, but don't seem to be able select a particular album or artist. Perhaps creating a playlist is the way around this? I don't know. It's all confusing.

    Thank you for whatever help you might give me.

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    It will be interesting to see how this works out. Chances are someone has done it or at least has a clever work-around.
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    During a conversation with a friend of mine regarding listening to music on a GS, he mentioned something about syncing the flash drive through a GPS unit. Is that possible?



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    IIRC, you need to put each artist in a file of its own on the flash to be able to select individual artists. Make a file of playlists if you want to vary the songs.
    If you look on K1600forum, there are few posts regarding this that may be of more detail.
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    Don't want to hijack the thread but do the music files have to be MP3 format?
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    My '11 1200RT connects to my Flash drive. I have learned that to make a playlist come up in the radio, I have to give it an incremental BMW name. (BMW1...).
    In each playlist, I have renamed the files copied to it with a prefixed number, which is the spot within the playlist.
    I found a script online to have it automated from iTunes on my Mac... But, I have to say... It wasn't easy.

    That was the only way I found to keep the playlist order when putting it on a flash drive.


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    Yes MP3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yez216 View Post
    During a conversation with a friend of mine regarding listening to music on a GS, he mentioned something about syncing the flash drive through a GPS unit. Is that possible?



    -Bill
    I have a Nav V on my RT, but I don't have a Bluetooth headset connected, thus I think the audio connection is possible. I do get spoken directions from the Nav V through the speaker system however. Thank you for the advice though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c4golf View Post
    IIRC, you need to put each artist in a file of its own on the flash to be able to select individual artists. Make a file of playlists if you want to vary the songs.
    If you look on K1600forum, there are few posts regarding this that may be of more detail.
    I will take a look at the K1600 forum. I imagine the two audio systems are very similar if not identical (K1600/R1200RT). There has to be an answer somewhere and the manual is less than helpful. Thank you for the advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    I looked around some, tried searching but came up with no prior Forum posts on this issue.

    I have a 2015 RT with audio. I know it can handle an input from a USB FlashDrive because I have done it. My issue is that I don't know how to create a file order in the FlashDrive which will help me organize and then find the songs (all MP3s) and finally play them through the audio system. I did RTFM and p38 of the "Audio System and Pairing" manual says: "Playlists can be created as a means of sorting tracks."

    If I look at the list of files on the FlashDrive it shows a list of names and numbers. On playback, I can get things to play via the LH grip thumbwheel, but don't seem to be able select a particular album or artist. Perhaps creating a playlist is the way around this? I don't know. It's all confusing.

    Thank you for whatever help you might give me.

    John

    I digitized my entire CD collection, years ago, probably using iTunes and saved all songs into one file I named All Music. Currently, about 14GB.

    The All Music folder created this way has a folder for each artist (Aaron Nevell is the first one) and there is a folder in it for each album by the artist, and in each album folder, there is a bunch of .mp3 files.

    Forgetting playlists for now, this organization allows the multiwheel to select by artist, album, genre, ... forget if there is more.

    I hate creating playlists. I keep forgetting how to export them too. But when I do, they are on the usb stick and can have any name I want, such as Ride Celtic. They show up and are selectable by multiwheel.

    I recall the BMW1, etc naming convention was for older Garmins where it took too long to load a full list of titles. No problem for the faster Nav V.

    Let me know if this helps, is clear enough, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post
    I digitized my entire CD collection, years ago, probably using iTunes and saved all songs into one file I named All Music. Currently, about 14GB.

    The All Music folder created this way has a folder for each artist (Aaron Nevell is the first one) and there is a folder in it for each album by the artist, and in each album folder, there is a bunch of .mp3 files.

    Forgetting playlists for now, this organization allows the multiwheel to select by artist, album, genre, ... forget if there is more.

    I hate creating playlists. I keep forgetting how to export them too. But when I do, they are on the usb stick and can have any name I want, such as Ride Celtic. They show up and are selectable by multiwheel.

    I recall the BMW1, etc naming convention was for older Garmins where it took too long to load a full list of titles. No problem for the faster Nav V.

    Let me know if this helps, is clear enough, etc.

    Well, thank you for this, Ed. It's pretty clear to me. I'll give it a try tonight. I have a 32GB flashdrive, a bunch of stuff in MP3 format on my MacBook Pro. I may actually get this done before a big road trip starting April 8. We'll see.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post

    Let me know if this helps, is clear enough, etc.
    Ed - I kept running into little problems with creating the flash drive organization which the bike's audio system liked. I found a program (M3Unify) which organizes everything into folders which the audio system recognizes. Music becomes selectable by artist, album, genre, and a couple of other factors.

    The program costs $5, and it's available for Mac (which I have). I don't know and can't tell if it's available for MS-DOS too. Here is the URL for the program: http://dougscripts.com/apps/m3unifyapp.php

    It works with iTunes to write to the flash drive, and will also use iTunes to convert AAC and other file types to MP3 which is what the bike wants to see. I did learn that the BMW system only recognizes the flash drive in MS-DOS (FAT) format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Ed - I kept running into little problems with creating the flash drive organization which the bike's audio system liked. I found a program (M3Unify) which organizes everything into folders which the audio system recognizes. Music becomes selectable by artist, album, genre, and a couple of other factors.

    The program costs $5, and it's available for Mac (which I have). I don't know and can't tell if it's available for MS-DOS too. Here is the URL for the program: http://dougscripts.com/apps/m3unifyapp.php

    It works with iTunes to write to the flash drive, and will also use iTunes to convert AAC and other file types to MP3 which is what the bike wants to see. I did learn that the BMW system only recognizes the flash drive in MS-DOS (FAT) format.
    Sounds like you are on the way!

    Good catch on the MS-DOS format. I don't have a Mac, so never was a problem for me.

    I would have thought iTunes would have been the natural way for you to create and maintain the folder order for you music, but $5 is not a heartbreaker. I'm pretty sure using iTunes to create playlists would work for you. I just keep forgetting the steps needed to create and export the file. Seems I always have to do some web searching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post
    Sounds like you are on the way!

    Good catch on the MS-DOS format. I don't have a Mac, so never was a problem for me.
    Thanks Ed - Apple seems to like things done in a certain way, and for $5, I now have 3.2GB of music arranged in an easily accessible system on a flash drive.

    Looking at your location in Ontario I imagine you'll be in Hamburg for the rally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Thanks Ed - Apple seems to like things done in a certain way, and for $5, I now have 3.2GB of music arranged in an easily accessible system on a flash drive.

    Looking at your location in Ontario I imagine you'll be in Hamburg for the rally?
    I believe I know what you mean about Apple doing things in a certain way. I often use Media Monkey instead of iTunes for that reason. Even they have their quirks... .


    I am going to try to make it. It will be the first time I have attended an MOA rally. It may sound funny, given the heat, but I regret not making Bloomburg.Other rallies were a bit wrong for my schedule at the time.
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