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maggior
post Mar 22 2010, 20:16
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I have a new car (Volvo XC70) which has the ability to play mp3 files stored on a USB memory stick. I copied a bunch of mp3 files to a USB stick and put it into the player. It worked well except for the fact that it played the tracks in a seemingly random order. The files and albums are organized like this:
artist\album\## TrackName.mp3

The files are LAME mp3 and are tagged with artist, genre, track number, track name, and year.

The album/artist/track name information all appeared correctly in the display, but the track order was totally wrong. Even listing the tracks in an album show them in the incorrect order. I did verify that "shuffle" is turned off. The tracks do maintain their grouping as an album, but are a random order within the album. Of course, the owner's manual is of no use.

Older posts here have talked about the play order being determined by when the file was created on the medium (CD-R at the time) rather than by the file name.

Does anybody know if this is the case? Any simple methods to resolve issues like this?

Thanks.

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washu
post Mar 22 2010, 20:29
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QUOTE (maggior @ Mar 22 2010, 15:16) *
Older posts here have talked about the play order being determined by when the file was created on the medium (CD-R at the time) rather than by the file name.

Thanks.


My previous car (2007 Kia Specra) was like this with both USB and CD-R. Files would play in the physical order they were in the directory. It would not sort the files either by file name or by tags. "Albums" were by directories, not tags. It also could only read version 2.3 tags.

What I did was collect all the files in a directory on my PC first. Then I would format my USB stick and use robocopy to copy them all over, which would write them in alphabetical order. Whenever I changed what was on the USB stick I would format and re-copy everything.

The robocopy command I used was "robocopy /mir C:\pathtomusic U:\" Be careful with the destination drive/folder, it will erase anything there that isn't present in the source folder.

I would highly suggest you make only one level of folders such as "Artist - Album\## trackname.mp3". That way if your player is like my old one it won't try playing the "empty" artist folders.

My new car (2010 Hyundai Elantra) does sort the folders and files so order on disk is not important.
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- maggior   mp3 playback order in car stereo (USB stick)   Mar 22 2010, 20:16
- - washu   QUOTE (maggior @ Mar 22 2010, 15:16) Olde...   Mar 22 2010, 20:29
|- - jp_over   QUOTE (washu @ Mar 22 2010, 10:29) QUOTE ...   Jan 23 2012, 23:12
|- - jp_over   Sadly, robocopy didn't do the trick (neither t...   Jan 24 2012, 17:13
|- - jp_over   OK, tried moving 1 file at a time to the USB drive...   Feb 5 2012, 09:54
|- - jp_over   QUOTE (jp_over @ Feb 4 2012, 23:54) OK, t...   Feb 28 2012, 22:29
- - Takla   There is a utility called fatsort which will sort ...   Mar 22 2010, 20:44
- - maggior   Awesome!!! Thanks you guys. How I ha...   Mar 22 2010, 21:08
- - maggior   I tried fatsort which seemed like it would be good...   Mar 23 2010, 13:56
|- - Tom Brokaw   Found this thread via google for a similar issue r...   Mar 15 2011, 02:30
|- - Miss Chief   QUOTE (maggior @ Mar 23 2010, 12:56) I tr...   Sep 9 2013, 20:32
- - Aqua-Fusion   Hi, I would like to ask you something: I ordered ...   Jul 6 2010, 23:07
|- - maggior   QUOTE (Aqua-Fusion @ Jul 6 2010, 18...   Jul 7 2010, 18:33
- - probedb   I have a Kenwood stereo which takes USB sticks and...   Jul 7 2010, 13:45
|- - DonP   QUOTE (probedb @ Jul 7 2010, 07:45) I hav...   Jan 11 2011, 21:10
||- - probedb   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 11 2011, 20:10) QUOTE (...   Jan 11 2011, 22:55
|- - Closer   QUOTE (probedb @ Jul 7 2010, 08:45) I hav...   Jul 3 2013, 20:09
- - mikasand   The play order of the stored MP3 files in Volvo US...   Jan 11 2011, 17:17
- - kornchild2002   I wouldn't say it is necessarily brain dead. ...   Jan 11 2011, 21:41
- - JimH   We've seen devices that need pre-pended track ...   Feb 8 2012, 19:04
|- - soulsearchingsun   QUOTE (JimH @ Feb 8 2012, 19:04) We'v...   Feb 8 2012, 20:10
- - goa pride   DriveSort is unbeatable, it work on Windows 7 64bi...   Feb 12 2012, 17:37
- - littlezack   I had a need to copy data in alphabetical order (n...   May 13 2012, 03:10
- - libertyordeath1776   another way to do this is to let Windows work for ...   May 15 2012, 18:01
- - uart   Seeing as this was bumped let me chime in. I'v...   Jul 7 2013, 18:48
- - Miss Chief   or of course you could just format the USB drive a...   Sep 9 2013, 23:20
- - probedb   I've never seen a car stereo that could read N...   Sep 10 2013, 11:02
|- - Miss Chief   QUOTE (probedb @ Sep 10 2013, 11:02) I...   Sep 11 2013, 01:43
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Miss Chief @ Sep 11 2013, 01:43) M...   Sep 11 2013, 07:52
|- - Miss Chief   That will be your continuous feed, check the wirin...   Sep 11 2013, 08:19
- - goa pride   open notepad, copy & paste and save as sortsub...   Sep 17 2013, 14:52


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