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      04-19-2012, 12:48 PM   #23
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I'm going with 64gb external SSD, should work.
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      04-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #24
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Did you check the tags to make certain they were correct for the affected album? My suspicion is that this is a tagging issue rather than a misread.
Maybe it is sorting by file name?
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      04-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #25
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Bought a 32 gig flash drive. Copied songs from my iTunes folder direct onto the flash drive. I'm hoping everything works out lol.
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      04-24-2012, 11:08 AM   #26
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How does the USB music work if you go without the Tech Package (no NAV, so I assume no HD storage)? Are you just keeping the USB stick plugged in the whole time? And where is the port?
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      04-24-2012, 11:17 AM   #27
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I have the tech. Yes that's my plan. Either glove box or center consil
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      04-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #28
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I have a 64GB (40GB used) USB flash drive full of mp3s in my F30: It works for me.
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      04-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #29
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For those of us WITHOUT the technology package (aka no hard drive) is it possible to use a USB for music storage? Or do we have to stick with Y-Cable + iPod?
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      04-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #30
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For those of us WITHOUT the technology package (aka no hard drive) is it possible to use a USB for music storage? Or do we have to stick with Y-Cable + iPod?
You should be able to use a USB drive
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      04-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #31
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Correct, USB music playback is there as standard un US.

This link has a pick of the interface with USB drive.
It's pretty basic and you get no album art.
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      04-27-2012, 11:54 AM   #32
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Loving my 32 gig flash drive so far! I ended up finding a y cable in the
Glove box, guess they threw it in lol.
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      04-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #33
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For FAT32 the maximum volume size should be 2TB. The device probably won't mount if it requests more than 500mA, so bus-powered hard drives probably will not work. However, SSD's in a bus-powered enclosure might, since they should draw under 200mA. I'll test when I get my 335i in a couple of months...
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      04-28-2012, 03:11 AM   #34
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Out of curiosity, what happens if you get a virus on the hard drive ?!
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      04-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #35
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Out of curiosity, what happens if you get a virus on the hard drive ?!
You and your car will be dead by morning.

I wouldn't worry. Someone would need to specifically design a virus to harm this system as well as method for it to replicate onto your USB drive.

If it did happen BMW would simply replace the drive and related components.
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      07-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #36
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Thought this might help....

http://sourceforge.net/projects/album-art/

http://techie-buzz.com/music-tools/e...mp3-files.html

MP3Tag software - http://www.mp3tag.de/en/
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      07-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #37
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I have a 750G external HDD connected to the USB in the center armrest. I popped the plastic piece where you would plug in the 3.5mm jack. I then disconnected the USB connection from that piece and carefully put my HDD down into the space open by taking that piece out. I have about 60G worth of music on the HDD and it reads all the files. If I change from one device to the other when I go back to the HDD it plays right where it left off when I switched to CD etc...
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      07-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #38
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I hooked up a 256GB SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure w/ 2 usb plugs (data + power) and the drive worked. One point of caution w/ SSDs - my drive died b/c of sudden loss of power (ie. turning off the car). SSDs do some garbage collection on their own so they seem to be a little sensitive to sudden power cycling. My SSD lasted all of 2 days before it went down in Germany - thankfully Crucial is replacing it. I didn't have the 2nd usb plug plugged in to the 12v -> USB port I connected to the rear seat 12v socket. If I use that 2nd plug as well in the rear seat socket, if the car turns off, the drive will still have power to do whatever it needs to do (and the Crucial tech seems to think so).

Of course, no such issues if you're using a USB stick - used a 16GB w/o any issues after the SSD went down.
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      07-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #39
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I have a USB Harddrive connected. The idrive detects all 250GB
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      07-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #40
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Since the system is not an operating system like Windows, some of USB sticks may not work with larger capacity. We already have one case with 8GB which works perfectly on PC but not with BMW.
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      07-11-2012, 06:57 AM   #41
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Assuming the device does not draw more then 500mA, it comes down to which filesystems that BMW supports.

Look for the maximum filesystem size
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...systems#Limits

Possible filesystems that they *may* support: FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, HFS Plus
Somebody already commented that NTFS apparently does not work.

For instance FAT32 filesystems can be up to 2TB, but you may have problems *creating* such a filesystem larger then 32GB

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ohh and be aware that you can either format a device directly with a filesystem, or partition it and create filesystems on it.
Not everything supports partitioned devices, and even if they do there are different partitioning schemes...
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      07-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #42
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Bought a 32 gig flash drive. Copied songs from my iTunes folder direct onto the flash drive. I'm hoping everything works out lol.
Could you let me know if 32GB works? I'm thinking of picking up a 32GB thumb drive (for $19!) for my navigation-less F30

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Loving my 32 gig flash drive so far! I ended up finding a y cable in the
Glove box, guess they threw it in lol.
Does your car have nav?
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      07-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #43
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Could you let me know if 32GB works? I'm thinking of picking up a 32GB thumb drive (for $19!) for my navigation-less F30



Does your car have nav?
I've plugged in 3 different 32GB USB sticks, all work perfectly. My car has the nav.
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I've plugged in 3 different 32GB USB sticks, all work perfectly. My car has the nav.
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