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Old 12-29-2015, 09:38 AM
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Default ipod music to SD/thumb?

Want to dump all music from my iTunes to a SD/thumb drive for use in my truck (uconnect 8.4) so I don't have to keep my ipod classic inside.

Want all the music organized nicely (artist/album/playlist/et) if possible.

Can anyone point me to a sticky or good link?
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At some point I guess I'll make a guide with pictures and such. However, failing that, here is a high level description of what you have to do. I assume no liability for these instructions. You MUST you your noggin and think about what you are doing. I haven't written this to be fool proof.

1. Convert your AAC audio files to MP3 in iTunes
- in itunes, navigate to My Music > right click in the column headers and select KIND so you can see what the file type is for each song file.
- Select all of the AAC Audio Files you wish to convert to MP3 with Shift+left click or Ctrl+Left click
- right click on the selected files and select 'Create MP3 version' This will create an MP3 version of all music files. BTW, you need to have enough disk space on your hard drive to do this.
- MP3 files will show up as MPEG audio files under the KIND column.
2. Copy MP3 Files from iTunes to your SD card or USB stick
- your usb stick or SD card must be formatted in FAT32.
- Plug in your USB stick or insert your SD card into your PC
- Open Windows explorer and navigate to your inserted storage device.
- Go to iTunes, sort on the KIND column so your MP3 files are shown together (instead of being mixed around with AAC files.
- use Shift +Left click to select all of your MPEG audio files.
- DRAG and DROP all the selected files to your inserted storage devices under Windows Explorer. This will copy the files to your storage device. It will also capture your album art.
3. Create Playlists that will show up in UConnect.
- you will need to create new playlists or add your MPEG audio files to your existing ones. I highly suggest creating new playlists that are exclusively for your MPEG audio files. Don't mix them up with AAC files.
- In iTunes, go to the Playlists section, create playlists and add MPEG audio files.
- Select the Playlist you wish to Export, then click FILE (at top of iTunes screen) > Library > Export Playlist.
- You need to save the playlist as an m3u file. Be sure to name it the same as the playlist you are exporting (iTunes should do this automatically).
- Save the files into the MUSIC folder on your SD card / USB stick. Click Save
- Repeat for each playlist..
4. EDIT m3u files so they work with SD/USB
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the M3U files on your SD/USB storage device.
- Open first M3U file using NOTEPAD.
- In the M3U file, each song will be shown in this format:
Quote:
#EXTINF:480,Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
D:\Users\SgtBeavis\My Music\Music\Led Zeppelin\The Best Of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1\13 Stairway To Heaven.m4a
- you need to edit each entry to look like this:
Quote:
#EXTINF:480,Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin\The Best Of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 1\13 Stairway To Heaven.mp3
- notice, I took the D:\Users\SgtBeavis\My Music\Music\ out of each PATH line for each song. You don't have this file structure in your SD/USB device, so you just need to start with the name of the folder and subfolder where each song is located.
- to make this change in Notepad, click EDIT > Replace
- in the FINE WHAT field, enter the path you need to get rid of. In my example, it would be:
Quote:
D:\Users\SgtBeavis\My Music\Music\
- this path may be different for you.... use your noggin here
- in the REPLACE WITH field, enter nothing... leave it blank. This will cause the text above to be deleted..
- Click REPLACE ALL

Now take the SD/USB device from your PC and test it out on your UConnect. You may need to do some trial and error but it works perfectly on my UConnect. It sucks that no one has made an effective way to automate this..

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Sgt Beavis View Post
At some point I guess I'll make a guide with pictures and such. However, failing that, here is a high level description of what you have to do. I assume no liability for these instructions. You MUST you your noggin and think about what you are doing. I haven't written this to be fool proof.

1. Convert your AAC audio files to MP3 in iTunes
- in itunes, navigate to My Music > right click in the column headers and select KIND so you can see what the file type is for each song file.
- Select all of the AAC Audio Files you wish to convert to MP3 with Shift+left click or Ctrl+Left click
- right click on the selected files and select 'Create MP3 version' This will create an MP3 version of all music files. BTW, you need to have enough disk space on your hard drive to do this.
- MP3 files will show up as MPEG audio files under the KIND column.
2. Copy MP3 Files from iTunes to your SD card or USB stick
- your usb stick or SD card must be formatted in FAT32.
- Plug in your USB stick or insert your SD card into your PC
- Open Windows explorer and navigate to your inserted storage device.
- Go to iTunes, sort on the KIND column so your MP3 files are shown together (instead of being mixed around with AAC files.
- use Shift +Left click to select all of your MPEG audio files.
- DRAG and DROP all the selected files to your inserted storage devices under Windows Explorer. This will copy the files to your storage device. It will also capture your album art.
3. Create Playlists that will show up in UConnect.
- you will need to create new playlists or add your MPEG audio files to your existing ones. I highly suggest creating new playlists that are exclusively for your MPEG audio files. Don't mix them up with AAC files.
- In iTunes, go to the Playlists section, create playlists and add MPEG audio files.
- Select the Playlist you wish to Export, then click FILE (at top of iTunes screen) > Library > Export Playlist.
- You need to save the playlist as an m3u file. Be sure to name it the same as the playlist you are exporting (iTunes should do this automatically).
- Save the files into the MUSIC folder on your SD card / USB stick. Click Save
- Repeat for each playlist..
4. EDIT m3u files so they work with SD/USB
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the M3U files on your SD/USB storage device.
- Open first M3U file using NOTEPAD.
- In the M3U file, each song will be shown in this format:

- you need to edit each entry to look like this:

- notice, I took the D:\Users\SgtBeavis\My Music\Music\ out of each PATH line for each song. You don't have this file structure in your SD/USB device, so you just need to start with the name of the folder and subfolder where each song is located.
- to make this change in Notepad, click EDIT > Replace
- in the FINE WHAT field, enter the path you need to get rid of. In my example, it would be:

- this path may be different for you.... use your noggin here
- in the REPLACE WITH field, enter nothing... leave it blank. This will cause the text above to be deleted..
- Click REPLACE ALL

Now take the SD/USB device from your PC and test it out on your UConnect. You may need to do some trial and error but it works perfectly on my UConnect. It sucks that no one has made an effective way to automate this..

Good luck.
Thanks very much for this!
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I have had trouble getting my ipod to play on the Uconnect so I downloaded Media Monkey and converted the music files to mp3. It will also let you edit file names, etc. Copied all the files to a USB flashdrive and it works fine.
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I ended up just plugging in my (older) iPod Classic to the usb and leaving it in the truck. Love it.
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I ended up just plugging in my (older) iPod Classic to the usb and leaving it in the truck. Love it.
That's what I did as well. I actually use my old iPhone 4s for this. Anything more technological than plugging in a cord is beyond me.
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