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Is there any way other than incorporating the song number in the track title to get the song display order to be in the original Album track order ?

They currently only seem to displayed in Alpha order ?

I thought it could have been an MP3 thing, but the tags seem ok.
 

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As far as I can tell, this is what you do.

(a) Edit the tag titles (I use Tag & Rename) to specify the track names you desire.
(b) Create a folder (eg "\album") in the root directory of the SD and dump all album tracks there.
(c) Using Tag & Rename, or similar, order the tracks how you want (in software that is) and create a playlist of the album on the SD.
(d) Save the playlist to the SD root directory.
(e) Insert SD in RNS unit and wait until registered.
(f) Select "CD/TV" and choose "Drive" menu option (NW button).
(g) Scroll down and select the playlist, not the card itself.
(h) While playing mp3 press "Setup" and choose option to display tracks using "track name" not "file name".
(i) Enjoy.

A playlist with filename "This Album.m3u" will display as "This Album" on the title bar when playing.

The files can be named "01 song.mp3", "02 another.mp3", ... to facilitate ordering if you like, but this is not necessary. The tracks will be played in playlist order.

Lastly, all the naming and titling is best done on the PC first. Copy the structure to the SD when your happy with it. Experiment. Make sure that the files are listed in the playlist with relative paths, ie if the tracks are in the \album subdirectory then the playlist should have stuff such as

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:305,Artist - Track 1
album\01 blah.mp3
#EXTINF:414,Artist - Track 2
album\02 shah.mp3
...

Don't allow absolute paths, eg

C:\Documents and Settings\Eric\My Documents\album\01 blah.mp3
...

which probably won't work.
 

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Nice, this is probably the best "How to..." for SD cards I have seen so far.
 

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Did I mention...

You can have multiple playlists in the root of the SD, each controlling its own folder. If you select any one of these it will play, and then the next in cyclic order (lexicographic?), forever.

With playlists in the root folder it seems that subfolders are hidden, so it's only playlists from then on. It is not easy to be sure about this, since the unit sometimes retains track info even after the card is removed.

If anyone knows more about mp3 capabilities, or disputes these claims, do tell. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Thanks, will give it a go and see if it has any advantages over simply prefacing the track name with the track number. (eg 01 A Whiter Shade Of Pale).

The latter seems to work just fine as well, just a pain having to re-name every song, although Tag & Rename makes it all very simple.
 

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You can prefix the filenames the way you describe and that works fine. On the other hand, you have limited space on the screen for track titles, and numbers everywhere look ugly. What's more, album titles such as

"The Beatles - Revolver"

look far more impressive to your passengers than a truncated folder name with backslashes. My preference is clear, but it's your choice.


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TeddyBGame said:
I just learned that you can press the return button (when in SD card mode) and it will display all your music folders (like in windows explorer). This way, I won't have to go the last/first song in each folder...to advance to the next folder.

Pretty cool!! The manual doesn't mention this little trick.
I knew that, pretty handy thing!
 

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jester7677 said:
Is there a way to have a play list that spans the two cards?
Not that anyone has found so far.
 

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I went ahead and created one. Seems to work, but I have not sat there to QA too well.

Some of the song titles are wierd in that there are words in there or sections of words in the titiles that are just not in the list.

Other than that I think it works...
 

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I have not been able to get the car to see beyond the first playlist.

Can I have more than one playlist for the same set of songs?

One playlist for A-Z
One playlist for Z-A
One playlist for Genre
etc...

But they all are readying from the same set of songs.

Also, why does it matter if the songs are in a folder?
BTW, I am using SyncTunes on MAC OSX to move iTunes list to SD card. Very easy process.
 

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Any recommendation for a good playlist generator? I use MP3/Tag Studio for syncing my tags, but it does not seem very good for generating the extended m3u playlists.

TIA, Bjarne
 

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I use Playlist Creator 3 from oddgravity.
 

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iTunes sync w/albums?

I'd like to sync certain albums from iTunes. Is there any easy way to do this to preserve the directory structure so that I can get albums on my Audi? Or is there a way to export .m3u playlists of each albums, without making a playlist for each album?
 

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Well, I tried using subdirectories broken out by album, and the Audi only sees the first directory with audio in it, so that won't work. I guess I need to manually make playlists for each album at this point.
 
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