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Re: Columbus System - Putting my Library on SD Cards

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:36 pm
by cimontero
You are using a 256 GB sd card SDXC. Please, tell me the format: FAT, exFAT o NTFS. I'm using an Admundsen system and I'annoyed: my 256 sdxc card doesn't work (error shown).

Re: Columbus System - Putting my Library on SD Cards

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:19 pm
by FoxtrotAlpha
cimontero wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:36 pm
You are using a 256 GB sd card SDXC. Please, tell me the format: FAT, exFAT o NTFS. I'm using an Admundsen system and I'annoyed: my 256 sdxc card doesn't work (error shown).
Anything over 32mb on an SD card is exFAT as standard and works no problem.

Re: Columbus System - Putting my Library on SD Cards

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:28 am
by scratch113
Just to chip in my 2p worth on what I know is an old thread reborn, however it might help someone avoid the frustrations I encountered.

I've been fully Apple for some time now, so a lot of my music (certainly anything from a CD) is in AAC format on my Mac, all of which is on an old 64GB iPod Touch with a non-responsive touch screen (£8 on eBay!) or some of it on my iPhone 7. I found the Kodiaq just doesn't like either the iPod or the AAC files at all. It will play them through Bluetooth or via USB from my old 64GB iPod touch, however the former relies on me actually connecting my phone (I don't keep the bluetooth on all the time) and the iPod was nowhere near as good as it was in my previous 2016 Land Rover or 2008 Audi A5 where it just worked seamlessly. In the Kodiak, it's very slow to load the list of artists or albums from the iPod via USB and most of the artwork doesn't load at all and just gives you a generic picture based on the category of music, a lot of which seems to be "Alternative & Punk" where you get a horrible picture of some shirtless bloke clutching a microphone.

I therefore resorted to using the SD slots and bought a 128GB micro SDXC card from Currys because they had a Sandisk one on offer for only £32 (supposedly £58 off!). It was branded as being for a Nintendo Switch and had Mario all over the packaging and indeed the card itself is red, however it works just fine as it's just a blank micro SDXC card.

Initially I just copied my music library across and it appeared to load fine, but then I found that whilst the car would recognise the artist and album titles, for all of the AAC encoded music, it then said "No playable files found" (or something like that).

I therefore had to go through the very laborious and tedious process of converting all of my music to MP3. I used iTunes for this which did it fine, but is a pain as the duplicate has to be in the same location in the folder structure of my Mac and I then had to move all of the MP3 files out to a duplicate folder structure. A real pain, but once it's all done I could then just copy it across to the micro SDXC card, pop it into the full-size SD Card adapter and then into the car. All works perfectly and the artwork now works perfectly, which it wouldn't from the iPod via USB.

My only complaint for the artwork is that for any images which aren't square, rather than just show a smaller image (in height mostly), the Kodiaq stretches the image to make it square. Not a major issue, but annoying none the less. I haven't found a way around this as yet.

Hope that helps someone if they're encountering the same frustrations!

Re: Columbus System - Putting my Library on SD Cards

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:29 pm
by FoxtrotAlpha
I use a Sandisk 128gb SD card too with no issues. Access speed is key to this but most cards are good enough for music data.

I ripped the files as FLAC in format for quality but converted them to MP4 for the Kodiaq to save space as FLAC are about 3 times the size and the quality is good enough for a car environment.

None of this was done on iTunes or Apple products, in fact I only use one Apple product which is an iPad as they are good. All other Apple products are in my view overpriced and quite often using outdated technology compared to other platforms.

Re: Columbus System - Putting my Library on SD Cards

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:20 pm
by Zach
AAC files from my iPhone via Apple Music download work fine in the car. I’m just a Spotify user mainly though.

For people using SD Cards and not happy with the meta tags or lack of cover art, I highly recommend a program called ‘Musicbrainz Picard’. Leaps and bounds better than MP3Tag which most people use. Mostly automated and uses a large online database for metatagging.