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Old 11-08-2014, 06:30 AM
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Can I use USB flash drive in 328i 2014?

The dealer told me I can download music from a CD into a car stereo system. Someone told me I can use USB flash drive to put music in and the place for it is in the center console or glove compartment. I can not find it in either one. Can anyone tell me if there is a place for flash drive in the car at all? Thank you.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:55 AM
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The dealer told me I can download music from a CD into a car stereo system. Someone told me I can use USB flash drive to put music in and the place for it is in the center console or glove compartment. I can not find it in either one. Can anyone tell me if there is a place for flash drive in the car at all? Thank you.
This is correct. I just loaded some music from a flash drive to the car. The USB port is in the center console.
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:09 PM
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Yes, I tried it today it fit in. I thought for some reason it was for the phone only. When I went to CD/ Mediaplayer option it didn't recognize it. I tried to insert multiple times and restart my car bu it still will not read the flash drive. I might have an issue with actual USB itself and try a different one. I am not sure. :o( Thank you for the reply.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:08 PM
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You have to look for it under external device. To import music from the flash drive, you have be at the main menu
and press the options under the idrive wheel. Then, go to manage music collection, scroll down to import music and it counts
up the percentage as its importing. You can also delete music from here as well in case you want to add more songs.
I have found the best way is to delete all music then reimport your songs all over with any added ones.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:58 PM
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My car have tech and premium packages and my car can read my USB hard drive just fine. However, I tried same hard drive in another f30 with no packages and it would not read it. Your car have premium and/or tech package?
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:19 PM
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My non nav, non tech car has no problems reading music off of a USB flash drive. I plug it into the console port and access it under external drives.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:41 PM
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Yes, I tried it today it fit in. I thought for some reason it was for the phone only. When I went to CD/ Mediaplayer option it didn't recognize it. I tried to insert multiple times and restart my car bu it still will not read the flash drive. I might have an issue with actual USB itself and try a different one. I am not sure. :o( Thank you for the reply.
Its not reading at all but reads on your computer? If thats the case then try backing up the songs to your computer and format the flash drive to fat32 on your windows computer. Good luckQ
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:05 AM
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My non nav, non tech car has no problems reading music off of a USB flash drive. I plug it into the console port and access it under external drives.
This.

I'm not missing a built in hard drive at all. I have a 32gb flash drive plugged in under the armrest an listen to my music directly from there.
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:01 AM
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I have a64 gig thumb drive I leave pluged in and have had no problems playing the music off of it. I even fig out how to get it to shuffle the whole drive. Only issue I have had is that sometimes when I first get in the car it is not playing. As soon as I npush the media button it come back on where I left off. I have not tried to upload any music on the 20 gig internal yet. Have not felt the need to. So yes the USB in the arm rest works with a USB just fine.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:56 AM
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Fade, it's worth installing music on the hard drive because the music comes up immediately when you start the car with no delay. Then you can plug
in your iphone instead and have the features available on it. Go to main menu, press the options button under the idrive wheel, go to manage music
collection, scroll down to import and begin importing into the hard drive which is pretty quick. You can also easily delete the music if necessary as well.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:12 AM
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Shuffling songs?

Sorry....my first post and I'm not sure where to type this but someone above said they figured out how to shuffle all the songs in your CD library that has been downloaded. How do you do that? Also, do you know about how many songs it will hold?
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:52 PM
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pdxway, The only package I have is the drivers assistant. I actually figured out how to play it off the device but I can't download it in the system.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:58 PM
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tympj, I went under idrive but there is not music collection option for me. I searched under different options and couldnt find it. Maybe b/c I dont have a premium package. However, I can play music of the usb itself.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:34 PM
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The dealer told me I can download music from a CD into a car stereo system. Someone told me I can use USB flash drive to put music in and the place for it is in the center console or glove compartment. I can not find it in either one. Can anyone tell me if there is a place for flash drive in the car at all? Thank you.
The best thing to do is find a 3rd generation ipod nano they are small load your music onto and use that and not a flash drive..
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:54 AM
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Sorry....my first post and I'm not sure where to type this but someone above said they figured out how to shuffle all the songs in your CD library that has been downloaded. How do you do that? Also, do you know about how many songs it will hold?
When browsing your directory using iDrive you can select the "play all" feature. Then there is a checkbox named "random" that will shuffle play your selections. I forget whether you push down on the iDrive button or you push it to the right to get it.
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I would like to purchase another USB stick to have in the car and eventually import onto the HDD.
I can't go over 16gb in my RRS-SC but I have about 30-32gb worth of music.
Is there is max size that the USB/iDrive recognizes?
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:17 AM
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I would like to purchase another USB stick to have in the car and eventually import onto the HDD.
I can't go over 16gb in my RRS-SC but I have about 30-32gb worth of music.
Is there is max size that the USB/iDrive recognizes?
I use a 32 GB usb drive.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:47 AM
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Mines in the glovebox. I updated my Nav maps just the other day
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:51 AM
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Anyone tried a 128GB thumb drive to play directly from? I have probably 200 GB of tunes an would like to just pick a bunch for the car and not think too much.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:10 PM
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Anyone tried a 128GB thumb drive to play directly from? I have probably 200 GB of tunes an would like to just pick a bunch for the car and not think too much.
I have a 64 GB but I've seen a couple guys post about their 128 GB sticks. They seem to work fine.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:39 PM
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pdxway, The only package I have is the drivers assistant. I actually figured out how to play it off the device but I can't download it in the system.
Only Nav has a built-in HDD. There is no Nav in your car.
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thanks guys... ordered a 32gb.

is there a way to consolidate folders after importing?
if i break it up into separate import sessions it makes a new folder each time.
i would like to put it all in one folder with subfolders for each artist or genre.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:24 PM
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I have mine all in one folder then artist with albumns under that
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:33 PM
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same here when i plug in the usb stick but once imported it goes into two separate folders if i import at different times. anyway to merge the two?

Basically would like to do this:

MUSIC > Artist > .MP3

i can sort and rename and add or delete on MMI-2G and MMI-3G+ systems but can't seem to figure out if iDrive allows for this.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:42 PM
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You should be able to manipulate the usb stick anyway you want on a PC. Idrive will reindex the stick if you rename it.
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