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Old 01-22-2013, 12:37 PM
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328i 2013 Technology Package- Playlists

How many distinct playlists does the technology package allow? I thought it was 4, but, it appears to be only 3?
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First off, welcome aboard.

If by Playlists you are referring to iPod or iPhone Playlists, those are infinite.

Are you referring to playlists from the internal hard drive?

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:02 PM
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Thanks BJ for the welcome. Yes, I was referring to how many playlists I could save to hard-drive.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:31 PM
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Thanks BJ for the welcome. Yes, I was referring to how many playlists I could save to hard-drive.
I don't want to derail your thread or get preachy, but consider getting a used iPod Touch off of Craigslist as the BMW and Apple integration that you've already paid for is leaps and bounds better than the built in hard drive. Naming conventions, file management, folder depth, all these manual-management disk drive things can be avoided by using iTunes for organization and an old iPod for storage.

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Thanks BJ for the welcome. Yes, I was referring to how many playlists I could save to hard-drive.
I think you can have as many playlists on the hard drive a you like. I have about 40 on mine.
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Hmmm...I haven't come across saving playlists to the HDD in the manual. How do you go about doing this?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:02 PM
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I just load my powerstick with 150 or so mp3, insert the powerstick into the USB connector in the glove compartment and then select IMPORT in External Drive option.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:52 PM
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I use a free program called 'iTunes to MP3 converter' which copies all my iTunes playlists to a folder as MP3 files, then I copy the whole lot to a USB stick then import to the F30 hard drive. Works great but no album art.
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I use a free program called 'iTunes to MP3 converter' which copies all my iTunes playlists to a folder as MP3 files, then I copy the whole lot to a USB stick then import to the F30 hard drive. Works great but no album art.
Playlists are a specific file format that many players (e.g. iTunes) read to play the referenced MP3 files. I have copied ~10GB of MP3 files to the HDD, which iDrive will do using its import function. I had not seen any reference to it importing playlist files nor anywhere in the iDrive menu where one can choose to display (or search) playlists.

What you're describing appears to be a folder, or folders, containing the MP3 files referenced by a playlist, which are copied to the iDrive HDD, rather than an actual playlist being copied to the HDD which is then used by iDrive.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:01 AM
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Yes, thanks. How many folders are allowed? I thought 4.
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Yes, thanks. How many folders are allowed? I thought 4.
Just save 10+ folders in an USB stick and try to import them... you will know then.
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Playlists are a specific file format that many players (e.g. iTunes) read to play the referenced MP3 files. I have copied ~10GB of MP3 files to the HDD, which iDrive will do using its import function. I had not seen any reference to it importing playlist files nor anywhere in the iDrive menu where one can choose to display (or search) playlists.

What you're describing appears to be a folder, or folders, containing the MP3 files referenced by a playlist, which are copied to the iDrive HDD, rather than an actual playlist being copied to the HDD which is then used by iDrive.
I also copied about 10Gb of MP3 files to the HDD, but using this program they are sorted into folders and each folder is an iTunes playlist, in the correct order. So it works perfectly I can scroll through my playlists by name on the HDD and play them. Seems a good solution to me.
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I also copied about 10Gb of MP3 files to the HDD, but using this program they are sorted into folders and each folder is an iTunes playlist, in the correct order. So it works perfectly I can scroll through my playlists by name on the HDD and play them. Seems a good solution to me.
Found a description of 'iTunes to MP3 converter' which explains it reads your iTunes playlists and creates a folder for each with the referenced song files. So what you're seeing in iDrive are the folders, not playlists.

However, when you say "...in the correct order.", do you mean the songs appear in the same order as they do in your playlist within iTunes? If so, does it retain the exact same titles? I ask because my experience to date indicates that while iDrive reads the song titles from the file tags, it does not use the track number tag, instead sorting songs alphabetically by title.
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Found a description of 'iTunes to MP3 converter' which explains it reads your iTunes playlists and creates a folder for each with the referenced song files. So what you're seeing in iDrive are the folders, not playlists.

However, when you say "...in the correct order.", do you mean the songs appear in the same order as they do in your playlist within iTunes? If so, does it retain the exact same titles? I ask because my experience to date indicates that while iDrive reads the song titles from the file tags, it does not use the track number tag, instead sorting songs alphabetically by title.
Yes songs are in the correct order same as the iTunes playlist
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