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    BlueIS3 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    SD Card or iPod better for music

    Just got a 2013 ATS with CUE. I would like to keep some semi-permanent music storage in the car connected to CUE. My options are to either load my music into a 32 GB SD card (or flash drive) or connect an old iPod.

    What are the pros and cons of each? Thinking the iPod is overkill and may even put more strain on the car battery.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    Don't know if I can give yo all the pros and cons, but I can say that I used Doubletwist to sync my all my iTunes music to a SD card and everything works perfectly well.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    I don't have Cue in my Cadillac but i've a Pioneer 4400-BH Double din and connected an 8gb micro thumb drive and routed the cabling for it to my center console storage. I went this route instead of an iPod because its easier for me. I made 5 folders and labeled them "rock, hip hop" etc and filled each of them with said genres.

    Now i can just select a folder and shuffle it's contents and drive off, easy peazy.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    It's a lot easier to deal with playlists and keeping music in sync with iTunes by using your iPod, so I'd highly recommend using that since you already own it. Especially with large music collections, people seem to have issues with the system needing to re-catalog their music regularly. An iPod shouldn't put any extra strain on the car's electrical system; it's designed for that and will go to sleep when it's not being used.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    Agreed, Ipod is better than an SD Card. I've tried both and the problem is the system indexes every time you start the car. As SD Card can take 20 minutes to index where as an Ipod takes about 3 minutes. Plus you can use the play lists in the ipod.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    Not sure about this indexing thing with my car. When I start up, music will play from my SD usually within a few seconds???

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    I use a memory stick that has almost 10k songs in the center console and I do not even have a indexing delay
    My music starts as soon as I start my car.
    My guess is I am formatting my music different than everyone else here.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    As CTchick and I have had no problems with indexing, perhaps this problem has something to do with how the music is placed on the media? Once again, I used Doubletwist (a free program) to sync my iTunes library to a SD card. The card has been playing faultlessly, essentially starts playing music almost immediately after car's start up. I've made about 9 genre Favorites and they are ready to play with the touch of the Favorite button. Voice commands to play playlists, artist, etc are put into play without any delay. Perhaps the problem is how the media is formatted and/or how the music is transferred to the media???

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    Right now I am trying it with a 8gb flash drive that i loaded direct with mp3 files. No folder arrangement. Simply started a Smart Playlist in iTunes and copy pastes to the drive. Working so far but I do get some indexing when I start.

    Ordered a 32gb SD card from Amazon that should be here Tuesday. I will try the program you suggested when it comes.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    My CUE cannot deal with multi-tiered directory structures. It didn't know what to do on my first try with artist1; album1, album2, etc., artist2... It works fine once I wrote individual files right into the root of the SD drive. Of course, this is a real pain in the butt...especially vis-ā-vis my $10 mp3 player that has no difficulty deciphering directory trees of any order. There is really no excuse for this kind of thing. Was GM somehow involved in the rollout of Obamacare? And then there's the nuisance of having to manually set the time and date on a GPS-equipped system. And then there's...oh, never mind. A group of undergrads could come up with something this sophisticated in a three-hour lab session.

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    Re: SD Card or iPod better for music

    CTS Chick, I just picked up my '13 ATS and have a 64gb SD card on the way. It looks like you're not having any issues and like you, I've got a large collection to put on the card. Can you explain the folder structure you used on your SD card?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

    Don in Woodbridge, VA

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