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    Thread: How do I make a playlist work on the RCD-510?

    1. Member purple_haze's Avatar
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      09-24-2010 10:05 AM #1
      Has anyone successfully managed to make and play a playlist using a USB drive in their car using the RCD-510? If so what did you use and how did you do it?

      This has been driving me nuts...

      I'm using a 500GB Western Digital portable hard drive connected via USB to play music in my 2010 TDI. According to the manual I should be able to create .m3u, .pls, and .wpl playlists on my computer (it is a Mac v.10.4.11) and save them to the drive to play in the car. I have tried many different programs to create these playlists (including exporting .m3u files onto the drive using iTunes) and have not managed to get them to play. I keep getting an error showing up on the radio when I select the playlist file that says "Unable to locate playlist files..." I would assume this means the radio can't find the song files that are in the playlist.

      I manually updated the radio to the newest firmware to see if that would help with no luck. All of my songs play perfectly when I select them manually through the radio. Also, when I play the playlists off the drive using my computer they open fine. Any advice?
      Last edited by purple_haze; 09-24-2010 at 02:43 PM.

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      09-24-2010 01:44 PM #2
      That's is a good question.... Anyone?

      By the way what is the part number you used for the USB adapter????

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      09-24-2010 02:41 PM #3
      Not sure what the USB part number is sorry It came with the car plugged into the interface in the arm rest. I know you can buy it separately for about $20.

    4. 09-24-2010 05:41 PM #4
      Is navigating songs/mp3's via the usb adapter faster than doing it via the ipod interface?

      I assume you can create subdirectories and stuff and it can navigate those right?

      I hate the slow speed of the ipod interface, I wish we could use the dial controls to scroll instead of only the touch screen.

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      09-24-2010 05:52 PM #5
      I am not sure if the USB adapter is faster than the iPod interface (I have never used an iPod in the car). Navigating via USB typically takes about 2 seconds for each new menu/subfolder to load. It isn't slow but can definitely be improved upon. I do wish there was an option to go directly to the top folder with one touch rather than having to constantly click the "folder back" button a bunch of times when I want to listen to a new artist though. This can be dangerous while driving

    6. 09-24-2010 06:03 PM #6
      What would be HUGE and seems doable, is if there was an option to jump to a letter in the alphabet, then just scroll from there

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      09-24-2010 06:17 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by signal View Post
      What would be HUGE and seems doable, is if there was an option to jump to a letter in the alphabet, then just scroll from there
      Yea I can see how that would be helpful with the iPod interface. In my case with the portable hard drive I have already separated artists via A-Z folders. With the number of artists I have it would have made navigating through folders a total nightmare.

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      09-24-2010 09:54 PM #8
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      09-24-2010 10:00 PM #9
      I found this elsewhere, I hope it helps:

      http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51270

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      09-25-2010 11:18 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by lmlloyd View Post
      I found this elsewhere, I hope it helps:

      http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51270
      This is definitely interesting and gives me a better understanding of how the radio reads file structures on MP3 discs. I am just curious as to if this is how it will also read hard drives?

      According to this site I am going to have to take all of my songs and basically put them into one folder in order for the playlists to work. Seems like a lot of work for such a simple task

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      09-29-2010 06:06 PM #12
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      09-29-2010 06:31 PM #13
      Item Number: 000-051-446-B
      MDI Adapter Cable - USB
      Media Device Interface (MDI) Adapter Cable - USB, for vehicles equipped
      with the RNS510 / RNS315 / Premium 8 / RCD 310 radios with a Factory
      or Accessory MDI Box.
      Each Cable sold separately.
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      08/16/10 Some MY 2009 vehicles equipped with MDI, came with USB
      cables.
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      Pack quantity 1
      Warranty code 6781
      Retail Installed Price $37.00

      you need to go old school for playlists---
      make a folder on your drive, name the folder after the playlist. Copy all the songs for that playlist into the folder. The RCD 510 will let you navigate to the folders on the hard drive and you just need to click the folder name to play the songs..To me this was easier (and faster) than trying to make the playlists work.
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    14. 02-03-2011 08:12 PM #14
      I decided to buy a 500GB USB drive for all my music and I convert everything to .OGG files using the highest quality setting. I have an RCD310 with the Media-In, and a little 'male USB to right-angled mini male USB cable' that I bought from ebay.

      This is What I did...

      1. Format 500GB USB drive as FAT32 (need special software to format this size as FAT32) and create a directory called Music in the USB drive.


      2. Copy music files from the PC to the Music directory

      You might have something like this on the USB drive.
      Music\Oasis\Dig Out Your Soul\(.ogg music files)
      Music\Guns N' Roses\Greatest Hits\(.ogg music files)
      Music\UB40\The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000\(.ogg music files)


      3 Create playlists.

      I create .pls files and store them in the usb drives root directory. I can then use Browse-Top from the players menu whenever I need them.

      [playlist]
      File1=\Music\Guns N' Roses\Greatest Hits\01-Welcome To The Jungle.ogg
      Title1=Greatest Hits - 1/14 - Welcome To The Jungle
      Length1=271
      File2=\Music\Guns N' Roses\Greatest Hits\02-Sweet Child O' Mine.ogg
      Title2=Greatest Hits - 2/14 - Sweet Child O' Mine
      Length2=355
      NumberOfEntries=2
      Version=2

      Note that song filenames start with \


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