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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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OEM Head Unit Question: MP3's

Got a 2011 RGC with the factory Harmon Kardon unit installed. When I burn a CD with MP3's on it the unit doesn't read/play all the tracks on the disc. The first time I tried it I learned it didn't recognize folder trees so on the second attempt I just put all the files at the root level. The unit will skip over files and only play certain ones no matter what. It always skips the same files on the disc so I assume there's something wrong with the formatting of those files but for the life of me can't figure out what. I didn't see anything in the manual that suggest the files I'm using are out of compliance with the unit's capability. Anyone else have this problem or suggestions on how to resolve it? It's really annoying to burn over 100 files to only have 20 of them actually play on the unit.
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Ok after some deeper digging it looks like it may have something to do with the ID3 tag version. I haven't found a way to change this in WMP yet. Why couldn't they have just made this thing like most modern units and just work without all this hassle? I've never had this problem before and I've been burning MP3 discs since the format first gained popularity in the 90's. Guess I'll have to find some special software just to revert these files to v 1.0 so the unit will be happy
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Please, please, please let me know if find the solution to this problem! I've been through the same crap over and over. I DO NOT want to keep an ipod plugged in to listen to my music. I'd just like to burn music to a CD and go.

Itunes finally allows you to easily convert to MP3, but like taker96 said, the HK still doesn't read all the tracks. WTH?


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OK, everybody calm down. This is one of the most vexing things ever, UNTIL you figure it out, then it is a total non-issue.
I do not use WMP, so am not sure about its capabilities. However, there are two things that have to be right for the CDs to play:
1) make sure you are actually burning MP3s. The HK until will not play any other format (AAC, etc).
2) This is the hard one: the HK unit will not play Mp3s with ID3 tagging above v1.1.
So, how do you accomplish this?
First thing, you will want to have a separate copy of your music folder, so that you can leave all your original music unaltered (with album artwork, lyrics, and all the other stuff ID3 V2 allows)
I recommend the following:
1) download iTunes for free
2) make a copy of all your music either on an external HD or in a separate location on your main HD
3) Point iTunes to that location and let it import all the music.
4) select all the tracks in the iTunes library, and right click
5) select "convert ID3 tags"
6) select the option to convert to v1.0
7) wait
8) done! you now have a library of tracks that can be put into playlists as you like and burned to data CDs (6-7 hours of music per CD)

I will subscribe to this thread so if folks have problems, I will try and help.

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Ian, I will try it tonight. Let me be the first to say, "THANKS!"


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Thanks I will try this as well! Hate having the extra step but it's cheaper than the stereo upgrade I was pricing waiting on a response lol.

You instructions should be a sticky somewhere.
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Thanks Guys. If there is more interest in a sticky, i will actually do "proper" step by step instructions at home when i am in front of my personal computer. The instructions earlier in this thread are from memory.
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I had this problem with a cell phone player once and it turned out that some of the titles and track artist descriptions were too long. You may want to try to rename the track to a shorter name 16 characters or less. Worked for me and the phone player recognized and played the songs it wouldn't recognize before. Just a thought....
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Longrides is correct that track or artist name length is a frequent problem. Longer names are one of the many enhancements in metadata that ID3 version 2 allows. Following my instructions above will truncate names automatically as part of the conversion to v1
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+1 Great Info thanks Ian

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