1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 30, 2011 11:08 AM by Alix Leigh
Tuxs1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there I have been trying to copy my iTunes library to a USB Flash Drive which will then be plugged into my cars USB drive.

 

At the moment some tracks work & some tracks don't? I presume it may be something to do with what format the tracks have been saved in? I currently have iTunes set to import as apple lossless which I want to keep but maybe this is why they won't play on my USB drive?

 

Is there any way I can make all the tracks work on my car USB drive.

 

Thanks

Andy

  • Alix Leigh Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)

    Tuxs1 wrote:

     

    ... I currently have iTunes set to import as apple lossless which I want to keep but maybe this is why they won't play on my USB drive?

     

    Is there any way I can make all the tracks work on my car USB drive.

    Every music player has it's own limitations. 

    To get music to play you'll need to convert the tracks to a format that your player recognizes (Most likely NOT Apple Lossless).

    * Nearly all players can read MP3s,

    * many play NON-protected AAC.

    * some play WAV,  and / or AIFF

     

    So, your best bet is to

     

    1. IDENTIFY COMPATIBLE FORMATS:

    a. Figure out which tracks are not playing (if music players' manual is not clear)

     

    b. In your iTunes library  Window make the category "kind" visible in window to identify formats

       (View Menu -> View Options) use this to identify songs in incompatible formats.

       Alternately view the songs on your computer (try sorting by kind to help identify)

     

    3. SET UP DESIRED CONVERSION SETTINGS:

         An example assuming MP3 ("MPEG audio file) will work:

        a) under Preferences General > Import Settings button

            choose import using MP3 encoder

            you can then set to custom: I'd set the "Stereo Bit Rate" to 256 or 320kbs

              (256 is safer, 320 is better  - some devices might not accept over 256)

             it's PRETTY safe to check Use Variable Bit Rate (High quality)

     

            I'd leave the other settings to defaults.

     

    4.  CONVERT DESIRED SONGS

         Finally, right click any song you wish to convert, then choose "Create MP3 Version"

        THIS will create a COPY of the song you selected, as an MP3 (you'll still have your high res version)

     

         Repeat step 4 for any desired song

     

     

    PS: You might want to make a smart playlist of MP3 only (or any acceptable format) songs to copy over to the USB drive in the future.

     

    HTH - Alix