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My car is not arriving until late January, but I would like to start loading some of my CD collection onto SD cards ahead of time. My plan is to rip my CD's onto an SD card via iTunes ripping software. (I understand that purchasing the music from iTunes will trigger the DMR problem.)

Does the B&O system come with any special software for formatting the SD card for the B&O MP3 player? Or will the car's player read the card without any additional formatting?

Thanks for any info.
 

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I use iTunes and simply drag and drop the music onto the SD card which is inserted into my computer. Note the format must be mp3 so make sure you have imported into iTunes with this format. You can create folders on the SD card too and deposit files into them - believe only one level though.
 

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A question . . .

I went to a computer store this weekend to buy a couple of SD cards (bought 2GB cards). The tech advisor told me the easiest thing for me to do was to rip my cd's using Windows Media Player (I run the Vista version) and then just drag them onto the SD cards. He assured me the cards would be properly encoded the play the music on the R8 system without any further steps.

Will this work? And will the system display the album and track titles that I loaded onto the cards?

Thanks.
 

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Yep that will work.... as I've got iTunes then I will stick with that - again they must have the mp3 file name suffix.

The system only shows the mp3 file name from what I recall on both the MMI display and driver msg alert display straight ahead of you (between rev counter/ speedo)

You can create single level folders and name them as the album if that helps - you will then see this on the MMI.
 

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If people have bought music from itunes store and are having trouble converting to mp3 - try writing the tunes out to an audio CD then you can import them as mp3 and all is solved!
 

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Guys,
Here's the deal:

Based on my tests, the B/O system does NOT support 4GB (and up) cards...with rare exception, any card >= 4GB is based on the SDHC (High Capacity) standard and uses the FAT32 file system which is NOT compatible with the B/O system.

I have confirmed that 2 each (Slot 1 and Slot 2) 2GB SD cards work just fine.

So bottom line is that the system can handle a max of 4GB (2x2GB cards) at any one time.

Apparently, there are some non-SDHC-standard 4GB cards out there, but i seriously doubt they would work.


for you real geeks out there, here's some more info (from wikipedia):

A new SD format, SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity, SD 2.0), allows capacities in excess of 2 GB. SDHC uses the FAT32 file system which supports partition sizes greater than 2 GB[10]. It uses the same form factor as SD, but the SD 2.0 standard in SDHC uses a different memory addressing method (sector addressing vs byte addressing), thus theoretically reaching a maximum capacity of up to 2048GB. SDHC cards only work in SDHC compatible devices, but standard SD cards work in both SD and SDHC devices. The SDHC trademark is licensed to ensure compatibility.

SD and SDHC compatibility issues
As of early 2007, the simultaneous availability of non-standard 4 GB SD and 4 GB SDHC cards, and incompatibilities between SD and SDHC have caused confusion among various consumers looking to buy memory devices.
The following compatibility issues between SD and SDHC cards and devices can arise:
Devices that do not specifically support SDHC do not recognize SDHC memory cards.
Some manufacturers have produced 4 GB SD cards that conform to neither the SD2.0/SDHC spec nor existing SD devices
 

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Isn't the problem on the limit of titles you can have rather than capacity of the cards? Fine if you like long songs (1812 overture) but not if you like 3 minute wonders
 

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mad-dot, can you tell us what make/model of sd cards you are using?
do they say "SDHC" on them?
i wonder if they are the non-standard cards that i referred to.

also, would you happen to know what file system the card was formatted with (FAT, FAT32)?
 

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mad-dot, can you tell us what make/model of sd cards you are using?
do they say "SDHC" on them?
i wonder if they are the non-standard cards that i referred to.

also, would you happen to know what file system the card was formatted with (FAT, FAT32)?

I'll look tomorrow. How do I find out the card format ?
 
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