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Old 02-05-2019, 07:03 PM
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Does the 430N support playlists?

Does the Uconnect 430N support .M3U playlists? They work flawlessly in the 8.4AN system in my KL Cherokee but the 430N doesn't seem to recognize any playlist files. Maybe the 430N just doesn't support them, but just checking in case there's something I missed...

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I'm pretty sure it does. My buddy has a 430N in his JK Hard Rock and I know he has playlists for his flash drive media.

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Well that's good to know if true but so far I haven't been able to figure it out. If it doesn't accept standard .M3U format playlists then what does work? OEM heads like this always have a bunch of undocumented quirks and it's very annoying to have to guess and experiment and the manual is so dumbed-down as to be useless. I did finally get my entire music library moved to the hard drive once I figured out that there was a limitation of the number of files that can be recognized during a single transfer, also undocumented of course.
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Kind of late to this thread.. You might have discovered by now that the 430 does recognize .M3U playlists...

I have a pile of CD's that I ripped. I put the songs from each CD in a folder bearing the CD's title. I copied all the folders over to a thumb drive.

I have a Hyundai car with the factory stereo. When I plug in the thumb drive, it sees all the folders and shows each folder as if it were a playlist. When I select the folder, I get all the songs in that folder.. Simple. - But, not so on the 430. It gets lost when it sees the same thumb drive.

What I did was create an .M3U file for each folder. I used the folder name for the .M3U file. So, folder 'U2 Pop' contains all the songs from U2 Pop plus an .M3U file I created called "U2 Pop.m3u".

The 430 is happy with this arrangement. The playlists displayed on the screen and I can select what I want to play. One thing to note.. When you plug in a thumb drive, the radio will read all the playlists and store them in memory. Depending on how much music you have this can take a few minutes. Once, read, then everything is at your fingertips. That is until you unplug the thumb drive and put it back in again. Then the reading process starts over.
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Kind of late to this thread.. You might have discovered by now that the 430 does recognize .M3U playlists...

I have a pile of CD's that I ripped. I put the songs from each CD in a folder bearing the CD's title. I copied all the folders over to a thumb drive.

I have a Hyundai car with the factory stereo. When I plug in the thumb drive, it sees all the folders and shows each folder as if it were a playlist. When I select the folder, I get all the songs in that folder.. Simple. - But, not so on the 430. It gets lost when it sees the same thumb drive.

What I did was create an .M3U file for each folder. I used the folder name for the .M3U file. So, folder 'U2 Pop' contains all the songs from U2 Pop plus an .M3U file I created called "U2 Pop.m3u".

The 430 is happy with this arrangement. The playlists displayed on the screen and I can select what I want to play. One thing to note.. When you plug in a thumb drive, the radio will read all the playlists and store them in memory. Depending on how much music you have this can take a few minutes. Once, read, then everything is at your fingertips. That is until you unplug the thumb drive and put it back in again. Then the reading process starts over.

Thanks for the info. But I have never gotten the 430N to recognize an .m3u file at all, it recognizes music files but ignores anything with an .M3U extension. Can you post of PM me a sample of the internal format you are using for your M3Us?
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yes it works on the 430N - somewhat

you must use the playlist and usb stick in the armrest usb port.

i tested a playlist

root directory of usb stick

playlist.m3u
/playlist folder/lotsasongs.mp3

once it loads there will be a search icon appearing bottom right that enters lots of options like albums and artists or playlists. can load playlists there.

example how i do it
i copy a bunch of music to usb in a folder "music"
load up old version of winamp and open folder, the music folder
push misc button on plalist and sort randomly
press list options and save playlist onto usb root directory

random is ass on the 430 , i can have 5000 songs and if i press random i will hear the same songs numerous times in a week. so i randomize with winamp or foobar2000 and save playlist like that and then just let it play normally.

good luck.
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Thanks for the response. The key seems to be using the using the armrest USB port as playlists do not work using the USB port in the head, although I don't know why the system treats them differently. Unfortunatelymy vehicle is not equipped with a armrest or console USB port (I only have the one in the head) so I guess I'm outta luck.
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i have been playing since i found out how. it is painfully slow to load and has to load again after every stop start. very poor design wow. if you check the wiring maybe very easy to add rear usb extension to your glovebox

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