I am a week into (new) Civic ownership, and this USB connection is one of the features that has most absorbed my interest. I initially bought a PNY 32Gb thumbdrive at Best Buy (big sale) and immediately discovered that everyone was correct: it didn't work. Returned for a SanDisk 32Gb; I call it a "thumbnail" drive because it is tiny, and still only about $55.
I loaded all my music on it: organized in main folders as "Classical", "Jazz", and "Rock", and sub-folders beneath them by artist, and then by album. I then used DriveSort
(thanks to reading this forum) to order the folders. I discovered that a) the radio software made all the folders as one flat structure (IOW no sub-folders; they were all one long list of folders), and b) within a folder the software could only "see" the first 255 files.
Start over. I used a utility to bulk-rename
the MP3 files as "Artist - Album - Track - SongTitle" and put them in folders holding about 200 songs each (leaving room for additions). "Jazz1" and "Jazz2", for example. I have mostly rock, so the rock folders I labeled as "Rock.A", "Rock.E", and so forth. "Springsteen1" and "Springsteen2", and "The Beatles", get their own folders. Using DriveSort again to make sure they are in order, I can now find an artist/album and select the first song to play the album in sequence.
I still have lots of room on my drive. I created a temp folder and loaded it with 510 of my favorite songs by copying them (NOT moving them-- right-click, drag-n-drop, and select "copy") from their respective folders, and then divided that folder alternately into "Playlist1" and "Playlist2" (for example, for the four AC/DC songs in my temp folder, two go to playlist1 and two to playlist2). Then I can select either playlist folder and "play random within folder" for a shuffle experience.
Lastly, I ran all the rock MP3s through a volume normalizer
, after I got tired of adjusting the volume all the time. This utility does not affect the quality; I'm not a real audiophile anyway, and it *is* in the car.
Now I am a happy camper. When I add any music, I just have to stick it in the appropriate folder and run the DriveSort again.