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Ripping music files to Flash Drive

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by SD Surfer, May 22, 2024.

  1. May 22, 2024 at 11:06 PM
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    SD Surfer

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    So I have a bunch of music on an iPod (and in iTunes on my computer)

    Found out that the Kenwood HU I just installed has apparently decided that iPods are a dying technology and won't recognize it through USB or BT.

    It will FLAC or FAT files on a flash drive but I've never used this tech.

    Is one file type better than another?

    How do I convert my iTunes MP3 (I think?) files to one of the acceptable formats to put on the flash drive?

    Explain it to me like I'm a 10 year old. Actually no, if I were 10 I'd understand it.

    Explain it to me like I'm 61. TIA
     
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  2. May 23, 2024 at 6:03 AM
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    I haven’t heard that term “ripping files” in a long ass time.
     
  3. May 23, 2024 at 6:32 AM
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    FLAC is lossless audio format. MP3s are not. Your HU can probably play either but FLAC will be higher quality. Is MP3 good enough for old ears in a truck…probably.
     
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  4. May 23, 2024 at 8:22 AM
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    From the Kenwood manual:

    Usable USB device
    You can use a mass-storage-class USB device
    with this unit.
    The word “USB device” appearing in this manual
    indicates a flash memory device.
    ● About the file system
    The file system should be the one of the
    following.
    • FAT16 • FAT32 • exFAT • NTFS
     
  5. May 23, 2024 at 8:40 AM
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    No, I ripped 'em all from my CD's.

    HUNDREDS of CD's.

    It's so weird that I used to carry around like 3 big binders of CD's that weighed 5 or 6 lbs each for this music, it's about 27 Gigs on the computer, and if it were all on this $12 memory stick that fits in the little coin pocket on your jeans there would be 100 Gb left over.

    And yes, I used to have 8-Tracks when I was a kid.

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    Are you positive that all of the songs on your iPod are MP3?

    If so, then yes - you could just move them to a flash drive and it should play. Apple has a proprietary format (AAC) and also a lossless format. You would likely need to convert those files to MP3. You cannot convert from MP3 to FLAC or similar lossless.

    I have over 27k digital song files, primarily in FLAC, most ripped from a CD collection like you. I prefer Winamp for conversions (I am old-school), but unsure if it plays well with Apple file types as I am not an Apple person.
     
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    I would add that at home I listen to CDs.. My near-1000 CD collection was stolen but over the past year I've been rebuilding it. In the car I just rely on streaming services.. Very few artists out there that aren't available on Amazon Music (my preferred provider).
     
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  9. May 23, 2024 at 9:31 AM
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    I would export your iTunes library to MP3 and copy/paste onto the thumb drive. Google should be able to tell you how to do that.

    FLAC is a better quality but I could never tell a difference from MP3 in a car system.
     
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  10. May 23, 2024 at 9:36 AM
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    I am not positive of that, just an assumption. I'll have to look when I get home.

    I'm not an Apple person either, I had to rip 'em to iTunes so I could export them to the iPod.

    (Which at the time I thought was pretty cool tech... apparently it's so antiquated now that my new HU goes "Pffft... I'm not playing THAT!")
     
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