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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Downloading music to the hard drive

I have my music loaded on a thumb drive and want to load it directly into the hard drive on my Jeep. Any suggestions?
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If you have the Uconnect 8.4 AN, there is no hard drive. It has ad reader under the climate controls.


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Rats!!!! I was hoping I wouldn't have to keep plugging my phone into the car. Thanks for the quick answer.
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Rats!!!! I was hoping I wouldn't have to keep plugging my phone into the car. Thanks for the quick answer.
Phone ? I thought you said thumb drive

Kidding aside, you can leave a thumb drive plugged in permanently. For looks and efficiency, an SD card with all your music does a great job too ; leave it in and forget about it...
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Phone ? I thought you said thumb drive

Kidding aside, you can leave a thumb drive plugged in permanently. For looks and efficiency, an SD card with all your music does a great job too ; leave it in and forget about it...
The 'Sandisk Cruzer Fit' thumb drives also look nice and tidy. They're very low-profile, they only stick out about 3/16" or so. Just another option to just leave it in and forget it's even there.

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Phone ? I thought you said thumb drive

Kidding aside, you can leave a thumb drive plugged in permanently. For looks and efficiency, an SD card with all your music does a great job too ; leave it in and forget about it...
This is the route I took... large capacity SD card has all my tunes on it, and doesn't poke out at all!
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Bluetooth + Spotify Premium = why are people still using cables.
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Bluetooth + Spotify Premium = why are people still using cables.
I'm swinging wide of the OP's question here, but I have a love/hate relationship with Via Mobile (e.g. Pandora, Aha, iHeart) in at least the 2014 & 2015 MYs. Doubt if it is included anymore in the 2016 & 2017 MYs; probably trying to put it out of its misery. Love it when it works because my phone stays in the pocket, but hate it when it balks (i.e. network not available). It will be nice when all the auto manufacturers get out of the way and let products like Android Auto and CarPlay step in.

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I'm swinging wide of the OP's question here, but I have a love/hate relationship with Via Mobile (e.g. Pandora, Aha, iHeart) in at least the 2014 & 2015 MYs. Doubt if it is included anymore in the 2016 & 2017 MYs; probably trying to put it out of its misery. Love it when it works because my phone stays in the pocket, but hate it when it balks (i.e. network not available). It will be nice when all the auto manufacturers get out of the way and let products like Android Auto and CarPlay step in.
I was excited to get CarPlay with the Compass Trailhawk I picked up yesterday. The excitement dropped a little when I figured out your phone had to to be plugged in. Next disappointment is the fact that it appears I can't search an Artist via Music. You have to use stuff downloaded to your phone or the "canned" options. Sorry about the thread jack.....

To the OP. The SD card is a good, unobtrusive solution.
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Bluetooth + Spotify Premium = why are people still using cables.
Because 'wired > wireless' every time. Wireless is great for convenience, but when performance matters, it doesn't compete with a wired connection.

That's just a universal statement I'm making. Not necessarily about the KL or even in-vehicle entertainment as a whole, but I believe it still holds true. Sometimes the losses are acceptable, or even imperceptible, in which cases a wireless connection is adequate. Each person's individual standard is also an important factor. Personally, I have fairly high standards when it comes to listening to music. I'm not a full-blown audiophile but I do strive for a very clean, loud sound--to the best of what my budget allows (Ok, I spent more than what my budget allows, but don't tell my wife!) I haven't tried listening to music via bluetooth in a long time, so maybe it's better now, but in the little experience I had with it, it would cut in and out or periodically degrade in quality more than I'm willing to tolerate. So I just stopped altogether.

It comes down to this: all the cables are already hooked up in the KL. The SD card or USB drive are extremely easy to use. You literally insert the medium into the slot and Presto! Not sure where the difficulty is...

So why NOT "mess with cables" (whatever that means)?

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