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The biggest gripe I've got with my new CX-30 is how music files on my memory stick are handled. I have about 5,000 songs filed away in folders by artist then album. Most of the folders only have one or a few song files but I have a few that contain quite a few complete albums. What is frustrating me is that if I select "ALBUMS" from the car's menu and then navigate to the album I want to play the song files are alphabetized instead of in correct play order of the original album. Am I missing how to choose how the files are sorted?

If I browse the folders instead of choosing the album menu the files will be in the correct order. But the frustrating part of that is there isn't a way to jump way down the alphabetized list - if you're looking for an artist or album there is a jump feature where you move over to the far right of the screen and can scroll down the alphabet to where you need to go. My work around on that was to create a new folder for each letter of the alphabet then move the other folders into the correct folder.

I have a couple other cars with similar systems and they were better designed. This is an area on a fantastic car where they dropped the ball in my opinion.
 

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I also have problems with the USB ports. If I connect a USB drive formatted to FAT32 it doesn’t read it at all, or recognise any music files or folders on it. If I connect a Sony Walkman then it only reads the main system drive, it won’t read the microSD card where most of the music is.

The only device I have managed to get working in the USB port is an old Apple iPod Classic.

Makes you wonder what they tested the ports with.
 

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I do know fat32 can be troublesome with some larger capacity drives.

If you can and you don't mind losing all the data on a drive use this formatter on it

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Then copy your files over.

Having done that it seems happy with any format I throw at it on a 64GB thumb drive. I believe spinning drives (hard disks) or dads in enclosures may have issues unless they're separately powered due to amperage at the socket but that's just a guess.
 

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The biggest gripe I've got with my new CX-30 is how music files on my memory stick are handled. I have about 5,000 songs filed away in folders by artist then album. Most of the folders only have one or a few song files but I have a few that contain quite a few complete albums. What is frustrating me is that if I select "ALBUMS" from the car's menu and then navigate to the album I want to play the song files are alphabetized instead of in correct play order of the original album. Am I missing how to choose how the files are sorted?

If I browse the folders instead of choosing the album menu the files will be in the correct order. But the frustrating part of that is there isn't a way to jump way down the alphabetized list - if you're looking for an artist or album there is a jump feature where you move over to the far right of the screen and can scroll down the alphabet to where you need to go. My work around on that was to create a new folder for each letter of the alphabet then move the other folders into the correct folder.

I have a couple other cars with similar systems and they were better designed. This is an area on a fantastic car where they dropped the ball in my opinion.
Hi. I tried USB Sorter 1.0 and that fixed my problem in about 20 seconds. I was surprised it actually worked. It is free. Download Stereo USB Sorter 0.1.0

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Hi. I tried USB Sorter 1.0 and that fixed my problem in about 20 seconds. I was surprised it actually worked. It is free. Download Stereo USB Sorter 0.1.0

Stan
I read the specs on the USB Sorter. The specs say it only sorts the files by file name only, not by any other criteria. My CX-30 already sorts the files by name. I don't see where that sorter would be of help. The only other helpful thing it might do is fix the folder table so that newer files are reloaded so that they are still alphabetical instead of new files being at the end of the table list. (I had a Cadillac Escalade that would put new items at the last no matter the alphabetical order...USB Sorter would have been helpful in that instance.) The CX-30 does keep things alphabetical no matter when files are added. But from an Album or Folder it will always play the files in alphabetical order - my work around from going to a particular folder is to add a number to the front of the actual file name to keep them in the correct order they are on the original album; ie 01 Yesterday, 02 Today. Otherwise it would play "Today" before "Yesterday" in alphabetical order.

After having my CX-30 for about 18 months I just recently noticed if you navigate to an "Album" it will sort by the embedded ID3 song title, but it still alphabetizes them - it ignores ID3 track number info. If you navigate to a folder it displays the actual file name as the track title (without the file extension - that's where I add the numbers. I suppose I could go back though and add numbers to the ID3 title info. More work...with 5,000+ tracks... Ha Ha
 

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I read the specs on the USB Sorter. The specs say it only sorts the files by file name only, not by any other criteria. My CX-30 already sorts the files by name. I don't see where that sorter would be of help. The only other helpful thing it might do is fix the folder table so that newer files are reloaded so that they are still alphabetical instead of new files being at the end of the table list. (I had a Cadillac Escalade that would put new items at the last no matter the alphabetical order...USB Sorter would have been helpful in that instance.) The CX-30 does keep things alphabetical no matter when files are added. But from an Album or Folder it will always play the files in alphabetical order - my work around from going to a particular folder is to add a number to the front of the actual file name to keep them in the correct order they are on the original album; ie 01 Yesterday, 02 Today. Otherwise it would play "Today" before "Yesterday" in alphabetical order.

After having my CX-30 for about 18 months I just recently noticed if you navigate to an "Album" it will sort by the embedded ID3 song title, but it still alphabetizes them - it ignores ID3 track number info. If you navigate to a folder it displays the actual file name as the track title (without the file extension - that's where I add the numbers. I suppose I could go back though and add numbers to the ID3 title info. More work...with 5,000+ tracks... Ha Ha
Can you shuffle just like on my current car
 

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Can you shuffle just like on my current car
If you navigate to the player controls they are in a vertical column. The top icon is for shuffling. It doesn't work very well either. (Who the heck designed the Mazda player???) It doesn't seem to shuffle a playlist, it only seems to shuffle the contents of a specific folder or shuffle the contents of ALL the folders. I've never read the manual info but it's not intuitive.
 

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I've also noticed that when listening to a playlist and you turn the car off, later when you restart the car and the player starts again it won't be playing the playlist that was playing before. (that's a long run-on sentence...) I haven't figured out what exactly it's playing - it just seems to be some random tracks. My 2016 Ford F150 truck is much better...one would think the 2020 would be better than a 2016 of any make or model.
 

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I also have problems with the USB ports. If I connect a USB drive formatted to FAT32 it doesn’t read it at all, or recognise any music files or folders on it. If I connect a Sony Walkman then it only reads the main system drive, it won’t read the microSD card where most of the music is.

The only device I have managed to get working in the USB port is an old Apple iPod Classic.

Makes you wonder what they tested the ports with.
I went crazy trying to get my new 2021 CX-30 Premium to recognize ANY USB drive. At first I plugged in the same USB drive that worked fine in 2 previous older vehicles and the Mazda wouldn't even recognize it. So I plugged it into my windows 10 desktop that I always keep fully updated, copied everything off the USB drive, reformatted it Fat32, then copied all the files back. Nothing. So I tried another drive, formatted it Fat32, copied all the files to it. Nothing. I also tried formatting the original USB drive on my Windows 10 laptop. The Mazda still wouldn't recognize it.

I spoke with the service manager at the Mazda dealer and he said to bring it by. He plugged my USB drive into one of their service loaners and nothing. He plugged it into his Windows desktop computer and it read all the files normally. He went into his storage room and brought out a brand new USB drive, copied some of my files to it and it worked fine. This defies logic.

When I got home I tried something way outside of the box. I plugged my original USB drive into my Mac computer and formatted it with Fat, then moved it over to my Windows 10 computer and copied all my files back over to it. IT WORKED IN THE MAZDA. I'm still using it and have added more files to it and it continues to work properly. Windows reports the format is Fat32. Unbelievable and doesn't make sense.
 
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