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Head unit sorts USB files wrong

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Hello everyone -

I have been wrestling with what may seem like a small problem. It's not a show-stopper, but it sure is annoying! It makes one feature of the entertainment system useless to me. I have a 2013 Pro4x with the non-navigation head unit.

When I plug a USB stick in, the head unit sorts the files in what seems like a random order. The truck owner's manual says they are sorted in date sequence, but that is demonstrably not true. I wrote a bash script that sets the file dates to a known sequence, but the head unit STILL shows them in some other order.

For pop songs I guess this is not such a big deal. I like classical music, though. The movements of a symphony or piano sonata or opera MUST be played in the right sequence, else the music makes no sense at all. It's even worse if movement from several compositions get mixed up!

What's the deal here? Has anyone investigated this in detail? Does the head unit really sort by date, or is that just a typo in the manual?

What I would like is to have the files sorted by filename. The scheme I use for ripping files sets the track number as the first two characters of the filename, so sorting by filename automagically puts tracks in the right order.

I am also annoyed that the head unit only knows about mp3 and wav formats. Maybe I should just continue doing what I have been for the last four years ... plug my digital music player into the aux port. That works well but has an annoying number of wires to hook up. It also does not use the steering wheel controls.

Replacing the head unit is not an option for me. Too much money, too much work, and zero guarantee that it would do things any different.

Bill Gee
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I sort my music by Album, and have the songs played in LP order. Playing them back on my PC was fine.
When I had my Pioneer headunit in- I quickly learned that playback order was all over the place when playing back by Album. It was my first intro to USB stick music. You may need to create Playlists and sort within those too.

It may not be needed with ALL headunits, but there is a program you should use when you write music to your USB Stick- whether by Album Folder or Playlist. After searching for my problem- playback jumbled order, I found reference to a program called Drivesort. There was also a quick set of instruction as to what options to tick and how to use it. In its File Manager inteface- you will see some weird symbols(~, etc) as well as compressed names, but once I added music, I fired up Drivesort(once I had correct options set), it took a bit to read all my directories. I clicked Sort and Save, and it took roughly 10 minutes to resort through all directories. My USB Stick seems to work in a number of vehicles- that way I wanted it to.

Drivesort is just a .exe executable file that you need to launch from within Windows Explorer. Once you have set options for your own sorting needs, Drivesort will save those option upon closing. The next time using it- point it to USB Stick Drive, sort and save.

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Glad you got it sorted out!
When I put my Pioneer in my Frontier and began using USB Stick- my first set of music directories was all out of order- play wise. I had never used a Stick to playback music previously, as my vehicles never had the hardware. I have no idea how the newer factory systems work. Even now on my Colorado- I still need to use Drivesort to play music files in proper order of LP.

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