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    Quote Originally Posted by ggr View Post
    Hmm, I don't know how you approached it, but I copied my iTunes directory (after converting the few files that weren't already mp3s) to a USB, and I can select by artist, album, etc. just fine.
    The only things I had to convert were Apple Lossless files, and once I copied the iTunes music directory I just used XLD to recursively convert the Apple Lossless files with FLAC (and delete original).

    However, I would like a better way to skip to a particular letter. I have 10,000's of songs on there and I literally have to flick down about 100-200 times to go through the entire list of artists or albums, even within a genre like Alternative. It needs something like a list of letters down the right hand side you can press to skip to the desired letter in the alphabetical list. And I'd love to have shuffle.

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    Has anyone tested Audible Audiobook (.aa) format for playability? These are notoriously finicky with DRM issues and on what devices they can be played back. But they are definitely something I want to be able to listen to on long trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadaleus View Post
    However, I would like a better way to skip to a particular letter.... It needs something like a list of letters down the right hand side you can press to skip to the desired letter in the alphabetical list.
    You mean like this?
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    I am setting up a USB drive to use in my car when it arrives. I too have to convert a large library from apple lossless to FLAC on my mac then transfer it to the USB stick.

    Thank you all for the reference to XLD. I do want to make sure I have my settings correct, however.

    When I go to preferences in XLD and select FLAC, I am sliding the compression to "none," then leaving "Custom Apodization Functions" unchecked. Padding defaults to 4 kb, and by default the "OggFLAC" box is unchecked, while the "Allow to embed cue sheet" and "Set OggS filetype" are both checked.

    If I leave it set up like this, is this the best way to retain sound quality while having files that the Model S recognizes? Just making sure I did this right.

    What's confusing me is I don't know anything about FLAC or Ogg and I thought that Ogg was a different file type that the Model S does not recognize but now I'm thinking I just have no idea what I'm doing and don't want to mess it up.

    Thanks for any tips.

    Cheers.

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    So I ran it like this and noted that only some of my albums were converted. I am assuming that the program scanned the folder, found only the lossless file types, and converted those to FLAC, leaving AAC files as is? Is that correct?

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    Okay, forgive me if this has been answered before but I'm struggling here.

    I have an iTunes music folder that contains subfolders for each artist and each artist subfolder contains album subfolders. Most of these are in Apple's .m4a format.

    I'm hoping to find something that will allow me to simply select the top level music folder and then basically tunnel into each subfolder and convert the files into something playable in the Model S. Doing this manually would be a royal PITA.

    I'm using a mac.

    Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyon View Post
    Okay, forgive me if this has been answered before but I'm struggling here.

    I have an iTunes music folder that contains subfolders for each artist and each artist subfolder contains album subfolders. Most of these are in Apple's .m4a format.

    I'm hoping to find something that will allow me to simply select the top level music folder and then basically tunnel into each subfolder and convert the files into something playable in the Model S. Doing this manually would be a royal PITA.

    I'm using a mac.

    Any suggestions?
    Hi,

    I just started experimenting with portable audio files and I don't know much about the details of iTunes folder structure. However, I just copied the .M4a files from my iTunes folder on my Windows-based laptop and placed them in the root directory of a thumb drive and they played flawlessly in my Model S. Apparently the Model S obtains the cover art via the Internet. On one occasion it selected the wrong cover art for the Beatles Love album, but nevertheless the files sound great.

    It also plays .flac files flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Chanin View Post
    Hi,

    I just started experimenting with portable audio files and I don't know much about the details of iTunes folder structure. However, I just copied the .M4a files from my iTunes folder on my Windows-based laptop and placed them in the root directory of a thumb drive and they played flawlessly in my Model S. Apparently the Model S obtains the cover art via the Internet. On one occasion it selected the wrong cover art for the Beatles Love album, but nevertheless the files sound great.

    It also plays .flac files flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William3 View Post
    If there's album art stored in the MP3 file, will the Model S use the album art from the file or will it still grab art from the internet?
    Pardon a rookie question, but how can one tell if cover art is stored in the file? In my case I use M4a files. When I use the iTunes application or Media Monkey on my computer with these same files I do get the correct cover art for the Beatles Love album. I figured there was an additional graphic file on my computer that was not transferred to the USB thumb drive.

    Anybody know how to force the correct cover art on when playing on the Model S?

    Larry

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    Ugh. More examples of Tesla's bad programmers. Here's the deal: Album art shows up if you sort by "song" or sort by "artist". If you sort by Folder (essentially sorting by filename) then you won't get album art or artist names. I'm getting less impressed each day. The Slacker & TuneIn apps seem like they are missing a lot of features of the web version. Also, if you play a WAV file from the USB thumbdrive then you won't get any transport controls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Chanin View Post
    Hi,

    I just started experimenting with portable audio files and I don't know much about the details of iTunes folder structure. However, I just copied the .M4a files from my iTunes folder on my Windows-based laptop and placed them in the root directory of a thumb drive and they played flawlessly in my Model S. Apparently the Model S obtains the cover art via the Internet. On one occasion it selected the wrong cover art for the Beatles Love album, but nevertheless the files sound great.

    It also plays .flac files flawlessly.

    Larry
    .m4a can be either AAC or Apple Lossless. Model S can play AAC but not Apple Lossless at this time. iTunes will tell you what the codec is if you get info on a track.
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