I'm having issues with playing my mp3 files off of a usb flash (thumb) drive on my Pioneer DEH-p600ub car stereo. The primary flash drive I am attempting to use is a Kingston 8GB Data Traveler (DHDT1008GB). The problem appears to be related to file tagging.
What would happen is that some tracks would play fine, but others simply would not play. No information would display, nor would I get any sort of error message. I believe after some time (maybe 30 seconds) the player would simply go to the next track.
I troubleshooted during my free time for about a week, but was frustrated as I could not determine what the "unplayable" tracks had in common. Bit rate, file size, file format, file name, and the flash drive itself were obvious things to check, but none were the culprit. (Although a 2nd flash drive actually ended up with more "bad" tracks than my original flash drive).
Eventually I trying re-ripping a couple of CDs that EACH contained both "good" and "bad" tracks on a separate computer using Media Player, tagged the files, and put those mp3s on the flash drive...and it worked.
Not sure how it occurred to me, but I tried going back to the original PC, and removing all tags. I don't know much about the technical ins-and-outs of file tagging, but I downloaded some free software that removed all tag info.
And wouldn't you know it...all the tracks worked in the car!
But its kind of a bummer...half the benefit of these files is the file information. I did go back to some files in order to check if I could just remove the album art and leave the other tagging....that worked with mixed results. I think some "bad" files were now playing, but not all of them. Further frustration is everything I have read online about this car unit is that it works great with flash drives.
So now I at a roadblock...I don't really want to strip all my files of tag info, but I'm not sure how to go about "fixing" the tags so they are not a problem anymore. I believe this can be done because (1)I proved it when I started fresh on another PC, and (2) I don't find any evidence of this problem in any formus, etc.