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Old 06-08-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Impreza-USB Flash Memory Compatibility

Have you used a USB flash drive to play music? Post your experience here. Please post the drive info (brand, model, size) and the results. Any size drive is fine to post about, but I'm ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN LARGER DRIVES (32GB, 64GB). Edit: if using a larger drive, please indicate how full it is, approximately.

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Old 06-08-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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I just used an old 1gb and it works good if you make sure to burn music as WMA files.

Note that on the Limited (and Sport Limited) HD radio you can't change sound settings while you're moving but oddly enough it let's you scroll through albums on your thumb drive...
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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32 GB Cruzer, working fine here. Anything adhering to the USB storage standard should work.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:14 AM   #5
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32 GB Cruzer, working fine here. Anything adhering to the USB storage standard should work.
How full is the drive?
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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About 24 GB, and yes finding music can be a pain. I just use the D>RDM mode to skip around the collection until I get close.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:59 AM   #7
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I listen to my USB "thumb" drives for probably 90% of my driving. I just copied files off CDs, iTunes folders, etc.

I have noticed some file formats won't play but I can't figure out what they are. The head unit just skips ahead to the next readable format.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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I'll add to the mix here:
Problems using the Patriot 32GB Flex drive (by me) and Patriot 32GB Axle drive (by another forum user).
Symptom: will freeze playing during a song occasionally, maybe every fifth usage or so. For me, seems to happen only during the first or second song, so if you make it to the third song, you're probably good for the rest of your trip. I've tried a bunch of things I won't mention here, can assume that there is some incompatibility between the memory controller in the drive and the head unit.

So now you know why I started this thread. Thanks for the feedback on the 32GB drive, Commander Keen.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:09 AM   #9
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Are you using the FAT32 file system?
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:57 AM   #10
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Are you using the FAT32 file system?
Yes, it's FAT32.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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Will your thumb drive play through a laptop-style unpowered hub?
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Will your thumb drive play through a laptop-style unpowered hub?
Good question. I don't have one to test with at the moment.
Drive works fine on my PC and Mac, and *usually* works in my car.
If I can just buy another brand that works, I'm fine with that.
Would you mind telling me which model of 32GB Sandisk drive you have? There are several.
Thanks for your troubleshooting efforts. I appreciate it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:38 AM   #13
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I'll add to the mix here:
Problems using the Patriot 32GB Flex drive (by me) and Patriot 32GB Axle drive (by another forum user).
Symptom: will freeze playing during a song occasionally, maybe every fifth usage or so. For me, seems to happen only during the first or second song, so if you make it to the third song, you're probably good for the rest of your trip. I've tried a bunch of things I won't mention here, can assume that there is some incompatibility between the memory controller in the drive and the head unit.

So now you know why I started this thread. Thanks for the feedback on the 32GB drive, Commander Keen.
I have the Patriot 32GB Axle drive and it freezes while playing music every so often, I listen to my music on random. I thought this was because all my songs are in the root directory, I got lazy and didn't use a folder system.

It's hard for me to replicate the variables for it to freeze, it does seem to freeze less if I don't turn on shuffle. So there is no solution for the Patriot 32GB Axle drive? I just bought it too, solely for the purpose of storing mp3s in my car with it.

While we're on the topic of mp3 tracks and the head unit, is there a way to make the mp3 titles scroll (like it does for radio stations) so that way it can display more than 18 characters.

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Old 06-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #14
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I have my 1st gen iPod touch hooked up to it. Works great.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:05 AM   #15
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I have my 1st gen iPod touch hooked up to it. Works great.
Just tried an older 4th gen ipod and it won't work I can't seem to find a use for that thing...
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:11 AM   #16
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Just tried an older 4th gen ipod and it won't work I can't seem to find a use for that thing...
You should be able to use it through the aux port. It won't be controllable with the buttons on your stereo or steering wheel, I don't think, but it will play. You'd have the benefit of being able to play Apple Lossless files (higher quality than mp3/aac).
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:33 PM   #17
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I've used several sizes (largest 16GB) and makes (whatever was on sale)that all work in my laptop.
No issues...everything works great.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:48 PM   #18
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You should be able to use it through the aux port. It won't be controllable with the buttons on your stereo or steering wheel, I don't think, but it will play. You'd have the benefit of being able to play Apple Lossless files (higher quality than mp3/aac).
I rather use an old thumb drive so I can control it via the radio. I mainly use Pandora via Bluetooth but my travels take me into no cell service areas.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:55 PM   #19
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Not sure if it applies with the Subarus USD memory but have found my bikes Zumo GPS doesn't like the memory card to be fragmented, ie it works fine formatted and everything copied over in one go or at least only add new songs to it without deleting old ones but if you delete old songs then copy in new ones it only partially plays songs then skips to the next track.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #20
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Glad to hear it works, Tom. Like you said, the relatively slow write isn't a big deal.
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I purchased a 32GB Emtec C600 and I am having this problem in my ’12 WRX with the standard stereo. I only have a few hundred songs on it, totaling 3-4GB. My 2GB thumb drive had no issues at all, but I can’t remember the manufacturer (might’ve been off-brand).

I’ve noticed that when I first turn on the car, it happens very frequently. As I drive, it becomes less problematic. Cycling through USB and radio modes doesn’t do anything for me; I either need to wait about a minute for it to reboot itself, or pull the drive out and put it back in. If it reboots itself, it starts from the first song on the drive. If I pull it out and re-insert it, it actually resumes from the point it became stuck.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #22
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I purchased a 32GB Emtec C600 and I am having this problem in my ’12 WRX with the standard stereo. I only have a few hundred songs on it, totaling 3-4GB. My 2GB thumb drive had no issues at all, but I can’t remember the manufacturer (might’ve been off-brand).

I’ve noticed that when I first turn on the car, it happens very frequently. As I drive, it becomes less problematic. Cycling through USB and radio modes doesn’t do anything for me; I either need to wait about a minute for it to reboot itself, or pull the drive out and put it back in. If it reboots itself, it starts from the first song on the drive. If I pull it out and re-insert it, it actually resumes from the point it became stuck.
Sounds similar to my original post regarding my Patriot drive. I did lots of things to try to fix the problem before posting here. I bought the 32GB Sandisk drive suggested by Commander Keen and it's worked flawlessly since I posted in June. It was less than $20, so a great fix to the problem. I have this drive filled to capacity.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:53 PM   #23
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For those looking for a 64GB drive, the Sandisk SDCZ60-064G "Cruzer Glide" works well.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 PM   #24
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For those looking for a 64GB drive, the Sandisk SDCZ60-064G "Cruzer Glide" works well.
Sweet, thanks Commander, I've been thinking about a bigger drive.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:37 AM   #25
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The Patriot Axle 32gb does not work properly, it will cause the HU to freeze or crash. I'm just using my old 8gb Kingston Traveler now with no issues at all.
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