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Old 01-11-2012, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Flash Drive mp3 Playback

When inserting a flash drive into the usb port I cannot view the embedded album artwork on my display audio system. It shows the standard mp3 picture with a flash drive. I've tried both embedding the album art in the mp3 and embedding a directory to the album art (located on the flash drive as well) however nothing seems to work. Also a much more "minor" issue (as neither issue is really major) i cannot get the radio to display track title, album name and artist name when playing mp3 files off the thumb drive. It displays the track title, folder name and artist name by default, is there a way to change that?

I have a 2012 Camry SE with the basic audio system (no Entune etc).

Please note that album artwork shows when i play the iPod on my iPhone or using the Pandora app. HEEEEEEEEEEEELP lol
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Someone has been able to get this to work. They are trying to help us get it working and you can join us in this thread:

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/310-7th-generation-2012/397790-display-captured-image-what-new-post.html
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In order to have artwork displayed, the mp3 files need to be created with a program that adds ID3v2 tags (preferably ID3v2.3). If the files are created with an older ripping program ("ripping program" is a program you run to convert your CD to mp3 files), it may only generate ID3V1 tags. Some programs do not create ID3 tags at all.

Most modern rippers like CDEX (my favorite), iTunes, Windows Media Player, Exact Audio Copy (audiophile and very complicated), etc will generate ID3v2.3 tags by default.

If you somehow got mp3 files without tags, there are free programs out there that can edit/append your tags. The one I've used is called mp3tag. It's pretty straightforward to use.

Now that we got that out of the way...

Here's my only problem with the displaying of CD artwork on the USB playback screen on my 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE...

First off, the display area is rectangular. No CD artwork is shaped like this. Some mp3 files display the artwork perfectly; unfortunately, most do not. Instead, the artwork is stretched to fill the area, making everything look tall and skinny.

Does anyone know why some artwork is stretched and some is not?
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the post. I tried MP3 tag and the files were already ID3v2.3 but decided to give it a try again with this app. I still have no luck in displaying them. Could it be that the LE just doesn't support this?
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Thanks for the post. I tried MP3 tag and the files were already ID3v2.3 but decided to give it a try again with this app. I still have no luck in displaying them. Could it be that the LE just doesn't support this?
If you have ID3v2 tags and the artwork doesn't show up, that means that the tag does not have APIC set. The way I "attach" artwork to an mp3 file is with Windows Media Player (WMP). Copy the mp3 files onto a Windows machine and open WMP. Go to the library and get it find the mp3 files and load them into the library. If you view the files in WMP's library and see artwork, the APIC flag has been set and when you copy this file back over to the USB stick for the car, you should be all set.

If you don't see artwork when you look at the library, simply copy an album cover from the net (right mouse click a picture on amazon.com works for me) and then right mouse click where the artwork should be displayed in the WMP library and click "Paste album art".

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Old 02-11-2012, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've tried both mp3tag and windows media player to no avail... i'm thinking from the explanation you're giving of your car that you have an entune system which i know i do not and i suspect the others in the thread don't either. My mp3 display is square where you said yours was rectangular.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've tried both mp3tag and windows media player to no avail... i'm thinking from the explanation you're giving of your car that you have an entune system which i know i do not and i suspect the others in the thread don't either. My mp3 display is square where you said yours was rectangular.
If the artwork shows up in Windows Media Player when you play an mp3 song, then it does sound like Toyota has a bug. Yes, I do have an Entune radio, but not the high end one with the big screen.
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I have the premium nav and it does NOT work for me either. It doesn't even look like its supposed to... no mention of it in the manual.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have the premium nav and it does NOT work for me either. It doesn't even look like its supposed to... no mention of it in the manual.
Me too. I can't get album art with mp3's that's on a usb drive. My son's 2012 SE can. He doesn't have the Premium HDD. Aside from the split screen and larger screen side of the Premium unit, I think my son's interface is much better with better graphic display etc. You'd think the Premium Unit would do everything the other's would and more. And yes, I've started 2 threads about the lack of album art with now satisfactory answers.
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I have almost 600 songs on a 4 GB USB stick and all of them play with the artwork showing. I rip the MP3s using Exact Audio Copy and play them back on my PC using Windows Media Player. All of them show the album art when they play in WMP.

To play them in my 2012 Camry XLE Hybrid, I copy of the folders of each of the albums I want to listen to in the car onto the USB stick. In this folder is the mp3 files and one or two .jpg files, one that's usually called Folder.jpg and another that's usually called AlbumArt.jpg.

So if I want to hear Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic" in the Camry, I copy the folder called "Toys In The Attic" onto the USB stick. This folder is inside another folder called Aerosmith. Inside this Toys In The Attic folder, there will be several mp3 files like Wlak This Way.mp3 as well as two .jpg files.
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I have almost 600 songs on a 4 GB USB stick and all of them play with the artwork showing. I rip the MP3s using Exact Audio Copy and play them back on my PC using Windows Media Player. All of them show the album art when they play in WMP.

To play them in my 2012 Camry XLE Hybrid, I copy of the folders of each of the albums I want to listen to in the car onto the USB stick. In this folder is the mp3 files and one or two .jpg files, one that's usually called Folder.jpg and another that's usually called AlbumArt.jpg.

So if I want to hear Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic" in the Camry, I copy the folder called "Toys In The Attic" onto the USB stick. This folder is inside another folder called Aerosmith. Inside this Toys In The Attic folder, there will be several mp3 files like Wlak This Way.mp3 as well as two .jpg files.
Do you have the Premium HDD Navigation Display?
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Do you have the Premium HDD Navigation Display?
No, I did not get the 7" display. I have the radio below that:
Display Audio with Navigation9 and Entune™10 — includes 6.1-in. touch screen, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio11 capability (includes three-month trial subscription to XM Select Package), HD Radio™12 with iTunes® Tagging,13 auxiliary audio jack, USB4 port with iPod®5 connectivity and control, vehicle information with customizable settings, and hands-free phone capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth®7 wireless technology.

This is at least one step down from the premium audio system (which is by JBL).
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