Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk


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Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by bryanw1 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:39 pm



My question is regarding transferring music from iTunes to a flash drive for use with the USB port in the trunk with the AUX function.

I transferred the music from iTunes to my iMac, then from the iMac to a flash drive. It appeared to work. When I selected a song from the flash drive on the iMac it played, but I am suspecting it played through iTunes, because when I put the flash drive into the bike the system saw the flash drive, but no music.

My question is, what kind of music can be transferred to a flash drive for use on the bike. Only purchased songs, or songs ripped from CDs? I don't think I even have any CDs anymore. Or, are there other services such as Pandora that allow this to be done?

Any help would be appreciated.



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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:53 am

I saved this link a while back but have never tried the method:

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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by bryanw1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:08 am

Thank you for that. I did this and it worked as the video described. The problem was that the music doesn't show up when the drive is plugged into the bike. That is assuming I am not missing something on the bike's end. I plugged it in, turned on audio, and selected AUX. It looks ok. The flash drives light goes on indicating it is powered up. I just don't see the songs on the screen. It looks as though the drive is empty. The songs are in a folder though. I assumed the folder would appear as a playlist. Maybe I need to take them out.

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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:01 pm

This has come up before but I couldn't find it on a search. Someone smarter than I can provide a definitive answer.

Believe it is related to playing music from a memory device vs. using an actual music player. A MP3 player would have playlists and display info on the screen whereas the memory device just plays the files and you don't have as much control.

You can try pushing the AUX again as it may be looking for an input on the audio input jack. Or if you have not used the USB before, it's volume may be low or even muted and needs to be adjusted seperately from your other options (AM, FM, WX).
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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by Andy Cote » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:54 pm

Just reading on another site and owners there can see folders and songs using only a thumb drive so it sounds like I was off the mark on paragraph two above. Sorry
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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by bryanw1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:57 pm

I think it will come down to the source of the music, and whether or not you can just transfer it outright. If I figure it out I'll post the solution. Thanks.

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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by themainviking » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:30 pm

Pretty sure the format has to be .wav or .mp3. I do not believe that the Goldwing stereo system recognizes iTunes format.
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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by C-dub » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:08 pm

I copied my songs directly from their directories using the file manager. The Wing will not recognize anything in an mp4 format, so I converted mine that were into mp3 using iTunes. I'm not sure about the .wav format.

The Wing also won't see any files in a folder with more than 255 files I think. It's right around that number, so I think I limited my folders to around 245-250. When I first loaded up my flash drive I think I had around 400 files in a "Favorites" folder and then all the other folder were in individual bands. That way I could select random for everything, random for just my favorites, or listen to a specific band in order or randomly.

After a while, I started to realize that I was never hearing many of my favorites and split those into to Favorites folders since I also realized I didn't listen to specific bands only as much as I thought I would. Now I mostly just have it set for random of everything since I have two folders with a little under 500 songs split between them. I do have a second flash drive with folders for all the different bands or artists that I might like to listen to that I could just switch out depending on my preference. There's around 1400-1600 songs on that one, IIRC, with all kinds of stuff.

On my 2016 there is a button that says "Title" and "Return". Cycle through that to determine what is displayed on your screen. The song title, the artist, or the folder name depending on how you've set up your folders and the file names.
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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by oilboy1162 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:16 pm

my 2 cents, but you dont use the "AUX" function for the usb port. "AUX is the 3.5mm jack in the front left cubby.hit aux a second time to acsess the usb
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by C-dub » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:26 pm

oilboy1162 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:16 pm
my 2 cents, but you dont use the "AUX" function for the usb port. "AUX is the 3.5mm jack in the front left cubby.hit aux a second time to acsess the usb
My AUX button works the USB port in the trunk just fine. It may also select the 3.5mm jack in the left cubby, but you can't control anything from there like you can with the USB port. I have not plugged anything into that jack since it cannot be controlled with the bike's switches on the left handle bar. I don't know which device would be given priority if you had something plugged into both at the same time.

EDIT: My apologies oilboy1162. I re-read your post and especially the second sentence that sorta contradicts the first. However, I do apologize for missing that initally.
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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by oilboy1162 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:03 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: Flash Drive in the USB Port in the Trunk

Post by dtcad » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:58 pm

themainviking wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Pretty sure the format has to be .wav or .mp3. I do not believe that the Goldwing stereo system recognizes iTunes format.
This is correct according to the owners manual, at least for my 2017. Only .mp3 or .wav files are compatible. .m4a Itune files will not be recognized. Just for grins, I tried putting one .m4a file on an empty usb drive, then put it in the bike port, the bike didn't even recognize the usb drive was there.



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