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    Using USB stick in aftermarket headunit

    Tried playing music back through my headunit this morning, Alpine W203Ri double din, but kept getting the message "UNIT ERROR" come up. Have looked in the manual and it just says the USB stick might not be supported by the headunit, use a stick with is supported.

    Any suggestions, the stick is brand new so its not like its ancient or anything.

    The music I added to it, I literally selected in iTunes and then dragged it onto the stick itself. Have I done it the correct way? Have just looked at the music on the stick, and the majority of it is in M4A format, but there are about 20 which are MP3 version. I can appreciate it not supporting M4A format, but its not even picking up MP3 versions.

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    You going to castle combe? Can stick my USB stick in if you want and test it out.

    I'd delete the M4A files though, and drag and drop MP3 files using windows explorer. Not iTunes incase its creating folders + sub-folders as some headunits can only read a couple of folders deep.

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    Unfortunately won't be at Combe

    I have literally dragged and dropped from iTunes, opening up the USB stick from My Computer there are no folders there at all, all of the music is just literally there, no sub folders at all. I will delete the M4A files now and see if the rest of it works toinght when I get back to my car.
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    how big is the USB stick as anything over 4GB is hit and miss, in that some makes work and others do not.

    Also how have you formatted it?

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    I think BasilD is onto something - a lot of headunits can only read drives formatted as FAT16 or maybe FAT32, if you've formatted it as NTFS or just about any other format it won't work.
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    Well, the USB port works as I tried another stick in it at the weekend from a mates car, played music no problem at all.

    The stick is FAT32 format, has now got about 30 songs on it, all in MP3 and still nothing. Will get my mate to put his music on it at the weekend to see if it works ok.

    Stick is 4GB.
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    Format the usb stick using fat 32, do not do a quick format,

    select the songs you want to copy from itunes, right click, copy, open usb drive and paste as you would a word document.

    try this with one song first and see if this works!

    Lets us know.
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    I will give it a go this evening and see what happens.
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    It is definitely to do with the Format the USB stick is in Mark as I had exactly the same problem and hate to reformat mine hence my stick worked on your headunit at the weekend.

    Just do a full format as stated above not quick in the correct format see manual either FAT/FAT32/NTFS and will work fine.

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    I was going to ask Craig, if I can't get it to work, any chance you can have a look Saturday for me and stick your music on it from your stick? Fancy some different music for a change
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