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Capri to ST
03-31-2016, 07:28 PM
Hi, i'm wondering if folks leave their ipod plugged into the usb port all the time,or if they unplug it when they shut the car off,and plug it back in again when they start the car. I'm pretty sure but not positive that power to the usb port shuts off when the car shuts off so it won't be draining the battery. Is there any other reason to unplug it each time?

Same question for a usb flash drive with music on it,plugged into a usb port.

melhead
03-31-2016, 08:39 PM
I have an ipod classic 120G and i leave it plugged all the time, no problem.

CanadianGuy
03-31-2016, 08:46 PM
USD/MicroSD extreme temperature rated plug 100% of the time.

Ryephile
03-31-2016, 08:50 PM
I have two USB thumb drives that I leave plugged in all the time. I've been doing that for the past several cars that have USB ports for the head-unit.

tojo
03-31-2016, 10:27 PM
I have a USB plugged in my 2016 all the time no trouble at all.

j2FiST
04-01-2016, 07:01 AM
I used to. My car recently currupted/deleted my entire flash drive. So the new one I've been unplugging. Not sure why or if that even helps. Haha

CanadianGuy
04-01-2016, 07:17 AM
I used to. My car recently currupted/deleted my entire flash drive. So the new one I've been unplugging. Not sure why or if that even helps. Haha

I found this to be due to the temperature swing of the car's interior and the quality of the USB. The cheapo's multipack USB die.

j2FiST
04-01-2016, 07:22 AM
I found this to be due to the temperature swing of the car's interior and the quality of the USB. The cheapo's multipack USB die.
Link me your rich people commando stick.

Izzy
04-01-2016, 07:23 AM
24/7/365

FieSTa Blanca
04-01-2016, 07:30 AM
I left my iPod plugged in all the time until the temps dropped this past winter, and I brought it in the house. Now that you've reminded me, I'll take it back out to the car. :-)

But yeah, 24/7. Unfortunately, most of my driving is very local and I usually just use the radio during my 10-minute commute. I could use a good road trip...

FB

CanadianGuy
04-01-2016, 07:35 AM
Link me your rich people commando stick.

Not so much. $25.

This:
http://www.fiestastforum.com/forum/threads/5318-CG-s-daily-fun-ride?p=92644&viewfull=1#post92644

https://www.sandisk.com/home/memory-cards/microsd-cards/high-endurance-microsd

https://www.amazon.ca/SanDisk-Endurance-Monitoring-Adapter-SDSDQQ-032G-G46A/dp/B00V5Q1K3O

j2FiST
04-01-2016, 07:41 AM
Not so much. $25.

This:
http://www.fiestastforum.com/forum/threads/5318-CG-s-daily-fun-ride?p=92644&viewfull=1#post92644

https://www.sandisk.com/home/memory-cards/microsd-cards/high-endurance-microsd

https://www.amazon.ca/SanDisk-Endurance-Monitoring-Adapter-SDSDQQ-032G-G46A/dp/B00V5Q1K3O
Hrm so it's an SD that plugs into a USB adapter? Orrr? And I just need mine for music. Still the way to go?

forevercasual
04-01-2016, 07:45 AM
In a previous car I left an old Ipod plugged in all the time for a year or two. The Ipod's battery life dropped to 30 min or so which wasn't a huge deal since it was only used for the car. I currently leave a USB drive plugged in 100% of the time with issues at this point. Although it hasn't been through a southern summer yet.

CanadianGuy
04-01-2016, 07:46 AM
Hrm so it's an SD that plugs into a USB adapter? Orrr? And I just need mine for music. Still the way to go?

Need a USD SD card reader

https://www.amazon.ca/ABC%C2%AE-5Gbps-Super-Reader-Adapter/dp/B00WTNSI3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459514653&sr=8-1&keywords=micro+sd+card+usb+reader

I only do music on the USB. Pull it out of the car load 32 gigs of music and plug it back in. Wait for it to itemize the library.

If you do not have the Nav system you can use the SD card slot without the USB adapter.

forevercasual
04-01-2016, 07:53 AM
Proven tough in extreme conditions

Proven to operate in temperatures from-25C to +85C. SanDisk High Endurance Video Monitoring Cards work in all weather, from desert heat to winter cold. And it’s rigorously tested and proven to stand up to shock, water and x-rays to give you the durability you need.

Great news for you aspiring radiologists!

DaveG99
04-01-2016, 09:31 AM
I just run pandora off my phone whenever I drive. No need for anything else.

Capri to ST
04-01-2016, 06:04 PM
thanks for all the answers

Ryephile
04-01-2016, 08:32 PM
Link me your rich people commando stick.

If "rich" = $9.99 on Prime, then here you go (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00812F7O8/ref=twister_B00JO6RO8C?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)

Sil3nt611
04-01-2016, 09:41 PM
I leave my iPhone 4 plugged in all the time for music. Only used an iPhone rather than iPod because neither of my iPods work well enough with the Sync 3 system. I don't think the USB ports stay on all the time because the iPhone chimes when it receives power when I open my door. But even if they did stay on all the time it would draw so little power it would take awhile to drain the battery. So if you drive your car daily it wouldn't be an issue.

Waterfan
04-05-2016, 03:21 PM
Like just about everyone else, USB stays plugged in 100%. No comment on iPod.

boombots
04-05-2016, 07:13 PM
Leave my USB in all the time. My explorer had an iPod video plugged in for 5 years. Sub zero temps and 100+ temps no issues. Eventually stollen by a body shop monkey. The battery probably didn't work well after but it was old anyway.

Capri to ST
04-06-2016, 08:51 PM
I just found this on the PNY site (maker of my USB drive) under Fast Facts-

USB Flash Drives
Operating Considerations and Precaution
Environmental Proofing*
Temperature Proof: Operating temperature range from -25C to 85C (-13F to 185F)-

*Based on the following independent test results:Temperature Proof, based on 95% relative humidity from -25 C to 85 C over 24 hours

briandee
04-06-2016, 09:57 PM
I leave my 60gb solid state drive plugged in to the U.S. port all the time. No problems since November.

Zissou
04-20-2016, 04:29 PM
NO BUT SOMETIMES I LEAVE CAPSLOCK ON

Jk nah I don't, but I have no idea why. I ought to load up my old iPod and leave it in there as it's just collecting dust anyways.


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Sil3nt611
04-23-2016, 10:11 AM
I'm on Sync 3. I had an old 60GB SSD I threw in an external USB enclosure I wasn't using and connected it up after transferring music to it. Initially it works so much better than any of my iPods or the iPhone I've been using. The biggest issue with it is it takes a bit longer for it to load the music when you start the car. When everything else seems to work so far, I'll take that drawback.

Capri to ST
05-11-2016, 04:37 PM
thanks everyone. i think i'm going to use a USB flash drive, not an ipod, no concern about temperature extremes or battery, and just leave it plugged in all the time. also, i doubt anyone would be interested in stealing one, but if someone steals it, my 16gb 3.0 USB drive was on sale for $7.

Sil3nt611
05-12-2016, 12:13 AM
I need to just grab a USB flash drive I have and run a test to see if it starts playing music any faster than the SSD in an external I have in there now. Sometimes it takes up to 30 seconds for the music to even start playing and every now and then it gives up and switches to FM. Once it starts playing it works well. A few of the tracks don't quite retain the track, artist, or album name right. That won't change with a USB flash drive, but hopefully I can get the music to load faster plus the flash drive takes up less space in the console.

Capri to ST
05-12-2016, 03:27 PM
i didn't experience that delay or the fm switching. please report what you find, that would be good to know.

Sil3nt611
05-12-2016, 03:55 PM
i didn't experience that delay or the fm switching. please report what you find, that would be good to know.

What flash drive are you using? I have a couple flash drives I can give a try to and I'll probably buy a dedicated one of this solution works better.

Capri to ST
05-12-2016, 04:02 PM
i got this PNY one-
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pny-turbo-16gb-usb-3-0-flash-drive-black/3055058.p?id=1219570102959&skuId=3055058&lsft=ref:212,loc:1&ksid=e48df0f0-2199-4c52-96e8-920694b64305&ksprof_id=8&ksaffcode=pg128&ksdevice=c&ref=212&loc=1

it was on sale for $7 when i bought it. i only have about 8 gb of music. it loaded onto the drive from my pc in about 15 minutes just fyi.

Sil3nt611
05-14-2016, 12:19 AM
I have less than 8GB of music. Only have the 60GB SSD in there because that's what I had to try out at the time. I grabbed a generic usb drive we use at work to test out. If that works well enough I'll buy a better branded one. I don't really expect a generic USB drive to last too long in the Texas heat.

Capri to ST
05-14-2016, 12:22 PM
i posted some info on temperature sensitivity of PNY USB drives from their website at my Post #22 above. they call them temperature proof,and show a very wide range of operating temperatures that they can withstand. i have not subjected mine to any extremes.

Sil3nt611
05-14-2016, 01:54 PM
The generic one so far works good and starts playing music within a reasonable time. I'm hesitant on PNY because we had one for the shop at work and it didn't last more than a couple months indoors before it started acting up. I ordered this one: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-16GB-DataTraveler-DTMCK/dp/B007V9U81E?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00 Kingston has been a good brand for SSDs and ram we use in a lot of our computer builds and usb flash drives are the same basic principle. Wanted a small profile one too so it doesn't get hit and damaged. I'll see how it does. I wished the iPods would have worked out. They do have a bit more functionality if they did work properly but I'll survive.

Capri to ST
09-09-2016, 09:04 PM
The generic one so far works good and starts playing music within a reasonable time. I'm hesitant on PNY because we had one for the shop at work and it didn't last more than a couple months indoors before it started acting up. I ordered this one: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-16GB-DataTraveler-DTMCK/dp/B007V9U81E?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00 Kingston has been a good brand for SSDs and ram we use in a lot of our computer builds and usb flash drives are the same basic principle. Wanted a small profile one too so it doesn't get hit and damaged. I'll see how it does. I wished the iPods would have worked out. They do have a bit more functionality if they did work properly but I'll survive.

How did that Kingston USB drive work out? Today for the first time while listening to a USB song it cut out in mid-song and started playing FM. Then it didn't recognize the USB stick. After unplugging it and plugging it back in, it worked normally. Don't know if the problem was with SYNC3, which has been working fine, or the USB drive.

Sil3nt611
09-10-2016, 06:57 PM
I have had the radio spazz out on me where it would change to FM when I turn the car on even though I turned the car off with it playing from the USB drive. It would show on the screen that it was playing songs on the USB drive and I could even change tracks, but the sound out of the speakers was FM radio. I could switch to AM, but not back to USB. That's happened two times I think. Turning the car off and back on fixes that and I haven't done any further troubleshooting on that because I'm communing when it does happen so I don't have time to deal with it and I just listen to the radio. I think it's happened with the iPods and iPhone I used prior to that as well though. Haven't had your specific issue. I really hope they release that new update for Sync3 soon. I'm hoping that fixes the issues. Other than that my USB stick works fine. Much better than any of the Apple devices I used. I do have a couple songs in Apple format that it doesn't see, or at least I suspect so. I need to figure out what they are and convert them to mp3. I wish I could do playlists too, that's the main thing I miss about using the iPods.

It hasn't been taken out of the car in months and sits in there plugged in during the hot Texas summer days. So temperature wise I think it's fine.

Intuit
09-11-2016, 09:31 AM
Never bought an Apple brand MP3 player though I've fixed a few and gave away one that was abandoned post repair

Did buy a SanDisk brand MP3 player (fraction of the price, small size, reliable and includes a Micro SD card slot in addition to the internal memory) many many years ago.

It has been through single-digit degree weather to being left in direct sunlight during peak hot Summer days and hasn't corrupted a single bit. It has crashed a few times over those years, (with no display,) meaning I only had to hold the power slide-switch to force it off and turn it back on. But that's it. Still works to this day. Never detected any issue with battery life.

To note, your whatever brand MP3 player is merely going to be treated like a file server. No reason to use that, versus a higher capacity USB Flash Drive or Bluetooth from phone.

wolrah
10-28-2016, 03:24 PM
I've had a 64GB el-cheapo store generic USB3 drive plugged in pretty much non-stop since I got the car, only coming out to update the music and wallpaper folders on it. I mostly listen to music on Bluetooth but every time I've switched to USB as a fallback when my phone's acting up it's ready and works fine.

If it happened to die randomly I wouldn't care, it cost like $20.