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I have a USB (flas drive) with all my music in it and all the music is in different folders according to Genre eg. a folder with rock, another with pop music, and so on.

When I inserted the USB in one of the two available slots, the car is re-ordering and sorting the songs alpabetically and I canno skip from folder to folder. Apparently the car is sorting the music files according to the metadata :cry:

Do you guys have any solutions to this?

How do you play your favourite music?

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Your problem is that you are living in the last century. All modern music players use metadata for sorting. You need to make sure all your metadata is correct - including album art - and then put all the songs in one folder. I did that decades ago, and every player I have used since works perfectly. I tried to tell people many years ago to do this rather than making thousands of folders, but I just got ridiculed. I tried to warn them about the problems you are now having, but they would not listen. I don't know how playlists are handled on the XC40, but what works on most cars is to use an iPod. I have set up numerous smart playlists in iTunes, and all cars I have had work perfectly with the iPod integration. However, the XC40 should sort Artist, Genre, Album etc. from the USB drive. The point is DON"T USE FOLDERS. Spend the time to set up proper tags. I have over 6,000 songs, and EVERY device I use sorts them perfectly.
 

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Your problem is that you are living in the last century. All modern music players use metadata for sorting. You need to make sure all your metadata is correct - including album art - and then put all the songs in one folder. I did that decades ago, and every player I have used since works perfectly. I tried to tell people many years ago to do this rather than making thousands of folders, but I just got ridiculed. I tried to warn them about the problems you are now having, but they would not listen. I don't know how playlists are handled on the XC40, but what works on most cars is to use an iPod. I have set up numerous smart playlists in iTunes, and all cars I have had work perfectly with the iPod integration. However, the XC40 should sort Artist, Genre, Album etc. from the USB drive. The point is DON"T USE FOLDERS. Spend the time to set up proper tags. I have over 6,000 songs, and EVERY device I use sorts them perfectly.
I have the same problem. My problem is not living in the last century. My problem is adding metadata to thousands and thousands of music files that I have, thanks to the fact that I have been listening to music since the last century ... when Apple did not yet exist.
 

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I have a USB (flas drive) with all my music in it and all the music is in different folders according to Genre eg. a folder with rock, another with pop music, and so on.

When I inserted the USB in one of the two available slots, the car is re-ordering and sorting the songs alpabetically and I canno skip from folder to folder. Apparently the car is sorting the music files according to the metadata :cry:

Do you guys have any solutions to this?

How do you play your favourite music?

Thanks
I had the same issue with trying to play my audio files the way I wanted to play them - by decade folder.

The way I managed to do it is to use the metadata tag info on my lossless FLAC files and change the artist tag to Various Artists on every file in each folder, file name (artist and title) as the track title and by changing the album tag info to the same album name. I used an album title of 1970s for every track of my 70s songs. 1980s for my 80s songs, etc. in order to use the shuffle feature by decade.

Use MP3TAG freeware to get the file tags changed.

My 2022 XC40 was also VERY picky on what brand of USB thumb drive it would automatically recognize and connect to when I started the engine. I ended up with success using a Samsung 256GB fit plus miniUSB drive to hold all my files. I didn't need to reformat the drive out of the box either.

Hope this helps!
 
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