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Hi. I'm a brand new owner of a Pilot Touring 2017 and I'm a little bit deceived by the way the audio system handle MP3 files on a USB flash drive. All I can do is scroll through folders an play a folder containing an album. I was not able to do a voice command Search for Music and then ask for a specific artist.

On the other side, using an iPod Touch offer a lot more functionalities. I can play by Genre, Playlists, Artist ets and the search by voice is working well. I just can't convince to buy a 500$ 128 GB iPod Touch when I can simply buy a 65$ 128 GB USB flash drive.

Is there a way to improve the experience using the USB drive?

By the way, is there a way to make the folder in any other color than grey because it is really hard to read. Subfolder will appear in white but the main folders appears in grey. Tried to change the background color from blue to amber to red without any improvement.

Thank you all.
 

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Don't buy a new iPod, just find a used one or an old iPhone. There's tons available for $100 or less. I use an iPhone 5 as my iPod in my current Odyssey and plan the same for when I get my Pilot tomorrow.
 

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Whoever wrote the "USB" interface for the Pilot's system made a real mess of it. It should be able to read the directory structure like any computer would. My '13 Altima has no problem with this. I created a folder structure like this:

<root>
A-D
A
<all albums starting with 'A'>
B
<all albums starting with 'B'>
C
<all albums starting with 'C'>
D
<all albums starting with 'D'>
E-H
I-M
N-S
T-Z

This makes it very quick to navigate to any album with minimal amount of "clicks". I'm posting this here in hopes that the right person at Honda might see it and pass it along to the appropriate person in development...
 

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Hmm I'm not having these issues. I have all my songs that I like to listen to at the root and I do random play this folder. When my wife is in the car she likes other songs so I go into her folder and do random play this folder OR I pick Random play all folders. I can voice search for songs in any of the folders.. however the voice implementation on the pilot is terrible. It rarely understands me at all.
 

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Having 128 GB of music all in the same root folder could be hard to handle. I have an Android Phone (with a 128 GB micro SD Card) that I used in my preceding cars just as an MP3 player with aux wire. I tried it this morning using Android Auto. Looks interesting but with limited functions. can't browse for artists or genre unless I create a playlist for each. I will try more to see what are the limits.

One drawback is that I must close my iPhone (provided by my employer) with limited memory to be able to connect the Android Phone via the cable. So I can,t receive any call hands free. Not really convenient.

Can't have everything...
 

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I just bought a new 2017 Pilot EX-L and I am trying to figure out how to get along with its USB music playing abilities and it is seriously frustrating... For these scenario's I am using the center console USB port unless otherwise specified.

Issue #1
If I do an export of my playlist from iTunes to a USB, it dumps everything in the root and does not create folders. On my two Ford products, it scans the USB drive and pulls the Artist and Song info from each song and indexes them. From that point forward I can look at the structure by artist, album, song and so on. Both of them can play music by voice so I can ask it to play an artist or song and it does it (most of the time). When I connect a USB drive to the Pilot with the export from iTunes, I just see everything in the root and it is not reading the additional data for each file. It doesn't look like it is reading anything additional and all I see if a pile of music in the root folder. I finally gave up on that and decided to use an old iPod I have laying around.

Issue #2
If I connect up an old iPod with my playlist loaded and select iPod from the infotainment system, everything shows up as I expect it to. Except now when we plug in an iPhone on the front USB port for phones, Carplay will not work. If I unplug the iPod, Carplay fires right up.

So why don't I just load all of my music from my phone? 1 - My company pays for my iPhone and does not allow me to load any apps or music on my phone. 2 - If I load music on my Wife's phone, it seems to close up Waze when changing songs or something. I didn't dig too deep in to this as I was driving and needed Waze. It switched back to the music app a few times when using Waze, so I stopped listening to Music and had no further issues.

Am I doing something wrong here? This shouldn't be this difficult. Both of my Fords work as I expect them to and do it flawlessly with both an iPhone connected to the front USB port and either an iPod or USB with everything in the root in their center consoles. It seems like I am jumping through way too many hoops trying to make this system function as I feel it should. Maybe I am doing something seriously wrong here and just don't see it.

Is Ford really THAT far ahead of Honda on Infotainment systems? My 2015 Focus ST is an ST1 with very basic Sync and my Mustang is Loaded with Sync 3 and both of them seem Miles ahead on this. I had a 2014 Chevy SS (Holden Commodore) that I sold to buy my Mustang and its Infotainment system worked like my Ford's as well.

I want to use a USB drive (or even an iPod) in the center console and have a phone connected to the front USB and have them both work. I want to use the USB in the console for Music and an iPhone for Waze or Carplay at the same time.

If I can't find an answer, it seems like I will have to manually make the folders on the USB file system to have both Carplay or Waze working at the same time as my USB drive based tunes.

What am I doing wrong?
 

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What am I doing wrong?
Heavy sarcasm mode on
You expect it to work in an expected, "normal", "ordinary"way.
Heavy sarcasm mode off

I believe Honda Pilot music app was created by a person(s) who never played music in Pilot using stock music app. I have no polite words to describe this "nice, intelligent" person(s).

I have an USB drive where I organized my music in folders in Artist1->Album1, Album2; Artist2->Album1, etc manner. This works well on any "computer like" interface starting from PC, Android Phone, Tablets, my old 2008 CRV... When you open USB drive - you can choose which artist you want to play, if you open Artist folder - you can choose which album you want to hear. Pretty simple and logical. I was expecting (becasue it is hard to do it wrong) Pilot app just to EXPAND all folders into one LOOOOOOONG list ( I have ~100Gb of music) of folders. If want to change artist/album - I have to scroll through this long list... this is paiful.
What kind of "mind" Music App creators have? Are they human at all?

P.S. The more i use Pilot infortainment - the more I certain Honda does not have any User Interface specialists in a team. Or if they have - it is really "talented" person
 

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Well, like I said above:
"Issue #2
If I connect up an old iPod with my playlist loaded and select iPod from the infotainment system, everything shows up as I expect it to. Except now when we plug in an iPhone on the front USB port for phones, Carplay will not work. If I unplug the iPod, Carplay fires right up."

I would like to be able to use Carplay from the front USB and have it use an iPod connected to the USB in the console. It can't seem to do that.

I agree with Bandersnatch 100%. The "team" that created this infotainment needs to find somewhere else to work. For Pete's sake, the infotainment in a CHRYSLER is better.

Maybe Honda should try to poach some Ford engineer's. For all of the gripes about Ford Sync, it is a million times better.

Just to make this work, I spent hours yesterday and created the entire folder structure and moved the music files in to the artists folders which is working. I then copied it to my PC and copied that to the USB's I use in the Mustang and the Focus-ST and they work exactly as they did before. I guess I will be stuck manually managing the file systems or maybe switch to Androids. It's funny, when I connect the Pilot to my home Wifi, it identifies itself to the network as Android. Maybe that's its beef with my Apple gear. :)
 

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Blame Clarion for the infotainment systems folks and then blame Honda of using them ?. My guess is that they submitted the lowest bid, haha.
 

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LOUD !

Oh wait that wasn't the real question......now time for the mod's to hammer me :)
 
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I am so, so disgusted. I traded in my 2012 CRV - which had a marvelous if slow and underpowered stereo system. 23 subfolders of music, and all played beautifully on the USB drive. Now, I have a 2020 Pilot, for the price of which I could have owned a MERCEDES, and all I get is one long list of music, on day 3 the car insisted my USB wasn't formatted properly and refused to play, despite playing fine for 3 days. Took 3 tries of plugging/unplugging, shutting car on and off to get it back, and then 5 full minutes of initializing. I could cry. To me, my radio is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of my car. Especially when I can simply click over to Toddler Tunes when needed. Now I am totally lost, very angry, and feel like I got ripped off. I want the damned slow radio back from my CRV.
 

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When I first started listening to music via the USB it would play a given CD songs in alphabetical order. I always install the updates when they show on my screen. Now USB music plays the recorded CD the way it was on the actual CD. So something was updated. 2019 Pilot Touring
 
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