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SD card reader in premium stereo

Has anybody tried to get the SD card reader option to work?
I have tried multiple times to format a SD card and copy several .mpa files from iTunes on my Macintosh onto a SD card. What happens is that the player in the car sees the files that I copied and will play them but it also sees a extra file that starts with a period and a underline for each song file which it can't play. So if I copy 3 songs to the card, it "finds" 6 files and half of them are not usable which messes up playback on shuffle mode or when it cycles through the start of the play list. I am guessing that the files are "invisible" files or something that the mac is creating when copying the files but I can't find them anywhere or figure out how to get rid of them. Anybody know what is going on with that?
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Thanks. This worked well.
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Does any SD card work ? (eg. 32GB Class 10 or special name brand)
SD not micro SD right ?
Only .mpa files not .mp3/4 ?

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Card size?

Does anyone know the maximum size of the sd card? 128Gb?
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Does anyone know the maximum size of the sd card? 128Gb?
I looked for the size limitation in all the documentation with no luck.

Although I will say using half of a 16GB card (Class 10) capacity I have over 1000 songs with album artwork which was more than enough for me.

This is a combination of iTunes and Mp3 files.

Depending on bit rate of the song/file type/artwork you could get 2000-3500 songs on a 16GB card ... so never really looked for a bigger card once I did the quick evaluation.

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Thanks BeerGuy, in the A8 had 2 x 32Gb SD cards in the slots with a portion of my music (currently storing about 212Gb in mp3 format), I guess the other option would be to use a 500Gb solid state portable drive into the USB port? anyone tried this? also wondering if the head unit plays mp4 movies from the USB / SD card?
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Im sure there has to be some way to make that work. If thats what you really want to do, you might as well up the storage to some TB's
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Just got my Ghibli that I ordered in early March with B&W. The SD card seems like the best option, and after some searching around I figured out how to make it work really well with iTunes. The documentation is really poor, so for those who are interested, I did two things to get it to work:

1) Install and enable BlueHarvest (see link at the top of this thread).
2) Copy the entire "Music" sub-folder from the Music/iTunes/iTunes Media folder from my laptop that synchs with my phone into the root directory of the SD card.
3) Insert the SD card and wait a few minutes for it to build the catalog.

Once it's done, the music is organized as in iTunes, by Artist/Album/Song (in that order), and everything maps perfectly in the MTC UI. Initial reaction is that the sound quality is much better using either of the SD card or USB cable than it is with Bluetooth.

Hope this is helpful for those struggling with the doc as I was…
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