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I have a 2013 Limited AWD, with the standard radio, and my USB port won't play any of my 16gb flash drives with any consistency. It will play one of the drives only sporadically. The dealer can't figure it out yet. It has played one of the 3 drives I've tried only 5 times despite numerous attempts. Won't play the other 2 drives at all. The dealer has tried the drives in a new Camry, and they play ok. Also, although I have about 2500 songs on my drives, when it does play the drive, it'll only go to song #255 before recycling to song 1. Any help/comments would be helpful.
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The area tech guy came down to my dealership from Kansas City, and he divided the songs on my flash drive into about 15 or 16 folders (2300+songs), and he got it to work. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get any of my other flash drives to work after dividing them into folders, but at least I got one to work.
 

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That's great!

So do the songs play one after another and resume where they left off when the engine is restarted? Or does it go back to song one on the drive or in that folder? I'm trying to figure out if I should go that route or buy an iPod Nano for the car.

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Sorry, no idea. All I know is that I now have two flash drives that work fine in the USB port. I'm sure that technical (to me, at least) stuff in the owner's manual is too complicated for me. I got a 20-something kid to copy the flash drive for me.
 

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Did he use a Mac or PC to copy songs? A Mac will create an invisible (hidden) trash can and if the trash can is not empty then it plays havoc with the playback of the songs. I found out the hard way. Love my iMac but sometimes it does create unnecessary problems.
 

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Did you ensure they were formatted as as FAT16 or FAT32? Pages 324 through 340 in the manual give specifics on the requirements for everything to work properly.
I tried what they said formatted to exfat as the drive is too big for fat32 it seems, I do not have the choice to format to anything other than exfat. Anyone know what I can try next?
 

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I tried what they said formatted to exfat as the drive is too big for fat32 it seems, I do not have the choice to format to anything other than exfat. Anyone know what I can try next?
FAT32 supports up to 2-16 TB (depending on specifics, but 2 TB is a safe value), which is extremely unlikely to be larger than your USB drive. That said, apparently Windows will only offer (in the GUI) to format drives up to 32 GB in size as FAT32. It looks like you can either use the command line to format the one you have as FAT32, or you could get a 32 GB or smaller one and use that instead. (You can use the larger one you got for backups, if you aren't already backing up your computer to something else.) I have tried with a 32 GB USB drive formatted as FAT32 in my RAV4 and that worked fine. As an approximation, 128 kbit/s (which gives decent audio quality with MP3) is about 1 MB/minute of audio, so a single 32 GB drive will hold about 30000 minutes or 500 hours of audio at that bit rate. (I haven't seen any MP3 encoder that went above 320 kbit/s, or about 200 hours in 32 GB.) 32 GB USB thumb drives are practically a dime a dozen these days; without even shopping around, I found brand new ones at about $4 apiece plus shipping and tax.

Exfat is a completely different file system which is not at all guaranteed to be supported by equipment that support FAT volumes (of any variety: FAT12/FAT16/FAT32).
 
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