I've found that using a USB stick, indeed, it will play .m4a files, not just mp3s.
The owners manual says one place max files are 1k max total in one place, 10k total in another. I have just over 10,000 total songs on my iPods & iPhone. They work fine - just the iPods with old physical moving hard drives are slow & constantly "indexing". It appears there is no memory in the Malibu and it starts indexing again every start. Storage devices & players with flash memory (USB & iPhone for instance) index faster and have less hiccups. Sometimes after start up my 80GB iPod classic and/or the stereo has gotten confused.
To befuddlements of the stereo:
1. It let my iPod battery run down over a day as it didn't stop the iPod from playing and the charge died, leaving the iPod in need of 10 minutes of charging before starting up again,
2. Turning the car off and leaving for five minutes and returning it would not pick up the USB input as if nothing was there.
I have not figured out how to create playlists yet, but I have iPods I use.
If I future out playlists on USB I my change that as no batteries in USB drives.
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Im with you on these discoveries. Often I find that the systems ability to find my old 30GB iPod with color screen is not that impressive. Sometimes it just stops, but I do give most flaws to the iPod itself and not the system.
As someone who uses the port a lot, you may be interested in knowing what cables I carry.
I have a 6" cable for the iPod, its great because it just goes directly from the USB port to the iPod and keeps the rest of the space free.
You can also use it as a built in charger for cell phones using the normal usb to micro-usb cable.
Current Car: 2013 Malibu LTZ - 5% Tint, all windows
Old Truck: 2011 F150 Twin Turbo
Older Car : 2008 Malibu LTZ - 20", 8k/3k HIDS, Exhaust, Cold Air Intake, 8% Tint
I don't even try to used the port anymore. Every time I have tried it loads using a galaxy s2. the bluetooth is suprising good, I don't even notice in loss in sound quality. I love my pioneer speakers. So much better than the stock speakers I had with a kia sportage years ago.
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My address book always syncs up on my iphone.
I have problems sometimes with the correct song not showing on the screen when playing via bluetooth. I think I have it narrowed down to if I select repeat or shuffle on the phone it seems to do it then.
Has anyone successfully created a playlist on a USB stick and got it to play. I have been trying and so far no success.
I have an 8GB stick that is formatted FAT32. I use Itunes (on an Apple) and create the list then export it to the stick. It shows up there,(in the root directory) but does not show up as a playlist in the Malibu (2013). Any help would be appreciated.
I got my '13 2LT last week. I also have the 80GB ipod (5.5gen; the oooold Video) and I have issues with it as well.
When I plug it in, it indexes fairly quickly, however it only shows ONE artist, album and song (Etta James - At Last). However, all of my playlists show up with all songs in tact.
If I play an album, artist or 'shuffle all' before plugging in, I can continue doing just that, but when I navigate away within MyLink, I cannot go back to it, I only get my playlists, or a single Etta James tune.
My girlfriend has an 8gb nano (the square style, not long) and it works just fine, although not all the artists show up.
I like using bluetooth just fine, but I don't care for Pandora and I can only get so many songs on my Google Play account (although, now that I type that out, Google's 20,000 is more than the 12,000 I have on my ipod). Hmmm.
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