Originally Posted by iceninejim
JD, I haven't found an ideal solution at all. However, using the SD card you should be able to at least choose an artist, album, genre, or song, (or all songs) and put it on shuffle so it's not played in alpha. The solution I'm trying right now is using MIXTRAX. I downloaded the MIXTRAX software onto my laptop and imported all my music into it. The software allows you to create playlists (or import them into the software from a file) and then sync them to the SD card. You can then place the card back in the 4100 and the playlists DO work (even though they're m3u), but only in MIXTRAX. They still don't show up in the basic SD card functionality. This is still unfortunate because the MIXTRAX software in the 4100 is extremely slow. But, by having the PC MIXTRAX software analyze the songs, it at least goes faster than having the 4100 do it. It still takes 15-45 seconds after I select a playlist to play in MIXTRAX on the 4100 before it starts playing, depending on the size of the playlist. This is very frustrating if you prefer to change the playlists you listen to. So... I've also synced a ton of music to my android phone and can then use playlists with android auto. Using the smartphone's functionality is much faster than the SD card. It seems like the speed of the SD card related software was a much lower priority than the other aspects of the 4100. Sorry, no great news, but some different options anyway.
Thanks for the reply. Sorry-I should have specified default alpha or
shuffle/random option. I was sure hoping for better news - even when I pick a specific album, artist, etc. it only gives me a "Play All" option and then plays the songs alpha - makes me crazy. Only way I've found to hear an album with songs in order is iTunes at a lower rez. I've been using strictly flac files-which is why I bought this head unit. I didn't realize it was so inept in handling these files. I just recently advanced to the larger SDXC SD, which just exacerbated the problem.
I'm not familiar with MIXTRAX, but I did a little quick research and it seems to be MP3 orientated. So, am I understanding you that you've given up on the SD card altogether and using your phone to stream instead? Or are you using your phone to actually control your card?
I'm fairly new to this, as I'm weaning myself off physical media, and also just recently started using Jriver. I've read briefly about peeps using JRemote in their cars and somehow streaming hi-rez. Have you tried it with this HU?