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Hi all

I have transferred my music as AAC files to the micro SD card on my android phone. Try as I might, I can't play the music via the cars music player.

Everytime I select 'media' it opens AA and gives me the option of playing via Poweramp.

How do I play the files via USB rather than AA? I presume the quality is better via purely usb?

It's quite vexing having to go into AA when I don't want to! AA also turns on Bluetooth!

Any help gratefully received!
 

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I'm not totally convinced you can play audio files stored on your Android. I thought I had previously read somewhere it was only via flash drive.

I'm assuming files have to be in the root folder (ie not in any folders)? I just stream via Spotify though so I could be talking total tosh, it's not uncommon.
 

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Not sure if this is possible unless maybe you disable/uninstall AA from your phone.

For formats that the car can play via USB, see this post: 4+ Eniro music on usb stick
I think I agree with this. I just went in the car and tried it. Plugged in the phone and AA started. Clicked 'Media' to see what the media choices were and in order to do what you want to do, I assume it would need to show the 'USB stick' option, which it didn't.

I am not sure what options you would get if AA was uninstalled. But I think you would probably need to use Bluetooth. Or put them on a USB stick.
 

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Thanks for all your responses on this.

I have figured out that you can't use your phone to play music stored on the phone itself, you either have to use Bluetooth or Android Auto via YouTube Music or Spotify.

I have transferred all my music to a usb drive as AAC files and under 'media' the car picks up the music and with the correct art I have downloaded and embedded to each file. Only negative is, you can't use Android Auto and USB stick. In future I may just get a Spotify account and use that with Android Auto, probably much easier!

I haven't figured out if you can create playlists on the car... I don't think you can and not sure how this would work! Anyone any ideas?
 

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What are you actually trying to achieve? It sounded originally like you didn't want to use Bluetooth for playback but that would happen when using Android Auto regardless of whst you are playing (local files or Spotify).
 

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Thanks for all your responses on this.

I have figured out that you can't use your phone to play music stored on the phone itself, you either have to use Bluetooth or Android Auto via YouTube Music or Spotify.

I have transferred all my music to a usb drive as AAC files and under 'media' the car picks up the music and with the correct art I have downloaded and embedded to each file. Only negative is, you can't use Android Auto and USB stick. In future I may just get a Spotify account and use that with Android Auto, probably much easier!

I haven't figured out if you can create playlists on the car... I don't think you can and not sure how this would work! Anyone any ideas?
No, you can't create playlists as such. But back in my USB stick days, I had folders for each album, and then I created playlist folders on the stick and copied files onto them to make up my playlist, messing around happily for hours on my laptop.

These days I just use Spotify. Finally bit the bullet at Christmas and signed up for a premium account to get of the bloody adverts. They were doing a 3 month free start up instead of the usual one month. So I start paying for it at the end of this month.
 

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Thanks for all your responses on this.

I have figured out that you can't use your phone to play music stored on the phone itself, you either have to use Bluetooth or Android Auto via YouTube Music or Spotify.

I have transferred all my music to a usb drive as AAC files and under 'media' the car picks up the music and with the correct art I have downloaded and embedded to each file. Only negative is, you can't use Android Auto and USB stick. In future I may just get a Spotify account and use that with Android Auto, probably much easier!

I haven't figured out if you can create playlists on the car... I don't think you can and not sure how this would work! Anyone any ideas?
You have to install at media player on the phone thats is supported by AA. The player will then show up on the AA screen. "Rocket player" works (sort of) for me...
 

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Well then, not quite...I've just tried a scientific approach this cold morning: turn off bluetooth - turn on the car - plug in usb - open AA in car - open rocket player - and: music!
But - it seems that AA has permission to turn on bluetooth by itself...
New experiment: after plugging in, I wrapped the phone in aluminium foil - and its still working.
So after a few experiments - I'm rather sure. But I would personally prefer to run AA wireless - but it will not work for me.
 

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What are you actually trying to achieve? It sounded originally like you didn't want to use Bluetooth for playback but that would happen when using Android Auto regardless of whst you are playing (local files or Spotify).
For me, I would want to use Android Auto to run a reliable satnav (such as waze) and at the same time, use the same USB for playing music from the phone. Our own workaround - connect the passenger's mobile phone using bluetooth to play music and make calls, and just use the drivers phone for navigation via USB !
 

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Do any other apps work, I've used Shuttle with Android auto and that appears to work (using files stored on the phone itself) though I don't have any AAC formats, but think shuttle can use them.
 

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For me, I would want to use Android Auto to run a reliable satnav (such as waze) and at the same time, use the same USB for playing music from the phone. Our own workaround - connect the passenger's mobile phone using bluetooth to play music and make calls, and just use the drivers phone for navigation via USB !
I still don't understand. What you are asking is easy. Use any compatible media player on the phone e.g. Rocket Player to play music while using the Waze/Google Maps. You can even pause and skip tracks using the screen while Google Maps is running.

Yes the music will play via bluetooth rather than "via USB" but that's the same with your workaround. You don't need 2 phones to do maps and music at the same time.
 

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I still don't understand. What you are asking is easy. Use any compatible media player on the phone e.g. Rocket Player to play music while using the Waze/Google Maps. You can even pause and skip tracks using the screen while Google Maps is running.

Yes the music will play via bluetooth rather than "via USB" but that's the same with your workaround. You don't need 2 phones to do maps and music at the same time.
My issue is with the HMI of Android Auto, which is simply dreadful. I've just seen Apple Play running in my car and this is really slick by comparison. Obviously, you can't run both at the same time, and I'm not about to buy an iPhone just because Android Auto is so bad ...
 
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