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Can I use the USB ports on the Insight to connect a HD/thumb drive with music? Does the audio system recognize and organize the files for easy playback? If so what file formats are supported?

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Can I use the USB ports on the Insight to connect a HD/thumb drive with music? Does the audio system recognize and organize the files for easy playback? If so what file formats are supported?

Thanks for any input.
The USB interface is used for playback of MP3, WMA or AAC music files from digital audio players and other USB devices, as well as smartphone data transfer on designated Smartphone/Audio Interface ports. Some USB devices and files may not work.

https://owners.honda.com/vehicles/information/2019/Insight/specs#mid^ZE4F5KEW
 

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You should be able to connect hard drive via USB port for music. The system should recognize FLAC and WAV files, in addition to the MP3, WMA, and AAC formats mentioned by @andrew28

The Owners Manual has some info on how to use and/or what you'll see: pp 255-257 for LX, and pp 308-310 for EX/Touring. Files on a USB drive are played in stored order, but you should be able to select different playback modes (e.g. random, repeat).

Also attached below is a page listing recommended specs/compatibility for USB flash drives (or hard drives), and error messages that may appear and how to address them.
 

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Awesome info everyone, thank you again. Most of my stuff is in FLAC. I guess I'd just use whatever CarPlay app for my iPhone when connected to manage the music but was wondering for any external storage that me or my passengers may want to use as well.

Total CarPlay newbie here and am still wondering what apps I can even load. Unrelated to this post but is Tidal and/or Quoboz available? Those are my most used but the family use Spotify and Pandora a lot. I know I'm reaching and it may be irrelevant with the capability of the Insight's stock top audio system, but is there an aux jack anywhere so I can use my AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC via my iPhone?

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Total CarPlay newbie here and am still wondering what apps I can even load. Unrelated to this post but is Tidal and/or Quoboz available? Those are my most used but the family use Spotify and Pandora a lot. I know I'm reaching and it may be irrelevant with the capability of the Insight's stock top audio system, but is there an aux jack anywhere so I can use my AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC via my iPhone?
Auxiliary jack isn't available on the Insight. Unsure if the apps you mentioned can be added to the car, but they should be available to you through CarPlay if they're already on your phone. Tidal and Qobuz descriptions say they're compatible with Carplay. There's more experience in the forum with Pandora and Spotify, since they're more common apps.
 

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Auxiliary jack isn't available on the Insight. Unsure if the apps you mentioned can be added to the car, but they should be available to you through CarPlay if they're already on your phone. Tidal and Qobuz descriptions say they're compatible with Carplay. There's more experience in the forum with Pandora and Spotify, since they're more common apps.
Thanks, yes I'm sure I'm good running the apps off my phone but it would be cool to have them available directly via CarPlay if I'm not connected. No biggie on the lack of aux jack as I doubt I'd see any benefit of the stock audio system via a better DAC.
 

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Make sure to use an MFi certified Lightning cable - weirdness was reported in earlier threads using generic cables.

This is the one I have. Short so it doesn't clutter up the center console, and right-angled to reduce strain on the connectors from sharp bends.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=30784

In general, streaming music apps, podcast apps (Pocket Casts, Overcast, Apple Podcasts), navigation apps (Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps) and streaming radio apps (Tune In) are allowed in CarPlay. Siri will also answer certain questions when it hears you properly.
 

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Awesome info everyone, thank you again. Most of my stuff is in FLAC. I guess I'd just use whatever CarPlay app for my iPhone when connected to manage the music but was wondering for any external storage that me or my passengers may want to use as well.

Total CarPlay newbie here and am still wondering what apps I can even load. Unrelated to this post but is Tidal and/or Quoboz available? Those are my most used but the family use Spotify and Pandora a lot. I know I'm reaching and it may be irrelevant with the capability of the Insight's stock top audio system, but is there an aux jack anywhere so I can use my AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC via my iPhone?

Thanks again for the input.
https://twitter.com/tidal/status/938453112842485760?lang=en
Qobuz is now compatible with CarPlay | The Qobuz Blog


Tidal and Qobuz both support carplay.
 

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Based on my experience, USB file playback is terrible. I have yet to find an mp3 file it will play and it doesn't recognize file structures at all. Tried different drives, sizes, and files. Every sub-$100 aftermarket head unit I've had since 2008 or so has supported all these mp3s and folder structures.
 

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Based on my experience, USB file playback is terrible. I have yet to find an mp3 file it will play and it doesn't recognize file structures at all. Tried different drives, sizes, and files. Every sub-$100 aftermarket head unit I've had since 2008 or so has supported all these mp3s and folder structures.
I have no idea why you're having a problem. I have nearly 500 assorted mp3s and flacs on a thumb drive playing in my car and it works perfectly fine. The only problem I've run into is some of the artwork won't show, but it's probably a problem with the format of the art since I personally have to add it to some of the files missing them and I have to get art from various sources. I think it needs to be a maximum size or dimension I'm surpassing.
 

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Can I use the USB ports on the Insight to connect a HD/thumb drive with music? Does the audio system recognize and organize the files for easy playback? If so what file formats are supported?
There's a separate thread on FLAC which I posted so search for that, but the Insight 2019 not only support FLAC-WAV-MP3 natively, it supports full Album Art within the FLAC file and is really nicely displayed. Grab yourself one of these 128GB low-profile thumb drives and you can easily load up 150+ Albums and entire Discography of an Artist from your collection. NOTE: The system only recognizes FAT32 format and you'll need another free tool to format the 128GB to FAT32, but it's recognizable after that.
 

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Based on my experience, USB file playback is terrible. I have yet to find an mp3 file it will play....

@maynyrd150 Sorry, but once you go FLAC, you won't go back. FLAC + DTS Neural sounds incredible!
 

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No problems here either. Are you getting any kind of connection via USB at all? Messages?

Only a message that no supported file types were found. I saw a note in the manual that USB hard drives could be damaged if used with the system? wierd, but ok. Maybe they are not supported somehow. I know they're not super cool anymore, but I have a fair assortment of pretty much disposable portable hard drives that I was hoping to use. I did get a FAT formatted 4GB flash drive to work, but what a step back. Luckily all the good music in the known universe will still fit.
 
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