After scouring the internet...
by technomann2 - 11/24/13 6:33 PM
In Reply to: But But But by itsdigger
...I found something that worked for me. The solution involves three basic steps: First you use the Mp3tag tool to edit the metadata and convert the folders and files automatically. Second, you copy the converted files back to the flash drive. And third, you use a FAT sorter tool such as FatSorter by HolosTek to have the entire USB flash drive's internal structure sorted alphabetically, so it displays in correct order on the playback device, in my case the Kenwood KDC-255U In-Dash USB/CD Receiver.
Following are the steps in greater detail. DO NOT OPERATE ON YOUR ORIGINAL MP3 FILES AS THIS PROCESS WILL RENAME ALL YOUR FILES! Use copies of your MP3s for this procedure.
1) Download Mp3tag ( http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ ) and install the program on your computer. It should integrate with the shell, so you should be able to right-click on your files in Explorer and open them in Mp3tag. You should also download and install the FatSorter program.
2) Plug your USB flash drive into your computer, locate the MP3s in Explorer, right-click on them and open them in Mp3tag.
3) Highlight the first file in the right pane of the program, then in the left pane edit the <title>, <artist>, <album> and <track> fields accordingly. Repeat this procedure for each of your files.
4) Select all files in the list by hitting ctrl-A. It should highlight all files in the list.
5) Select "Convert-> Tag-Filename" from the convert menu (hit Alt-1) and use this conversion string (copy/paste):
and allow the process to complete. It should remove all the files from your flash drive and put them into a folder on your hard drive called CONVERTED.
6) Now copy or move all the mp3 files from the CONVERTED folder back to your flash drive. Be careful to maintain the directory structure created by the process in step 5.
7) Using the FatSorter program, locate the root of your flash drive and click <sort> to force the file structure to sort alphabetically. Make sure that you have the <subfolders> check box checked, and voila! the files should now play in proper order from your USB flash drive.
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