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How can I get my connected USB drive to display tracks in the correct order, and show album artwork on the Connect app?

This article is intended for users who wish to play back music on their network music player, and have the track order and artwork displayed correctly through the Connect App.

 

The following steps can be taken to ensure that your music is displayed in the correct order, along with album artwork.

In this example, we are using a USB thumb drive, which we've formatted and renamed MUSIC. This is an optional step, and is only intended for our demo purposes. 

We've created an Artist Folder, named The Beatles. 

 

Inside that folder, we've created a sub folder named Abbey Road. Notice that we've also put a JPEG file of the artist named Folder.jpg. This image will replace the grey folder which you normally see when browsing through the app

 

Inside that folder, we've placed all of the tracks. Note that they are displayed in alphabetical order, as this is how Windows sorts files by default. We've just kept the name of the track itself in the title. No artist or album info, or track number. In among the tracks is another JPEG of the album artwork, named Folder.jpg. This will show the Album Artwork instead of a grey folder in the app

 

After right-clicking on the track and selecting Properties then clicking on the Details tab, we ensured that The Beatles was in the Contributing Artist field. Abbey Road was in the Album Name field and the track number is next to the # field. Tagging the media in this way will allow the network player to correctly order the tracks.

 

 

After these steps are taken, the results are as below.

 

 

This is just one album of one artist, and it required a lot of manual formatting to prepare it for USB playback. If you have a large music library with 100's or 1000's of albums, this would obviously be very time consuming. 

For this reason alone, we recommend using a NAS drive or dedicated UPnP media server with your network player instead. This would not only save you a lot of time, but would also enable you to browse via Genre/Artist/Album etc. USB browsing is intended on our network players as quick, convenient playback of a few tracks and not recommended for larger libraries.

 

 

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