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Ok I have a few questions in preparation for picking up my car in Oct. I figure if I get them answered and do the prepwork now I will be much better off. so here goes:

1. Am I correct in assuming that MFT plays the music off your IPOD and does not have either an independant player nor hard drive storage space to store songs?

2. I did not get NAV with VOICE, is there VOICE in MFT so I can use voice commands with my music or no?

3. I have all my music on a terrabyte drive in conjunction with item 1 MFT will not play them off this drive correct?

4. is there a limit on the number of songs you can have indexed in MFT ?

thanks for the help with the noob questions .... I Have downloaded all the manuals but haven't gotten to the MFT one yet .. still working on going through the owners manual
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu-eOb6bog4
YouTube has several clips about Ford MFT. some show the problems they have. Ipod needs to be connected to the USB port Sync is used to talk to your MFT (my ford touch) I have had problems with sync understanding NAV directions constantly I have set up favorites and use the touch screen rather than sync to interface with NAV. search youtube and you should find features about the focus and it's various options.
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu-eOb6bog4
YouTube has several clips about Ford MFT. some show the problems they have. Ipod needs to be connected to the USB port Sync is used to talk to your MFT (my ford touch) I have had problems with sync understanding NAV directions constantly I have set up favorites and use the touch screen rather than sync to interface with NAV. search youtube and you should find features about the focus and it's various options.
yeah I know about the vids but cant get them out here where I am, too much bandwidth
 

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Well I spent 6 hours last night trying to work out all the quirks and glitches with my MP3 player and MFT.

Initially I was constantly getting reindexing all the time for about 5-10 minutes every time I started the car. It would eventually finish and would also finish building voice commands, but it would always start up again. Album art would never show up. This was with a Zune HD and Gracenote everything turned off.

So I turned on Gracenote. This didnt do anything, except increase my index times!

I downloaded Mp3Tag and analyzed my songs. While most tag information was correct, I had tons of different tag versions for most of my songs! ID3v1, ID3v2.3, APE v3 etc for many of them! All in the same MP3! This could DEFINITELY be causing some issues! You dont have to do this step, but its nice to see at a glance how messy your metadata is!

So heres what I did to fix everything. End results is this:
- Indexes 1500 songs in about 15 minutes. Building voice commands takes less than 5 minutes.
- Album art shows up.
- Reindexing, if it happens when I start my car finishes in less than 30 seconds, but voice controls and everything shows up during this time.

Software Needed:
- MediaBrainz Picard

Steps to take: (from memory, so some things may be misworded)
1. Use Picard to retag everything in your music folder.
- Go a few folders at a time if you have 25gigs of songs like I do!
- Settings required:
| Save cover art to mp3 file
| download and install the cover art downloader plugin
| use track based relationship
| REMOVE all tags prior to writing
| write only in ID3v2.3
| remove APE tags from mp4 files
| rest at defaults, or whatever you like
(I used retag, rename, and move files. I am not sure if that helped, but it definitely makes everything much neater! If you do this, configure the move option in the preferences dialog to pick a DIFFERENT base directory then the one you are working in. You can always move the finished songs back when you are finished and deleted the cruft! At the minimum you HAVE to have atleast retag)
2. This will take a while, but basically you drag and drop folders into the left side of Picard. They will all show up in the first folder (unmatched or something)
3. Click the cluster button at the middle top of the screen. This will sort songs into album based folders in the Clusters folder.
4. Going an album at a time, click lookup. If successful, it will move to the right panel. Click it, and go through and ensure everything looked up properly. Definitely check for album art. If it looks slihglty off, or there is no album art, right click it and pick a different version from the "different versions" (or something) option. This should find a version with proper tags and album art.
5. Click save, wait for it to finish, then REMOVE.
6. Repeat until finished

This took me about 4-5 hours for about 6500 songs. I am anal, so double checked everything and took my time. The software is very intuitive and powerful once you get used to using it. It doesnt let you directly edit your metadata (atleast I havent figured out) but you can always finish editing afterwards using Mp3Tag. Always ensure you ONLY save an ID3v2.3, and not multiple versions!

In the end, it was worth it! Granted, I never had serious problems to begin with but now everything "just works!"


This is great info, and worthy of a sticky! :)
 

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Ok I have a few questions in preparation for picking up my car in Oct. I figure if I get them answered and do the prepwork now I will be much better off. so here goes:

1. Am I correct in assuming that MFT plays the music off your IPOD and does not have either an independant player nor hard drive storage space to store songs?

2. I did not get NAV with VOICE, is there VOICE in MFT so I can use voice commands with my music or no?

3. I have all my music on a terrabyte drive in conjunction with item 1 MFT will not play them off this drive correct?

4. is there a limit on the number of songs you can have indexed in MFT ?

thanks for the help with the noob questions .... I Have downloaded all the manuals but haven't gotten to the MFT one yet .. still working on going through the owners manual
1. yea, the music files reside on your phone, media player, or USB drive

2. yep, you'll get voice controls for your entertaiment, climate, phone

3. I've read some posts on other boards where people have successfully added external USB hard drives to MFT although 100GB is the recommended limit, I've read where some people have gotten 160GB to work.

4. From what I've read, SYNC can handle about 20,000 tracks if compressed at 128Kbps, and less for higher compression rates, maybe around 12,000 at 320Kbps. I'd recommend starting out with a smaller number, and work your way up!


Some other stuff,


Make sure your usb devices are formatted for FAT32 !!! NTFS wont work!

Make sure you clean up your files like discussed above

Again, the recommended maximum capacity for any media device is 100GB



SYNC supposedly has a limit of 15,000 grammar objects. Each track can have 4 commands associated with it; Genre, Artist, Album, Track. Repeats don't count so, for example, you only use one grammar object for each Artist, no matter how many tracks you have by that Artist. If you use up all your 15,000 grammar objects, the system will disable the "Track" commands.

Have fun!!!!!! :)
 

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Good additional stuff Jessica .... I am gonna have sooo much stuff to gather up when I finally get my car LOL! I am gonna be really pissed if they don't close this dang place on time
 

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ok I am using "musicbrainz" mentioned above and am finding a fair number of albums coming up with "no matching released for cluster (album name). is there something I can do about this? I would understand if it was some unknown artist but this is happening on stuff like "All the best" by Tina Tuner (both CDs)
 

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ok I am using "musicbrainz" mentioned above and am finding a fair number of albums coming up with "no matching released for cluster (album name). is there something I can do about this? I would understand if it was some unknown artist but this is happening on stuff like "All the best" by Tina Tuner (both CDs)
Hit the manual lookup button on the bottom left in the cluster. Then on the website pick the one that matches. If its not there, your kinda sunk. Use mp3 tag and update the info yourself and embed the album art. Make sure it saves ONLY in ID3v2.3
 

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Hit the manual lookup button on the bottom left in the cluster. Then on the website pick the one that matches. If its not there, your kinda sunk. Use mp3 tag and update the info yourself and embed the album art. Make sure it saves ONLY in ID3v2.3
I found a partial solution that if I do a scan of the album it will find them all and put the volumes in a single folder, which is fine by me because at least that tags are all there.

So now I have 90% of my albums done. What I am having an issue with now is that I have a lot of multi volume set that just aren't working, even with a scan. so I guess I will have to do it manually or use another database if Picard will let me. I KNOW some of these are in music databases because when I ripped them it picked up most of the data. gonna take awhile tho I think.
 

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Well I spent 6 hours last night trying to work out all the quirks and glitches with my MP3 player and MFT.

Initially I was constantly getting reindexing all the time for about 5-10 minutes every time I started the car. It would eventually finish and would also finish building voice commands, but it would always start up again. Album art would never show up. This was with a Zune HD and Gracenote everything turned off.

So I turned on Gracenote. This didnt do anything, except increase my index times!

I downloaded Mp3Tag and analyzed my songs. While most tag information was correct, I had tons of different tag versions for most of my songs! ID3v1, ID3v2.3, APE v3 etc for many of them! All in the same MP3! This could DEFINITELY be causing some issues! You dont have to do this step, but its nice to see at a glance how messy your metadata is!

So heres what I did to fix everything. End results is this:

- Indexes 1500 songs in about 15 minutes. Building voice commands takes less than 5 minutes.
- Album art shows up.
- Reindexing, if it happens when I start my car finishes in less than 30 seconds, but voice controls and everything shows up during this time.

Software Needed:

- MediaBrainz Picard

Steps to take: (from memory, so some things may be misworded)

1. Use Picard to retag everything in your music folder.

- Go a few folders at a time if you have 25gigs of songs like I do!

- Settings required:
| Save cover art to mp3 file
| download and install the cover art downloader plugin
| use track based relationship
| REMOVE all tags prior to writing
| write only in ID3v2.3
| remove APE tags from mp4 files
| rest at defaults, or whatever you like

(I used retag, rename, and move files. I am not sure if that helped, but it definitely makes everything much neater! If you do this, configure the move option in the preferences dialog to pick a DIFFERENT base directory then the one you are working in. You can always move the finished songs back when you are finished and deleted the cruft! At the minimum you HAVE to have atleast retag)

2. This will take a while, but basically you drag and drop folders into the left side of Picard. They will all show up in the first folder (unmatched or something)

3. Click the cluster button at the middle top of the screen. This will sort songs into album based folders in the Clusters folder.

4. Going an album at a time, click lookup. If successful, it will move to the right panel. Click it, and go through and ensure everything looked up properly. Definitely check for album art. If it looks slihglty off, or there is no album art, right click it and pick a different version from the "different versions" (or something) option. This should find a version with proper tags and album art.

5. Click save, wait for it to finish, then REMOVE.

6. Repeat until finished

This took me about 4-5 hours for about 6500 songs. I am anal, so double checked everything and took my time. The software is very intuitive and powerful once you get used to using it. It doesnt let you directly edit your metadata (atleast I havent figured out) but you can always finish editing afterwards using Mp3Tag. Always ensure you ONLY save an ID3v2.3, and not multiple versions!

In the end, it was worth it! Granted, I never had serious problems to begin with but now everything "just works!"


Bumping this thread up since it has good info.
 

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Ford Drivers to Receive a Faster, More Intuitive MyFord Touch

Ford Drivers to Receive a Faster, More Intuitive MyFord Touch

http://www.wiredprnews.com/2011/11/...ore-intuitive-myford-touch_2011111523852.html

2011-11-15 13:59:27 (GMT) (WiredPRNews.com - Auto News, Business, Press Releases)







11/14/2011 // Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA // CambridgePRGroup // Michael Wong

Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system will be faster and easier to use thanks to software upgrades coming early next year, the automaker has announced. The upgraded touchscreen system will debut on the 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus, but will be available as a no-cost download for all existing Ford vehicles equipped with MyFord Touch, like the 2012 Ford Focus currently being sold at Ford dealers.

The upgraded MyFord Touch system will feature larger fonts and more intuitive menus that will make the most often used controls easier to find when accessing media, phone calls, navigation and climate control. Meanwhile, an improved touch-screen response time will help drivers find these controls faster. MyFord Touch will also include tablet support in the form of iPad connectivity, as well as support for the audiobook application Audible.com, so Boston Ford drivers can “read” while facing the morning gridlock on I-95.

“Technology moves at a lightning-fast pace, but Ford has remained on the cutting edge when it comes to making sure its drivers benefit from the latest innovations,” said Jeff Klein, general sales manager of Beverly, Massachusetts Ford dealership Thomas Ford. “The driving experience can always be improved, and Ford has never been content to settle when there are helpful new features that can be added to their vehicles.”

While owners of the 2012 Ford Focus will have to wait until early next year to download the MyFord Touch upgrade, they can still take advantage of all of the functionality in the current SYNC with MyFord Touch system. SYNC allows Ford owners to synchronize their smartphones or MP3 players with the communications software in their vehicle and use simple voice commands to make phone calls, play music, get directions and control the cabin climate.

Ford fans saw Focus upgrades of a different nature at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show that took place in Las Vegas earlier this month. One Ford Focus modified by aftermarket specialists 3dCarbon featured a satin 3M wrap and a lowered suspension, while another by Roush Performance included a high-flow induction system and twin-outlet high-flow exhaust system. Other customized versions of Ford’s compact car captured fans’ attention with loud color schemes, like a bold red and black Focus from Steeda.

Although SEMA has passed, Ford fans can look forward to seeing what the automaker brings to the upcoming LA Auto Show, taking place Nov. 18 through Nov. 27. Ford is slated to feature the sportier Ford Focus ST coming to the U.S. market next year, complete with its new torque-steer compensation scheme. Meanwhile, the race-ready Ford Focus ST-R will also make an appearance at the auto show.

“The Ford Focus is such a versatile vehicle that it pleases the technologically inclined, the aftermarket tinkers and the performance lovers,” added Klein. “The car appeals to such a broad base of car lovers that it’s no surprise we’re seeing it pop up everywhere.”
 
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