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    Why GraceNote??

    Can someone please explain to me why Mazda (and other car companies) use Gracenote for music ID on their infotainment systems? As I understand it, (and I may be wrong here), album art and titles are pulled from the Gracenote DB. This can be an issues if you listen to some weird stuff that does not reside in the Gracenote DB. Why not just use the ID3 tags of your mp3 files to display artist/song/album art? Wouldn't that make more sense?

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    They get a kick-back and we get kicked. I could never update it, don't know what's it for.

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    Actually I think I found out why. In order to get your album artwork and artist/song title displayed for any other music format other than MP3 (.WAV, .OGG) Gracenote is needed. While mp3's store the metadata in the ID3 tag, .WAV and .OGG don't have a uniform way of storing the data always in the same location. In order for Mazda to get rid of gracenote, the would have disable the playback of any sound file other than mp3. Then, people would complain that they don't support more file formats. Gracenote is the only way right now that displays metadata across multiple file formats. Toyota and other manufacturers do this as well. For me, I really don't care about .wav or .ogg since my music library consists of mainly .mp3 and .flac files and I only use .mp3 for my car SSD drive.
    Gracenote however is the culprit in slow playlist loading times and often mismatching artist/artwork data. Best solution would be if Mazda would give us an option to disable gracenote via a menu in the MZD Connect system.
    Last edited by SndChsr; 01-13-2018 at 12:45 AM. Reason: Updated info

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    Has anybody successfully updated Gracenote via USB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gce View Post
    Has anybody successfully updated Gracenote via USB?
    Nope - NEVER. Tried: multiple times. My trusted dealer said: forget it, we can't do it.

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