Toyota Tundra Owners Manual: Listening to a USB memory device

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Connecting a USB memory device enables you to enjoy music from the vehicle speakers.

Select "USB" on the "Select Audio Source" screen.

Audio control screen

  1. "Select Audio Source" screen appears
  2. Displays cover art
  3. Displaying the folder list
  4. Random playback
  5. Repeat play
  6. Pause
    Select to resume playback
  7. Setting the sound

Using an external device

■USB memory functions

  • Depending on the USB memory device that is connected to the system, the device itself may not be operable and certain functions may not be available.

    If the device is inoperable or a function is unavailable due to a malfunction (as opposed to a system specification), disconnecting the device and reconnecting it may resolve the problem.

  • If the USB memory device still does not begin operation after being disconnected and reconnected, format the memory.

■Error messages for USB memory

Message Cause/Correction procedures
"Connection error. Please consult your Owner's Manual for instruction on how to connect the USB device." This indicates a problem with the USB memory device or its connection.
"There are no files available for playback. Please add compatible files to your USB device." This indicates that no MP3/WMA/AAC files are included on the USB memory device.

■USB memory

  • Compatible devices
    USB memory device that can be used for MP3, WMA and AAC playback.
  • Compatible device formats
    The following device format can be used:
    • USB communication format: USB2.0 HS (480 Mbps) and FS (12 Mbps)
    • File system format: FAT16/32 (Windows)
    • Correspondence class: Mass storage class
      MP3, WMA and AAC files written to a device with any format other than those listed above may not play correctly, and their file names and folder names may not be displayed correctly.

    Items related to standards and limitations are as follows:

    • Maximum directory hierarchy: 8 levels
    • Maximum number of folders in a device: 3000 (including the root)
    • Maximum number of files in a device: 9999
    • Maximum number of files per folder: 255
  • MP3, WMA and AAC files
    MP3 (MPEG Audio LAYER 3) is a standard audio compression format.

    Files can be compressed to approximately 1/10 of their original size using MP3 compression.

    WMA (Windows Media Audio) is a Microsoft audio compression format.

    This format compresses audio data to a size smaller than that of the MP3 format.

    AAC is short for Advanced Audio Coding and refers to an audio compression technology standard used with MPEG2 and MPEG4.

    MP3, WMA and AAC file and media/formats compatibility are limited.

  • MP3 file compatibility
    • Compatible standards
    • Compatible sampling frequencies
      MPEG1 AUDIO LAYER3: 32, 44.1, 48 (kHz)
      MPEG2 AUDIO LAYER3: 16, 22.05, 24 (kHz)
    • Compatible bit rates (compatible with VBR)
      MPEG1 AUDIO LAYER3: 32-320 (kbps)
      MPEG2 AUDIO LAYER3: 8-160 (kbps)
    • Compatible channel modes: stereo, joint stereo, dual channel and monaural
  • WMA file compatibility
    • Compatible standards
      WMA Ver. 7, 8, 9
    • Compatible sampling frequencies
      HIGH PROFILE 32, 44.1, 48 (kHz)
    • Compatible bit rates
      HIGH PROFILE 48-320 (kbps, VBR)
  • AAC file compatibility
    • Compatible standards
    • Compatible sampling frequencies
      11.025/12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 (kHz)
    • Compatible bit rates
      16-320 (kbps)
    • Compatible channel modes: 1 ch and 2 ch
  • File names
    The only files that can be recognized as MP3/WMA/AAC and played are those with the extension .mp3 or .wma.
  • ID3, WMA and AAC tags
    ID3 tags can be added to MP3 files, making it possible to record the track title, artist name, etc.

    The system is compatible with ID3 Ver. 1.0, 1.1, and Ver. 2.2, 2.3 ID3 tags.

    (The number of characters is based on ID3 Ver. 1.0 and 1.1.) WMA tags can be added to WMA files, making it possible to record the track title and artist name in the same way as with ID3 tags.

    AAC tags can be added to AAC files, making it possible to record the track title and artist name in the same way as with ID3 tags.

  • MP3, WMA and AAC playback
    • When a device containing MP3, WMA and AAC files is connected, all files in the USB memory device are checked. Once the file check is finished, the first MP3, WMA and AAC file is played. To make the file check finish more quickly, we recommend that you do not include any files other than MP3, WMA and AAC files or create any unnecessary folders.
    • When a USB memory device is connected and the audio source is changed to USB memory mode, the USB memory device will start playing the first file in the first folder. If the same device is removed and reconnected (and the contents have not been changed), the USB memory device will resume play from the same point in which it was last used.
  • Extensions
    If the file extensions .mp3, .wma and .m4a are used for files other than MP3, WMA and AAC files, they will be skipped (not played).
  • Playback
    • To play MP3 files with steady sound quality, we recommend a fixed bit rate of at least 128 kbps and a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz.
    • There is a wide variety of freeware and other encoding software for MP3, WMA and AAC files on the market, and depending on the status of the encoding and the file format, poor sound quality or noise at the start of playback may result. In some cases, playback may not be possible at all.
    • Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are the registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S.A. and other countries.

■While driving Do not connect a USB memory device or operate the device controls.



■To prevent damage to the USB memory device or its terminals

  • Do not leave the USB memory device in the vehicle. The temperature inside the vehicle may become high, resulting in damage to the USB memory device.
  • Do not push down on or apply unnecessary pressure to the USB memory device while it is connected.
  • Do not insert foreign objects into the port.

Using the AUX port

To use the AUX port, connect a portable player, then select "AUX" on the "Select Audio Source" screen.

■Operating portable audio players connected to the multimedia system The volume can be adjusted using the vehicle's audio controls. All other adjustments must be made on the portable audio player itself.

■When using a portable audio player connected to the power outlet Noise may occur during playback. Use the power source of the portable audio player.


■While driving Do not connect a portable audio player or operate the device controls.

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