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Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

I gave up on XM Radio due to the high cost. Now I would like to connect an MP3 player to the Zumo 550. I know there is a built in MP3 player, BUT, It is limited. The max you can record in the zumo 550 is 4 Gig. I am thinking about getting a 32 or 64 Gig Mp3 player. Has anyone done this? I know that the zumo 550 has a bluetooth attachment capability. Has anyone connected a blue tooth MP3 Player?

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I gave up on XM Radio due to the high cost. Now I would like to connect an MP3 player to the Zumo 550. I know there is a built in MP3 player, BUT, It is limited. The max you can record in the zumo 550 is 4 Gig. I am thinking about getting a 32 or 64 Gig Mp3 player. Has anyone done this? I know that the zumo 550 has a bluetooth attachment capability. Has anyone connected a blue tooth MP3 Player?

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I recently put an 8gb SD card in my 550.
4gb is around 700 songs which equated to about 40 hours of music. 8gb is double that. How far were you planning on riding?

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I recently put an 8gb SD card in my 550.
4gb is around 700 songs which equated to about 40 hours of music. 8gb is double that. How far were you planning on riding?

that's what I was thinking...

plus, if you "connect" an MP3 player, you will lose the touchscreen controls functionality that you have on the Zumo--unless you also buy a remote- or secondary control for the MP3 player, you're gonna' have a hell of a time changing songs, etc, as you ride.

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Re: Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

I should have given you more info on the problem. I tried both a 4 G and an 8 G card. I loaded onto them in accordance with the 550 instructions. When I tried to listen, the 550 would not recognize the MP3 files in either card. Also, I tried to place an address in the 550 and it rejected it saying No Data Available. I had to reload the software to get it back to normal. Obviously there is a problem.

I am worried that I will screw up the GPS function and that is the primary need. So, my thought would be to use an external MP3 player that I can connect to my computer for loading music. I can place the MP3 player next to the 550 on the shelf and select the tunes from the player.

I have found a 30G MP3 player for about $71. It says it has bluetooth capability for the speaker output. Do you thing it is likely to be compatable with the bluetooth in the Garmin 550?

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Re: Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

Did you have the songs in folders, or were they lumped together in the root directory? The songs need to be in separate folders, I found about 20 songs per folder increases efficiency and operation. I have used up to 8G cards without a problem. Also, you should know with the 550 it does not play in stereo via bluetooth if you decide to go that route.

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I should have given you more info on the problem. I tried both a 4 G and an 8 G card. I loaded onto them in accordance with the 550 instructions. When I tried to listen, the 550 would not recognize the MP3 files in either card. Also, I tried to place an address in the 550 and it rejected it saying No Data Available. I had to reload the software to get it back to normal. Obviously there is a problem.

I am worried that I will screw up the GPS function and that is the primary need. So, my thought would be to use an external MP3 player that I can connect to my computer for loading music. I can place the MP3 player next to the 550 on the shelf and select the tunes from the player.

I have found a 30G MP3 player for about $71. It says it has bluetooth capability for the speaker output. Do you thing it is likely to be compatable with the bluetooth in the Garmin 550?

Any ideas?

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Honestly Richo you are adding complexity that isnt necessary.
Focus on the problem of your files on the SD card and seek some external assitance if you have to.
There is heaps of information on http://www.zumoforums.com/.
As someone else has said, your music files must be MP3 not just copied from CD's.
They must be in folders that you can name whatever you want as long as you store them in the music directory and keep it to about 20 songs per folder.
Like I previously said, I have over 700 songs on mine and no issues with any other functionality.
Take it to a good ZUMO retailer for help if you cant get it sorted yourself.

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Re: Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

OK, I got the MP3 function to work. I can now play tunes through the internal speaker in the 550 mount in the car. If I were to connect an earphone to the audio output jack I assume I could listen. I will try it on the bike mount and confirm that it plays through the earphone jack.

However, I have lost the voice prompts for navigation. This may be due to the downloading of the new program and maps from Garmin. Also the symbol of the bike on the map has changed to a triangle. Another issue is that it takes 3 minutes to start navigating (Very annoying). Any thoughts on the new problems? I will probably call Garmin next week if I don't figure it out.

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OK, I got the MP3 function to work. I can now play tunes through the internal speaker in the 550 mount in the car. If I were to connect an earphone to the audio output jack I assume I could listen. I will try it on the bike mount and confirm that it plays through the earphone jack.

However, I have lost the voice prompts for navigation. This may be due to the downloading of the new program and maps from Garmin. Also the symbol of the bike on the map has changed to a triangle. Another issue is that it takes 3 minutes to start navigating (Very annoying). Any thoughts on the new problems? I will probably call Garmin next week if I don't figure it out.

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Richard it sounds like you have disturbed some of the settings that has caused the voice prompts and the icon to change.
If you go back into the settings menu which is the picture of a spanner.
You will see a tab at the bottom of the screen called Restore.
Select that and it will ask if you you want to restore the factory setting. If you select yes it should change it back to how it was when you got it.
In relation to the delay on map reading. This is why it has been suggested that you only keep your music in folders of around 20 songs. If you dont the ZUMO will take forever just to load up the music.
It may seem like a bit of effort but if you set it up right it will work fine.
Your plug in headset will work on the bike if you plug into the audio jack on the left hand side of the cradle.
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Re: Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

for what it is worth there is no way to hook up a external mp3 play to a zumo, I have never seen a adaptor the size of a sd card. If you did pair the player via bluetooth the resulting output would be mono not stereo, as the 550 does not support a2dp stereo protocols. The long loading time is due to the size of the card you are trying to load, If you had a autocom unit you could play your music into the music port of the autocom then plug the zumo into the Autocom, when nav instructiions needed to be given it would mute your music so you could hear the nav instructions. You could even pair you cell phone to the zumo then connect to your autocom unit witha part #4066. This would allow you to make and recieve phone calls through the zumo and see the calls on the screen of the zumo as well as your phone book. Call me if you need any further information. Kieth

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Re: Connecting an External MP3 Player to a Garmin Zumo 550

Got the Garmin working right. I think the second loading of the software program, did it. I now have my voice prompts back and MP3 Tunes from the 4 GHz SD Card. So, I won't need any external MP3 player. How sweet it is when something works right.

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