Honda C.D. Library with Gracenote

Technology Tuesday at Buckeye HondaToday on Technology Tuesday we are going to go over the Honda CD Library and how it uses Gracenote to provide a great experience.

First available in the Honda Odyssey and now available in the Honda Pilot, Accord and Crosstour without navigation the Honda CD Library is a flash based system that allows you to save store purchased audio C.D.s directly to the system.

For those that still like to purchase C.D.s and are not as inclined to stream music from a bluetooth device or MP3 player this is the best of both worlds.  The system is large enough (2gb) to hold about 18 C.D.s, plenty for most of us.  The system is set-up to automatically ask if you would like to have your C.D. added to the library once you insert it into the C.D. slot.  With a gracenotespush of the button the system will start adding the songs to your library, you are able to listen to the C.D. while it works or you can choose one of the other audio formats.  It takes about 10-12 minutes depending on how many songs are on the C.D. and how long the songs are.

Once you have added the C.D. to your library the system will use the album and song database called Gracenote that is already loaded into the system to properly tag the C.D. and songs with their appropriate titles.  If the C.D. is a newer release and not in your current database the tracks and C.D. will display as disc# and track# and are still accessible for your listening enjoyment.

gracenotesvesionGracenote is a music database that enables your Honda audio system to identify artist, album and song names. The most popular and trusted ID technology for consumer electronics today, Gracenote will help you better manage and thoroughly enjoy your music collection.

Updates to the Gracenote database are released quarterly and can be downloaded for installation on your vehicle’s audio system.  The Gracenote database can be updated for free up to 4 times a year.  The process is a little time consuming but very easy.  Buckeye Honda will start having these database updates available at the dealership.  If you would like to have your Gracenote database upgraded or see if there is an upgrade available let us know when you are making your service appointment and we can arrange to have your system updated while your vehicle is in for service or get you a copy of the update instructions.

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If you would like to update the Gracenote database yourself you can go to the Official Honda Gracenote webpage here.  All you have to do is select your vehicle using the drop down menu and the current update will be available to you along with directions on how to download the .zip files and what you need to do with them once you have them.  The system won’t let you install an older update so there is no worry about going backwards.

The greatest benefit to being able to store your audio tracks directly to the audio system is being able to remove the C.D.s from your vehicle and listen to them someplace else, not to mention there will be less clutter in your beautiful Honda and you still get to listen to your new favorite song while driving down the highway!

For more information about the Honda C.D. Library check out the video below.

**Contest Time** Go to our Facebook page and let us know what your favorite song for the road is for a chance to win a $25 Gas Card!  You can also tweet to us your answer @Buckeyehonda make sure to use the hashtag #techtues Contest Ends Monday, July 1st 2013 at 4pm EST.

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