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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s

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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s
    Hello everyone,

    Here's the story:

    I bought a 16GB USB Flash drive off ebay. I know there's always a risk of getting fakes, but I took my chances.

    Everything seems to be working alright, but for some reason, it's not able to play mp3s. I tried adding different mp3 files, opening them in different media players, and moving the files on to the desktop, but nothing works.
    WAVs don't seem to work either - maybe it doesn't like audio files?
    There's an avi file on there that plays fine.

    I'm not sure what brand the flash drive is (it's a jewelery flash drive, so there's no logo on it). I also can't contact the seller, because it appears they aren't a registered user anymore.

    Any help would be wonderful, and please, no lectures about buying hardware from ebay (I'm already kicking myself).

    Electro Orca

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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s
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    Does it work if you move the files to your computer?
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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s
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    Quote Originally Posted by electro.orca View Post
    I bought a 16GB USB Flash drive off ebay ...it's not able to play mp3s. I tried adding different mp3 files, opening them in different media players, and moving the files on to the desktop, but nothing works
    I think you've answered your own concerns about authenticity and functionality in saying that a) "everything seems to be working alright" and b) "an avi file on there that plays fine". Therefore, the flash drive is working.

    First suggestion: transfer all your flash drive material to your hard drive if possible, or to some other storage device, and then reformat the flash drive with Disk Utility (although one of our Mods recommends using Win to do that job).

    Second: check that a 16 Gb flash drive is fully functional with whatever Mac and MacOS you're using (which are ??????). In that I'm thinking about what format to use when reformatting the flash drive.
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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s

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    Such a quick reply - you guys rock!

    Here is my Mac information:
    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB

    Mac OS: 10.5.8

    It would be great if I could get the flash drive to work on other computers as well. If I reformat it, will it only work for Mac?

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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s
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    Quote Originally Posted by electro.orca View Post
    If I reformat it, will it only work for Mac?
    No, you reformat it MS-DOS File System (FAT32), which will work on both MacOS and Win OS.
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    Flash Drive won't play mp3s

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    It worked! Thank you so much!!!

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