Gracenote® Music database update

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When playing music on your Infotainment Center, you may notice the album covers that are displayed corresponding to the current song.  This is one of the features of the Gracenote® database stored in memory.  The 2017 Fiat 124 Spiders are shipped with version 5 of this database which dates back to 2015, so songs released since then will not be recognized, so by updating your database, more songs will be recognized.

Other benefits of updating your database:

  • Because a phonetic database is also included, voice recognition of artist and album names will be improved when searching using the microphone
  • Once music is identified by MusicID, Gracenote® algorithms can transform music into killer playlists organized by similar Genres, Moods and Tempos
  • Logo and Genre database for all known AM, FM and HD radio stations is also updated
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HD Radio station album art example (I tweaked the system to enlarge the album art, display current date, compass, altitude, speed, get rid of the red border around the status bar message & display my preferred background)

 


Version 7 has just been released for the Fiat Connect system (and Mazda Connect).  My North American file (264 MB), took about 10 min to update from the version 5 to 7.  Download:

European version for Europe (UK, Russia, Germany, France, etc)

North American version for US, Mexico and Canada

ADR version (Australian Design Rules) for Australia, NZ, Taiwan, South America, South Africa, Philippines, Thailand, Oceania

Instructions

Using a USB drive, here are the Windows instructions to update (do not use a Mac computer – files are added to the USB that your Infotainment Center doesn’t like):

1. Insert a FAT 32 formatted USB 2.0 or 3.0 drive into your computer.

2. Download the appropriate gracenotes .up file (from the links above) to the USB drive. Please ensure you have at least 400 megabytes of space remaining and the gracenotes.up file is saved to the top level of file folders on your USB drive.

  • Firefox: After selecting the “click here” link on the website and selecting “Save to Disk,” click “OK,” find the gracenotes .up file in your designated download folder, right-click on the file icon, select “Send To,” and select your USB device by name and/or drive letter in the window to transfer the file.
  • Chrome: After selecting the “click here” link on the website, click “Show in folder” next to the gracenotes .up file name at the bottom of the window, click “Move this file,” locate your USB device by name and/or drive letter in “My Computer,” and click “Move” to transfer the file.
  • IE8/9/10: After selecting the “click here” link on the website, click “Save” in the “File Download” window, select where you will save the gracenotes .up file. It is recommended that you save the gracenotes .up file directly to your USB drive.

3. When the download to the USB drive is complete, safely remove the USB drive from your computer.

4. Make sure your phone is unpaired from the vehicle, especially if you have a lot of contacts, and remove any USB drive(s) with media files, so that you free up enough memory to install the new gracenotes .up file.

5. Insert your update USB drive into your vehicle’s USB port.

6. Select “Settings” on the vehicle’s main display screen.

7. Scroll right and select the “System” tab.

8. Select “Music Database Update”.

9. The system will ask you if you would like to search for an update package for the Music Database on your USB device. Select “Search”.

10. The system shows your current Music Update version and lists updates available on your USB device. Select the newest update.

11. The system displays the version of the Music Update currently installed on your system and asks if you want to install the Music Update version you selected in step 8. Select “Install”.

12. The update may take several moments. Once completed, the system will display that the update was successful and instruct you to acknowledge a reboot.

13. The USB drive can be safely removed from the vehicle port.

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17 thoughts on “Gracenote® Music database update

  1. All went as described for the 07 update until the last step. The opportunity to “install update” came with the warning message “System is not fully available.” so I backed out leaving the 05 version intact. What’s that about??

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    • Hi John,
      I got the same warning last night while updating mine. I went forward regardless and the install completed successfully. Everything seems fine, a some incorrect album artwork that I saw in version 05 is now showing correctly with the new version 07.
      I hope this helps.

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  2. My download (North America) showed as 264 MB, and in the Downloads folder shows as 270,294 KB, if that’s any help. I just tried the link and all seemed fine, so all I can suggest it try downloading it once again. I actually saved to my Downloads folder and then copied to my FAT 32 formatted USB 2.0 drive, contrary to the instructions. I just added the USB 2.0 to the instructions as well, since USB 3.0 may have issues. Sounds like you made a good call aborting, John.

    If you continue to have bad luck, the dealer will update for you when you bring it in, although I believe they use the same method with a USB drive already loaded with the update.

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    • Well, I downloaded it several times. Twice to the usb stick (reformatted each time) and once to my computer download folder. File size was exactly the same all three times.The usb stick does use a tiny bit more space as part of the format process. Then I did it all again after accessing from the fiat website rather than the posted direct link. Still the same. Could this possibly be due to lack of sat receiver (Classica) or my paired but well aged flip phone that doesn’t do tunes (it’s not on the “compatible” list but the phone pairs fine except for text messages)?? My previous experience with the local Fiat dealer/studio is that they know less than zero about the Spider Fiat Connect 7″ screen system and are also not interested. (Dealer tech asked me after observing a problem, “Why do you care about this? Why don’t you just use your phone?”)

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      • I just realized that some people are trying to update the Gracenotes database which involves adding a 264 MB file and they have insufficient memory because their phone is paired to the Infotainment system with a lot of contacts tieing up the needed memory, so i added the new Step 4 which hopefully takes care of that issue. Once the update is completed, the old Gracenote file is deleted, freeing up most of that memory once again.

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  3. Gracenote has nothing to do with sat receiver or your phone; it’s just a music database. My vehicle is a Classica too, so I don’t know what to tell you, but leaving your database at version 5 is no big deal, so I would leave it be for a while…

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  4. Local tech advice was to ignore the “not fully functional” warning and install the update. So I did and it works fine. I found that some cuts on my iPod were coming up “unknown”. When I connected the player to iTunes via my computer, it turned out that those cuts did not have their data correctly formatted in the iTunes fields. After editing those cuts in iTunes, it’s all good now.

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  5. I installed the “Gracenote® Music database update” on my American version Fiat 124 Lusso. Followed your instruction – I did not have a single problem – a complete success just as you described. Dealer had no knowledge of any updates. Have a great day. Richard

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  6. Did the option D and some others on the latest tweaks version and all worked just fine. also upgraded to 7.0 gracenote and it was successful. I just don’t have any covers showing up on XM or HD FM. maybe it’s not transmitted?

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    • Some HD stations do, so you’ll see them eventually. Most HD stations at least transmit their Station ID logo, and that will show up in place of the album. Enjoy the tweaks regardless 😉

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      • Radio display in my Classica with touchscreen/HD FM and no sat shows this: I haven’t found an HD station that does not display at least call letters. Most HD channels display song titles & artists (and sometimes album titles) along with album cover art. When art is not available for a song (or non-music content) most HD stations then display station graphics or a photo of the current DJ. If the HD data stream is lost due to distance or obstructions and the radio switches to analog FM (which has a longer distance range), call sign/station name and titles and artists continue (via FM RBDS) but there are never graphics. I’m not sure how Gracenote interacts with radio but any analog FM station equipped with RBDS subcarrier can transmit it’s own text info as well as format and text song info. HD FM adds the ability for stations to transmit their own graphics. (And both analog and HD stations can transmit live traffic data to nav systems via subcarrier. But that’s a different subject since Fiat Connect is not capable of using that.)

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  7. I’m in Australia and uploaded the ADR version on my 124 Spider. While the update was successful, I don’t seem to see any album art – none even with the original version. I’ve checked with multiple FM stations as well as when streaming Apple Muscic or Spotify from my iPhone. Any thoughts?

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  8. Yeah, same here – updated successfully a while ago. But I have yet to see anything but the generic music note icon… I admit that I MOSTLY listen to XM, but I’ve had FM radio on and streamed music from my iPhone. Weird thing is, the iPhone itself shows album art, even for Sirius XM stream, but the car never has.

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  9. My understanding is XM will never show album art as the app is very old. FM just depends on the station and my experience is that if the station broadcasts HD, they transmit all the Gracenote data on that, rather than the analog broadcast. If you are too far away to get the HD (or you use a stubby antenna which also decreases your range), then you are less likely to see song info and album art.

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  10. Analog FM stations can transmit text (title and artist) via RDS subcarrier. HD FM can also transmit images including album art, station logos and photos of the current DJ. Stations are not required to do any of that and some send parts but not everything. XM does seem to be text only. I use an iPod player and found that Gracenote seems to know graphics only for the generally most popular songs but neither the newest nor many older songs going back a few decades. Since my iPod is loaded from iTunes on my home computer, it’s possible to add album graphics to songs in iTunes (any Google-like search engine can find album and even 7″ picture sleeve art). Fiat Connect displays those images. A side note comparison: I recently bought a new Volvo with their top-end Harmon Kardon audio system. Latest Gracenote updated. That radio only displays text from any kind of station. And from my iPod, text always but album art only from songs where I manually added the art myself.

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