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A database update dated June 2018 is available!
NOTE: Version 12 has since been released.  See new article with updated links

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 initial 2017 Fiat 124 Spiders were 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 recent 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

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)

Although more recent 2017 and 2018 vehicles may have come with version 7, rather than version 5, in either case an even newer update – version 9 has recently been released (June 2018) for the Fiat Connect system (and Mazda Connect).  My North American file (280 MB), took close to 15 minutes to update.  Downloads:

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 and Oceania

Chinese version is for China, Hong Kong and Macau

Japanese version



Using a USB drive, here are the Windows instructions to update (do not use a Mac computer to format the USB drive as files are added 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 (close to 15) moments.
Once completed, the system will display that the update was successful and instruct you to acknowledge a reboot.  If by chance the update is taking longer than 15 minutes, be sure to momentarily step on the brake pedal to insure that the system doesn’t go to sleep as this will corrupt the upgrade.

13. The USB drive can be safely removed from the vehicle port as it’s rebooting.

*     bspielman recommends using Funter to clean up USB drives that were formatted using a Mac.

Disabling Gracenote

[added 6/25/2020]
If you find mistakes in the Gracenote database, you are encouraged to submit corrections (using iTunes) that hopefully will be implemented in a future update.  For those that are disappointed in its function, or can’t stand their USB mp3 tags and album artwork getting overridden by Gracenote, you can intentionally disrupt the upgrade, by hitting the start button twice after the halfway point has been reached in Step 12, as shown in the screenshot above, as well as in this video…

you will have essentially wiped out Gracenote.  By properly following the upgrade procedure, you can always reinstall/upgrade the database once again.


A map update dated June 2019 is also available!  

Depending on what version your navigation maps are at, it might be a good time to update your SD card as well.


  1. Is there a concise list (somewhere) of North American map updates since July 2016 by version and issue date? There have been quite a few and I really should have kept better track of what’s actually on the SD card in the car.


  2. Not that I’m aware of, but all you really need be concerned with is if you have the latest version installed. The FIAT Toolbox will let you know what you have, and if there is a newer version available.


  3. What’s your opinion about giving this a try for a 2015 Toyota corolla with HD touchscreen radio with bluetooth abi and it and a built in GPS navigation? I realize this was for your Mazda but have been searching for years for a gracenote update. Yesterday I updated the radio Entune system but it did not include gracenote. I use my android s9 to play music to the bluetooth of the car. There is a screen option to update the Gracenote but it will only work if a usb drive is inserted with the file. Dealers charge the moment they see you! LOL so I am not going there. Appreciate any feedback.


    • The file contents are the same across platforms, but the file name may have different extensions, based on the OS. Feel free to give it a try, especially if the Entune is Linux-based.


  4. every time I Hit install update its says “Installing” and after few seconds its says “Verification Package Failed”. Can you help me?!


  5. I’ve published a formal section to my article today, to answer the question I get a lot regarding disabling Gracenote, as they can’t stand their USB mp3 tags and album artwork getting messed up. It is not a proper solution, but it works.


  6. I don’t believe so, as RootFS was primarily intended for language and font files, and Gracenote is probably installed elsewhere (Resources folder?).

    There is an optional tweak to free up space in RootFS, if you are interested (it deletes large files containing Chinese and Japanese fonts, if you don’t expect they will be needed). I read elsewhere that you successfully installed my version 70 tweaks and the CarPlay hub, so if it is other tweaks you are now wanting to install, use the MZD-AIO to install them, because with version 70 firmware in mind, it has been programmed to write files in the Resources folder instead.


  7. “(as of 7/8/2022, there doesn’t appear to be anything in the required .up format since)”

    Per :

    “Connect 1 systems version 00.09.000 is the latest and last Mazda will release.”

    I believe our 124s have Connect 1, and that neither Mazda nor FIAT will be issuing further updates. Mazda won’t because they’re just issuing .mcg (Connect II format) Gracenote updates now, from . Mazda owners on Connect 1 come here looking for the latest/last one: . And FIAT won’t because, well, their after-sale support for technology was poor even when they were still selling this car.

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  8. Hi,
    The Europe Gracenote update is also available through the official Fiat 124 Spider support site:
    Gracenote Media Database

    To me accessing the site from the EU the link : . …To download the latest Gracenote update click here… leads to this latest Gracenote_EU_January2022.up

    [ameridan’s observation: the link for other versions doesn’t seem to exist]


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