Playing MP3 Files In My New 2010 Honda Civic?

I just purchased a 2012 Civic EX Sedan and I want to play MP3s through
the car stereo. Inside the center console there is a USB connector that
Honda states you can use to plugin either an MP3 player such as the IPod
or a USB Flash Drive.

I puchased a 16 GB USB Flash drive from Best Buy the other day. I
copied a bunch of MP3 files to the drive and then plugged the drive into
the center console. I then selected Aux to choose the USB as the audio
source and, after about 20 minutes of "reading" the flash drive I got an
error saying "Unsupported." That's it. No other details.

I called the dealership and they really had no idea about what could
have been the problem so I called the Honda America technical support
number. The people at Honda told me that the flash drive was NOT the
problem it was the fact that the MP3s I was trying to play did not have
the correct "copywright info" on them (whatever that means, perhaps

So I take the flash drive back upstairs and copy only 2 or 3 MP3s
from my computer. These are MP3s that I "ripped" myself from the
original CD (which I still own). I again took the flash drive down to
the Civic and tried to play the MP3s. Same problem.

A few questions:

1. Do you guys think Honda is giving me the right information?

2. If so, what is this copy protection they are talking about? Wouldn't
you think that the copy protection would have to be removed for the car
stereo to play the MP3? (I thought the whole point of copy protection
was to prevent MP3s from being played on foreign devices/programs other
than the one used to purchase the MP3, eg. ITunes.

3. Is there a program out there that would allow me to "inspect" the
MP3 to make sure it has all the correct "stuff" to play in my Civic
instead of having to do this by trial and error?

Any other suggestions, comments, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!


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