Yeah, we know that... however, sometimes their behavior can be a little unpredictable. Before you use it in any type of computer it needs to be formatted correctly, which I assume would be a FAT file in this case. But the real issue is that, though the drive can contain files, the file format has to be one that can be read by the device (in this case, a car music system) and FAT 32 is usually the easiest system. The BEST way to format a usb drive is with (in) the device you will be using it on. But I doubt it can be done in a car system. Format it fresh at FAT 32 (which both Windows and Mac can read), put a FEW files on it and see what happens. If you are on a Mac, try the native format. If it still does not work, there may be a compatibility issue with the drive.A USB drive is a storage device that is connected to a USB port on a computer. USB means "universal serial bus" and is a type of serial port that can allow for devices to be added or removed without first powering off the PC.
It does indees need to be formated as FAT... FAT32 is a no-go which means that (like most Infotainment systems) it is running a Linux Kernel. I also have a 128GB USB Flash Drive connected to the port in my glovebox. I've never removed it since day 1, and it only takes a few seconds to initialize on startup (which is much more convenient than unpluggin/plugging in an iPod). You "might" also have an additional delay that is being caused by the iPod itself being powered on as it would not being initialized as a mass storage device... I wouldn't know if that's the case as I refuse to use Apple's stuff