You are probably right, but I only listen to music in the car, don't have an mp3 player, and have all these Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, etc CDs.
Although with XM radio I don't listen to the hard drive as much as before.
I was referring to the use of a USB flash drive, just copy all your mp3 songs over to it, plug it into the port and it acts just like a hard drive would. I purchased a 16 gig SanDisk mini USB flash drive and was able to put enough songs on it to cover 10 days of non-stop music. They also come in 32 gig size. They are so small they take up no room at all.
Cruzer Fit™ USB Flash Drive
6GB | Item # SDCZ33-016G
The original questions has not been answered. I find it hard to believe that Lexus is so antiquated. My wife 2013 RX350 radio will not let her surf channels on Sirius radio. Only the present channels are surf-able. Also the left side of the display only shows channel numbers, why can't they show the title of the channel. I have a 2010 Ford truck, and it shows the channel number and title.
I guess my question is "will lexus have an update to improve their display"
IggyGal, I believe your questions have been answered. When you have the radio screen selected, the station information and and song information appear to the right. You can also have the audio information appear full-time if you split the navigation screen.
And you can scroll through the stations simply by holding the up or down arrow button down. The up and down arrows buttons on both the steering wheel and the dash function in two ways. To scroll through the presets, you push the button once. If you want to scroll through all the stations, but not only the presets, you simply hold the button down until it beeps. The next station in numerical sequence will appear, not the preset. I'm suspect the RX does the same thing.
... I find it hard to believe that Lexus is so antiquated ... the left side of the display only shows channel numbers, why can't they show the title of the channel. I have a 2010 Ford truck, and it shows the channel number and title. I guess my question is "will lexus have an update to improve their display"
I just got a 2015 RX 350 and it has the same interface limitation where you can't see the names of XM channels on the left side (i.e., you can't see the name of the channel you select until you select it.)
I replaced my 2007 Camry where the names of all 6 preset stations (in each bank) were always visible (ie., before selecting a station); so this is a difficult transition for me -- admittedly a multi-genre music enthusiast.
This could easily be improved via a software update; but since this is my first Lexus purchase, I don't know how frequently updates are released.
Try creating station assignments by type or genre and placing them in the six (6) preset screens,
ie. 1/6 has local news, 2/6 has NPR, 3/6 has music, 4/6 has talk 5/6 has comedy 6/6 is sports
Use the rocker switch between Menu & Map to quickly page between them and the steering wheel
left spoke silver rocker to choose within the page. As mentioned you can easily tap up/down within a page.
The whole Hard Drive for downloads issue is apparently driven by Lexus Legal...you trade/sell the car with
downloaded copywritten material the new owner didn't pay for and you have ASCAP to deal with...
The solution is easier than the problem, get an iPod and a 6 inch USB cord. Jack it in the console and
bury it under the sunglasses turned on. It will charge whenever the car is on, holds a billion seconds of
program material, on Gen 8 systems you can voice command the song or Artist and...and when you change
vehicles you just grab it and go. No reloading of anything.