Importing music to the built-in
hard disk drives.

Nativ Vita can import music from an external USB Hard Disk Drive or directly from your PC/Mac via the network. 

General notes:

  • For the music transfer we recommend to connect your Nativ Vita temporarily via Ethernet to your router as it is faster and more reliable. If possible we also recommend to connect your PC/Mac/NAS via Ethernet. Please drag-and-drop smaller music selections (~1000 tracks) first into the Nativ Vita import folder. If all music shows up fine in the Nativ Vita library please transfer bigger portions (we recommend to transfer a maximum of 25GB per session). 
  • Uncompressed audio formats: WAV & AIFF just provide limited metadata and might show up as UNKNOWN ARTIST/ALBUM/TRACK on your Vita if they have not been tagged properly (please read this article for more info). To ensure maximum metadata support we recommend to convert them to another lossless format such as FLAC or Apple Lossless before you import them into Nativ Vita.
  • If you are transferring an iTunes library we recommend to drag-and-drop the artist folders (located in the iTUNES folder) into the Nativ import folder, and not the iTUNES folder. 

 

1. Network import 

Note: We recommend to use the Nativ Vita’s Gigabit Ethernet connection for the transfer of large libraries.

Follow these simple steps:

1.1. On a Windows PC

  1. Press the Windows + “E” key on your keyboard to open the File Explorer.
    Windows File Explorer

  2. In the File Explorer window please enter the IP address of your Nativ Vita, preceded by “\\” and ending with a “\vita” (e.g. “\\192.168.1.74\vita”). 

    Note: You can find the IP address on the Nativ Vita by going to SETTINGS > CONNECTIVITY > NETWORK.

  3. Press ENTER and enter “nativ” as the username and password to open the SAMBA folder, which displays all the music that is stored on your Nativ Vita. 

    Note for Windows 10 users: If the user is set to “Everyone” as default please select MORE CHOICES and then select USE A DIFFERENT ACCOUNT:
    Windows 10

  4. To copy music to the Nativ Vita please drag-and-drop your music library into the “Vita” folder and the transfer will begin. A status window will appear on your desktop that indicates the progress of the import and the estimated time to completion.

    Once the transfer has been completed the Nativ Vita will start indexing the music into its local database. This will be done in the background, but can slow down the system performance until complete. As a rule of thumb it usually takes about the same time to index the music as it took to copy the music to the Samba share folder.

Note: Windows 10 can sometimes have issues with SAMBA share folders.
Windows 10 Error Message Samba

In this case please do the following:

1) Press the Windows + “R” key to open the RUN dialog box.
Windows 10 Run dialog

2) Select the “Advanced” tab and click on the “Manage Passwords” button to access the “Credential Manager”.
Windows 10 Manage Passwords

3) Select “Windows Credentials” and click on the “Add a Windows Credential” link.
Windows 10 Credentials

4) Enter the IP address of your Nativ Vita, preceded by “\\” into the “Internet or network address” entry box. Enter “Everyone” into the Username and press OK.
Nativ Vita Music Server Samba
5) Make sure the credential has been created.Windows 10 Credential added

6) Repeat Steps A to C.

Note: If you get an error message that you cannot connect to the import folder of the Nativ Vita via SMB please check out this FAQ.

 

1.2. On a Mac

  1. In the FINDER select the GO menu and choose “CONNECT TO SERVER…” in the drop-down menu. Nativ Vita SMB

  2. In the following pop-up please enter the Nativ Vita Samba share path into the SERVER ADDRESS field as follows: “smb://X.X.X.X/vita”
    Nativ Vita SMBNote: “X.X.X.X” represents the IP address of your Nativ Vita, which you can find on the Nativ Vita by going to SETTINGS > CONNECTIVITY > NETWORK.

  3. Click on CONNECT. When asked to enter a username and password please enter “nativ” in both fields. A folder with the name of “Vita” will appear on your desktop.

  4. To copy music to the Nativ Vita please drag-and-drop your music library into the “Vita” folder and the transfer will begin. A status window will appear on your desktop that indicates the progress of the import and the estimated time to completion.

    Once the transfer has been completed the Nativ Vita will start indexing the music into its local database. This will be done in the background, but can slow down the system performance until complete. As a rule of thumb it usually takes about the same time to index the music as it took to copy the music to the Samba share folder.

 

2. USB import

Notes:

  • To import music from a USB Hard Drive it needs to be formatted in FAT32, NTFS, EXFAT or EXT4. On a Mac please use FAT32 to format your USB Hard Drive.
  • If you use FAT32 please be aware that individual file size cannot exceed 4GB, and the total capacity of the partition on the USB HDD cannot exceed 2TB. FAT32 is also slower than NTFS.
  • We recommend that your USB HDD only has one partition. If you have several partitions please make sure the music is on the first partition.
  • Nativ Vita will only import music files. Additional content (e.g. videos, photos etc.) will be ignored.
  • Your music can be stored in folders and does not need to be in the root directory. The flatter the hierarchy of your folder structure, the faster the import.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Connect the USB HDD with your music library to the Nativ Vita. Please use the USB port next to the Ethernet port.
  2. A pop-up should appear* on the Nativ Vita’s Touchscreen to confirm if you want to import the complete music library (overwriting all duplicate files on the Nativ Vita’s built-in hard disk drives), or if you just want to import new tracks.
    Nativ Vita USB import

  3. Tap on the CONFIRM button and your music will be imported. After the import has been completed Nativ Vita will automatically eject the USB HDD and start indexing the music into its local database.

* If the pop-up does not appear you can also initiate the importing from USB Hard Drive manually by going to SETTINGS > MUSIC LIBRARY > USB.

 

3. Synchronizing or rebuilding your music library.

As mentioned above the Nativ Vita will index your music library after it was imported, and it will only then show up under MY MUSIC. If your music does not appear after a reasonable time please refer to the instructions for synching or rebuilding your music library

 

 

Last Modified: Aug 12, 2018

Comments 15

  • Michael Fredmark
    03/27/17 2:08 pm

    Hello
    When copieng to the Vita folder, should/could I make a directory for all the artists(fx discoteq/lossless) or is not a god idea.
    btw really bad that the usb-import don’t Work on version 1 ITS NOW we need it not later
    kind regards

    Reply
    • Sally Chen > Michael Fredmark
      03/27/17 11:08 pm

      Hello Michael,

      we recommend to copy the music folders directly to the Samba folder of Nativ Vita. The more directories (folder levels) you create the longer it will take to index the music.

      We understand that USB transfer would be nice and are working on it already. The transfer speed with Gigabit Ethernet is really fast and you should be fine, even for very large libraries.

      Reply
  • Huy Tran
    05/27/17 11:25 pm

    Hello,

    Can you tell me if Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 2.5-Inch HDD will work with the Vita. Also, can I format the drive and copy the music to music outside the Vita and then install it into the Vita? Can the HDD be formatted in NTFS?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Nativ Support > Huy Tran
      05/28/17 3:34 am

      Hello Huy Tran, yes this hard drive seems to work (please see also https://www.nativsound.com/en/user-guide/installing-your-own-hard-disk-drives-ssd for more detailed instructions). When you insert the Hard Drive the Vita formats it to prepare it for its operations so it cannot have any music on it. You will need to import the music either via Network or USB Hard Drive. Have a nice Sunday.

      Reply
      • Robert Jordin > Nativ Support
        06/17/17 8:52 pm

        Is USB External Drive Upload of music to the Vita working yet?

        Reply
        • Nativ Support > Robert Jordin
          06/18/17 1:11 am

          Hello Robert, yes you can import music via USB Hard Drive to the Vita already.

          Reply
          • rcjordin > Nativ Support
            06/18/17 7:06 pm

            Which USB port do you use? I don’t have port labeled “Data”. Is it USB 3 compatible?

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            • Nativ Support > rcjordin
              06/18/17 8:48 pm

              Hello Robert, please use the USB port labeled “DATA” for music import. It is USB 2.0 due to compatibility with USB Class 2.0 Audio, but USB 3.0 drives are usually compatible with 2.0 so that should be no problem.

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              • rcjordin > Nativ Support
                06/19/17 4:21 pm

                Is the USB Data port the USB port located next to the optical port or the USB port next to the ethernet port?

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  • Nativ Support
    06/19/17 4:26 pm

    Hello Robert, the USB Data port is the one next to the Ethernet port.

    Reply
    • rcjordin > Nativ Support
      06/19/17 5:34 pm

      Got it!

      Reply
  • Roger K. Klein
    11/11/17 8:30 pm

    Hello,
    I have a device called mymicrojukebox and I have backuped all of its music to an external HDD. Would I be able to import that music to the Nativ?

    Reply
    • Nativ Support > Roger K. Klein
      11/11/17 8:35 pm

      Dear Roger,

      thank you for your post. Unfortunately I do not know how the mymicrojukebox saves the backup to the USB HDD, but I doubt that it is in a format that the Nativ Vita will understand. Usually they save music in their own proprietary format.

      I do recommend to copy the music from your computer to the Nativ Vita via network (preferably Ethernet). This is the most reliable way.

      Thanks!

      Kevin

      Reply
  • OJ
    07/16/18 4:49 pm

    Can I connect Nativ to an Oliver Multimedia and download selectively transfer the songs to Nativ?

    Reply
    • Nativ Support > OJ
      07/16/18 6:14 pm

      Hello OJ, I am not completely sure if the Oliver Multimedia allows you to access its music library for copying. If you send us an email to support@nativsound.com we can ask you a few more questions and give you a definite answer. We would need to know the exact model number of this device and can then do some research.

      Reply

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