Music for long drives

Submitted: Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 01:47
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Found this on the web,

It would be great for when the road is too bumpy to play CDs. If it was connected to a hard drive / or memory stick as shown you could access ALOT of music !! no need to carry bulky CDs either.

Not sure how good the quality is ? but for around 50 bucks thats definatley cheaper than a 6 stacker.

I am going to try one and I'll post the review if any good.

http://valentinesdaygifts.tesora.com.au/p/10425/ELGE4030/Wireless_Car_MP3_Modulator_wUSB.htm
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 01:52

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 01:52
Oops stuffed up the link , bit new at this.....

Arrgggghhhh.... try this address and check out new stuff.

http://valentinesdaygifts.tesora.com.au

Yep I'm the fool, dont follow me............ ; )
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (ACT) - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:39

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:39
Hi
if you have any trouble getting hold of the MP3 modulator, you can get them at Jaycar for $59.95
cheers
Al
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 04:21

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 04:21
Very cool....just wonder how good the FM transmitter will be. I have ipod and bought a belkin transmitter and it was crap and I tool it back, then I got the real thing that was made for the ipod the itrip and it works a treat and you can select what channel you want to be on. I see this thing has only 7 presets, this could be a bad thing. But let us know the USB thing is very cool though and you can get some pretty large USB sticks these days
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Reply By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 07:53

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 07:53
swmbo would just love the voodoo knife block....an effigy of me of course....
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 17:53

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 17:53
Have you considered a divorce?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 17:59

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 17:59
yep, but swmbo says i cant afford it
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 18:13

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 18:13
In that case:

Have you considered a divorce?

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:50

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:50
Can you buy an in dash car radio / cd player that has an MP3 player in it ?
My CD is nearly stuffed from dust intrusion so I am up for some new technology .
Willie
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:51

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:51
Yes been around for about 4 years now
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Follow Up By: traveller2 - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:13

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:13
I think what Willie means is that there is a stereo that stores/reads MP3's to play rather than use CD's or CDR's at all.
I've got one of those FM modulators that takes a memory stick and then you tune the FM radio to the freq from the modulator.
It will also take an MP3 player too.
The sticks work well, no moving parts, dust doesn't worry it etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:17

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:17
Yes Taveller ,
That's what I want - a unit that stores songs like an I Pod .
Willie .
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:51

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:51
yes and no.
There are different options for different brands, but I have not seen one the specially takes solid state memory.
Sony has a little reader that plugs into sony head units that you plug your memory stick into and it will play thru the car stereo, but it is an addon. They also have a flash stick stacker that you plug 6 disks into and it will work like a CD stacker.
Kenwood and Pioneer have an interface box that lets you control your ipod through the head unit so you can change songs and display their details on the head, but you still need the ipod.
There are a fair few radios out that have an Aux or Mic input on the front of them- if you get a normal MP3 player you can just plug in, but you still have the hassle of batteries running out or forking out more for 12V chargers.
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Follow Up By: traveller2 - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:21

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:21
This is the sort of thing I've got
Ebay auction 5870656518
The same place has CD/WMA/MP3 players with a usb slot to take USB frives direct for around $70-80 us
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne M (WA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:47

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:47
purchased one of these from ebay recently and so far so good
cd player

regards Wayne
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Reply By: Teeks - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:16

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:16
Hiya Willy
We bought a CD / MP3 player that also has a usb port on the front panel to connect to our portable AAA battery powered mp3 player - it also accepts thumbdrives however just make sure the road isnt too bumpy as it could over time vibrate in the usb port and perhaps loosen it.
It also has a seperate SD memory card slot (also on the front) which also makes playing music files from the computer a lot easier - now no more burning mp3 disks for us.....regards Cost $200 0r $300 from Strathfields from memory.....
regards
Teeks
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Reply By: Shawsie (Member - Bris) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:31

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 09:31
Hi TPM,

You can also buy this item from JayCar for $70. Let me know how it goes as it looks ok and my missus can use her iPod Shuffle.

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:32

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:32
I just bought a new head unit for the Landy (the old one didn't play CD's). It's a Sony CDXGT150 ($249 at JB HiFi) and has an aux input jack at the lower right. That jack is a standard 3.5mm audio type jack so now all IO have to do is plug the iPod (or whatever other mp3 player you might have) straight in - no FM troubles or anything! Sound quality is fantastic as it's a direct connection via a cable. Not much more than some FM transmitters on their own.


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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:23

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 21:23
Hey O,

My wife's Jackeroo has a 3.5mm audio jack in the standard Holden radio and I have to agree, the sound quality is excellent. I think your option is the way to go if you have to replace the head unit anyway.

Cheers Trevor.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:36

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:36
I have an EasyMP3 player that plugs into the cig socket and a 1 gig flash card.

It plays 11 hours of music non stop through FM 877 or above

EasyMP3 $69.95
Flashcard $119.00

All from Jaycar

No more screwed up tapes. No more bouncing CD's

Cool
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Reply By: Boo - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:19

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:19
How about something like this one on E-Bay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5870050985&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:AU:12

Kerrie
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:40

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:40
Looks like a capable unit for the money. Only problem I can see is that very few (external) MP3 players use USB to play through. They use it for data upload but that's about it. The card option is nice though - but that's if you don't use a player. If you have your music collection on your PC's hard disk - then copying what you want to a card when you need it is a great alternative. Certainly more stable on corrugations I would think.
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Reply By: fester3 - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 12:14

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 12:14
I just turn the wife on and tune out, dunno about value for money though!
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:47

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 13:47
I think the unit that accepts memory sticks might be the go . Hooking up an i pod means constantly charging it .

Thanks to everyone for you input and thanks to TPM for letting me ask my question on his post .

Willie .
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Reply By: OMN - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 14:14

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 14:14
I purchased the 60GB IPOD and the car tuner charger for it, both from the Apple Shop. Reason for getting it from the actual Apple Shop is unlike the retailers that are autorised to sell it they actualyl seemed to understand the product and the mix of bits of equipment i would need to do what i wanted.

I also purchased the base station and leave that permanently wired to my stereo at home.

Now whenevr i travel, drive or want to listen to CD's anywhere i am i ahve all 3,000 plus songs with me at all times.

The quality is fine, only time i ahve a problem is when there is a radio station actually broadcastign on close to the same channel as i have it tuned to, whcih happens in the coutnry a bit i have found as more of them have thewir local information stations down around the 88 - 90 band where i tuned my IPOD to. This is easily fixed by retunign.

The other benefit i have found is that i am now listenign again to a lot of my older CD's that i hadn't listend to for years as i can actually search for them easily etc rather than goig through cd after cd.

I would spend the money on the IPOD if it was me so you dont have to take the computer wiht you to keep loading and unloading CD's. Many other brands only have 512MB of capacity which is only a few CD's rather than your whole collection.

One of the best toys i have bought.

Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 16:05

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 16:05
Mark - yup, it's all good eh!

The only problem I had with the FM transmitter was that the Hume Hwy is littered with radio stations across every frequency split so it seems. The most we have ever gone is 10 or 15 minutes before we've had to look for another free frequency. A complete PITA.

We've found that the AUX input on the new Sony radio and connection via a simple cable is just oh-so-much-more-betterer.

Cheers
Chris
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 15:50

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 15:50
I have a PDA for mapping and I load a sd card with mp3 and it plays them while also showing oziexplorer mapping. Need a 1 gig card to hold map plus a lot of songs.
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Reply By: OMN - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 16:42

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 16:42
Yep would agree about direct cable connection, just dont want to change the head unit yet. Planning to at some point and will give the transmitter to the wife who wont use it out of Melbourne so willbe a far smaller issue.

Mark
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 18:54

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 18:54
Wow

There sure is alot of options out there ! Thanks for all the feedback : )

Very interesting point in regards to the interference of other stations.
I have a 1 GB external hard drive ( size of cd case ) which will hold alot of music
and use only the USB cable to power it from the device/ cig outlet.

Keep an eye out for the review.

Thanks again.
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Reply By: Graham- Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 22:05

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 22:05
Hi,

We went through the same problem - CD player and CDs, then the CD player started to pack it in after corrugations got at it.

I bought a 40gig iPod then got my daughter one of those mini-iPods.

All our music fits on both - something like 10 000 songs. capacity.

Anyway, what we found was that the ipods are great in the house over the stereo or in the car so we bought one of these:



from here:

Creative Shed

Use it in the car, out of the car, at work. Very portable and the ipod plugs into the cig lighter.

Much easier and portable. Plus - you can cushion ipods against vibration - you can't do it to cd players in the dash.

Regards

Graham

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:51

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:51
I got this radio last year, Axis.

It has all the usual stuff plus a USB port on the front. Load up a memory stick and it is music to go.

I don't have to change disc's, no moving parts, no dust worries and the music can be change on the memory stick.

Wayne
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 00:05

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 00:05
Why not go with an DVD Playing MP3 player.

It will play more songs than most of you have.

The first DVD I pulled off the shelf has over 1200 songs on it.

3 of them will do a few hours.
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