[TriLUG] Mp3 players, Linux & car
alfjon at mindspring.com
Tue Jun 18 02:11:48 EDT 2002
Hey, Tanner, great minds must think alike. I second Tanner's auto AIWA
MP3/CD player, especially since I have one installed in my Saturn station
I love it. I've noticed just a few annoying things about it, but not
anything that would drive you up the wall--sometimes MP3 CD's will skip a
bit if you go over bad bumps in the road, also sometimes when you put a new
MP3 CD in the Aiwa it apparently gets confused and you get an error message
(simply removing the disk and re-inserting it almost always fixes that
problem--this only occurs for me when I change disks, never after the disk
begins playing, and really not that often).
I would like to suggest a second and third option which are even cheaper
(although a bit messier): there are a few boom boxes and small CD players
which will play MP3 CD disks. Our Target store at Crossroads Shopping Center
has several you can pick from, and they are fairly inexpensive some being
less than $50. As you probably know you can purchase a special cassette tape
which you can put into any car radio which will plug into any small CD/MP3
player or anything that has an earphone jack. Just look for the "MP3" label
on any boom box or small cd player you might be interested in. Having the
MP3 files on disk is far superior to anything except a device with a hard
drive (like Apple's new MP3 player with a 5 gig. drive). Neat thing about
the MP3/CD route is that you can have just one single MP3 disk which will
have just about enough music on it to drive from Manteo to Murphy (depending
on how fast you drive and the MP3 sampling rate :-).--Al Johnson.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tanner Lovelace <lovelace at wayfarer.org>
To: <trilug at trilug.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Mp3 players, Linux & car
> On Sun, 2002-06-16 at 13:26, Andrew C. Oliver wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I'm finding CDs incresaingly inconvienient, however, I've got a lot of
> > CDs (so I can't go cold turkey). I'd like to be able to save them off
> > as MP3s and use them via an MP3 player for the car. I have both a tape
> > player and CD player for the car, but I'd rather an Mp3 player with
> > maybe a radio interface to avoid the necessity of hookups and wearing
> > out my tape player (and messy wires are a pain in a miata).
> > Is there a MP3 player with a reasonable amount of storage, communicates
> > via radio and a convieinient interface that I can download music to via
> > my linux box thats not an arm and a leg?
> Actually, what I would suggest is something slightly different.
> I have an in-dash CD player that plays MP3s that have been burned
> to CD-R. The model I have is the Aiwa CDC-MP3 and I notice that
> Circuit City is currently running a sale on its successor the CDC-MP32.
> This URL doesn't mention it, but I can assure you this does play
> MP3s on CD-R and right at the moment, it's only $149.
> The advantage of using something like this is that
> 1. You can use all your own CDs since it plays regular CDs too.
> 2. You can, at your leisure, move your CDs to MP3s burned on CD-R.
> 3. CD-Rs of MP3s can hold anywhere from 8 to 10 albums.
> 4. CD-Rs can be burned from linux.
> 5. This particular model has a direct input (using a simple headphone
> 6. Sale price is about the same you'd pay for an mp3 player with
> a radio interface.
> 7. Don't have to worry about several different components.
> 1. Won't play tapes directly (but you can add a tape player with the
> auxilliary in.
> I've been using mine for a year and a half, and I love it.
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