This was a really sad morning. I have been reading alt.home.repair and
a few other groups for many years and this morning signaled the end.
There was nothing but garbage. I even re-read an old thread, just to
make my brain somewhat happy.
Well, I'm here.
If I rented a new or nearly new small cheap Kia (a Picanto, maybe
cheaper than anything sold in the US) and 10" below the radio in a
separate cove just in front of the gear shift, there is a small hole
marked AUX and a USB style jack marked USB, what are the odds the AUX
will be an input to the radio?
What are the odds the USB will be an input to the radio.
The radio here is not my taste, and I refuse to spend the money for
Serious radio since I'm a light-hearted guy, but I would record off
the comptuer to a flashdrive, or use the phone to output to the radio,
if either were possible.
My 2016 KIA Sorento takes thumb drives formatted in FAT32. I am using
a 128g drive with over 7000 mp3's on it. When inserted the first time,
the radio reads it in, which takes several minutes depending on number
of songs. After that, as soon as I open the car door I see the USB
activity light come on, and the music is ready to play as soon as the
key is turned on.
If your radio has a selection for "media," that is what you want. Mine
allows for selection of songs by singer, album, genre, etc. (based on
MP3 tags), or play all in order or randomly.
I didn't mean to start the sentence with "If". I really did rent one.
It's not a secret.
That sounds great.
What gave me doubts is that the jack is 10 inches away instead of on
the face of the radio, like I've seen twice before.
It has a media button. I tried it and nothing was there. I guess
that's my fault.
Maybe I can find something to record tonight. On my last trip, I
recorded not call-in talk, but semi-expert-talk about politics and the
nation, like the Diane Rehm show, but I don't enjoy hearing about that
anymore. Maybe I can find the audio version of the History Channel.
Last time, I only used an MP3 player. The car will be much easier and
Thanks Dan and Ed. Oren, I have to wait on the video a bit. My
Firefox is frozen but this is the first time in 6 days so for me
that's pretty good. Soon it will crash and then things will be good
DOH ! .. good thing that I'm not a betting man.
I just checked my owners manual and apparently the usb socket
is indeed an audio input - it's beside the aux audio input jack -
that I never noticed ..
The manual warns to have the usb device removed
when starting the car - not sure how serious a risk it is
or just ass-covering.
On Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:14:21 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Definitely "ass covering" - but there is always the risk of a voltage
surge when starting that COULD kill your device.. Just like removing a
USB stick from your computer without "ejecting" the media first.
On Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:27:35 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
That's interesting. I had a $4 device that could use folders.
Most or all of these things have buttons to go back to the previous
track or to skip to the next track. With this little thing that
plugged into the cigarette lighter and transmitted to the radio a foot
away, when I turned off the car, it would restart at the start of the
That was fine for songs, but I would listen to 50 minute news shows,
like Talk of the Nation or Diane Rehm. So I'd have heard 30 minutes,
and when I turned the car off and on, it would start at the beginning
So I dl'd some free file splitters and all would have worked but one
was especially good. It split files into segments of whatever length
one chose -- I chose 3 minutes, or the byte-equivalent -- and named
each segment in sequence complete with .mp3. When I played the
flash drive, it would go from one file to the next without a trace.
Not even a little click. And when I turned the car off, it woudl
start on average 90 seconds back.
I couldn't find my own so I ordered a new somewhat nicer one for about
$6. Ordered it too late so shipped to my vacation landlady.
On Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:01:10 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The Kia Radios are virtually all MP3 enabled today - and that means
the USB IS an MP3 compatible input, not just a charging port. There is
no other way (other than a CD) to inout MP3 to the radio..
The location doesn't mean a thing - lots of cars have the AUX and USB
ports in the compartment in the arm-rest/console because that is a
good place to put your phone/MP# player. Just like the little "bubby"
below the radio on the KIA.
Well, FWIW, I have not been creating anymore political posts, but if I
see one already started I often add some useless comments.
I was going to post a Home Repair question but thought it too trivial,
but perhaps it's better than posting political garbage.
I have seen that GE now has a silicon adhesive called Iron Grip that
they claim is better than just using their silicon sealer.
I've never had a problem with "RTV" when used as an adhesive
I haven't seen this yet in the stores... We used to use the regular stuff on
the apparatus and it worked very well. Beat drilling holes through the sheet
metal and then have to try to rustproof the hole. I wonder what the new
stuff does the old stuff doesn't...
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