The wife wants to buy me (impending birthday) a small music player
(MP3?)to plug into the car radio.
The car radio has a 3.5mm jack socket and a power socket close to.
Carrying many CD's in the car is a pain, so I would like a device that I
can record my collection of CDs on to it, how difficult would that be?
I assume they have a large memory? how many CDs will they hold?
Would a so called MP3 player be suitable? can you select a specific tune
from them as you drive?
Any other recommendation?
Agreed, I gave up trying this method as it was too darned dangerous
messing about with an MP3 player whilst driving. A phone with a big
display could be a better bet; personally I went for a cheapo car
stereo with USB stick playback functionality. Not perfect but easier
I've not found navigating it a problem, even on one with a smallish
display, depends on the interface though. Though something with a nice
big display can be easier. Though not while driving but then I'm more
likely to just set off a playlist and leave it too it.
most annoying thing using an MP3 player is that it doesn't stop when the
radio/CD player turns off. OK with music, annoying with an audiobook
when you forget to stop it.
Very dependent on model. My JVC KD-G731 stops the mp3 when you change to
a different and restarts from where you left off when you resume. Same
when you switch off.
Had it not been so, I shouldn't have bought it; mostly all it gets used
for is audiobooks.
If it's playing from memory stick/card or if you are using an
ipod/iphone with a head unit that has an ipod specific interface and
can control the player, then yes they will.
but if you are playing back from a 'generic' MP3 player plugged in via
the AUX or then there isn't a way for it to control the player (which
will be the OP's situation by the sound of it unless they buy anew head
FWIW my Sony radio/CD, with USB port, cost about 90 quid from
Halfords. How much would spend on an mp3 player?
I had an 8GB data stick lying around, which at a rough calculation
would play solidly for a week if stuffed with mp3s.
Display of track and artist is dependent on your mp3s having the
appropriate ID3 tags in them, which depends on how they were ripped.
My old car (Volvo V70) had a really neat after market IPOD interface
which presented the contents of the IPOD in a way that could be searched
and selected through the car ICE. It was very neat and the fidelity was
My current car has no such option, just has a 3.5mm input jack but to me
the sound quality is so shitty it's unusable.
Out of interest have you tried inserting a data (not audio) disk with CD
tracks "ripped" to MP3? If this works, you can get 10 or so CD's onto a
data CD and no hassle at all.
If you are inclined towards an MP3 player of some kind borrow one and
test the quality first, bear in mind that MP3 functionality exists in
most newer mobile phones for free....it may be that a nice phone and
suitable car holder will be a more elegant solution....plus bring bonus
Not many (although recent Audis allow you to use an SD card).
For Christmas I got a Sony CDX-GT35U which plays CDs loaded with MP3s
and also allows you to plug in a usb device. I now need a tiny usb
stick to go into it - the Lacie Moskeyto seems to fit the bill. This
means I can have loads of music without having to mess about with CDs.
I also got an adapter that allows the Renault steering wheel controls
to control it.
I'm less keen on using a MP3 player via the AUX-IN because (as someone
else pointed out) you need to change the album by fiddling with the
player and it doesn't stop when you stop the car. I think more
expensive units can control the Ipod for you.
Most decent car radio/CDs now seem to have a USB port, so if you
already have mp3 music on your computer, it's simple to transfer it to
a data stick and plug that in. No need for an mp3 player as such.
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