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    So what are people doing for additional storage?

    I am in the process if planning my iPad install and have a couple issues, one of which is not enough storage. Yes I am one of those people who don't want anything but lossless music. I know, I know, do a blind test and you can't tell the difference etc.....

    Anyway, for those of you who need additional storage how are you handling it? Or are you. The way I look at it is I can use the Airstash for wireless wifi storage. That will give me an additional 32 gigs Not bad but for music I would loose Leechtunes and have to play everything through Safari which would suck.

    Another option would be to setup an additional pc and a wireless router in the car and use home sharing to stream to the iPad. Not in love with that idea. And again I think I would loose leechtunes.

    So I am not really finding a viable option. So I am actually looking at Android tablets and back to a full blown car pc.

    Anyone else doing anything different?

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    Yes, I have been looking into that. What is really working for me is ORB, I am having a lot of luck streaming to the 3G iPad, even videos seem to work fine (not Media Center HD DVR recording though, not even close. I have been using 256 and 320kps mp3s, I have flacs, but haven't tested them yet. I wonder if the streaming software out there will probably use lossy compression for them (Orb, etc)...

    The big issue is not to make the iPad play the things, but to make it play it VIA the interface I want (say, Leechtunes). Those things only work with the internal library.

    I wonder if a local PC via airplay won't solve all the issues. But I'm not sure what works with airplay, perhaps not leechtunes, others.

    That's why lately I'm leaning Android/back to CarPC.

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    Yeap, I have tried Orb, zumocast and audiogalaxy. All are ok, but I am going for max quality with lossless so it defeats the purpose. They all work decent though for compressed audio.

    I really don't want to go the car pc route again. I had one in my old car and though I did love the flexibility, I just don't have the time anymore now that I am married and have 3 kids. I need something that just works and that my other family members can use as well. Although my Car Pc was put in back in 2004. Things have changed and there are a lot more products out there.

    But I think I am going to go with either the ipad or one of the androids. Have you looked at any? The Motorola Xoom looks pretty cool, but I may wait and see what that new toshiba looks like. The problem I hear with the Xoom is that the SD slot and the usb don't work yet without rooting the device. Not sure if that is an Android 3.0 issue or hardware.

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    jailbreak, camera connection kit, external harddrive, and buzz player http://time-more.com/ipad

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    Well, i guess I would need to get a mac to do that.

    But here is my question. Would music files on my USB drive be in my default ipod music library on the ipad? Or would I have to browse through a directory structure to play files through safari or some other app?

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    First AFAIK the above hack does not work with mp3 files. The iPad would only see video and picture files. And yes, you would have to use a special program to navigate to that, or use the photo viewing app (videos would be showing there too, and they would be playable). Finally, the hack now is not necessary, there are aftermarket ways to connect an external HD, but it's mostly used by photographers, videographers - but no jailbreaking is needed.

    We should look into airstash, just found out about it today: http://www.airstash.com/. It's basically an wireless SD card, but AFAIK that means it's contents are only accessible through a browser, not from apps from the app store (which would work better in the car).

    I suppose we could develop a web based front end for it though, since it supports pretty much any file format (non drm).
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    Yeap, that is what I was thinking.

    I have looked at Airstash. The downside there is exactly what RipplingHurst said.

    They are suppose to release their own native app soon though. But it would be great if there was a way to add that media to the default ipod library.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhermann View Post
    Well, i guess I would need to get a mac to do that.

    But here is my question. Would music files on my USB drive be in my default ipod music library on the ipad? Or would I have to browse through a directory structure to play files through safari or some other app?
    Nope all you need is winscp for windows and it gives you a terminal command for the ipad, no it will not show up in the ipod music library (i am working on this), you will need buzz player or another app like it, the only problem with it is that it does not allow multiple level folders

    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    First AFAIK the above hack does not work with mp3 files. The iPad would only see video and picture files. And yes, you would have to use a special program to navigate to that, or use the photo viewing app (videos would be showing there too, and they would be playable). Finally, the hack now is not necessary, there are aftermarket ways to connect an external HD, but it's mostly used by photographers, videographers - but no jailbreaking is needed.

    We should look into airstash, just found out about it today: http://www.airstash.com/. It's basically an wireless SD card, but AFAIK that means it's contents are only accessible through a browser, not from apps from the app store (which would work better in the car).

    I suppose we could develop a web based front end for it though, since it supports pretty much any file format (non drm).
    That hack does work with mp3 files the aftermarket ways of connecting external hard drives don't.

    i currently have a 516gb ipad.

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    Nope all you need is winscp for windows and it gives you a terminal command for the ipad, no it will not show up in the ipod music library (i am working on this), you will need buzz player or another app like it, the only problem with it is that it does not allow multiple level folders
    Well if you could get it to appear in the ipod music library then I would be interested. How is that process going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkndpaintballer View Post
    Nope all you need is winscp for windows and it gives you a terminal command for the ipad, no it will not show up in the ipod music library (i am working on this), you will need buzz player or another app like it, the only problem with it is that it does not allow multiple level folders
    Thanks. I have used winscp on my iPad, but you can only transfers files to it. Let us know if you can get the music to be indexed in the library. Maybe if we could create the library/hack the exiting library based on the PC/Mac where you sync the iPad, you could also use winscp to copy another library to the iPad.

    Or, if buzz player is a gesture based player (like leechtunes, others), that I'm game. I'll check it out. I won't need folders, since my 200GB music collection is well tagged. If the player can read tags and create a database based on that (to find stuff, create playlists), all my problems are solved.

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