# Thread: 100 GB of MP3's in my car

1. Originally Posted by arebelspy

Assuming you travel at our 30mph avg speed you'd spend 32 minutes in your car per year, which is about 8 songs. But of course you said you don't even travel 16 miles per year. Your collection of "good" music must be pretty weak.

At least you only have to buy one tank of gas every 20 years. It's getting so expensive that's probably the way to go.

-arebelspy
Obviously forgot the k after the 16.

2. Originally Posted by StrataG
Obviously forgot the k after the 16.
haha, i know, i'm just playin

-arebelspy

3. The NEW JVC Exad head units have USB ports and SD card slot.

http://www.jvc.com/product.jsp?model...thId=87&page=2

4. Originally Posted by arebelspy
Let's do some math. 15-17k = 16k average.

16,000 miles, I'm assuming a lot of freeway driving to do that many miles, so let's say your average driving speed is 30mph (some freeway at 70, some streets at 30, some sitting at traffic lights).

16,000 miles / 30mph = 533 1/3 hours spent in the car

Multiply by 60 minutes/hour = 32000 minutes spent.

Average song length = 4 minutes, so that's 8,000 songs. Each song is about 4MB, so that's 32000 MB. Divide by 1024, and you get 31.25GB.

Okay, now to stop everyone who will argue my numbers:
- yes, he may drive more/less than 16k avg
- yes, his avg speed may be higher or lower
- yes, he may encode at higher/lower bitrate so each song takes up more or less space
- yes, avg song length could be longer/shorter

...even if I'm off by a factor of 2 in your favor on all of them, you stil have way more than is needed for the course of a year! So don't even bother trying to argue the numbers, I'll agree with you every time, and you'll still not need all that music.

And if my rough numbers are in the ballpark, which I suspect they are, you have enough songs to go 3 years without hearing the same song more than once.... 3 years.

Now do you think you need 100GB? Probably. But you don't.

The *only* thing it's good for is the W?BIC (why? because I can) idea. Not actual usability.

-arebelspy
Soon as I saw this post I thought - gotta be a computer science or engineering student. Good one though.

Brings up a valid point though which is the subject of many other posts - is 100GB of MP3's usefull in the car?

Honestly, I dont really have an opinion on that. Having said that though who would argue that it can be beneficiall if implemented in a convenient manner?

ON my home PC i have that much music. Aside from how much driving I do (which is totally relevent and something I hadnt considered) how much of my music do I really listen to? I go through my phazes of what I prefer to listen to of course just like everyone else, but I dont think I would ever "need" more than 50% of the music I have. Even at home. IN the car its a different matter altogether as is pointed out quite realistically by your post - I probably wouldnt get around to every single song I have in a year. Better yet, who would be upset if you heard the same song twice in a period of six months?

I probably "need" only 33% of my music in the car. I dont think Id ever get sick of that all.

Really good post that made me think about this. I was completely into what I wanted and ignoring what I needed. I will consider that what will really make happy is something in between.

5. Originally Posted by Caelric
I've got the PhatNoise PhatBox for my G35 (although I believe it is no longer available for Infiniti's) I'm very happy with it, as it interfaces seemlessly with my stock headunit.

However, I am still getting a carpc setup as soon as I get back from iraq, for a number of reasons. One is that I want to use it for navigation, OBDII monitoring, DVD playback, etc... And the other reason is that I love tinkering with my car!

I do plan on keeping the Phatbox, though, for mp3 playback.

You do have to use their software, but there is no subscription service. Once you buy it, it's yours. Their harddrive prices are rather high for the capacity, though.

Dave
Dave Im seeing on the website that PhatBox is compatible with stock units but does it work with aftermarket? Maybe its me and Im too tired to really pay attention after work, but I didnt see anything that said it does.

I assume you must like the PhatBox or you would have said so. Its proabaly the best specifically designed solution Ive seen.

7. Originally Posted by DeN
Dave Im seeing on the website that PhatBox is compatible with stock units but does it work with aftermarket? Maybe its me and Im too tired to really pay attention after work, but I didnt see anything that said it does.

I assume you must like the PhatBox or you would have said so. Its proabaly the best specifically designed solution Ive seen.

I like it, a lot. Very well integrated with the stock head unit. They do make them for aftermarket systems as well, but only Kenwood, and it goes by the name of the Kenwood Music Keg.

For me, it is ideal because I plan on keeping my stock head unit for the stock look.

Dave

8. If you are going to go for a Phatbox style setup, you're better off getting an IPod. Virtually every headunit (including OEM) have adapters available. It also makes your collection a lot more portable. With the phatbox/music keg you still need to take out the drive (much bigger) to sync your collection. You could do the same with an IPod, but with the added benefit of using it outside of the car if you chose. Also space requirements in the car are obvious much more than those for an IPod + dock. I'm pretty sure the IPod route will come out cheaper. Even if it were a little more money, it seems like a much more versatile solution.

9. Originally Posted by StrataG
If you are going to go for a Phatbox style setup, you're better off getting an IPod. Virtually every headunit (including OEM) have adapters available. It also makes your collection a lot more portable. With the phatbox/music keg you still need to take out the drive (much bigger) to sync your collection. You could do the same with an IPod, but with the added benefit of using it outside of the car if you chose. Also space requirements in the car are obvious much more than those for an IPod + dock. I'm pretty sure the IPod route will come out cheaper. Even if it were a little more money, it seems like a much more versatile solution.
They have iPods with 100+ gigs?

10. no, but the idea is if you can sync easily, there is no need for 100 gig, since you can update every day (every day you sleep in your own bed, that is), and have virtually new music every day if you wanted!

and in this way there is no need to have a complete mp3 collection at one's fingertips at any given time

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