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    I have a 2008 Nissan Armada with factory installed Bose Audio system no navigation.

    The multi-change CD player is mp3 compatible and can read mp3 files from the CDs.

    Can I connect an external harddrive loaded with my mp3 files and connect it to the Bose System so that the player reads the mp3 files off the hard drive?

    Someway that the External HDD is easily removable making it easy add mp3 files as and when!



  • #2
    Not that simple. You need to have something that will read the HDD & send data to the headunit. A CD changer certainly can't.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3


      Thanks for your response.

      I had scanned various forums, the web etc and did not really get anywhere, so assumed it may not be possible or would be difficult.

      What would be the next best thing?

      I have an Aux jack and use the ipod off and on, but it's too fiddly handling the ipod controls while driving. Much easier being able to control it via the head unit.


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      • #4
        You're already doing the next-best thing.

        Anything more would be a full-on PC in your ride.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



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        • #5
          Anyway of tweaking the 'next best thing'?

          What can I do to be able to control the ipod files via the headunit.
          That way i can possibly tuck away the ipod into the glove compartment and also get rid of unsightly cables and wires.


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          • #6
            You would need a headunit that has the ability to control an iPod.
            That means replacing your factory unit.
            Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
            How about the Wiki?



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            • #7
              there are interfaces for your car, like i.e. here:
              http://www.installer.com/cars/by_car.php?carid=4102
              maybe that's it? I'm not that sure if you can control your iPod via the headunit, though.

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              • #8
                This can be done with an aftermarket head unit that has usb input and a usb external drive. You can buy an adapter harness to simplify the wiring from the aftermarket HU to your factory amplifier as well. It will not read an NTFS file system though, so you will need to format the drive using FAT32. I once had this setup working with a 250gig drive mounted in my glove box. I have heard of people having problems trying to use large drives with some head units however.
                Data911 M5 system
                RR and iGo8PC
                Pioneer head unit
                Pioneer DEQ-9200 digital processor
                Phoenix gold line drivers
                Ultimate and Visonik amplifiers
                SMT 3 way active front stage
                Digital Design sub woofers
                3 runs of 0 gauge wire

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