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    Maybe I havent been looking in the right places, but I cant seem to find a good solution for taking 100GB of MP3's on the road with me in my car. It seems like head units with USB are for some reason rare. Id just hook up a USB external drive to a head unit and Id be set! Cant seem to find what Im looking for though.

    Anyone got any ideas? How would you take all that music with you on the road?

  • #2
    This is why we build carputers.
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    • #3
      There is definately a head unit out there with a USB port on the front for external drives. Not sure of the quality, but I know I've seen it mentioned here recently (or at least a thread was posted to recently). It wasn't a major brand like pioneer or alpine, but do a search and you'll find it.

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      • #4
        http://www.audiobahninc.com/products...headUnits.html

        http://www.drgadget.co.uk/product.php?xProd=759&xSec=1

        * same as above http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000667049787/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 0l33l
          This is why we build carputers.
          exactly... DeN, maybe you ought to look around a little and see what this forum is all about...
          But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
          Originally posted by Viscouse
          I am learning buttloads just by searching on this forum. I've learned 2 big things so far: 1-it's been done before, and 2-if it hasn't, there is a way to do it.
          eegeek.net

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StrataG
            There is definately a head unit out there with a USB port on the front for external drives. Not sure of the quality, but I know I've seen it mentioned here recently (or at least a thread was posted to recently). It wasn't a major brand like pioneer or alpine, but do a search and you'll find it.
            I believe you might be refering to the Pyle brand. Ive looked at it and the thing about that is that it doesnt display tags. You have no idea what your listening to. ack!

            Thanks.

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            • #7
              oh! new posting layout...I like the colors!...


              anyway...yeah, I think its kind of funny that this is a very active forum specifically on carPC's when there is a carpc forum page thats been around for a long time and isnt active at all.

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              • #8

                The Audiobahn head units are interesting and might be my only option.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by evandude
                  exactly... DeN, maybe you ought to look around a little and see what this forum is all about...

                  A carputer is... well i dont think thats exactly what I want.. Just a HDD mp3 player. Im sure though that are lots of uses for carputers and this is a very good website for those that are interested in that sort of thing =)

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                  • #10
                    I found that Boss offers something similar too. Not sure if there is a limitation on the size of the drive you can connect. I'm also not sure how it handles organization. I would imagine navigating 100gb of mp3's would be very difficult unless they designed the unit for that type of use. A poor interface could completely destroy any realistic benefit of such a device.

                    This is why we build computers to use so that we can completely control how we interface with our media.

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                    • #11
                      internet, mp3's, mpeg's, movies, navigation, bragging rights...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by StrataG
                        I found that Boss offers something similar too. Not sure if there is a limitation on the size of the drive you can connect. I'm also not sure how it handles organization. I would imagine navigating 100gb of mp3's would be very difficult unless they designed the unit for that type of use. A poor interface could completely destroy any realistic benefit of such a device.

                        This is why we build computers to use so that we can completely control how we interface with our media.
                        You raise a good point - its alot of music to navigate. A poor folder browser could entirely ruin any enjoyment of having so much music in the car if you can never find what youre looking for and the menu gets bogged down.

                        If you think, and Ive suspected for a while, that only a pc can really handle the job effectively then I think a laptop might be my only feasible choice.

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                        • #13
                          That's how the carputer bug starts for most

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                          • #14
                            That's exactly how it started for me.
                            Here are the steps that I took in Car Audio since I got my license:
                            1. AM/FM Tuner w/ Cassette Player
                            2. CD Player through a Cassette Adapter
                            3. 10 Disc changer in the trunk and a backlit remote in the console
                            4. CD/MP3 player in-dash (w/ remote control)
                            5. 20GB Samsung MP3 player through a 3.5" Stereo to RCA in the HU
                            6. PCC*-TYP˝ (P-III, 60GB w/ keyboard shortcuts and no display) to HU
                            7. PCC-TYP1 (60GB w/ 7" LCD & Touchscreen, still a P-III), HU-Less
                            8. PCC-TYP2 (160GB P4 w/ 7" LCD & Touchscreen), HU-Less -- I am here

                            -----------------------------------------------------
                            * PCC = Personal Car Computer
                            For Sale: Carputer (CarPC) & RCA Y-Adapter
                            Newsflash: Take a look at my unsold stuff above, thanks!
                            Up Next: Make an OBD to Serial cable & Redo the "MMI buttons"

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                            • #15
                              ever consider that 100 gig of mp3 no matter what the compression rate is pretty useless in a car? I simply dont drive that much!

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