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    Hey..my sister wants a car mp3 player for her husband as a valentines day present. She lives down in florida and I'm in nebraska, so I can't really help her install anything. She knows nothing about computers, so my question is....what route do you all think she should take?

    On one hand, she could get a lil portable mp3 player for a few hundred and just run a line in to the dash stereo(if it has a 1/4 line in).

    Or she could spend a crapload on an in-dash mp3 player. I know there are better ways to go about it, but that might be her only option.

    Do car stereo companies install anything like this yet, or is it still basically a DIY job? I don't know how much she's lookin to spend, but the 500 bucks for the in-dash player seems a bit high by her reaction.

    What does everyone think? Any specific devices you would recommend for either circumstance?

    Thanks in advance.
    http://www.smithvicter.com/final.swf

  • #2
    In dash players are not that expensive. If you get a model that plays mp3 CDs. Check out the prices at Crutchfield http://www.crutchfield.com/S-sGDYOLK...&avf=N&search=

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    • #3
      yeah...what I meant by in-dash was...a standalone mp3 player(hard drive)...not a mp3-CD player. The cheapest I've seen them for is about 500 bucks on ebay, but it's hard to do a good search cause everytime I type in "car mp3 player", I get a bunch of CD decks that play mp3-CDs. I should of clarified. Sorry, my fault.
      http://www.smithvicter.com/final.swf

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SpeersSV
        Hey..my sister wants a car mp3 player for her husband as a valentines day present. She lives down in florida and I'm in nebraska, so I can't really help her install anything. She knows nothing about computers, so my question is....what route do you all think she should take?

        On one hand, she could get a lil portable mp3 player for a few hundred and just run a line in to the dash stereo(if it has a 1/4 line in).

        Or she could spend a crapload on an in-dash mp3 player. I know there are better ways to go about it, but that might be her only option.

        Do car stereo companies install anything like this yet, or is it still basically a DIY job? I don't know how much she's lookin to spend, but the 500 bucks for the in-dash player seems a bit high by her reaction.

        What does everyone think? Any specific devices you would recommend for either circumstance?

        Thanks in advance.
        What kind of car? I know Audi's and VW's (maybe others?) have the option to add a PhatNoise (like the Kenwood Music Keg). I say it.
        2003 Audi A4 1.8t (Totaled, Project Canceled)

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        • #5
          not sure...pretty sure it's a truck..maybe a 2000+ Ford F-150.
          http://www.smithvicter.com/final.swf

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SpeersSV
            not sure...pretty sure it's a truck..maybe a 2000+ Ford F-150.
            Hum probably should try getting a Kenwood (or see who else has something like this) headunit and get the music keg too. It is like a harddrive that holds your MP3s. I know Pioneer has a headunit like this but you have to load your songs via CD. The musickeg hooks up to your computer.

            www.kenwood.com
            www.pioneerelectronics.com
            www.crutchfield.com (probably has all this and more, plus anything you need to install + instructions)
            2003 Audi A4 1.8t (Totaled, Project Canceled)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spaceboy464
              What kind of car? I know Audi's and VW's (maybe others?) have the option to add a PhatNoise (like the Kenwood Music Keg). I say it.
              The Kenwood PhatNoise is one kick *** system. Expensive, but kick ***...
              http://forums.audiworld.com/a8/msgs/51771.phtml

              In dash players are not that expensive. If you get a model that plays mp3 CDs. Check out the prices at Crutchfield
              Keep in mind, Crutchfied overcharges for everything...
              Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
              Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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              • #8
                yeah i was looking at that kenwood system. if she's got the cash to burn that'd be the way to go without getting a PC.
                My JeepPC Install

                "there are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

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                • #9
                  The newcar juke box at www.ssiamerica.com

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                  • #10
                    awesome man. The 20GB version at the bottom may just be exactly what she's lookin for. Thanks a bunch, I appreciate all the help.
                    http://www.smithvicter.com/final.swf

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                    • #11
                      ugh - dont buy from SSIAmerica - they sell crap. I had their mp3 player (the NeoJukebox) and it was horribly made, skipped like hell, and was enormous in size... It stopped working after 5 months.
                      Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
                      Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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                      • #12
                        get an ipod and an adaptor that will connect to it and to the HU and then it behaves like a CD changer. this adaptor will allow the HU to have complete control over press FF on the hu and the ipod will Fast Forward.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bertybassett
                          get an ipod and an adaptor that will connect to it and to the HU and then it behaves like a CD changer. this adaptor will allow the HU to have complete control over press FF on the hu and the ipod will Fast Forward.
                          You mean ICELINK (http://icelink.densionusa.com/)
                          2003 Audi A4 1.8t (Totaled, Project Canceled)

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                          • #14
                            yeah thats the one.

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                            • #15
                              there is a company in the uk making them that has more selection of HU's if my memory is correct.

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