The cheapest thing to do would be to get an Ipod and plug it into an aux input on your stereo system. The added bonus is that you can take it with you when you get out of your car.
If you don't have aux inputs you can use an FM transmitter. Remember though, you get what you pay for with transmitters, if you buy a cheap one you wont get great sound. Even the best ones will not be as good as a wired connection. If crystal clear sound is very important to you you'll need a aux input.
Exactly, So why even bother with an actual computer? Even with a cheap mobo/cpu the amount of money and time you spend on making it run in your car is excessive. With an Ipod, it's a couple cables and the Ipod itself. I think thats far more economical then an actual computer. It also avoids the need for a screen and other expensive bits that just scream steal me.
Very true. What you're willing to spend and the amount of work you're willing to do determines what would be the best option. I tend to search out the simplest, cheapest way of getting things done because I'm a cheap, lazy bastard
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the specs you listed is most likely qualify as the most expensive solution listed, wouldnt you agree?
he should have clarified more if he actualy wanted a computer or not, i assumed he already knew about commercial hard drive mp3 player and wanted an mp3 only capable computer setup versus a higher end athlon xp1800 or epia 1ghz. So I think an EPIA 500 is the best for an mp3 only COMPUTER setup, but this still depends on his budget
Yes I'm familiar with the commercial MP3 hard drive's such as the iPod, but I am more inclined to build something myself... I've just recently come across the whole carputer thing and was curious as to if a commercial computer hard drive could be used without the other "guts"
I'm using a JVC KD-SH909 so the ipod would work great, but not as much fun.
Aside from the ipod, has anybody had any experience with the Neo car jukebox?