The Decline of the MP3CAR community
I want to know what you folks think. But to me, seeing something like a Xenarc display, or G1 PC hit the market is thrilling in some respects, but disappointing in others. What I mean is that up until recently, if you wanted an MP3Car in your system, it took somethings called planning, technical skill, motivation, persistance, and lots of patience and hard work. As we see more and more manufacturers begin to cater to the MP3car market, and thereby making the overall 'project' more plug and play, and easier to setup, I think we'll see a decline in the intelligence of the community. Maybe I'm just being optimistic but I consider this forum to be some *very* motivated, technically skilled individuals.
I shudder to think of the day when I'll see some kid in his riced out Honda civic pull up aside of me and hear 'Welcome to Co-Pilot, please enter your destination..." with his Xenarc screen with a retail car-mount, with his mini MP3-car PC in the glovebox, and though I won't see it, he'll have a 'Crutchfield MP3CAR wiring harness" adapter so he doesn't even have to know what any of the wires he plugged in do.
Yep, it's scary to think that even those wealthy individuals who spend $10,000 on a cd-based stereo car system will be able to have what we all consider to be a unique accomplisment, with its development paved by this forum. I *ENJOY* driving next to a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, knowing that my audio/visual system is far more superior and unique than anything they could lay down their Benjamins to get. But this may not always be the case.