Mac mini in dash questions.
I bow down to the mighty mac car audio buffs and ask this question. I am just about to purchase a 2001 mustang gt convertible. It has 2 spots in the dash for audio expansion. I am a computer guy and by no means a car guy or a hardware guy so this is all new ground for me. What I was considering was a non motorized 7in in dash touchscreen in the top position and a mac mini mounted in the lower position. Because of the mini's small width I figured there would be room to make a small panel that could house a 4 port usb 2 hub and the relocated power button on one side of the mac mini. Is there a way to connect the mac mini directly to the car battery without going through the cigarette lighter? Also if there is already an amp under the passenger seat and it is hooked up to the speakers can I run the audio out of the mac mini directly to the amp with just a simple radioshack plug? If I had something to connect the mini directly to the battery and power on and off when the car does than would I need anything else or would i be all set?
Thanks in advance guys.