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    iPod car sucks!

    Hey guys,

    Even though I develop a Mac front-end, I still don't have a screen or mini in my vehicle yet. I tried out one of those little TuneDock or whatever it is, that mounts in your ciggy-lighter and has a goosneck and a built-in FM tuner.. Wow.. How horrible was that? It was impossible to change the tunes while driving (trying to drive and move your finger on the circle), the thing would fall out if I turned hard or whatever else. hahah.. I was laughing..

    It really made me ready to purchase a screen (8"!) to put in the vehicle!
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    LOL. Never used one; but I hear ppl complaining all the time.

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    I tried out one of those little TuneDock or whatever it is, that mounts in your ciggy-lighter and has a goosneck and a built-in FM tuner.. Wow.. How horrible was that?
    I use a Seidio iMount with a custom (albeit crappy) mount that bolts to the climate control screws (behind the dash bezel). It works pretty good for keeping the iPod locked in a solid position and it doesn't bounce out. I agree with you on difficulty of operation while driving. It's a real pain when you have a huge number of artists/albums.

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    I started with an iPod and that's what got me to the Mini

    I will say, the original 1st gens were great in the car. You couldn't hold too much (i.e. it wasn't difficult to scroll through it) and the physical feedback from the scroll wheel let me use it pretty acuratly without looking at it.

    Using an FM device or tape adapter sucked though. So when I got my Escape I made sure that it would easily support an AUX adapter. But then I wanted control from the HU so I bought an Alpine system. Then I wasn't happy with their interface, so I put the Mini in and ditched the iPod

    Now my wife is looking for a new car and I keep telling her that it has to be Mini compatible

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    I will say, the original 1st gens were great in the car. You couldn't hold too much (i.e. it wasn't difficult to scroll through it) and the physical feedback from the scroll wheel let me use it pretty acuratly without looking at it.
    hehe. Unfortunately I've probably got the WORST ipod for the car. A 20GB 3rd gen. Absolutely NO moving parts (except the hold switch on top) and holds just enough to be a pain to search through.

    Using an FM device or tape adapter sucked though. So when I got my Escape I made sure that it would easily support an AUX adapter.

    That's nice if you have a HU that supports AUX in. I bought my car LONG before I owned an iPod so it wasn't a priority. Later when I tried to find one I discovered that I own the ONLY Mitsubishi Eclipse generation (00-02) that uses a proprietary, undocumented, protocol and noone makes an aux adapter for it. Those BASTARDS!!!.


    My boat on the other hand, now has a HU that will support the iPod

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckgreenman View Post
    hehe. Unfortunately I've probably got the WORST ipod for the car. A 20GB 3rd gen. Absolutely NO moving parts (except the hold switch on top) and holds just enough to be a pain to search through.




    That's nice if you have a HU that supports AUX in. I bought my car LONG before I owned an iPod so it wasn't a priority. Later when I tried to find one I discovered that I own the ONLY Mitsubishi Eclipse generation (00-02) that uses a proprietary, undocumented, protocol and noone makes an aux adapter for it. Those BASTARDS!!!.


    My boat on the other hand, now has a HU that will support the iPod
    Hey.. but those Eclipses have a nice double-din head unit you can stick a 7" xenarc in there and run this great frontend i've heard of called AMP
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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo View Post
    Hey guys,

    Even though I develop a Mac front-end, I still don't have a screen or mini in my vehicle yet. I tried out one of those little TuneDock or whatever it is, that mounts in your ciggy-lighter and has a goosneck and a built-in FM tuner.. Wow.. How horrible was that? It was impossible to change the tunes while driving (trying to drive and move your finger on the circle), the thing would fall out if I turned hard or whatever else. hahah.. I was laughing..

    It really made me ready to purchase a screen (8"!) to put in the vehicle!
    thats wht i've been using but it works because my wife is the D.J. and i just tell her what songs to navigate to.

    now i just plug that thing into my carputer and i play the tunes through an itunes widget i have setup.
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    What widget do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo View Post
    Hey.. but those Eclipses have a nice double-din head unit you can stick a 7" xenarc in there and run this great frontend i've heard of called AMP
    Yeah I think I've heard of that frontend somewhere before


    That was my original plan but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it wwasn't going to be a pretty install. I actually have a 3 din space (the climate controls are exactly 1din high) which would make it difficult to install a screen and make it look good. I'm not one for messing with Bondo or fiberglass and I have don't have funds (rather the wife wont let me) spend the money for a professional install. What I would like to do is yank the HU, and the CD (1 DIN each) and put in a 1 DIN motorized screen and use the other DIN space for an optical drive (DVD probably) but that's pricey too.


    On another topic, I was messing around with AMP last night and came to the following conclusion. It's not very G3 friendly. My initial plans of using my wifes old iBook (G3 700Mhz) might be out the window unless I can find a way to speed things up.

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