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    Mp3 interface for HDD?

    I'm looking for something that can interface a hard drive to play mp3's thru a car stereo (fm modulator) using only a wired or wireless remote control. Obviously, I could buy an Archos or MP3-CD changer, but I'm trying to cut down on costs.

    I have the hard drives and fm modulator already - and I can get just about any computer parts necessary. (I'm not looking for a 'carputer', however)

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulVS
    I'm looking for something that can interface a hard drive to play mp3's thru a car stereo [.....] I'm not looking for a 'carputer', however [.....]
    You can either spend hours learning about electronics and build your own hardware mp3 player, or do the easy thing and buy an ipod.

    Your only other choice is a carputer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulVS
    I'm looking for something that can interface a hard drive to play mp3's thru a car stereo (fm modulator) using only a wired or wireless remote control. Obviously, I could buy an Archos or MP3-CD changer, but I'm trying to cut down on costs.

    I have the hard drives and fm modulator already - and I can get just about any computer parts necessary. (I'm not looking for a 'carputer', however)

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Dont waste your money on a Archos, they suck. I used one for about 2 days and ditched it. Expensive and unworthy of the price. Try a pocket organizer with a memory expansion card. These work real well. you can pick them uup on ebay for pretty cheap.

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    an alternative to the expensive iPod is the Creative Zen. I have it and it works great.
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    http://www.kitstream.com/ If I had found this earlier, I might not have a computer in my car today - this thing seems to do all I need.

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    If you don't mind the space wasted the cheapest solution is to blag an old PC from an upgrading office/friend/whatever and plug it into an inverter in your car (inverters come from as low as 20 for 150-odd watts, that should be enough for an oldtime office pc) stick a soundcard in the office PC and throw it in the boot.
    Then you can run a wire from the pc to your HU or get an fm modulator to broadcast it to the HU, install win95/98 or something and set a winamp playlist in the startup folder with a playlist, set shuffle and repeat to on and you have yourself a radiostation in your boot with all your favourite songs.

    Then work upwards from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by none
    http://www.kitstream.com/ If I had found this earlier, I might not have a computer in my car today - this thing seems to do all I need.
    On closer inspection, adding music to this thing looks to be a pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by none
    On closer inspection, adding music to this thing looks to be a pain.
    Why? You could just get some hard drive docks for your PC and your car and when your ready to add music just turn off your car and take your hard drive out. In fact you should ALWAYS design your system so the hard drive can be removed and you should remove it every time you exit your vehicle. You people leaving hard drives out in extreme cold and heat are crazy if you ask me.

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    The pc-in-the-trunk idea sounds fine... and I can get a ton of old computers (and even laptops) to use... but I would like some type of control over track selection - like a small remote control.

    Also, boot-up time to Windows is kind of an annoying issue for me. Is there any DOS-based MP3 software out there?

    Thanks again!

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    Ive made an mp3 player based on hard disk, it has remote control and show the information on a display,the sound output is 24 bits ,all by 12volts power.
    Its simple but works very fine.

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