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Old 12-28-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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I have:

A decent Mac laptop, a crappy desktop PC, a Good Stereo (not computer speakers), an older model car and similar car stereo.

I want:

To pay very little to have music on my stereo, computer, and, if possible, in my car.



I am enjoying streaming radio stations free through I-Tunes, but hooking the laptop up to the home stero is a little bit of a PITA.

It isn't hard to hook up, but it is bulky to shove the laptop into my stereo cabinet where my kids won't touch it.

I also don't want to slow my lap top down by storing a ton of songs on it....


HOW DO YOU DO IT?

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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I don't know what you mean by "very little" but you might look into an airport express (if you don't have one) and AirTunes.

An iPod also works well (that's what I do), but I am assuming you want other people besides yourself to be able to hear stuff.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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I guess I am wondering if Ipods are where you store all the tunes and then hook them up to whatever, or if they can stream stations and other music as well.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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I use my desktop for music at home, and my phone has music for on the go. Having a sound system in your vehicle with an auxiliary input means that you can use your mobile media player/phone to take your music everywhere. You can plug it into the car, your home stereo or headphones.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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So you have an Iphone klyph?

I like the idea of an external storage device.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:43 PM   #6
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You'll need a copy of you library on one of your computers.

But yes, you can play the music on your ipod through your stereo. You will need some sort of connection though. A modern stereo might be "ipod compatible" with an appropriate cable. Even if not, if it has an Aux port or audio in you can still plug it in (with the right sort of cable). In the latter case, you'll use the ipod itself to select songs etc.

For the car, the easiest solution (the one I use) is an FM transmitter. I have one like this.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #7
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So you have an Iphone klyph?

I like the idea of an external storage device.
No, I have an HTC brand smartphone, but same principle, I just don't have to deal with the hassles of iTunes. There is a media player on the phone that plays many different formats of media, unlike the iGadgets which limit what you can do with your media. It also has a removable storage card.

Couple questions:

What format is your music library in?
Do you use iTunes?
Does your car stereo have an aux input?
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:57 PM   #8
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All my files are on external HDs...

I have 2 - 1 TB HDs with over 1200 movies on each, a 500GB with over 400 movies, music (about 30K songs) files are on a 320 GB, 2 - 160 GBs, and other files are on 2 - 160s and an 80GB.

A coworker just received a 1 TB with over 75K more songs (mostly Aussie bands) and more movies...
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:01 PM   #9
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Quote:
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For the car, the easiest solution (the one I use) is an FM transmitter. I have one like this.
Sounds like a winer.

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Couple questions:

What format is your music library in?
Do you use iTunes?
Does your car stereo have an aux input?
My music library now is all CD. I am moving to digital, that is why I am researching this. I also love 1 local radio station (wfpk).

I use i tunes on the laptop to stream radio stations.

No auxilliary.

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:10 PM   #10
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If it were me, I'd get something like a Sansa music player rather than iPod. You aren't tied to having to use iTunes, you can use whatever media you want however you want and the Sansa also has an FM radio in it so you can switch over and listen to that if you want. They'll work with the usual FM transmitters (without having to buy an Apple version of it for three times the price). They also use microSD cards so you can expand the memory if you want.
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