I have been ripping and listening to music in the MP3 format for quite some time now. Mostly I use my PC as a huge jukebox, but for Christmas, I got a portable CD player that can play audio CDs as well as CDs with MP3s. It’s got the power adapter for the car’s cigarette lighter, an adapter for playing the audio through the cassette deck, and even a little remote control. It’s pretty cool. But, compared to an iPod or iRiver, I guess I am still in the stone ages. I just can’t bring myself to pay $200 or more for a portable music player.
Recently, I discovered a few cool articles about playing MP3s through car stereos using an iPod. I also found out that there are now car stereos that can play MP3s directly or have an iPod interface!
InformIT also has an article about listening to an iPod through your car stereo.
Estone makes the Car MP3 Player Ripper-510: a car stereo designed by some IT geeks. This thing plays MP3s, can rip CDs, record from radio, and has a 20 GB removable USB hard drive! It lists for $900, but is available from zMedia Technologies for $700. Guess this is one more toy I can count on not having.
The latest issue of Car Audio & Electronics has reviews on some of the latest car stereos that can play MP3s and other digital audio formats:
Apparently the new BMWs have built-in iPod interfaces and a handy little place to mount the iPod inside the glovebox. Suddenly an iRiver and an Alpine stereo don’t look so expensive…