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Want a CD player but keep original am/fm?

I used a very similar unit to this one and it works great. You can hide it in the trunk or under the dash and it plays thru your am/fm radio. The cassette holds 6 cd's so you have hours of cruising. Just wanted to give a heads up to folks looking at winter projects with their sound system. I dont know this ebayer at all, just wanted to alert folks to an option that works.

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Re: Want a CD player but keep original am/fm?

An IPod (or other mp3 player) seems to be a much better choice for taking loads of music with you. If your stereo has an aux. input, or you have an FM transmitting adapter for your mp3 player, I think it beats a CD changer hands down. I have my 60G IPod video that I use. I copied all the songs off of my couple hundred CDs to it and still have room to spare. The stereo in my truck is specially made with an IPod input, but an aux input or fm adapter for your player would work.

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Re: Want a CD player but keep original am/fm?

I agree Chris. Ipod or mp3 player is much better but alot of us old folks have huge collection of CD's and no way to put them onto mp3 or ipods..at least not that Ive heard about yet. So its (the CDplayer) an option.

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Just put the CD in your drive, down load your new MP3 player software and transfer your music to it. My daughters is very simple just drag and drop and it's done.

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Re: Want a CD player but keep original am/fm?

As Joe said, the IPod (and I'm sure others have similar), comes with software that you simply put your music CD in your computer, open the application (ITunes), plug in your IPod, and drag and drop the music from the CD to your computer or your IPod. It's amazingly simple. Like I mentioned, I've moved thousands of songs off most of my CDs to my computer and my IPod. It really doesn't take long to do at all. CDs really are going the way of 8 tracks and cassette tapes....

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Re: Want a CD player but keep original am/fm?

You mean I have to go buy an Ipod now? I dont even have one of those yet lol gezz Im so behind the times.
I did just order a new Dell laptop that can burn cds and dvds so Im stepping up, right?

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You're getting there!

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Got a 15.4" screen, Inspiron6400 , 2meg cache/1.83/667mhz, duo core T2400 with 1gb Ram, 80gb hard drive, dbl layer 8x dvd+/- 9 cell battery, Intel pro wireless Screen $714 weighs around 6lbs.

My old Dell Inspiron weighs 10 lbs and while still working, (good for garage work bench), its slow, Win98 and 7 years old. Now I will be hip after I get an Ipod lol

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Got a 15.4" screen, Inspiron6400 , 2meg cache/1.83/667mhz, duo core T2400 with 1gb Ram, 80gb hard drive, dbl layer 8x dvd+/- 9 cell battery, Intel pro wireless Screen $714 weighs around 6lbs.

My old Dell Inspiron weighs 10 lbs and while still working, (good for garage work bench), its slow, Win98 and 7 years old. Now I will be hip after I get an Ipod lol
Radio who needs a radio So just put the laptop on the seat, a set of headphones and you got 2.5hrs of battery life before you out of tunes......

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Load up the ITunes Library in that new 80GB hard drive and you can transfer any songs or full cds from your laptop.
Better yet, now you can get a 200GB "Book" external hardrive for $99.99 at Office Depot and put every song you've ever heard on it. Amazing with everything else going up in price, computers keep giving us more for our money everyday. of course, you have to replace them almost that often.
I've started selling our 4000+ cds on ebay now. $$$ goes into Paypal and then I can buy all kinds of camaro goodies with the cash at z-bay.
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ok ok ... I got 2 mp3 players, one for Clickette and one for me. $79 each for Sandisk 2 GB Sansa m250 MP3 . Free shipping too from Dell 2 are you guys happy for me now? Im tuned up

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Did you do any research on that particular MP3 player to make sure it has either an adapter, to plug into an auxilary input (if your stereo has one), or an available FM transmitter adapter to transmit to an FM frequency that your car/home stereo can pickup when tuned to the proper station? These type of items are usually sold seperately. I'm not familiar with the one you got. The reason I went with the IPod is because of the huge amount of add on components out there for the device. Major stereo manufacturers, like Alpine, are making more and more IPod ready units. Here's what I bought for my truck:
This Alpine head unit. This unit has a special interface just for IPods, as well as aux inputs for other devices and controls on the stereo just for IPods. All I had to buy extra is a $30 full speed interface cable and I can control my IPod directly from the stereo just like I would a CD. For IPod users that do not have an "IPod ready" stereo, you'd need to purchase an adapter or FM transmitter adapter as I said above and it will work too, but you just have to control what songs are playing from the IPod instead of from the stereo head unit. The Alpine will also charge the IPod through it's interface, where as using an aux input or fm transmitter will require you to get a seperate cig lighter charging adapter to keep the player charged.
And this IPod. This one holds about 1,000 hours of music (128k bitrate) and is overkill for most music listeners as it plays video as well and is expensive. Love it though!

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I already have the fm transmitter, we used it from portable cd player before I put in the 6 changer. The cord will plug into the mp3 player and away we go

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Looks like the Alpine 9857 is even better than the one I got months ago
http://www.alpinefullspeed.com/ Go here, enter the site, and click on the see how it works after you're in. I'm sure other stereo manufacturers have similar.

I know these full DIN head units don't help for our Camaros w/out cutting the dash, but the point of bringing it all up is point out where technology is going as far as portable music is concerned. And you can still use these MP3 players with older stereos via legacy interfaces.

Here's just some of the accessories available for the IPods to give you an idea of how popular they are, and these are accessories from Apple, not included is the thousands of IPod accessories by aftermarket manufacturors.
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...PodAccessories

Ok, am I babbling yet?

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I already have the fm transmitter, we used it from portable cd player before I put in the 6 changer. The cord will plug into the mp3 player and away we go
Great! Let us know how it plays for you. I'd really like to know.

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