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Just noticed last week after playing a CD in my car that the CD(new) had a couple of light scratches on it.Went back and checked the last couple of CD's and sure enough,the scratches were on them also ! So today I'll be dropping the car off to get a new receiver !

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Yeah, back when I had my '95 Sonoma pickup, it had a dash unit that would create parallel scratches along each side of the hub, presumably where the CD got scraped across something as it was "sucked into" the player. I ended up ruining more than a few rather collectible CDs before I discovered the problem.... grr.

 

My last car didn't have a CD player, strictly USB.

 

I just got a new car earlier this month (well, not new but new to me), and it has the coolest damned feature: It's an in-dash DVD player to watch movies on the in-dash display, and the system also has an internal 30GB hard drive. There's a "Record" button on the console, and if you press it, it converts any CD to mp3s and copies them to the hard drive.

 

A buddy has a CD you like, play it in the car and you have a copy for yourself. How cool is that?

 

Now, there's no way to export the mp3s from the HDD (presumably as an anti-pirating mechanism), but still, you can build up a nice collection for on-road listening.

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Yeah, back when I had my '95 Sonoma pickup, it had a dash unit that would create parallel scratches along each side of the hub, presumably where the CD got scraped across something as it was "sucked into" the player. I ended up ruining more than a few rather collectible CDs before I discovered the problem.... grr.

 

My last car didn't have a CD player, strictly USB.

 

I just got a new car earlier this month (well, not new but new to me), and it has the coolest damned feature: It's an in-dash DVD player to watch movies on the in-dash display, and the system also has an internal 30GB hard drive. There's a "Record" button on the console, and if you press it, it converts any CD to mp3s and copies them to the hard drive.

 

A buddy has a CD you like, play it in the car and you have a copy for yourself. How cool is that?

 

Now, there's no way to export the mp3s from the HDD (presumably as an anti-pirating mechanism), but still, you can build up a nice collection for on-road listening.

That's cool, awesome that you can directly rip from an audio CD. My parents have a hard drive in their car as well, but you can only copy songs from a CD if they're MP3s

 

Of course I've loaded theirs with a couple favorites, so everytime they take out the CD they were listening to Ratt or Dokken comes blasting from the hard drive :D

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Yeah, most people copy USB to the HDD, but having the record function available is a great option.

 

In my prior car I had four 16GB USB sticks on a switchable USB hub. Now with the HDD I'll put my "library" on the HDD and keep the current year's releases on a USB stick, since I have to periodically update that as new releases come out. Also, most of each year's releases don't end up making the cut as keepers for the vehicle library.

 

There's no way I could ever put my complete library in the car (currently at 180GB with many discs not ripped), so I have to periodically re-assess what albums to have in the vehicle. Still, the hard drive should accommodate 300-400 albums, which is more than enough to have on the road.

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Mike, I just wanted to maybe throw a line your way, or everybody's, cause I ditched CD players in my automobiles late last year, what Ive done is this, at the 1st of this year, I decided 15 years was long enough to be Kicker Homer, and I wanted to see what some different speakers would sound like in my Jeep and my Merc Cougar, so I decided to go with All Alpine In my car, and went with Cerwin Vega and JBL in my Jeep, my biggest upgrade was replacing my head units, I knew I no longer wanted CD's in either vehicle, and as cheap as the head units have become lately, it didnt take much more to change my mind, so I went with the Alpine AppleScreen in the coug, I dont drive it a whole lot but I figure soon enough my daughter will, but in my Jeep i could not bring myself to stray outside of whats never failed me, and thats anything Pioneer.

 

There are NO better head units, I used the Pioneer AVH 4100NEX, it is completely free of any outside media, I myself then wired in a tiny 800Gig HD mounted up under the AC bracket, between the AC and actual face unit, wished I had gone with a full 1 Tbt, but I have slowly began moving all my entire cd cateloge I have ripped to my computer, over to this hd, so basically anything Ive ever had on cd, I now possess in my automobile, and im working on a way I can easily access the actual HD, so when I do go get a 1 Tbt HD, I can just fill it up, and put it in, take it out, add whatever to it, then easily put it back in, cause right now it's just mounted and a bitch to take out, but I have some DVD's on it, mostly NOT PORN!! but yeah, it's pretty cool especially when I want to hear something completely off, out of nowhere in the mid day, and I never have to sub conscientiously have that small tug in my gut, wondering if someones bashed out my window and taken my discs, which would really cost me alot of money, so just a thought, I really do enjoy it, I wasnt sure at all when I decided to do this, it was an extremely difficult decision for me to make, but ultimately I just said fuck it, and went with it, and now im so glad I did, just FYI.

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I took Danthony's advice, and bought for 16GB flash drives, and a dock. Unfortunately, my car doesn't support the dock, but it's not too big a hassle to switch the sticks. The real bugger is four 16GB USB sticks doesn't hold nearly enough music. So I'll have to buy a bunch more.

 

I refrain from throwing my actual discs in my car. Not because I'm afraid of having them stolen, but I've just seen too many cases like yours. I'll only use CDRs.

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