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I read this on the Audi-TT forum today:
"There is one cassette tape size MP3 coming to the market, it's a Korean made with 32/64 MB, use USB for speed to 3Mbps, playing time to 7 hours. You can just use the cassette tape to play MP3 music, it is expected to cost $200."



Here's another car MP3 player: http://ssiamerica.com/products/neo35/pictures.html

[This message has been edited by Tony Mack (edited November 24, 2000).]
 

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Um...why not just record directly to cassette tape from the computer? Most sound cards should have output jacks that you can connect to other equipment.
 

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- 7 hours of music would require the use of several audio cassettes.
- 7 hours of music would take 7 hours to record onto audio cassettes
- I assume that this device would allow you to directly access the music you want to hear whereas you would have to search for the music on audio cassettes
- MP3 quality is better than tape
- You can easily delete/overwrite music

I'm surprised that you would suggest tape as an option. Burning a CD might be, but I haven't listened to a tape in about 3 years.
 

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It was just a devil's advocate statement.

Anyways, you're right about everything you've said.

It's just weird that the device would use media that looks like cassette tapes.
 

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Originally posted by JW:
It's just weird that the device would use media that looks like cassette tapes.
Because it fits in tape decks and plays through them. Like cassette-adapter for cd players. The media is not the cassette tape like case, that's the actual player.


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If you have a laptop, just take a cassette-adapter for cd walkmans and play MP3s from the laptop, then you can have as many mp3s as you want
.. Might need a power inverter to charge the laptop though. I have tried this and it works great.

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Thats cool product, I really like it. It would be nice to have a remote control with it since the controls will not accessible once you put in the tape player.
 

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Originally posted by S4Tip:
Thats cool product, I really like it. It would be nice to have a remote control with it since the controls will not accessible once you put in the tape player.
If I'm not mistaken, it will respond to FF and Rew commands from the cassette player controls...




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how does the tape recognize the mp3 format, i know that is why a normal cd player won't play mp3 cd's, because it doesn't know how to convert the data.
 

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by the way, you can purchase an in dash cd player that will also play cds with mp3s for $299, it might be worth the extra 100 bucks.
 

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Originally posted by IS300GTE:
how does the tape recognize the mp3 format, i know that is why a normal cd player won't play mp3 cd's, because it doesn't know how to convert the data.
The cassette-looking device does not store MP3's on tape. It stores them in flash memory (32 or 64mb). The cassette-looking device interfaces to the tape deck, just like cd-player adapters, by putting a magnetic head against the tape deck head. This device also has a headphone jack for out-of-car listening...




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Yeah - that packaging is pretty cool.

The dynamic range and S/N ratio will not be quite as good as with a CD because the magnetic tape head pickup will pick up some noise and reduce the range a bit.

Also, something I never like about the casette interfaces is that the tape player has to run the casette motor (when in "play" mode) because it has no idea that there is no tape in the casette. Using the FF/RW speeds is a cute way to pick songs, but a little clunky.

I have my 6CD loaded with CD-Rs, and then I have an MPtrip MP3 cdplayer (about 200 songs on one CD) with a casette adapter...
 

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32 to 64 Megs at 64 kb(which is low bit rate) wouldnt be able to store 7 hours music. At most it would be about one to two. I prefer 160 kb encoding, which would only do 45 minutes max. Maybe the 7 hour time frame is the power of the tape. I assume it isnt powering itself out of the tape deck, unless there is a cord that externally connects to a cig. lighter outlet.
 

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Anyone have the Nomad Jukebox in their car with a tape adapter. Its an mp3 player with a 6 gig hard drive and looks like a discman. Thought it would be a good addition to your car is you really wanted tons of tunes.

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Theoretically that casette could get power with a little generator which runs off the spinning (car powered) casette spindle.
 

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Originally posted by deepcover:
I assume it isnt powering itself out of the tape deck, unless there is a cord that externally connects to a cig. lighter outlet.
It has internal batteries for when used as a portable device. But the intenal generator would be cool...



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