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Old 10-19-2008, 07:32 PM
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Being old and out of touch as far as the new storage units for music, what do I need?

I have a bunch of cd's and music on my computer. I would like to have something that I can take and play with on my boat and motorhome. What is the difference between MP3 and IPODS? What do I need?

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Old 10-19-2008, 10:09 PM
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MP3 is one of the most common music file formats... iPods can store thousands of MP3s depending on the size you get. The difference between iPods and other MP3 players is that there is more stuff developed for iPods. For example, in your boat you probably have a Kenwood, Sony, Alpine, Clarion, etc radio. With an iPod you can get an interface for these so that you actually control the ipod through the radio, where as something like the Microsoft Zune can only be utilized playing through an aux-input. You'll spend more on an iPod than you will on any other brands but I feel that the iPod and accessories are better for the money.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:30 AM
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Horace, I have the same situation, and here is what I did: I use Apple's iTunes to organize my music. I input the music tracks from all my CDs that I want to take to the boat or car. iTunes does a supurb job of organizing the music, and it is free. I then tag the songs as 'easy listening' that I want to listen to in the morning, and create playlists, which are just a list of the songs you want to use to create a CD. Get CD-Rs from the store, and burn your own CDs - if you have an mp3 player in the boat or car, you can choose to burn them in that format, and get 10-12 hours of music on one disc. If you don't, you can just burn the CDs in normal WAV format, and they will play on non-mp3 players. I bought a Clarion radio / CD player (widely recommended on this board) with Infinity Kappa speakers, and everything works fine. The radio accepts an iPod input, but I do not use my ipod on the boat.

If you already have the music on your computer, you are way ahead of the game. If you don't want to deal with the learning curve on organizing music and burning CDs, you should be able to get someone to help burn the CDs, so you can just get what you want for the car and boat. All you really need is a software program that lets you identify the songs you want to burn to CD, and do it (assuming you have a CD-R capable computer). iTunes is one such program, but there are many more, including one that probably came with your computer, if it is recent.

One other thing you might have to deal with is that songs downloaded from the pay-per-song internet services often have DIRM rights management protection, which means you may not be able to copy them to a CD. Good luck, hope this helps.
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:51 AM
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you can plug any mp3 player or an ipod straight into a small marine amp and then connect the amp to the speakers - easy, cheap and very clean sound. Email me for for the details and a MS word install document - we have done it for many, many boats....
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:58 AM
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just get satellite radio.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:05 AM
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What marine 2 channel amp do you guys suggest? I just added my Garmin XM weather module and plan of activating the XM radio as well as adding an Ipod hookup via an RCA splitter.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:12 AM
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clarion refurbished off ebay - cheap and effective...
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:05 PM
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Hello, my first post here.

Depends on the budget and how fancy you want to get. An ipod is the way to go these days. I'm considering the Fusion head unit ($400). You dock the ipod behind the faceplate in a water tight environment. Depending on which ipod you get you can also use it as an external hard drive...keep your backups with you.

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Old 10-20-2008, 05:11 PM
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watch it with the fusion - I like the headphone to aux in as it never goes obsolete....wait for apple to change the interface and then your fusion will be obsolete for the next gen....I trust fusion but don't trust apple - left a ton of people in the dirt when they switched the ipods from firewire to usb..and every gen they leave all the accessories in the dust.....
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:05 PM
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Glen E is correct... I suggest getting the PXP01 from Peripheral Electronics. It charges the iPod and gives you audio/video wires to connect to! However you won't have volume control through the iPod because the bottom dock is a fixed output so this cable will only benefit you if you are running the iPod through a stereo and not just the iPod directly to the amplifier.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:41 AM
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I have always been a fan of multiple options. On my previous boat I had the options of Ipod (or any other MP3 device) via an Aux in, XM radio via FM, as well as th eold stand by CD and FM radio. On the current boat I have the same options except I'm using the Garmin for XM so it can be hard wired into the system vs using the FM. Having an Aux in on the front of the stereo also allows your friends and family to connect their iPods (or whatever)...
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:22 AM
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All too confusing for me. I just want an easy option to hear my music! My buddy hates the music on the boat. Probably because I carry 1 CD and listen to it 90% of the time. Righteous Brothers. So you can tell how into music I am when fishing.

I'm not 'electronically inclined' if you know what I mean, and hate wiring up stuff like this. I have music on the computer and Ipod. Also some on CD's still. What's the simplest and cheapest way to listen to those on the boat, beyond carrying CD's on the boat? I have an older Jensen am/fm/single CD player on the boat now.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:28 PM
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Easiest simplest way is to upgrade your cd player that has an a/x imput for your ipod. Load up all the tunes on the ipod get the adapter from the ipod to the cd player and bam you have 1000's of songs at your finger tips.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:35 PM
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the EASIEST is ipod to amp to speakers - take the ipod home with you at the end of the day - no corrosion, theft or holes in the dash...and great sound....
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:41 PM
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Glen, can you expand on the amp thing? My stereo is up in my radio box and it would be a royal pain to have to put a new one in. But I could maybe squeeze in an amp behind the console and connect to the speakers back there. It would be a much preferable place to put the Ipod too. Much more protected back there than up in the radio box. What do I need to buy and how would it connect up? Does the Ipod dock into the amp, or just a wire to connect it to the amp?
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:42 PM
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send me an email - I'll send you two pages of detail - I've done 30 boats this way - many here....
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