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Old 02-14-2009, 11:27 PM   #1
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Anyone have an idea where the USB goes?

Has anyone seen where the usb input is located inside the car?
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:27 PM   #2
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There is a port inside the center console I believe. Will try to find a pic in a sec.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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The USB port is in the armrest console storage space.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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Will I be able to store MP3's on it and play from car stereo?
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:35 PM   #5
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There is no on-board hard drive, so the car will figure what files on your usb are playable songs and you can cycle through them via radio or steering wheel controls. But yes, it will be played through the car stereo.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:35 PM   #6
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Will I be able to store MP3's on it and play from car stereo?
U can use a flash drive with music on it to play from the radio, but if you mean can you store music to a hard drive in the car and play from the radio... no can't do that.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:43 PM   #7
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Yeah, I was wondering if you could store MP3's on the USB and then play them through the car stereo.
I have a 16 gigabyte drive which can hold a staggering 4000 songs.

Thank's y'all answered my question!
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:46 PM   #8
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Looks like this job is already done. Good job guys.

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:50 AM   #9
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:41 AM   #10
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What's neat about the USB port, is that it will pull the ID3-tag information from whatever song it's playing and display that info on your stereo's LCD screen.

It will also display this information for any mp3 player that is a "play-for-sure" device. I'm not entirely sure what that means yet, but basically it's not just compatible with iPod's. So you'll have to check with your mp3 manufacturer. I know I'll be checking mine...
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:45 AM   #11
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What's neat about the USB port, is that it will pull the ID3-tag information from whatever song it's playing and display that info on your stereo's LCD screen.

It will also display this information for any mp3 player that is a "play-for-sure" device. I'm not entirely sure what that means yet, but basically it's not just compatible with iPod's. So you'll have to check with your mp3 manufacturer. I know I'll be checking mine...
"Plays-For-Sure" was a Microsoft effort to gain compatibility among non-iPod MP3 players. Many of the ones from other companys supported the technology. Also, Microsoft's Zune works just dandy. If you put songs on a USB stick, it will support both MP3s and WMAs.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:51 AM   #12
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:46 AM   #13
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There is a video from the JAX autoshow around here somewhere showing the interface with a Zune. FYI

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13552
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:49 AM   #14
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Took a snapshot for y'all...

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Old 02-15-2009, 12:18 PM   #15
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is the USB only feature is Music play in radio

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Took a snapshot for y'all...

are there any other uses for the usb can you read data or softwaer link to car computer data
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #16
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I am really looking forward to this feature!
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:16 PM   #17
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This is simply for music playback. You can't watch movies, look at photos, edit pdf's, create powerpoints, or do your homework with your car. Sorry.
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:42 PM   #18
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Yeah, I was wondering if you could store MP3's on the USB and then play them through the car stereo.
I have a 16 gigabyte drive which can hold a staggering 4000 songs.

Thank's y'all answered my question!
Yes, you can play songs MP3s from thumbdrives plugged into the USB.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:08 PM   #19
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IPOD Clarification Needed:

1) An IPOD could be played 2 ways- thru the stereo mini-jack or the USB port (Both jacks located next to each other)??

2) If #1 is correct- IPOD song control thru the mini-jack must be done on the IPOD?? And the display on the car stereo would only show "Aux Input" [Or something like that]??

3) If #1 is correct- IPOD song control (Via the cable you get with the IPOD when you bought it-that's hooked up to your computer for song transfers/etc) can be done on the car stereo, and you get the song info on it's display??
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:12 PM   #20
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IPOD Clarification Needed:

1) An IPOD could be played 2 ways- thru the stereo mini-jack or the USB port (Both jacks located next to each other)??

2) If #1 is correct- IPOD song control thru the mini-jack must be done on the IPOD?? And the display on the car stereo would only show "Aux Input" [Or something like that]??

3) If #1 is correct- IPOD song control (Via the cable you get with the IPOD when you bought it-that's hooked up to your computer for song transfers/etc) can be done on the car stereo, and you get the song info on it's display??
If you hook-up an iPod using the mini-jack, you have to control the songs from the iPod. If you use the USB, then you can control the iPod through the radio controls (including the steering wheel audio controls). I believe they refer to this as PDIM (Personal Device Interface Module). See this thread for some details - http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8292.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:18 PM   #21
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Last night I bought a 32 GB USB Flash Drive on Ebay ($65) to use in the Camaro so as to not have to lug around the IPOD. Great function. But, of course, a question:

1) Can the car's stereo distinguish between playlists on the Flash drive? I don't want to have to filter thru country/comedy, etc while listening to Rock N Roll. Does it detect this thru the song's ID-3 tag?

Kinda might impact on how I set up the songs on the flash drive.

And, if I'm not mistaken, the car stereo won't play "AAC" files, which are IPOD exclusive? I converted all music files that were AAC to mp3's within the IPOD software- quite easy.

But there are some songs bought thru ITunes that can NOT be converted. I bought the wife- David Cook's CD for Xmas [For her-NOT ME] and the IPOD software would not allow it to be converted to mp3 format. But it did allow me to convert songs from Triumph [Older Rock n Roll] from AAC to mp3.
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Most songs these days on the iTunes store are not protected. But, ones that are protected will not work on anything other than iTunes on the computer you bought it from or an iPod/iPhone. You can thank Apple for that. But yea, the Camaro supports MP3 and WMA files only.

I'm not 100% sure but I think that the stereo will still categorize all your music by genre, etc. It should be able to pull this info from the ID3 tags of your tracks. I think this is all it's doing for stuff on MP3 players (vs somehow using the MP3 player's database of tracks). When I plugged my Zune in it had to "index" all the tracks before it could search through them so I suppose it would do the same for files on a flash drive.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #23
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I wonder if I leave the flash drive in the USB port all the time, that it will not need to index all the time. 32 GB of stuff might take it awhile.

Thanks for your help too.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:26 PM   #24
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I just hope the stereo doesn't freak when it sees my 30GB player and realizes it has movies on it too :P
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #25
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... But yea, the Camaro supports MP3 and WMA files only.
I sure hope it supports WMA Lossless files. If it does then I can just copy all of my music from my Media Center PC without having to transcode any of it.
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