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Old 03-22-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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Question USB Connectivity

Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!)

Can anyone tell me if the USB connection can be added to the stereo unit of the 1SS? And how about the bluetooth or steering wheel controls?

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Old 03-22-2009, 02:45 PM   #2
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Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!)

Can anyone tell me if the USB connection can be added to the stereo unit of the 1SS? And how about the bluetooth or steering wheel controls?

Thanks!
No they can not. All three of those require the Convenience and Connectivity package which is not an option on the 1SS.
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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which is pretty stupid in my opinion and the cluster on one side of the wheel looks weird
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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Cripes! I was hoping to take it to a stereo shop and have them add the usb cable, but not sure what kind of connection ports are available on the back of the stereo deck.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:14 PM   #5
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Even with the CC package I don't understand how the unit reads the Thumb Drive as to how to format it for play.
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:30 PM   #6
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You might be able to buy the parts from the dealer later to add them yourselves but the cost and work involved is unknown at this point. Reading the thumb drives, etc is pretty simple though, the stereo reads them like any computer would and indexes the mp3 files when the drive is plugged in. Decoding the mp3 files is fairly simple and has been a feature common to stereos for years it's just most commonly done with mp3's on CD.
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You might be able to buy the parts from the dealer later to add them yourselves but the cost and work involved is unknown at this point. Reading the thumb drives, etc is pretty simple though, the stereo reads them like any computer would and indexes the mp3 files when the drive is plugged in. Decoding the mp3 files is fairly simple and has been a feature common to stereos for years it's just most commonly done with mp3's on CD.
Did not know that. So I'm assuming they have top be in MP3 format on the TD?
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:57 PM   #8
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Did not know that. So I'm assuming they have top be in MP3 format on the TD?
TD?

MP3 or WMA on any USB mass storage device with (I'm assuming) FAT or FAT32 filesystem.
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MP3 or WMA on any USB mass storage device with (I'm assuming) FAT or FAT32 filesystem.
I saw a picture with a Thumb Drive sticking in the usb slot. Can't remember where I found it but they said it would play and control through the sterio and steering wheel.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:08 PM   #10
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:31 AM   #11
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I plan on using a couple 8GB USB Flash Drives loaded with mp3's... It's a beautiful thing.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:41 AM   #12
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I plan on using a couple 8GB USB Flash Drives loaded with mp3's... It's a beautiful thing.

Not a bad idea.... Sure is a lot cheaper than an ipod right!?
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:02 AM   #13
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Not a bad idea.... Sure is a lot cheaper than an ipod right!?
F that IPOD, dude. I'm not a big fan of Apple computers, in my opinion, they're difficult to use/navigate. They're really so simplistic that it's hard to use if you know and you're used to all the Windows right-clicks, keystrokes, and shortcuts. And secondly, I'm not a fan of the format that Apple uses to encode music. Not that it sounds bad... it's just not universal.

Have you ever messed around with a car stereo that has a USB port?

My sister bought a Chevy Aveo and put in a CD player with mp3 playback and a USB port on the front. I grabbed my flash drive that had everything on it from .pdf files to .jpegs, and I copied one mp3 to it... Funkadelic - "Stuffs & Things".

I took it out to her car and plugged it right into the USB port. Took a second or two to be recognized... but it immediately found that one mp3 that I copied to the USB flash drive.



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Depending on the ease of navigation...

I'm considering purchasing a separate external hard drive and just dumping multiple GB of MP3's on it (I've ripped every CD that I own) - connecting it to the USB, and the power supply that is supposed to be in the center console. I don't know if the power supply is in the form of a standard 120v jack, or the cigarette lighter type - but a trip to Radio Shack can fix that problem should it be that way.

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Old 04-09-2009, 05:19 AM   #15
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F that IPOD, dude. I'm not a big fan of Apple computers, in my opinion, they're difficult to use/navigate. They're really so simplistic that it's hard to use if you know and you're used to all the Windows right-clicks, keystrokes, and shortcuts. And secondly, I'm not a fan of the format that Apple uses to encode music. Not that it sounds bad... it's just not universal.

Have you ever messed around with a car stereo that has a USB port?

My sister bought a Chevy Aveo and put in a CD player with mp3 playback and a USB port on the front. I grabbed my flash drive that had everything on it from .pdf files to .jpegs, and I copied one mp3 to it... Funkadelic - "Stuffs & Things".

I took it out to her car and plugged it right into the USB port. Took a second or two to be recognized... but it immediately found that one mp3 that I copied to the USB flash drive.



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HAHAHAHA.. Naw never messed with a car that had a USB, sounds pretty cool though. The external HD doesn't sound like a bad idea either, they make decent sizes that have a lot of storage that i'm sure you could get to fit in the center console.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:59 AM   #16
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:39 AM   #17
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Damn, I bought my 500GB western digital external hard drive too soon. Figures they'd come out with a sleeker, easier-to-use design that DOESN'T need an external power supply right after I purchase the old model.

Oh well, looks like I'll make another purchase off of newegg.com
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:34 AM   #18
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If you look at their lineup, the Essentials line includes a whole bunch software that you'll never use when it's connected to the Camaro. Save yourself some $$$ and get this for much cheaper. The 400GB drive will hold about 100,000 MP3's and only run you $70.
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Even if it has software on the HDD when you get it, you can always just reformat it before you start dumping your music on it...
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Even if it has software on the HDD when you get it, you can always just reformat it before you start dumping your music on it...
I know that, I'm just saying you're paying more for the software when you're not going to use it at all! There's a cheaper version that doesn't include software on it.
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anyone know if you can use playlists on it? or go by folders/albums/artists or anything like that? or is it just going to play every song you have?
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I know that, I'm just saying you're paying more for the software when you're not going to use it at all! There's a cheaper version that doesn't include software on it.
Oh, yeah, the western digital site didn't have any prices on it so I wasn't aware there was much of a price difference.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:34 AM   #23
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anyone know if you can use playlists on it? or go by folders/albums/artists or anything like that? or is it just going to play every song you have?
Yes to all. It'll index the drive and give you browsing by artist/album/etc. or you can browse the folders. It will also support playlists if you save them in a standard format.
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The external HD doesn't sound like a bad idea either, they make decent sizes that have a lot of storage that i'm sure you could get to fit in the center console.
This is my thought on what I may do. However with some of the roads here, I'd be super afraid of screwing up the HD because of the vibration caused by bumpy roads. That said, I think I'll go buy a 64GB USB drive or wait and see if they come out with a 128GB USB drive soon.

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This is my thought on what I may do. However with some of the roads here, I'd be super afraid of screwing up the HD because of the vibration caused by bumpy roads. That said, I think I'll go buy a 64GB USB drive or wait and see if they come out with a 128GB USB drive soon.

Flash memory FTW.
You can buy a solid state hard drive. they are very pricy right now though.
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