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Old 07-14-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Fbodfather says usb port in dash....

Fbodfather says usb port in dash. what would you use a usb in a car for
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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MP3s on a USB flash drive, a card in a card reader, USB hard drive, or your MP3 player (not iPod though). Anything that can be accessed as a common standard USB Mass Storage Device will work as long as plain MP3s are on it; maybe they'll support other formats and maybe even some DRM, but iPods probably still won't work.

USB port is nice, but it damn well better have a standard 1/8" aux in.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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you know what would be sweet if there was a projecter that lit up the winshield when you turn it on then you could connect a flash drive to program it to whatever pic you want and the factory one would say camaro
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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you know what would be sweet if there was a projecter that lit up the winshield when you turn it on then you could connect a flash drive to program it to whatever pic you want and the factory one would say camaro
This is a very possible modification, but I wouldn't want that out of the factory. I would not want to pay for something like that. It would be far too costly.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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you know what would be sweet if there was a projecter that lit up the winshield when you turn it on then you could connect a flash drive to program it to whatever pic you want and the factory one would say camaro
I'm having a hard time picturing what this would look like but it sounds like it could be pretty sweet. Are there any other cars that have this? Can you post a pic for an example?
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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well, as we all know that Cadillac has a lot to do with the engineering of the Camaro, and I believe caddies are starting to come with 40gb hard drives because we all know, mp3 cds are so 1999
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thats not a projection but thats what it would be like
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #9
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MP3s on a USB flash drive, a card in a card reader, USB hard drive, or your MP3 player (not iPod though). Anything that can be accessed as a common standard USB Mass Storage Device will work as long as plain MP3s are on it; maybe they'll support other formats and maybe even some DRM, but iPods probably still won't work.

USB port is nice, but it damn well better have a standard 1/8" aux in.
and why wouldn't it support an IPOD? All Ipod Nano's and Video's connect to the USB of the computer. it's only a software issuse and now adays why not support the #1 selling music player?
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:09 PM   #10
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you know what would be sweet if there was a projecter that lit up the winshield when you turn it on then you could connect a flash drive to program it to whatever pic you want and the factory one would say camaro
i dont know if they would do that, wouldnt it be a distraction?
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:13 PM   #11
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That's just what we need as we're driving 70(ish) down the highway - A provocative picture popping up on our windshield.
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and why wouldn't it support an IPOD? All Ipod Nano's and Video's connect to the USB of the computer. it's only a software issuse and now adays why not support the #1 selling music player?
The USB port on a car stereo isn't for letting your mp3 player play music, it's just for accessing the files that are stored on it. The stero itself plays the music.

The way iPods store music is engineered specifically to prevent you from using the music that's on an iPod. They store music in a messed up way. You can put un-messed music on them as a USB Mass Storage Device, but then the iPod can't play it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #13
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i dont know if they would do that, wouldnt it be a distraction?
Highly illegal in Texas...unless its designed to only work when the car is parked.
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Here's another reason to have a USB port in the Camaro:

Damn near every portable electronic device I own (cell phone, Zune, Crackberry, digital camera, GPS) can be charged via the USB cable when it's plugged into my PC. I'd love to have the ability to have just USB cables in my car to charge whatever needs charging instead of having multiple 12v plug-in car chargers. They take up less space when stored away and some devices can use the same cable because the plug-in connectors are the same.
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The USB port on a car stereo isn't for letting your mp3 player play music, it's just for accessing the files that are stored on it. The stero itself plays the music.

The way iPods store music is engineered specifically to prevent you from using the music that's on an iPod. They store music in a messed up way. You can put un-messed music on them as a USB Mass Storage Device, but then the iPod can't play it.
Isn't the Cobalt iPod compatible? I have non-Apple products that allow me to use my iPod as an alarm and just to play music. I doubt that it would be very difficult to design an iPod-reading USB port. Then again, I wouldn't know how to do it.
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The USB port on a car stereo isn't for letting your mp3 player play music, it's just for accessing the files that are stored on it. The stero itself plays the music.

The way iPods store music is engineered specifically to prevent you from using the music that's on an iPod. They store music in a messed up way. You can put un-messed music on them as a USB Mass Storage Device, but then the iPod can't play it.
sorry let me make myself clear. the Device (stock stereo) just needs the codec to play the AAC format. The ipod will play through the USB on my home stereo. Also the Sony Playstation 3 will play it thorough the USB ports on it also. . .but yea.
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lol i meant only when you start the car it pops up for like 2 secs or more
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Maybe something has changed since the last time I investigated it, but the iPod stores the music with encrypted filenames and tags, and maybe the music is encrypted too. Perhaps Apple has licensed out the codec for it? If the Cobalt does it through a USB port (not an iPod connector) then we can certainly expect the Camaro to do it too!
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Maybe something has changed since the last time I investigated it, but the iPod stores the music with encrypted filenames and tags, and maybe the music is encrypted too. Perhaps Apple has licensed out the codec for it? If the Cobalt does it through a USB port (not an iPod connector) then we can certainly expect the Camaro to do it too!
GM would have to get permission/pay apple for it. the files are encrypted but if you're on a windows machine (don't know about the most recent) you can copy your music into windows media player and it will tell you what the music file is and play it. . .if it's DRM free. or you decrypt it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #20
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Maybe something has changed since the last time I investigated it, but the iPod stores the music with encrypted filenames and tags, and maybe the music is encrypted too. Perhaps Apple has licensed out the codec for it? If the Cobalt does it through a USB port (not an iPod connector) then we can certainly expect the Camaro to do it too!
I installed a Premier head unit in my Impreza with a Pioneer iPod connector in the dash. That head unit can read my playlists and track names, so I'm sure it is possible. If that doesn't work in the Camaro, there are alternatives that allow for it to keep that OEM look. Just install the JL Cleansweep unit for high-quality audio and an appropriate iPod adaptor.
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Here's another reason to have a USB port in the Camaro:

Damn near every portable electronic device I own (cell phone, Zune, Crackberry, digital camera, GPS) can be charged via the USB cable when it's plugged into my PC. I'd love to have the ability to have just USB cables in my car to charge whatever needs charging instead of having multiple 12v plug-in car chargers. They take up less space when stored away and some devices can use the same cable because the plug-in connectors are the same.
DING DING DING DING DING!

We have a winner...this is EXACTLY the reason why I'd want one...or more
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^Yes sir! That's all I asked for was a USB drive. Use it to play MP3's, and sooooo many other things. I sure hope it's there





BUT, he never said it was there for fact. We'll find that out later in the month. Don't get your hopes up yet!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That's just what we need as we're driving 70(ish) down the highway - A provocative picture popping up on our windshield.
. I almost fell out of my chair when that popped up. I hate to see what I'd do behind the wheel.
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I installed a Premier head unit in my Impreza with a Pioneer iPod connector in the dash. That head unit can read my playlists and track names
USB connection, or iPod connection?
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^Yes sir! That's all I asked for was a USB drive. Use it to play MP3's, and sooooo many other things. I sure hope it's there





BUT, he never said it was there for fact. We'll find that out later in the month. Don't get your hopes up yet!!!!!!!!!!!!
sooooooooooooooooooo many other things? What made you want it so bad? what will you use it for?

im just trying to get excited about it, so far no reason yet.
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