Hope this isn't too stupid - I cached my stations on my Droid - do I need an adapter and if so what kind? Thank you very much, oh wise CT owners.
I've not had need of an ipod until now. What would you recommend for me to take advantage of the CT's feature?Excellent! Now just get an iPod or iPhone and you can plug it into the USB port in the center console and have control of it from the dash and steering wheel!
I cancelled my XM trial yesterday because I can listen to whatever I want, whenever I want, and don't have to pay monthly fees for it. Plus, it sounds better than satellite radio. And just like you did, if I really want to, I can run Slacker or Pandora on the iPhone and get my music that way.
Thanks Ian.....I've not used an iPod b4 but am reasonably computer literate (for an old fart) -- are they fairly easy to load?Covering iPod use can take an entire forum unto itself, but I'll give it a crack...
How much music do you have? If it's not much, then any iPod will do (with the exception of the iPod Shuffle), and the iPod Nano (http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/) might be the best option. They are small and hold tons of music. If you have more than a few tons of music, then you might want to invest in the iPod Classic (http://www.apple.com/ipodclassic/). These things are bigger than the Nano, but are still reasonably sized, and they hold many, many tons of music.
If you want more features but less capacity than the iPod Classic, look at the iPod Touch (http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/). But let me warn you that while they are great devices, they won't hold as many tons of music because they are also mini computers, capable of running applications, games, movies, etc. Basically, the iPod Touch (and please, please do not call it the iTouch) is an iPhone minus the phone bits.
Here is a chart comparing all iPod devices: http://www.apple.com/ipod/compare-ipod-models/
But to be fair, I believe you can actually insert a USB key into the USB port of the car and play music off the key. You just don't get a whole heck of a lot of control that way, at least as I understand it. I don't bother with a USB key since I have the iPhone.
Thanks Ian. I'll let you know what I pick up and how I do loading.Yes. iPods will work with Windows machines. You just need iTunes to be installed for it to work. You get iTunes here and it's free: http://www.apple.com/itunes/
It's very easy to load music... plug it in and it will sync, at least once you have your MP3s/AACs in iTunes and you set up the iPod for the first time. If you do go down this route and run into any issues, let me know and I'll try and help out. As a side note, if you are unfamiliar with Apple products, one quick piece of advice... don't bother looking for the best "deal" on an iPod. Whether it's online or in stores, the price is identical (within a few dollars or so) as Apple restricts sales on their devices, and even restricts coupons from being used on their devices. So, if you decide to buy one, get it from wherever you are most comfortable.
Now I'm off to check out the Typhoon intake.
USB Keys are the way to go for sure. That is how I bring all my music around with me these days. I even switched the deck in my old accord to an Alpine unit that takes USB sticks. Bringing music around with us has never been easier.I agree that using a USB key is the easiest. I went to Best Buyy and got a 16 or 8gb for about $20 and have been using that. The steering wheel controls let you select songs off the key so that is all the control I need.
The CT even remembers the last position of the song!