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May012009

Music anyone?

One of the reasons I bought my current car, an Audi A6, was the stereo.  It has a premium Bose system that sounds open, clear, and powerful.  The FFH has a sound system that rivals the Audi, in fact on the brief listen I had in a test drive I think its even better.

In the Audi I typically play music or podcasts from my BlackBerry over a jury-rigged system.  I stream stereo bluetooth from the BlackBerry to a battery-operated bluetooth receiver mounted on the dash.  It is wired to a fake cassette adapter inserted into the cassette deck.  Yes, cassette - this is a 1998 Audi we're talking about!

Every week or so I have to recharge the bluetooth receiver; and I have to turn it on and off when I get in and out of the car.  I swore my next car would have built-in bluetooth. 

The FFH is like a dream come true in that regard, but the options for playing music in the FFH are so numerous that it is a bit overwhelming:

  1. FM/AM radio
  2. Sirius radio
  3. CD
  4. Sync CD "jukebox"
  5. MP3 player
  6. USB drive
  7. Bluetooth stereo

I'm really not sure which I'll use most.  I like bluetooth because I don't have to hook anything up.  And I can play streaming internet radio, mp3s, and podcasts from my BlackBerry. But I'll be giving up voice commands.

On the other hand, I could hook a big flash drive up to the USB port and have all my music available.  Then when I buy a CD I can just insert it into the CD player and rip it to the CD jukebox.  I wonder if Sync integrates the music metadata (artist and album names, etc) on a connected USB drive with the music in the jukebox?  I wonder how the CD metadata database in Sync is kept up to date?

Sirius has a bunch of great channels too, but I'm not sure I want to pay a monthly fee.

Choices, choices!  I can't wait to explore all of these options on my new FFH.

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Reader Comments (4)

LOL, I loved that picture of your Audi! That brings back lots of memories! LOL I have no doubt you are much more in love with the capabilities of sync now that you have your FFH.

As for me, I can't wait, should have my FFH in a few more weeks!

Thank you for the picture!

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob M

I don't have my FFH yet either. It's about 4 weeks away from delivery I think. They shut the factory down in Mexico from May 1-5 because of swine flu.

May 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterBill Wood

And don't forget, Apple is supposed to open up the iPods Bluetooth connection in their 3.0 update, so that's one more option on the horizon :)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilan

Awesome stereophonics. What a sweet way to enjoy music.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarpartswholesale

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