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Get an ipod, an MP-3 a memory stick or what

easypareasypar ColoradoPosts: 186
Mods, I realize this may not belong in the Subie category but couldn't find a specific place for it. Please relocate appropriately.

So, I've got a 2010 Subaru Legacy that I bought the "media hub" option on. I like the hands free and am looking forward to using the media player but haven't jumped yet. Here's my dilemna; I don't put 50,000 miles a year on a car like I used to, but when I make a road trip, 3 or 4 a year I prefer to not have to listen to "YELL radio".

I have about 50 CDs that I carry with me, and frankly don't think I'd copy them onto another medium, but I would like to download some radio programs or download books on "tape" to make the miles go faster.

Ipods look like they're well over $100 for one that has any capacity at all.

Costco had a decent sized MP-3 for about $45-$50 with a rebate last week.

The memory stick things are pretty cheap.

Small computers are getting cheaper all the time.

I haven't done much research but I guess that memory sticks are maybe "one-time" use. Or else why would anyone go another route?

Any suggestions? I'm not a technophobe, just would like some details frmo the pros on edmunds.

Thanks in advance



  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508

    By memory stick, I am guessing that you are referring to a USB flash drive? Typically they are on the order of 32 GB or 64 GB, which is by far large enough to store all of your CDs and all of the rest of the media you mentioned in your post.

    These are not one-time-use gadgets, and are actually extremely durable, portable solid-state hard drives. I have a 2 GB unit (yeah, it's about three years old and was hot stuff back then!) that I have put through the laundry (washer and dryer) twice. It still works perfectly, and I wouldn't be without it!

    The only drawback to a flash drive versus a portable MP3 player is that it must interface with another device in order to access the media. For a portable player, such as an iPod, the unit itself will play the media and only needs to be connected to an output device, such as headphones, to be heard.

    If the media hub on your Legacy allows direct connection of a USB device such as a flash drive, you should be able to use it for your needs without having the media on an MP3 player, and it is the most cost-effective (and durable!) option.
  • easypareasypar ColoradoPosts: 186
    Thanks xwesx,

    That's the answer I was hoping to read. I'm kind of past the age where I walk around with music in my ear so I guess I know which way I'm going. Yep the Legacy has usb port.
    Oh man, I feel like I'm getting so modern. Next thing you know I'll have a cell phone that does things besides phone calls and a computer that's not coal fired or hand cranked to operate.

    Happy New Year.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    Next thing you know I'll have a cell phone that does things besides phone calls and a computer that's not coal fired or hand cranked to operate.

    Hahah; you might actually find that latter part to be a nice improvement! ;)

    You're doing better than me. I don't have any cell phone at all! Someday, perhaps. I do have an iPod (which was given to me about five years ago), but I rarely use it unless we drive on a long-distance trip. There are a lot of miles between here and the lower 48 (or Anchorage, even) with no radio reception.

    Actually, a couple of days ago a neighbor stopped us as we were driving out of the neighborhood and said that his car wouldn't start. He said he was supposed to meet someone and wanted to use our phone to make a quick call. I said, "Well, you could hop in the back and we can take you to our place to make a call - we're about a mile back up the road." He said, "Huh? No, I just need to use your cell. I can pay you if you want." He couldn't believe that we didn't have a cell! I thought it a little surprising, considering he didn't have one either....

    Good luck with your setup; it should work pretty well for you. You can easily rip all of your CDs to your computer using a basic music player (like iTunes or Windows Media Player) as MP3, then copy them to the flash drive. That is, of course, if you would prefer not to carry them all with you.
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