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Richard Purdie
2004-10-23, 10:33
Having tried and failed to persuade Slim Devices to build an in-car version
of the SliMP3/Squeezebox, I was forced to take matters into my own hands :).
I've managed to build a system which works in-car and runs the standard
SlimServer software.

Have a look at http://www.rpsys.net/myc3/ for more info.

I'll admit the thought of producing something like this commercially has
crossed my mind but I'm undecided on the issue. I'm certainly happy to talk
to people and am open to persuasion! ;-)

--
RP

Robin Bowes
2004-10-23, 11:28
Richard Purdie wrote:
> Having tried and failed to persuade Slim Devices to build an in-car
> version of the SliMP3/Squeezebox, I was forced to take matters into my
> own hands :). I've managed to build a system which works in-car and runs
> the standard SlimServer software.
>
> Have a look at http://www.rpsys.net/myc3/ for more info.
>
> I'll admit the thought of producing something like this commercially has
> crossed my mind but I'm undecided on the issue. I'm certainly happy to
> talk to people and am open to persuasion! ;-)

Richard,

Nice work!

A couple of suggestions...

In order to be able to change the music on the disk easily, it would be
an idea to fit the HDD in a hot-swappable cage, i.e. plug the drive into
some other PC, load with music, then plug back into the MyC3.

Alternatively, activate the USB and/or Firewire interface and use
external HDDs for the music library (e.g. Maxtor OneTouch).

Either way, you could load the O/S onto some sort of flash memory rather
than the HDD.

R.
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http://robinbowes.com

Mark C. Langston
2004-10-23, 11:42
On Sat, Oct 23, 2004 at 06:33:24PM +0100, Richard Purdie wrote:
> Having tried and failed to persuade Slim Devices to build an in-car version
> of the SliMP3/Squeezebox, I was forced to take matters into my own hands
> :). I've managed to build a system which works in-car and runs the standard
> SlimServer software.
>
> Have a look at http://www.rpsys.net/myc3/ for more info.
>
> I'll admit the thought of producing something like this commercially has
> crossed my mind but I'm undecided on the issue. I'm certainly happy to talk
> to people and am open to persuasion! ;-)


Nifty hack! Very nice work, and kudos!

Have you looked at the Empeg (aka the Rio Car)? They went off
the market a few years back, but they can still be found on eBay, or the
forums at http://empegbbs.com/ . It's an in-dash, self-contained
head unit with a VFD display, 2.5" hard drive (as large as you'd like),
running Linux. Among the in/outputs are serial, Ethernet, RCA (for aux
input), and headphone jack (out). You can get a radio tuner for it as well.

It can be run in the car, or removed from the dash and simply plugged
into an AC adapter and connected directly to amplified speakers or your
stereo system. You load it up with MP3s and create playlists, etc.

Mine also happens to be hacked to run a webserver and ssh. There're also
people hacking it to include real-time lyrics display, tetris, and many
other things, such as real-time display of GPS maps.

As an added bonus, the people who originally developed the thing in
England, as well as the folks who worked on it at SonicBlue are still
actively developing for it in their spare time.

There are also people who've gotten an 802.11b adapter to work with it,
so as soon as they come home, the Empeg automatically syncs with the
server at home.

Someday, someone may make a better in-car head unit, but that day hasn't
yet come.
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