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herekittykitty

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How do you get your music?
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:33:36 PM »
I'm looking for a decent all-in-one speaker/MP3 player which will play from a micro card and/or thumb drive. There are a few available but it's hard to tell which is worth it.

Not interested in a separate speaker that will "pair with" something else, or a docking station for an MP3 player, and can't afford to stream music from somewhere else.

I want everything in one box. Not needed: bluetooth capability, waterproof, mini or portable.
I intend to keep this plugged in, in my rig.
A remote would be a plus but I can live without it.

Goal #1 is good sound; goal #2 is not having to connect to any other device. (Goal #3 is not leaving me poor, but I'll deal with that when it comes time to purchase.)
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2017, 06:01:47 AM »
You can use your laptop to play mp3s.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 09:05:18 AM »
I don't know what you have for a dash radio system on your rig, but here's an idea. Yes, it has bluetooth, but you can always ignore that. It also has a micro SD slot and USB. So it meets your criteria of not having to connect with anything; it is affordable, and as for sound quality, I can't vouch, but my experience with after market sound equipment has been that the sound quality is superior to OEM in older vehicles. I think if you shop around, there are many units that could meet your criteria.

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2017, 12:44:05 PM »
Dedicated MP3 players with speakers are... Well I'd like to say "Few and far between" but the fact is I don't think I have ever seen one.. Other than my Smart phone. Most Smart phones can do it.

I know there are table top devices that can do it, Like the All-in-one Record, CD/DVD, Mp3, Cassette player, Radio that Publisher's clearning hosue sells but as I recall the MP3 player is not native (Less it is recorded to CD)  and if you burn the MP3s to CD many CD players now days can do it.
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 07:56:57 PM »
There are 3 I found on Amazon - these are speakers that can play from thumb drives or micro SD cards. But before I tried one I thought I would at least ask here, to see if anyone else has something like this that they like.

And yeah, I know I can use a laptop or tablet. Too cumbersome and no room. I just want to push Play and get some toonz.  :D

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CRPV94G
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SHZJ39O
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L5R9F08
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SeilerBird

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 08:01:48 PM »
I have a small mp3 player that I have not used in years. It has built in speakers but you might want louder speakers. If you want it just email me an address. No charge.

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWZS545-Walkman-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B002IPHA1W
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 09:39:30 PM »
I use this JVC.  Have it strapped into an upper cabinet so I can take it out if I want but seldom do. I just open the cabinet when I want to use it. Operates off AC or the house batteries so I can use it when boondocking.  Sounds great, nice full range fidelity. It has a remote, and plays CDs, Ipod, or a thumb drive full of MP3s which is what I use with all my favorite music on it.  Don't use it outside as I have a car stereo built in to an outside compartment which only gets used on occasion.
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2017, 12:58:35 AM »
I have a small mp3 player that I have not used in years. It has built in speakers but you might want louder speakers. If you want it just email me an address. No charge.

What an amazing, kind offer, SeilerBird! I will take you up on it, just in case the best speakers I can get prove to be ones that really require me to have a player.  :D
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2017, 01:02:56 AM »
I use this JVC... Sounds great, nice full range fidelity. It has a remote, and plays... a thumb drive full of MP3s which is what I use with all my favorite music on it.

Now you're talking.  :D Thing looks like a monster but it might fit on the shelf I installed over my front door. Can you tell me the model number, please?
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2017, 06:59:40 AM »
When I'm inside the coach, I just use the dash stereo.  We have a lifetime subscription to XM, and an add-on receiver.

If I'm outside under the awning, I have a cheap pair of amplified computer speakers in one of the compartments and I just plug my phone into them.  I've got about 2 gig of music stored on the phone, and when I start hearing the same tune too often, I just hook it up to my laptop and change out the music(got about 30 gig stored on the 'puter).
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 07:41:04 PM »
Now you're talking.  :D Thing looks like a monster but it might fit on the shelf I installed over my front door. Can you tell me the model number, please?

Not sure what model number mine is but it is a "Kaboom" and looks exactly like this one. "JVC RV-NB52 Kaboom"
It fits in one of my upper cabinets with a little room left on each side so the woofers on the ends are not blocked.
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 09:53:37 PM »
Not sure what model number mine is but it is a "Kaboom" and looks exactly like this one. "JVC RV-NB52 Kaboom"

Thanks!
P.S. Oh, WOW, that's pricey.  :(
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2017, 08:22:45 PM »
Thanks!
P.S. Oh, WOW, that's pricey.  :(

 :) Less than a motorhome...
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2017, 06:28:10 PM »
I get my music through the FM radio in the dash or the radio in the bedroom using a 12 volt FM transmitter. It plugs into a 12v outlet and transmits a signal to the radio. The transmitter can play mp3 from a usb thumb drive, a micro SD card, or streamed using bluetooth. The sound is as good as your radio will allow. Simple, cheap, and takes up no space. Here's the one I got from Amazon. I posted a video review there if you want to see it in action. Good luck. 

https://www.amazon.com/iClever-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Controller/dp/B01FQKYIJM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1485389685&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=iclever+fm+transmitter&psc=1
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2017, 07:49:22 PM »
I guess I don't understand the aversion to using Bluetooth technology.   A laptop, a cell phone or an iPad - loaded with songs (I've got somewhere near 8,000 songs on my iPhone) - paired with a little JBL wireless speaker - and I've got music virtually anywhere I want it.   No screwing around moving files onto thumb drives or some other sort of media to move tunes to a speaker.  I understand somebody not wanting to have to be technical whiz just to listen to music - but, sometimes the effort you'll to use one technology while trying to avoid using another just doesn't make sense.   
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2017, 09:29:54 PM »
I understand somebody not wanting to have to be technical whiz just to listen to music - but, sometimes the effort you'll to use one technology while trying to avoid using another just doesn't make sense.

On the contrary, I'm pretty well-versed in computer tech and not the slightest tech-phobic. What may be different for me (don't know anyone else's music habits) is that I don't stream music from a cloud source or even from one huge file of all my own MP3s - at home I listen to 180 self-curated and carefully-balanced playlists, one at a time.

What matters to me is the interface: I'm not always sitting near a computer or my phone, and don't want to have to (continue to) use one of those device's controls to quickly pause or advance the playlist, which I've been finding cumbersome. So for me a stand-alone system is ideal.

For anyone else who might be asking the same question, this is what I ended up with:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SHZJ39O

I tested it out today and am pretty satisfied with its sound and interface. (Sounds better than either my computer's or TV's speakers, so that's good enough.) The remote that comes with it is key to my satisfaction with this solution. A little disappointed that it only can handle a 16 GB card, but that will keep me in playlists for a long while. I'll just swap out the next card when the music "runs out".  :D
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2017, 10:41:28 PM »
If you're happy with it - that's all that matters.   Clearly you're following your own drummer.   For me - the absolute last thing I want is another remote control. 

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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2017, 11:09:51 PM »
For me - the absolute last thing I want is another remote control.

 ;D Ah, I get that!
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2017, 09:09:43 AM »
I get tired of playlists.  I usually listen to a single genre and let the device shuffle.  So far the best and most random devices are my ancient iPods.  I've had to replace batteries, displays, and switches but I will use them in the motorhome until they finally become unrepairable. 

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2017, 09:48:21 AM »
I get tired of playlists. 
My playlist has 3000 songs which makes it hard to get tired of it. The one in my car took me eight months to listen to the whole thing.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2017, 10:31:53 AM »
Only 3000?   ;)

I carry 60GB of MP3 files (about 5,000) and a couple hundred podcasts.  More at home.

I tried listening to satellite radio but they roll the same playlist in the same order every couple of hours.  Gets boring after the second time.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2017, 11:23:51 AM »
I use a USB stick with over a 1000 MP3 songs in both the car and MH.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2017, 11:55:36 AM »
I have to be careful that the memory devices don't stick out enough to get broken off.  The DW likes to jam her purse right where a USB stick sticks out.  I get the smallest (in physical size) available.  Samsung, SanDisk, and HP make some that only stick out about 3/8 inch.   They are a couple bucks more than others but well worth it IMHO.

I bought the parts to add a second USB port to my daily driver (F150) but haven't installed it yet.
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herekittykitty

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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2017, 04:49:22 AM »
Only 3000?   ;)

I carry 60GB of MP3 files (about 5,000) and a couple hundred podcasts.  More at home.

I love the "s/he who dies with the most tracks wins" crowd.  ;D
I'm at about 10,000 now, more if you count Christmas songs (which I don't, since my standards are much lower for those).

I'm the only one I know who does just playlists for this specific reason: My ears get tired fast. I don't want to hear the same artist over and over, so I meticulously (I apparently have WAY too much time on my hands) divide my tracks so that the same artist or the same song (for cover songs) doesn't appear in the same playlist.

It gets worse:
I have almost 90 Beatles Songs.
I can't have anything by Paul McCartney in the same playlist as a Beatles song, since he was the sound of The Beatles (Lennon was the lyrics).
I ADORE Pharrell Williams' song "Happy", and The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun", so I have about 10 covers of those, and those have to be spread around.

It gets exhausting.

Does ANYBODY else do this? I don't know whether it's the music major in me (previous lifetime) or just being an anal-retentive control freak....
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2017, 06:07:08 AM »
Not quite as bad.  I've only got about 4500 tracks.  Some of those tracks are complete albums in one track, most are single tunes.  I collect complete discographies.  All the Pink Floyd stuff(including solo albums by Waters and Gilmour, all Rolling Stones, all Beatles albums, all ZZtop...anyway, you get the drift.

My phone is set up so I can sync a random play list to it.  I carry about 1.5 gig on the phone.  I also have an 8 gig USB stick for the Jeep stereo that I periodically wipe and refill with a random play list.  I usually let the computer pick, because I don't have a tune in my collection that I don't like.

I got the latest Stone's anthology(GRRRRR!)a while back.  Loaded the whole 6 CD set onto a stick and rocked the Stones for about a month before I dumped it. 

I've also got a lifetime subscription to XM, so in the coach we listen to that.  Usually  Classic Vinyl, or Classic Rewind, but sometimes, in the evenings, The Bridge(mellow rock).
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2017, 01:04:53 PM »

I've also got a lifetime subscription to XM, so in the coach we listen to that.   

I wish I could get a lifetime script to XM.

I have my couch set up for XM too and listen to the same stuff you do
plus Doctor radio sometimes.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2017, 01:12:47 PM »
I love the "s/he who dies with the most tracks wins" crowd.  ;D
I'm at about 10,000 now, more if you count Christmas songs (which I don't, since my standards are much lower for those).

I'm the only one I know who does just playlists for this specific reason: My ears get tired fast. I don't want to hear the same artist over and over, so I meticulously (I apparently have WAY too much time on my hands) divide my tracks so that the same artist or the same song (for cover songs) doesn't appear in the same playlist.

It gets worse:
I have almost 90 Beatles Songs.
I can't have anything by Paul McCartney in the same playlist as a Beatles song, since he was the sound of The Beatles (Lennon was the lyrics).
I ADORE Pharrell Williams' song "Happy", and The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun", so I have about 10 covers of those, and those have to be spread around.

It gets exhausting.

Does ANYBODY else do this? I don't know whether it's the music major in me (previous lifetime) or just being an anal-retentive control freak....

I have a 16GB flash drive filled and use the shuffle with no repeat and
could listen for many many hours and never hear the same song twice.
Why have a song in there that you don't like?  IF I'm not in the mood for a certain
song when it comes up I just hit next and I'm good to go.

But I'm sure you will figure out what works for you as you are the only one you have to please - as I'll bet your cat never complains.  ;D
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2017, 06:23:58 PM »
That's another thing I like about iPods.  As you skip specific songs they become less and less likely to be randomly played.

Tried listening to XM on the road today.  When did most of the country vocalists start using auto-tune?  Auto-tune is a device and software that takes in an off key voice and 'corrects' it to the nearest note.  Along the way it adds a mechanical sound and creates steps of pitch shifting.  Personally I'd rather hear someone sing off key and call it jazz than that mechanical sound.

And that's why I carry 64Gigs of music.  It's not like the memory is expensive.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2017, 07:40:02 AM »
I wish I could get a lifetime script to XM.

I have my couch set up for XM too and listen to the same stuff you do
plus Doctor radio sometimes.

One of my kids bought the lifetime subscription when he was in the Navy.  Transferred it to me when I retired because he doesn't use it anymore.  We use it almost daily.
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Re: How do you get your music?
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2017, 09:45:33 AM »
I have a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker can use my old ipod or can use my cell phone. It's small (use in the camper, boat or just outside) and has a great sound.

 

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