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    Off Topic completely! Who is the digital geek who can advise this analog guy?

    Here is the deal. I am old and not too computer tech savvy. I have been a long time Stereophile and love my high end equipment here at home. Not talking about my vast 33 1/3 LP vinyl album collections but about my vast collection of the CDs I have with all of our favorite music on them. Both vehicles have the premium JBL sound systems in them and USB connections to plug in portable devices such as IPads and MP3 players. The sound is great from the tiny little MP3 and Ipod players we have so here is the questions.
    What are the very best of these portable gadgets that can be loaded with all my CDs, probably over 200 full albums and I really do not want anything to do with Apple Itunes or my Iphone as the storage device. Just what I think are MP3 players with lots of memory and that can store and play my tunes without too much music fidelity degradation. I would prefer to stay away from Bluetooth stuff to, just a device that plugs direct into the onboard USB that goes through the audio system in the cars.
    I plan to pay some geek type kid to do all this transfer stuff and get the unit set up so instead of dragging 200 CDs in the car for road trips it will all pop up on the screen in the cars and be on a small portable device. I have FM and XM but I just want my music when I want it.

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    I know you said not storing anything on your iPhone & iTunes Gary but I've used iTunes Match for over 5-6 years now.
    Nothing/zero is stored on my phone, more than 20,000 albums stored on the cloud. And all my bootleg and private recording stuff (I have a lot of that)... they are obligated to store all of that too including all the artwork I make up myself, doesn't matter if it's on iTunes or not.

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    Apple canceled the iPod classic a few years ago, but you can still find them used. 160 GB ones can hold many thousand songs. I don't know how big your library is, but it can probably fit the most important stuff. Unfortunately you still have to use iTunes to load music on there, but there aren't many other large size mp3 players out there, so you have to compromise a little.

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    Streaming is the way to go unless you live in an area with sketchy coverage. I’ll list ones I’ve used and recommend below.

    If you absolutely do not want to stream, you can pick up cheap used (or new for that matter) iPod type devices with more than enough space for all of your CDs.

    I digitized my CDs years ago but finally got tired of my daughters poking fun at me on road trips.

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    Just to clarify a bit. Where I live makes most of the above comments out of the picture. There is no cellular signal at all and my internet and TV have to come from satellites with severe data caps on the internet. My XM radio is also satellite and drops out around every corner. This is why I want a stand alone storage device that has no dependency upon any sort of over the air signals such as the cloud stuff. I already own 2 Eclipse MP3 Audio and video players. One has 4GB capacity and the other has 8GB capacity and both accept additional micro SD cards that have 16GB of capacity. We still have working Ipod units from Apple that were loaded with my music through Itunes which was a complete PITA.
    I would suspect the 8 GB MP3 player that claims it will hold over 2,000 on it plus the 16 GB micro SD card that should triple the capacity to 6,000 songs should do the trick. It is just a matter of getting them loaded or so I think.

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    If your car has a USB input all you need is a USB memory Stick with your music on it. You may need to know what song format your audio system preference is and then fill that memory stick with your music. You also need to determine the quality (file size) of each song that you want to use.
    On a side note you mentioned your portable players hold SD or mircro SD cards and these can be found now in the 256 mb sizes if your player can read that capacity. I made the mistake of buying a 256 card for Linda’s camera only to find out it would only work with cards up tp 128.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    Here is the deal. I am old and not too computer tech savvy. I have been a long time Stereophile and love my high end equipment here at home. Not talking about my vast 33 1/3 LP vinyl album collections but about my vast collection of the CDs I have with all of our favorite music on them. Both vehicles have the premium JBL sound systems in them and USB connections to plug in portable devices such as IPads and MP3 players. The sound is great from the tiny little MP3 and Ipod players we have so here is the questions.
    What are the very best of these portable gadgets that can be loaded with all my CDs, probably over 200 full albums and I really do not want anything to do with Apple Itunes or my Iphone as the storage device. Just what I think are MP3 players with lots of memory and that can store and play my tunes without too much music fidelity degradation. I would prefer to stay away from Bluetooth stuff to, just a device that plugs direct into the onboard USB that goes through the audio system in the cars.
    I plan to pay some geek type kid to do all this transfer stuff and get the unit set up so instead of dragging 200 CDs in the car for road trips it will all pop up on the screen in the cars and be on a small portable device. I have FM and XM but I just want my music when I want it.

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    This should do it!

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    I would say copy them with your tape cassette player and then you can play them on your boom box.....
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