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Laptop For playing Music through Stereo or Car

by SgtDondi / January 20, 2016 1:07 PM PST

I have a very large music collection. I've always used my 120 GB iPod Classic to Play a portion of it through my Bose iPod speakers, a regular stereo system or via USB directly into my car stereo. I have wide-ranging tastes and I keep on adding songs to the iPod. I've almost maxed it out. The solution I have in mind is a small as possible laptop that I can install iTunes on, and hang a portable multi-terabyte disk drive on it that loaded with all my tunes.
My question is what the least processor that would effective for this kind of use? It appears that most of the sub-15 inch laptops have Celeron, atom and even Pentium processors. Would any of these do, or is the lowest end I should consider an I3?
I'd like to keep the price as much under $500 as possible.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

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Re: music
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 20, 2016 1:54 PM PST

Any laptop can play music, even if it has the lowliest Atom processor.
But why not try in the shop before you buy? Just take your terabyte hard disk with you and use the built in music app to play a track. Any mp3 should do.


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How about a NUC?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2016 1:56 PM PST

I picked up a NUC so without going on about it, read my post about me and about 10 or so OSes.


As to playing MP3's it's more than capable. As to laptops, it would be very hard to find new laptops that would not play iTunes. I did snag this for 120 bucks during the black fridays. so it plays tunes just fine. Of course it's more now but I mention it.

With the NUC you might use that as the basis for a MP3CAR project (see google for those.)

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Well it depends on the car.
by orlbuckeye / January 21, 2016 4:46 AM PST

Basically alto of the new cars have USB ports and/or bluetooth. I have a 2015 GMC Terrain and I can play music on my phone, Ipod or tablet using bluetooth. I can plug a flash drive into a USB port and play music.

If you have a USB connector you can get a 1 TB SSD and an external case for less than 500. Or even 1 TB HD for less than 100.

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If you have USB connection in the car
by orlbuckeye / January 21, 2016 4:52 AM PST

you don't need Itunes to play music or a PC. I just plug my flash drive in to the USB port and the set the source to USB and the music plays. I can set the music to shuffle on the panel. I suggest you just buy a bunch of flash drive and put each playlist on a flash drive and when you in the mood or nay of them you can pop one in and when you in the mood for something else pop that one in. Your over thinking the situation.

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