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Curious if anyone has any experience using these in a car system. Do you need to use AUX out or would it be possible to connect via USB and in turn control from the car? Looking for something to replace my dying Ipod video classic but I want something that will be controllable from the radio itself.
I have used USB connection whit my X1 before, it is seen as a usb key and you can read the music from it.
Hope that can help you.
I have the first gen X1 and it mounted to my radio like a thumb drive via USB. I was able to browse folders from the radio. I would think this unit should do the same.
For USB it depends on the car and what firmware the player has but more importantly the car. It may work on one car but not another. Also, from what I’ve seen, it can be buggy and the player might freeze up during playback or only access internal memory. My Opinion, It’s best to use the AUX feature on a car and the line out on this device. Line out so you can bypass the internal amp and use the car’s amp.
Only way that works if the vehicle supports Android Auto or Apple car and the device is running one of those OS. You might get very minimal control through the vehicle system but it likely would be treating the DAP as a "dumb" USB drive.
In those situations it is no different that placing your music on a plain ol' USB drive. Nothing else is taking place except the DAP serving as a storage drive.
My experience has been similar to chicken_pollo's. It really depends on the car and the head unit for its audio system. In theory, it should just see it as a USB drive, but not all cars will recognize it. And if the car does recognize it, what type of files you have on the X3 will also determine whether or not they will play; some head units can only play back MP3 and not FLAC, OGG, etc. It's nice to have the ability to control the X3 via your car's stereo but, again like p_o, I pretty much always just plug the DAP line-out into the vehicle's AUX. Sounds great and no hassles. Cheers!