connecting my radio to my laptop for MP3's - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-26-2006
FMD's Avatar
FMD FMD is offline
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Amherst NY
Posts: 3,811
connecting my radio to my laptop for MP3's

alright, heres a thought I had, and the goal here is to spend the least amount of money possible. here is what I have:

I have plenty of desktop hard drives, and can get an enclosure cheap.

I have one laptop, its old, and it needs its pwr connector fixed which isnt a big deal, but it still works.

1 clarion MP3 player already installed since the first week i had my truck.

how would I go about, connecting all this together into one big happy family, so that I can listen to all my MP3's in my truck, instead of using CDr's?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-26-2006
a311fanam's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Westerly, RI
Posts: 2,006
I hope im understanding you correctly. One idea would be to get one of the car audio cassette adapter. You push it into your tape deck (if you have one) and on the other end you plugg it into your mp3 player or laptop output.

Another idea (if you have an aftermarket stereo) is to use the aux jack for an imput
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-26-2006
AuthPineApple's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 420
I don't know how old your clarion head unit is or how many feature it has but I have a Pioneer Premier DEH-860M and I have my MP3 Player hooked up to it (The cheap way) It cost me probably 30 bucks to do everything. What I did was got a long cable with the headphone jack to plug into the MP3 Player but on the other end had the red/white RCA cable. If you have Inputs on the back of your head unit you can plug them into there but I have mine used so I got an XM Sattelite Cable which Is like a pin that plugs into the back of the unit which I did and hooked the RCA up. If you get me the model of your HU, I can probably tell you another way. But thats how I did it and it cost me about 30 bucks total.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-26-2006
buzzair's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: White Plains, NY
Posts: 2,341
If your already hauling your laptop into your truck...just buy a power adapter for the laptop and hook up laptop speakers. Play and listen to your songs via your laptop and not the cd player. Thats pretty cheap, right?

Seems kinda silly to me to bring your laptop into your truck when you can just burn them onto 25 cent CDs....takes up less room too
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-26-2006
FMD's Avatar
FMD FMD is offline
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Amherst NY
Posts: 3,811
well id actually prefer to use dvds, mp3's on dvdr's however it appears this is yet to be a reasonable head unit option. as far as age of my head unit, i had my truck two weeks when my HU came in. so like mid september 04? I just think it would be easier, and more convient to have access to all 8,000 songs, instead of trying to remember exactly what is on what cd.... not only that, I have noticed that cds have like a 2 year car life span before they die out.... anyways, I remember reading somewhere that someone did this, and it wasnt very difficult...
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-26-2006
AuthPineApple's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posts: 420
Well what head unit model is it?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-26-2006
r0ng5's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA, CA
Posts: 2,575
[headunit]RCA===mini-plug----laptop(audio out)



this is assuming your headunit has RCA in's. (aux setting)

Cable's like 5 bucks.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-27-2006
Blhde's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 2,804
option 1

aux in with a cable above

option 2

fm modulator


assuming you get the laptop in good working order in your truck
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-27-2006
r0ng5's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA, CA
Posts: 2,575
aux cable > fm modulator
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-27-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Somewhere, XYZ
Posts: 4,351
fm modulator > nothing

Blhde has it right. However if there is no AUX in capability on his head unit.. the modulator is his next best option..
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-27-2006
r0ng5's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA, CA
Posts: 2,575
Quote:
Originally Posted by NHBubba
fm modulator > nothing

Blhde has it right. However if there is no AUX in capability on his head unit.. the modulator is his next best option..
haha.. this is true
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-27-2006
Brigrat's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Humboldt, CA
Posts: 65
Go with a $25 Belkin FM Modulator that plugs in to your headphone out port of your laptop. The sound quality is decent enough that most people can''t tell the difference (particularly former Jar Heads like me who can't hear a thing). If you really want MP3's buy and ipod and a compatible deck, if you are looking for a good quick fix just do the modulator.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-28-2006
shadyluke's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 2,077
I actually have a FM modulator that can plug straight into a USB port. I never used it that way always had a portable device hooked up. Maybe I will give it a shot this weekend on my way home with my laptop.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Stock radio out of my 07. Mp3 cd etc, 3rd brake light(lv nv) Tys 4x4 FTW Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 1 01-12-2010 04:50 PM
MP3 player access on Factory radio rangerbert General Ford Ranger Discussion 7 12-07-2009 08:12 AM
MP3 Recording for Pioneer Stock Radio broliver17 Audio & Video Tech 6 06-18-2008 12:18 PM
Dashboard Screen, Truck Mounted Mp3/Radio bdc217 General Technical & Electrical 2 04-30-2007 08:16 AM
Ipod or other MP3 thing to radio Ranger1 Audio & Video Tech 8 05-02-2005 12:54 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:27 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.