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Lynx_Arc

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Once upon a time my auto entertainment system was an 8-track or cassette when the radio sucked. Now I have bluetooth fed music from a phone.

Back then a tape was pretty reliable if you cleaned the head from time to time. Bluetooth aint bad but the other day my truck radio forgot my phone mid-song. It just quit reading the signals from the phone.

In the old days if my tape player ate a tape I could rip it out and pop in another……while driving. Yet when the ford sync forgot my phone the safety stuff would not allow me to "delete" the phone and re-pair, nor would it allow me to factory reset the infotainment system while in motion. It warns against ejecting a compact disc or inserting one as well. However it will allow me to manually dial a phone number on the keypad or manually scan radio stations one frequency at a time, which are actually way more distracting than ejecting a cd or paiting a device.

I can't say I miss that 8-track player but I do understand that first world problems can make one truely understand just how far we've come yet while still having the aggrevation of things not working.
When my car stereo/CD player first lost the CD player and then the FM stereo receiver I finally got tired of messing with an old 30G IPod video that had a weak battery I had to run it off a power bank. I ended up finally ordering a Kenwood bluetooth cd player from Best Buy as they didn't stock much but it was only 99 dollars. The thing works like a jewel 99% of the time... every once in awhile I have to turn it completely off to get it fixed but it is rare.
 

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Gone are the days when I would see a wadded-up tangle of 8 track or cassette tape sitting on the ground in a gas station parking lot. I could only imagine the choice words that were spoken immediately prior to depositing that tangled mess on the ground. :yellowlaugh:
 

raggie33

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ill stick to digital audio id bet i could fit all the music of everyone in this post on 2 0r 3 micro sd cards total weight like 5 grams
 

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I have a over TB of music on my computer raggie.

The phone I use for music is an unlocked motorola with a micro card slot. It has a 128gb card in it. Those things are cheap now! I think I paid like $20 for it at WalMart. The phone was set up for Verizon but a guy at a geek store hit the "not now" icon like 12 or 20 times or something quickly when it asked if I wanted to start a new account and the phone completely unlocked. Everything is turned off except the mp3 player and a keyboard so I can name playlists.
 
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greenpondmike

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I used to fix those. Just cut out the bad part and super glue two ends together. Had a tape I found that had messed up and someone threw it out. I fixed it and it lasted a year or two till I got rid of it. It got played almost every day for as long as I was in the car and sometimes I brought it in the house and also listened to it.

A little patience and super glue...

This is supposed to be a reply to photowrangler's post, but something went wrong.
 

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In around 88 or 89 I was issued a police car for a vehicle as an inspector. 83 LTD with all kinds of creature comforts, including an am/fm/8-track.

As a member of Columbia House where the compact disc ruled at that point albums were being phased out. I still had a really nice turn table and cassette player at home and did not own a cd player at that time. Albums were disappearing like chimney smoke but……Columbia House had a huge selection of 8-track tape versions of popular artists. And not just pre-cassette era like Rolling Stones or Fleetwood Mac but modern at the time. The Smiths, The Cars, INXS etc.

It was a Krako stereo system. Remember those?
I don't recall it ever eating an 8-track tape.
 
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In around 88 or 89 I was issued a police car for a vehicle as an inspector. 83 LTD with all kinds of creature comforts, including an am/fm/8-track.

As a member of Columbia House where the compact disc ruled at that point albums were being phased out. I still had a really nice turn table and cassette player at home and did not own a cd player at that time. Albums were disappearing like chimney smoke but……Columbia House had a huge selection of 8-track tape versions of popular artists. And not just pre-cassette era like Rolling Stones or Fleetwood Mac but modern at the time. The Smiths, The Cars, INXS etc.

It was a Krako stereo system. Remember those?
I don't recall it ever eating an 8-track tape.
I remember krako and columbia house
 

Lynx_Arc

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Close enough for google to correct me and bykfixer if we looked it up. I thought it had a "c" in it though.
I remember the brand plus "CO" I believe is likely abbreviation for company. I had a Jensen car stereo that gave up on me finally that was essentially similar quality at the time my dad bought it. I now have a Kenwood in my car and it is a jewel compared to cheapy brands. I did once have a Sanyo high power cassette stereo long ago in my car that was 18Wpc RMS to the woofers and 4Wpc RMS to the tweeters and back then most car stereos were lucky to be 10W RMS. The Cassette drive wore out on it but the receiver kept working. Todays car stereos are mostly bluetooth many without a CD player also.
 

raggie33

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i had a audiovox mom bought for me i had it in my 75 nova a car i bought my self at 16 or so ugly as hell but ran like a top. i was so sad when it dies a few years latter but was worth the 2 hundred i payed for it . god now im missing my mom
 
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