We got a new car.
Well, we’re married, two kids, and we road trip with two dogs… so it’s more accurate to say we got a new vehicle. Except it wasn’t new new, just new-to-us-new.
It’s a minivan, a 2011 Nissan Quest (I’ve already made the, “A Van Called Quest” joke). Previous owner was a “fleet”, less than 8,000 miles on it, so basically a new van that’s had an oil change. Ah! But!
The new van comes with some gadgets.
Me, I’m a “if it’s a powered gadget implanted in a vehicle, it costs 4x what it should to fix it” guy. I’m not big on gadgets, as selling points. But when your sticker price is less than the comparable next van without the gadgets, and you come with leather, and 8 speakers instead of 6, and per-person climate zones (this last one is a biggie), I’m not going to turn you down.
The wrinkle, with the stereo setup, is that you can play the radio, or a traditional CD, or you can stick a CD filled with Emptyfree files on it into it and play that, or you can hook up an iPod (which I don’t have), or you can hook any old device up via the Aux port (which I’m happy about)…. OR…
You can stick a USB key into the center console and play Emptyfree files off of *that*.
Apparently the stereo system isn’t smart enough to read NTFS or EXT4 or even exFAT formatted USB sticks, and/or there’s a number of sectors that the stereo caps out at being able to read (some googling suggests the limit is under 10GB). This kind of sucks, because I have a 128GB USB stick upon which I could put the entire music selection, but the file system browsing capabilities of the stereo are almost nonexistent anyway, so you’re stuck skipping ahead or back by single tracks… so 10k+ tracks would be annoying.
Eventually I’ll just either buy an iPod or hook some sort of gadget like a tablet up via the Aux port up for the long road trips.
For now, I’ve got an 8GB MS-DOS FAT32 formatted USB stick that I can use to make a decently long “road trip” compilation, and have it handy for whenever. All my .mp3 files were hand-ripped at VBR capped at 384 bit rate, so the file size averages somewhere around the 8 MB range. This gives me room for about a thousand songs.
I enlist you, Mindless Diversioners, to provide me a list of songs, and why they should be on the stick. There are five folders to fill, suggestions welcome!
- DRIVE FASTER
- STUCK IN TRAFFIC
- MELLOW OUT
- SING ALONG