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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby FLIP » March 31st, 2018, 3:36 pm

kermischocolate wrote:Anyone able to help with in-car music technology?

In short I can't stand Apple so have finally ditched my ipod (sorry to those that may offend) but I'm having trouble getting my new mp3 player and my car (2012 Honda Jazz) to speak to eachother properly.

Any guru's out there willing to listen to the whole saga and help with a solution (sticking with apple isn't it!)?


You'll probably need to find a way to put the MP3 player in a mode that it shares the files on board with the car, from what a little googling tells me
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby kermischocolate » March 31st, 2018, 3:45 pm

FLIP wrote:
kermischocolate wrote:Anyone able to help with in-car music technology?

In short I can't stand Apple so have finally ditched my ipod (sorry to those that may offend) but I'm having trouble getting my new mp3 player and my car (2012 Honda Jazz) to speak to eachother properly.

Any guru's out there willing to listen to the whole saga and help with a solution (sticking with apple isn't it!)?


You'll probably need to find a way to put the MP3 player in a mode that it shares the files on board with the car, from what a little googling tells me


Cheers- See it does that. Sort of.

If I connect via usb and use it in "mass storage mode" it works but the organisation of all the folders is a mess. They're not in any hierarchical order and I can't access any playlists. They're not even sorted into artist/ album/ song etc. So it's good to randomly play things but not to actually find anything specific.
If I connect via usb and have it in normal player mode it says "unsupported" and nothing works.
If I connect via the aux function it works but I can't use the car controls- or see what track is being played etc on the display.
I seem to only be able to connect my phone via bluetooth to the car.

Why do these things need to be so complicated?!
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Peg Leg » March 31st, 2018, 4:15 pm

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kermischocolate wrote:Anyone able to help with in-car music technology?

In short I can't stand Apple so have finally ditched my ipod (sorry to those that may offend) but I'm having trouble getting my new mp3 player and my car (2012 Honda Jazz) to speak to eachother properly.

Any guru's out there willing to listen to the whole saga and help with a solution (sticking with apple isn't it!)?


You'll probably need to find a way to put the MP3 player in a mode that it shares the files on board with the car, from what a little googling tells me


Cheers- See it does that. Sort of.

If I connect via usb and use it in "mass storage mode" it works but the organisation of all the folders is a mess. They're not in any hierarchical order and I can't access any playlists. They're not even sorted into artist/ album/ song etc. So it's good to randomly play things but not to actually find anything specific.
If I connect via usb and have it in normal player mode it says "unsupported" and nothing works.
If I connect via the aux function it works but I can't use the car controls- or see what track is being played etc on the display.
I seem to only be able to connect my phone via bluetooth to the car.

Why do these things need to be so complicated?!
Get the appropriate usb lead to connect your mp3 to your phone and connect your phone via bluetooth to the car to use properly. Usb devices rarely connect to cars well if they don't operate on either iShit or Android.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby kermischocolate » March 31st, 2018, 4:56 pm

Peg Leg wrote:Get the appropriate usb lead to connect your mp3 to your phone and connect your phone via bluetooth to the car to use properly. Usb devices rarely connect to cars well if they don't operate on either iShit or Android.


You Sir, are a genius!

I'll give it a go.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby kermischocolate » March 31st, 2018, 5:35 pm

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Peg Leg wrote:Get the appropriate usb lead to connect your mp3 to your phone and connect your phone via bluetooth to the car to use properly. Usb devices rarely connect to cars well if they don't operate on either iShit or Android.


You Sir, are a genius!

I'll give it a go.


That didn't work either. Thanks anyway though.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Peg Leg » March 31st, 2018, 6:40 pm

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kermischocolate wrote:
Peg Leg wrote:Get the appropriate usb lead to connect your mp3 to your phone and connect your phone via bluetooth to the car to use properly. Usb devices rarely connect to cars well if they don't operate on either iShit or Android.


You Sir, are a genius!

I'll give it a go.


That didn't work either. Thanks anyway though.
There are usually a couple of options when connecting the 3rd party device to your phone. If you use it as mass storage only you should be able to browse the drive through the phones media player.. which begs the question which media player you're using? A lot of them have moved to streaming as the standard with local play as the secondary. A bit of playing around with the device settings may sort it. In the forst instance get the 2 synch'd before adding the car.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby John23 » April 18th, 2018, 1:17 pm

I will be in Lucca, Italy at the weekend. Very bad forward planning I know. Finding a place to watch the match is proving a little tricky. Rather than relying on a dodgy stream, I'm thinking about a daily Sky Sports pass on Now TV. Just wondering has anyone here used this service before and how reliable it is?
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby FLIP » April 18th, 2018, 1:21 pm

John23 wrote:I will be in Lucca, Italy at the weekend. Very bad forward planning I know. Finding a place to watch the match is proving a little tricky. Rather than relying on a dodgy stream, I'm thinking about a daily Sky Sports pass on Now TV. Just wondering has anyone here used this service before and reliable it is?


NowTV is usually good. But no idea if it will actually work abroad.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby John23 » April 18th, 2018, 1:44 pm

Thanks Flip. Just did a little trawl. Sky change their usage policy in mid March saying that customers normally resident in the UK & ROI can now view live content in the EU.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby jimbobjoe » April 18th, 2018, 2:29 pm

I use it reasonably often for sky sports and 99% of the time it's excellent in terms of video quality.

There is a disconnect between device apps (Android) and website though as I can't buy a pass on the app - I have to login to the website which then syncs my account. On windows you have to download a separate application which needs you to to login via the website on your browser and will then open the app when you try to watch something - Why they can't have full features on their applications is beyond me.

Another thing to bear in mind is that it has a device limit of three (I think) devices which can be changed on a monthly basis.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Peg Leg » April 18th, 2018, 2:44 pm

Sky now app works fine for me
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby brotheroffrank » April 18th, 2018, 6:05 pm

https://youtu.be/zFX3Ju6cl-k

Techy Advice for less techy amongst us....
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby brotheroffrank » April 18th, 2018, 6:09 pm

brotheroffrank wrote:https://youtu.be/zFX3Ju6cl-k

Techy Advice for the less techy amongst us....
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Scott » April 25th, 2018, 8:51 am

Looking to buy a SIM free phone. Anyone ever use Laptopdirect.ie or have an opinion on them? Or any other suggestions on where to look? Thanks
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Laighin Break » April 25th, 2018, 9:33 am

Scott wrote:Looking to buy a SIM free phone. Anyone ever use Laptopdirect.ie or have an opinion on them? Or any other suggestions on where to look? Thanks


Amazon always a good option
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby johng » April 25th, 2018, 9:47 am

Amazon is the man. I have access to trade pricing on a lot of IT stuff and a bit of digging Amazon will normally give me similar if not better pricing on occasion.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby rooster » April 25th, 2018, 9:51 am

Scott wrote:Looking to buy a SIM free phone. Anyone ever use Laptopdirect.ie or have an opinion on them? Or any other suggestions on where to look? Thanks
If Laptopdirect.ie is the same firm as the UK equivilant then they are reliable in any dealings I have had with them.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby rooster » April 25th, 2018, 9:55 am

John Lewis.com will normally run at lowest price available for tablets and phones, they track other prices and match them, one of my girls bought an iPhone 8 from them last week.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby jimbobjoe » April 25th, 2018, 9:56 am

I've been considering taking a punt on a sim-free phone from a Chinese manufacturer such as Xiaomi. A lot of them come dual-sim and have competitive specs and usually for less than £300.

Not sure the best retailers though as Amazon isn't always reliable and they don't have any approved Ire/UK/EU distributors.

Anyone have any experience with this?
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby johng » April 25th, 2018, 10:04 am

Not a reply to above but...

I normally stick to "Prime" or "fulfilled by Amazon" If you are buying from anyone else on Amazon check out the reviews on the company selling. If they have very few or a lot of negative ones stay clear.
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