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The most exciting news to come out of Chrysler's unveiling of the 2007 Sebring sedan, besides the heating and cooling cupholders, was word that a 20GB hard drive would be available that could store both music and pictures.

TechnoRide got to look at the technology more closely in New York City and has a detailed explanation of what Chrysler's in-car entertainment center can do. Its features include an AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, embedded Sirius satellite radio with real-time traffic info, the aforementioned MyGiG 20GB HD, a USB jack, line-in jack, two audio outputs, Bluetooth hands-free calling and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with voice control. While Chrysler hasn't revealed what it will cost, the fact it's being offered in a $25,000 sedan rather than an $80,000 luxury car is remarkable enough.

The 20GB HD itself hold all of the navigation software, which precludes the need for a dedicated DVD drive like most nav systems use. It also stores about a 1GB of system software (think operating system) and what's called a Gracenote lookup engine. Since you'll be able to rip CDs into the car's hard drive right on the spot, the Gracenote software is what will generate the artist, title and track information from a database of over 4 million CDs. Aside from ripping CDs directly, there's also a USB on the lower left side of the head unit that allows music and pictures to be transferred from a USB flash drive. There's room for around 1,600 songs to be uploaded depending on their file size.

TechnoRide notes that the MyGiG 20GB HD will also initially be offered in the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Wrangler, before being spread across the model lineup of each brand.

Is this the future of in-car entertainment from the factory? It's a major step forward and we're delighted we don't have to wait years for the technology to trickle down from six-figure luxury sedans before the rest of can use it.

[Source: TechnoRide]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, some people can never be satisfied. Name me ONE mainstream car brand that has anything like this available straight from the factory.


      One poster above mentioned that 20 GB of memory could hold about 60 CDs worth of music, and somehow that's "not all that much." It's the equivalent of a 60-disc CD changer in a time when cars get 10- or 12-disc changers at most from the factory. And who cares if the aftermarket system in another car holds more music? It's aftermarket. You have to go through the trouble of purchasing an extra kit for the car, as well as installation. With the Sebring/Avenger, everything is already installed and ready to use straight from the factory. A couple of years from now, Toyota and Honda will offer 30 GB systems, and then Chrysler will respond with 40 GB, and so on. It's called COMPETITION. Everyone loves it when Toyota and Honda initiate it, yet when Chrysler initiates it, it's "half-baked"? If Chrysler's idea is "half-baked," well then no other mainstream automaker even has a tray in the oven.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3, I guess you didn't see the aux mini jack input under the USB port. That's for your beloved iPod to use the factory audio system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is a great idea for chrysler, and the dodge avenger. According to www.edmunds.com chrysler has the best base sound systems around. This is really cool because if you forget for ipod, alot of your songs will be right there, in your car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish they would make the radios universal for all Chryslers, that way I could go out and buy one without have to redneck rig it in my 00 Cirrus...Btw I agree with #15 about how DCX cars have really good base systems...comparing mine to my mom's '01 Sierra I'd rather have mine...the bass is really distorted sounding when you turn the volume up and have the bass 3/4 the way up, compared to having the bass all the way up and the volume up a good ways in the Cirrus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe you could load maps from the internet into it and not need an expensive built-in nav system. Just a thought.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I guess they need to distract customers from the appearance of the car;-)

      While it doesn't offer a hard drive (I wonder about longivity under extreme conditions in a car), Audi (and VW too I think) offer SD slots for those wishing to forego plugging in a portable music player. Up to 500 songs for the price a card (if you don't have spares for your camera already).

      Sounds like the carputer thing caught on in the Chrysler design center one day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      " absolutely HATE trying to control an iPod while trying to drive at the same time. I don't want cords all over, and I don't want to either have to use a car charger, or deal with the battery being drained after only a few hours of use, which means I have to lug the iPod in, charge it, take it back out to the car, plug it back in, and try to avoid having an accident while searching using the damn scroll wheel."

      Get an iPOD integration ICE kit for your car, my Mazda 3 has a plug in the back for a CD changed, the ICE link TRICKS the factory deck into thinking you just plugged in a CD changer, the cord is neatly hidden in the glove box (with my ipod) AND it charges it at the same time. AND you have full control ***though the stereo*** and with the radio buttons on the steering wheel it's even goes a step further.

      It basically works on my LCD screen in the Mazda as follows:

      The factory stereo display what "CD" you are listining
      to in the "changer" (1,2,3,4,5,6,etc) but in reality the 1,2,3,etc numbers correspond with your *playlists*. It's really cool and everything looks hidden, very factoryish.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4: "#3, I guess you didn't see the aux mini jack input under the USB port. That's for your beloved iPod to use the factory audio system."

      Nice use of "beloved" there. Thanks for being unbiased.

      That's not the point of my post, though. If you reread it (and maybe you should), the point is that - aux jack notwithstanding - forcing people to RERIP CDs or REIMPORT music from a USB drive is just silly. It's another step totally unnecessary when people have already stored their collections in at least two locations.

      NMT, as for you: "To the guy who made the comment about this being a 'half-baked idea': you're a moron."

      Unfortunately, that's something you can't prove. I expressed my opinion, stated my case, and even (get this!) supported it. You obviously misunderstood my argument, perhaps due to a weakened education level, and took it to be some sort of odd personal insult. Perhaps you're just insulted at the fact that my argument is well-supported, and you respond by posting something totally unrelated?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, you can purchase the kit at http://www.mp3yourcar.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      NMT: I don't know what world you live in, but in the one I live in, I have my ipod connected to my car stereo. With direct control from either the head unit or steering wheel. And my ipod charges and is turned off when I turn the car off. And I've had it working like that for a couple of years now.

      As for the Chrysler product... it is interesting, but fairly useless. 20GB would hold about 800 songs at cd quality. Or about 60 CDs. Nice, but not all that much. OF course, if it's using lame wma @ 160, you can hold a lot more. But I'd rather have a CD actually sound like a CD, not radio.

      However, the USB and Bluetooth are nice features.
      • 8 Years Ago
      NEWS FLASH: The ipod is not the only mp3 player on the market!
      There are mp3 players -- such as the iriver u10 and toshiba gigabeat -- that do the entire portable music/video player thing much better than the ipod and are much less gayer.
      I understand that ipod dominates that mp3 player market, but it will be only a matter of time before buyers realize that they are better, cheaper, and more stylish mp3 players than the ipod.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definitely a step in the right direction.

      Unfortunately, 20GB (minus the things mentioned) will not hold my entire 50GB music collection. It would be cool if it had a rear-mounted USB port that could be used to attach an additional portable hard drive.
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