• Jul 19, 2007
It looks like Cadillac will be the first company to offer the new Gracenote music library database in a car. Buyers of the new 2008 CTS will be able to get the system when the car goes on sale in August. Gracenote points out this will be the first time the MusicID database and Playlist products have been paired with an in-car entertainment system for the North American market. Sounds like a technicality, but it's a pretty sweet system.
What this means is that you can load all of your CDs into the system, have them copied, and then during playback the unit accesses a huge database to add track info. Things like album, artist and track names are a given, but the Gracenote system adds additional proprietary data like genre, artist type, era and region of origin. And then your personal collection can be searched and custom playlists developed using the data. How very iPod. Similar systems exist, but none are quite like Gracenote, and none have been factory available in the States until now.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ipod connectivity? Just making sure you people mean auxilliary right and not some propietary ipod hookup right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      no the lexus and the g35 have a less capable version of this. not saying that this is big news or anything... but this is NOT the same system that the LS and g35 have
      • 7 Years Ago
      In my experience the Gracenote database is so full of errors that it would take less time to enter the data for your own CDs correctly to begin with, than it does to find and correct the mistakes after allowing Gracenote to fill in the data. It does depend on what genres of music CDs you listen to, though, so it may work OK for some people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      who cares what car has it, who needs it?

      people need to learn to concentrate on the road and this will make sure fewer of them will do so.
      i hope they make it voice controlled so that it al least minimizes the distraction

      also, what ahppens in 10years when this car is old and you're trying to sell it, by the system is broke?

      there goes $500 off the price (or even more)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't need this stuff. What I do need is iPod connectivity. Does it at least have an aux in?
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about record companies (if we can still call them that) just decide to always include CD Text information on their discs so we don't have to resort to this expensive technology, or worse yet, having to ruin the sound quality and compress it into some dastardly format such as MP3, WMA or AAC?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree - OR, how about some of the digital music hardware makers start getting on board with formats like FLAC and APE so those of us who don't want compressed music that sounds like crap have a better option.
      • 7 Years Ago
      UMMM.... DODGE AVENGER OFFERS THIS RIGHT NOW!

      The 2008 Dodge Avenger also features MyGIG™, a cutting-edge information, entertainment and safety navigation audio system that raises the bar on in-vehicle communications. This best-in-class, next-generation navigation radio features a 6.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Display with a touch-screen panel that can support 65,000 colors, providing a three-dimensional appearance to graphics and animation, as well as multiple font sizes and styles. The MyGIG system follows voice-activated commands and includes many new features for music, sound, movies and personalized picture displays, including:

      * A 20 gigabyte hard disc drive that includes Music Juke Box for organizing music and pictures on the hard drive
      * Universal Serial Bus (USB) that provides both MP3 connectivity and downloading of WMA, MP3 and JPEG files onto the hard drive
      * Gracenote® database installed on the hard drive, which provides song identification, including composer, artist and title
      * Playlist creation capability to provide easy access to files
      * Voice memo recording, which allows a message up to 3 minutes long to be recorded using the microphone integrated into the rearview mirror
      * Radio screen, which can display movies (when vehicle is not in motion)
      * SIRIUS® Satellite Radio,, which provides customers with more than 125 channels of the best music, entertainment and information coast-to-coast, 24 hours a day. This includes 100 percent commercial-free music, as well as sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather
      * UConnect® Hands-free Communication System that uses Bluetooth® technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication between the occupants' compatible cell phones and the vehicle's onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like others have said, the G35/G37 already have this.

      The Lexus LS has this as well.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, can we just get a 20GB hard drive in our cars? Have it isolated with 25 cent spring/rubber, and there ya go. How expensive would that be? Hell, I'd pay a couple hundred for a 20 or 40 GB in my car. CDs are so 1995. DVDs are so 2001.
        • 7 Years Ago
        sorry, no such luck on the 20 GB hard drive... the CTS only comes with a Toshiba 40 GB hard drive. maybe you could cut it in half?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would I want to rip all of my CD's again when I've already spent days doing it for my Zune? Why can't I just plug in my player and have the head unit see it as a storage device? The end result is the same, only with Gracenote I have to rip my music TWICE and pay for the pleasure. No thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, yeah, so do the Dodge Nitro, and Chrysler Sebring, and soon, ALL Chrysler products that opt for MyGig.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is so different from this new system and the one already installed on the G35 and Lexus LS?

      Both these cars can recognize the CDs and provide track and album information. What else does the CTS do? Is the improvement basically a playlist system that you can mix and match various tracks from different ripped albums; which you cannot do in the LS or G35?

      I guess thats a cool feature, dont know if its worth putting up so much fuss and having a press release about it, but a cool feature.
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