Smooth microdriving

Blaupunkt has in-car audio stored and sorted with a neat application of the IBM Microdrive.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  June 20, 2002

When Blaupunkt cleverly integrated IBM’s IGB Microdrive into a record and playback system for in-car MP3 music files with the CompactDrive, it earned itself a coveted CES (Consumer Electronics Show) award for innovation.

1GB translates to no less than 18 hours of audio tracks in MP3 format (at a neat 128kbits/second), which is fed onto the drive through USB connection to a PC — Windows 95, 98, ME and 200 are all up to the task.

The removable drive is ideal for fitting in a glovebox, enjoys build strength with an aluminium construction and has no moving parts, making the device impressively shock resistant.

“Taking advantage of IBM’s Microdrive’s high capacity and small size, the Blaupunkt MP3 system provides a simple, compact, and rugged way to add advanced MP3 playback capabilities to existing Blaupunkt car audio systems,” explained Jim Frazer, a director for Blaupunkt.

“Blaupunkt’s digital audio player enables drivers to download PC MP3 files directly from the computer and hit the road. Storing music on the Microdrive eliminates the need to change CDs while driving — an important factor for both convenience and safety.

"And the Microdrive’s high capacity and versatility make it possible for users to not only access hours of digital content, but to move that data across multiple platforms.” The CompactDrive MP3 player connects to all Blaupunkt radios with CD naming.

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