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  • kode54
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Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
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There already are cars that integrate Qi charging surfaces, and for those that don't integrate it, there already are accessories for adding wireless chargers to your car.

And guess which Fruit Company finally jumped on the Qi train?

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Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
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Yeah, most aftermarket charging surface are shit, though. I had a couple and they're crap. My newer car has a charging area in a slim cubbyhole under the infotainment system. Phone goes in there, connects to the car via bluetooth when it senses the NFC chip and charges via Qi.

What I meant was, seeing Qi chargers as more or less standard in cars.

Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
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People don't seem to use media with their cars anymore. Or at least, much less than it was the case even three years ago.

People seem to care much more, whether they can pair their car with their cellphone. And if that's not the case, how they can play back music from their cellphone through the car's stereo via a cable. I don't mind that at all, it's the next logical step.

I generally agree, however, I still find that simply plugging in a SD card or USB stick with MP3 into a car stereo is more convenient then placing a smartphone into the holder, organizing it's power supply, connections, wiring etc. Also, the audio controls on the wheel itself are very ergonomic. I have a blue tooth option (at least it says so on the screen), but could not pair my Xperia Z3 for some reason.

I was really hoping that AAC will make any other formats obsolete for me (including FLAC or other lossless), but when dealing with an older car stereos I still use mp3 and actually, don't mind it at all.
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Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
Reply #53
Yep, there is nothing wrong with MP3. All right, it needs more bitrate but transparent point at ~170-192 kbps (LAME V3-V2) isn't that high price to pay for compatibility with certain hardware. 

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Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
Reply #54
People don't seem to use media with their cars anymore. Or at least, much less than it was the case even three years ago.

People seem to care much more, whether they can pair their car with their cellphone. And if that's not the case, how they can play back music from their cellphone through the car's stereo via a cable. I don't mind that at all, it's the next logical step.
I must be one of those old-fashioned people who still uses a line-out from my iPod to my car's stereo. :P

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Re: Lots of patents expiring in 2015 - how relevant is MP3 still?
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I must be one of those old-fashioned people who still uses a line-out from my iPod to my car's stereo. :P
I have an old Mustang and I still use this: and I love it :) I don't like technology like I used to, I like invisible and convenient technology, not necessarily new technology. This is funny because I moved to USA from Italy to work in IT and I have two IT companies that provide new technologies of backup/networking for companies and new ideas of apps for mobile devices.