Grab a beer... Post your thoughts!

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  1. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Okay... I want to make sort of a music jukebox. Right now... I have my main server PC that has 45,000+ songs on it. I network it with my CF-31 and export it via Bluetooth to my amp in my great room. Ideally what I would like is sort of an iPad type thing that I can leave lying around. People could then pick it up and add a song to a playlist or look up lyrics on the Internet. I want to do away with the whole networking thing. I'd rather use the equipment that I have as it is a 1,000 Watt system.

    So I was thinking of something like a Toughpad or similar that will take a 500GB SSD and hold all the music on it. I need something that has good enough video to play YouTube videos and with enough battery life to last the life of a party... or 8-10 hours without a charge. An armored iPad would work... But I don't think it can take a 500GB SSD.

    Please post your thoughts about anything to do with this... Model type suggestions, music software, etc. I'd like to stay away from Sonos and stuff like that. I have a great BT optical going right into my amp... So it needs BT to function for the speakers.

    Bueller? Bueller?
     
  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I am thinking a FZ-G1. Preferably a later mk or try for a mk1 with 8gb ram.
    With the extended battery, they will last 6 hrs easily without any power saver features on.
    Mk1's use a MSATA solid state drive. Later ones use a M.2 drive. I don't know exactly when they switched.

    A FZ-Q1 is nice too. Not quite as rugged as a FZ G1. Bigger screen than a G1.
     
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    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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  4. BaRRmaley

    BaRRmaley Notebook Deity

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    Samsung Galaxy Tab (S3 for example) + 500GB MicroSD card.
    Android is easier to use for "People" vs Windows.
     
  5. denrosten

    denrosten Notebook Evangelist

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    If you go the Ipad route, i suggest a Airport express as it has a analog audio output and works with Airplay (over Wifi, so greater range than BT)

    Btw. you can use Airplay on Windows if you have Itunes on it.
     
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    I am afraid that if I use an Apple product that I will be forced to use iTunes. The Samsung mentioned is 16GB... I'll need 300+ GB for storage... Plus an interface to use as sort of a jukebox.
     
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    16... +400-500gb microsd
     
  8. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I'll stand by my suggestion of a G1 or Q1.
    Win10 is very touchscreen friendly, but Win7 can be tweaked to work almost as good with a touchscreen.

    I own both of them.
    The G1 is more rugged, but the larger screen on the Q1 is nice. I do have the keyboard docks for both.
    My Q1 has a broken touchscreen so I use it with the keyboard and touchpad.
    The G1 has become my go to machine for when I am out. G1 touchscreen is worlds better than any CF19 or CF31.
    Both use upgradable SSD's so they are very fast and with a few screws you can put in any size drive that you can afford.

    Lots of Jukebox software available
    https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+touchscreen+jukebox&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

    PM me about the Q1 if you are interested. I might sell it.
     
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  9. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Evangelist

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    And would that be such a bad thing to happen? For my stereo system in the shop, I use the first generation Apple TV. I went with this as it has the built-in HDD, but more importantly, it also has rca audio, optical, and HDMI outputs.

    The HDMI outputs to a small custom made 7" TV panel. Since it is meant to be music storage and playback system, a big TV would be pointless.

    I have it plugged into a digital tuner for audio switching and bluetooth inputs. It has an FM stereo and also can play music off of an SD card. This all runs out through a tube amplifier, and into some pretty decent JVC bookshelf speakers.

    I "think" my Apple TV has an upgraded 500gb drive. Whatever size it is, it is big enough to hold my whole music collection.

    The best thing about the Apple TV setup is the ability to remote control it. I can use my iPad, iPhone, or my Macbook. Or I can control it directly with the basic apple silver remote.

    Pretty sure you can control it with a PC via iTunes also.

    iTunes, so yeah it used to be a GREAT program! iTunes 10 was perfect. 11 went the wrong direction, and 12... At version 12.9 now and it seems to be going slowly back in the right direction.

    But, I am referring to the Mac versions, and not sure of the last PC version I used. iTunes was actually a little better program on the PC at one time due to how the library could be setup.

    What makes this setup work so well, is how simply Apple's products play together. Doing this with Android or Windows is likely to take a little more work.
     
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    theoak2 Notebook Evangelist

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    Does Apple TV have internal storage, or did you add storage? My second gen Apple TV had no storage!
     
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