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Convert Centris 610 to Boombox?
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Jul 30, 2000, 07:33 PM
 
I wonder if this is a good idea, or not.

To get boombox-quality background music into my studio, I'd like to be able to use the gig or so of mp3 music files I've got on my G4, in an old, still-working Centris 610 somebody gave me.

It's got 7.6.1 installed, 36MB ram, processor is 68LC040, 20mhz. It has sound-out port.

If I got a 1 or 2 gig SCSI drive for it, and installed Soundjam, and some little powered speakers, would it work?

Again, not looking for great sound, just a way have many hours of randomly selected cuts played, and the ability to delete any cuts I get sick of.
     
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Jul 31, 2000, 12:44 AM
 
Sorry to rain on your parade, but playback of mp3's is fairly processor-intensive, and requires an FPU - something Centrises don't have. I can just barely squeak mp3 playback out of my 75 MHz PowerPC machine, so 20 MHz would not be fast enough even if there was an FPU (Floating Point [operations] Unit). If you convert your files to a different format, that could work, but then you run into quality vs. space issues. If you'd like to learn more, keep posting!
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Jul 31, 2000, 10:27 AM
 
Aw, shucks, I KNEW it was too good to be true. And I browsed around lowendmac.com enough to figure out I didn't want to try any hardware upgrades.

I guess when I can afford to replace my other computer (Performa 6360), then IT would be a much better candidate for boombox....... (I recall seeing a flyer recently with refurbished 6360's for sale at $299; we paid $1300 for this one in '97.)

I love the organization/control of music-by-computer. I assume that digitized formats will soon be the norm, and that physical recordings will cease to exist, except as artifacts.....

     
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Aug 4, 2000, 04:02 AM
 
THE MP3 jukebox based on a Mac - a 20th Anniversary Mac with a built-in Bose sound system and killer looks.

I popped an 18GB hard drive into one and now it has all my CDs encoded into it (minus the songs I would never listen to).

It runs SoundJam MP perfectly...

Maybe a bit of overkill, but it is oh so sweet..

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Aug 4, 2000, 11:57 AM
 
Where did you get one of those? &lt;drool&gt; My G4 works nicely, but those anniversary machines are SWEET!
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Aug 7, 2000, 04:19 AM
 
When i got the idea to use a TAM as an MP3 jukebox, I went to the TAM website: tam.axon.net

Lo and behold, someone from city was selling one with a bad hard drive! I went and saw it and bought it on the spot.

Very happy...

drewman
     
   
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