While I certainly respect your personal choice, I respectfully could not disagree more. I began working with the Internet before anyone I knew had even heard of an email address. It gave me an opportunity to become self taught in many areas, including digital. I've worked with every file type from OGG to MP3. I like to use MP3 Lame just becasue it works in everything. Regarding backups, I have well over 200,000 MP3's at 192kbps or higher so all that is backed up. I keep a library of all my music on 2 external drives. I had an explorer that came with a Sony 6 CD changer and I also had about 10 Cd magazines but I can tell you that changing out Cd's and deciding what you want in your car at any given time got old fast. As for compression, on my Jukebox, I have a button that gives me the option to compress or not. I can tell you that if I record a song to the jukebox that is at a bitrate of 192kbps, in the car with just a bit of road noise, it is very hard to tell the difference between the original and the jukebox recording. Sure, it's a 10GB drive in the car but even at 192kbps, you can still have about 3,000 songs in your Jukebox. If you average that against CD's with 10 to 15 songs per disk, it's like having 300 CD's with you. I don't think the objective is to have every song you ever recorded in your car. I have onlty had this car for two weeks but I am confident that if I do a little trial and error, it would not be that hard to remove the drive and add a 500GB drive or even a 1TB at today's low prices.
I find it not much more work to burn a diskful of songs onto a re-writeable CD and then while I am driving, let them record to the jukebox. It's not screaming fast but if you're driving anyway who cares and it will still continue recording while you listen to the radio, satellite, etc. I also was pleasantly surprised to find that if you begin recording a CD and you maybe forget and turn off your car when you arrive somewhere, the next time you turn on your SYNC system, it picks up recording right where you left off. If there are ten songs on a CD and you only have time to record five of them before you shut your car off, it will beging recording track six when you start it up again. I love this so much more than a CD changer or plugging and unplugging thumbdrives. I can still play music that's on my phone but that's pretty much like a thumb drive. Limited space and you have to delete and re-sync new music.
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I tried everything last week to transfer my imbedded tags and neither the dealer, their SYNC trainers or FORD new how to transfer the tags. I just cranked up my PC and while watching hockey and a few TV shows last night, I burned several hundred songs onto 80 minute 700MB re-writeable disks and today while driving to an appointment and back, I got all of that music on my jukebox with a lot more available space and every single song transferred the tags perfectly. I loooked at all my documents from my car purchase and unless I missed it, I did not see an additional cost for the jukebox. In fact, the first time I called the Ford Sync team, the rep told me if I have a 2012 Escape, they don't even come with the jukebox. I told him it works pretty good then for not even being there.
I do not know what bitrate it uses to record to the jukebox drive and I have not yet tried recording in compressed mode but having started in the audio business way back in 1972 when all of my friends and I were all obsessed with what speakers we had and what amp and how far you sit fro mthe speakeers, etc. for me the sound quality is very good. My car came with a 7 speaker system and subwoofer and I have no complaints. I also have a Sony 400 Cd/DVD changer in my home with a 7.1 surround DTS system and I can tell you, picking which of my 3000 CD's to put in th echanger is a bear not to mention what you go through when you finally get the energy and motivation to switch them out.
Bottom Line: I can play music from my phone, thumb drive, CD or DVD, HD Radio, Sirius/XM all available at the same time. I think that's a pretty diverse choice. I was additionally surprised to learn you can play music Cd's and movies on the navigation screen if the car is in park. that's pretty cool for a rest in the SUV while you take in a movie. Additionally, I have some DTS pure surround sound CD's I bought when Tower still had actual record stores in my area. I suspect they are still available and they blow away the SACD disks as fars as pure surround sound. You can distinctly hear drums from one speaker, guitar in another, vocals in another and so on. They are the best sound quality sources I have ever heard and to have a car audio system that can decode them is awesome since most home amps do not have DTS until you hit a certain price point. many say DTS capable which only means you have to buy a decoder and plug it into your system.
Good old American rock and roll in a good old American car. Ford. Not like Chrysler or GM (Government Motors), Ford never took a dime from the government. Being a Detroit boy, that's meaningful to me.
To each his own but so far, everyone that's seen and heard my system loves it. Thanks for your feedback. if and when I learn how to swap out the car's hard drive, I will let you know and then you can take it with you to your next vehicle.
Cheers. Sorry if I left any typos.