OK, here is what I can tell you. This thing is definitely worth the money. Just know that you are not getting an Alpine or a Pioneer or anything like that. It is just an inexpensive digital media player. But for what it is, it is excellent. It will play from an 8GB thumb drive with no problem. It will play from a 8GB SD card with no problem. It will not recognize your iPod from the USB port but, it will play your iPod from the Auxiliary port with no problem.
Music Sorting: Using your iPod to control your choices of tunes is the easiest route by far. As best as I can tell, when using a thumb drive or an SD card, the stereo will just see the music as one long list of songs. Even if you have them sorted into folders. It works but, if you have 500 songs on a thumb drive, then the list is 500 songs long ... it makes it hard to find anything. This was just my experience ... if someone else has had better luck with music sorting please comment. I generally drive around to a list of about 50 songs. So, I just put those 50 songs onto an SD card and I'm good. But, if you have hundreds or even thousands of songs that you want to have access to all the time, then an iPod is the only way to go ... you'll never find what you want at any given time with an SD card or a thumb drive.
Complaints: I don't have any. Someone had said that the volume returns to a loud level after you turn the key off and then turn it back on. I think the key to that is the yellow wire ... as long as the yellow wire is connected to a source that is always "hot" ... that shouldn't happen ... mine doesn't. The yellow wire keeps the stereo's memory going. Another complaint was the clock ... I didn't even bother with it ... who cares what time it is? Look at your cell phone if you need the time.
Power: It says 50watts X 4 ... if it is, it is the weakest 50 x 4 in the world. This stereo is not loud. But, unless you just enjoy having your music blasting at a level that is obnoxious ... it is still loud enough to hear ... even with the windows down at 60 miles per hour.
Overall, this is a cheap way to have a purely digital media player. No CD's anymore. You will love it.
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