QUOTE(zen @ Apr 3 2009, 04:06 PM)
okay guys, I consider myself pretty geeky, but I don't get why you would stream music (lower quality due to compression and possibility for buffering latency if you get network problems) when you could just load a library of MP3s on some thumb drives, DVDRs, or even just plug your iPod into an input jack...
Don't get us wrong... that is a great way. However, www.pandora.com offers high-quality streams (although it requires a good connection) and it generates the playlist/music for us. For example, I create a "station" on my pandora.com account by entering an artist, album, genre, or song and it will select music of similar styles for me. I can then "like" or "dislike" each song, and it'll dynamically regenerate the playlist based on my likes and dislikes I have input into the station. This would be especially useful for tailgating so you almost get a "set it and forget it" kind of feature.
With Rhapsody, it allows Bleacher Bum to play any music he wants at any time and doesn't have to have it on his ipod to play it. This system offers him the ability to play any song he wants on-demand, whereas pandora doesn't because of licensing agreements with record labels.
Something else to consider... when you're tailgating, you really don't care THAT much about sound quality. You care more about being able to hear it. Theres also a 100% chance of most people within earshot of the music being intoxicated, so they couldn't give a damn about the quality to begin with