Sony lets users upload music to the car stereo

At the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, Sony introduced a new radio/CD player called the Giga Panel that can store music in internal memory. The player has one GByte of flash memory and users can upload songs via a USB port in the front faceplate. It can also play ATRAC/3 songs (Sony's proprietary format) burned onto a CD.

Sony says the player is automatically detected as an external drive, so users can just drag and drop the songs without installing new drivers. An LCD will display song information such as album, artist and track name. The unit has a built-in 208-watt amplifier and comes with a wireless remote.

Sony says the system will be available in February for around $350.