I have a 2011 Holden Cruze which has a USB port in the centre console. This port is used to either plug in an iPod/iPhone or a USB flash drive to play the music stored on these devices via the car stereo. All song info is displayed on the car's info screen.
I'd like to have a device which holds my entire music collection on it, permanently plugged into my car's USB port. The most obvious answer is a high capacity USB flash drive, but given the cost of these is currently over $1,000 for a 256GB drive, I was wondering if there were any alternatives.
I've tried plugging in a standard 2.5" external HDD, but the USB port will not power the drive (and I don't want to hook up any other messy power options. The other option I thought might work is a SSD with an external case. The question is though would this work? Would an external SSD have the same power requirements of a USB flash drive?
Any help/thoughts would be appreciated.