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Best ipod car audio device

by unreal_calibur / July 31, 2006 10:17 PM PDT

What is the best ipod car audio device which i can use to connect my ipod to the car stereo so that i can play the songs in my ipod?

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Many use a FM transmitter.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2006 11:58 PM PDT

I have one for another player. It cost 20 bucks and seems ok. I would call it "best" but quite nice. Call me old fashioned but I find CDs to still be what I use most of the time in the car.


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Anyone else?
by unreal_calibur / August 2, 2006 8:31 PM PDT

Does anyone else know of something i can use to connect my ipod to my car? I saw a few, the one that you connect a cassette to the ipod and you can play the songs on your ipod.

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(NT) (NT) Cassette interface. I'll pass. No sale.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2006 1:32 AM PDT
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by davidhill / August 5, 2006 3:09 AM PDT

Connects to the back of the Car OEM radio like a CD Changer and uses the same controls on the dash like a changer. The power from the car keeps the iPod charged and the sound quality is first rate.

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Something Cheper
by unreal_calibur / August 5, 2006 11:45 AM PDT
In reply to: iPod2Car

I was looking for something cheaper. I saw some cassette that you can connect to the ipod and use that to play it in the car. I was looking for something that is under $30.

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Reply to: Best ipod car audio device
by sri_vivek / August 5, 2006 5:00 PM PDT


I was quite thrilled on seeing the 'Aux In' availale in my BMW 'for iPod'. It is supposed to integrate with the OEM CD player. But no one knows where to get the required lead to connect the two. Any ideas??

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Dension icelink
by rsuba / August 6, 2006 3:25 AM PDT

...have this in my '03 Honda Accord. Can operate my iPod from my steering wheel. You can jump between the first 6 playlists available (I renamed my preferred ones with ''01, 02, etc. to help me remember which would be those 6).

Audio quality beats anything I could get with my Griffin-branded FM transmitter and no conflicts with local FM stations.


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Another choice
by Vimesey / August 6, 2006 6:42 AM PDT

You could always get a Honda Jazz, then you just need a cable Silly

And, if you want to look like a right pillock, get it in bright and garish pink, yay!

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FM transmitters work well
by maddog216 / August 6, 2006 2:47 PM PDT

I've used both the Belkin and the Griffin i-trip. Both cost about $35-40. The Griffin wins hands down because of sound quality and that it runs entirely off your i-pod battery, so it doesn't run out of battery juice prior to the ipod. If you spring for another $30 bucks you can get a power jolt for your car and run the whole mess off your lighter plug. Easy enuf!


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Peripheral Electronics iPod Integration
by cwilkerson516 / May 9, 2008 6:25 AM PDT

Many people have no heard for Peripheral Electronics. With this company, you install a module that does a few things at once and all without buying after market head unit. First of all, it connects through the display and allows you to browse your library with programmed buttons on the head unit. Next, the module charges your iPod at the same time as listening to it to keep your battery full while enjoying the music. Also, the module allows you to experience high quality sound as if you just had a CD in. If any questions, feel free to PM or reply

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iPod - iPhone car connections
by George Wedding / July 8, 2008 9:09 AM PDT

These head unit (radio) adapter units from Peripheral, and those from another manufacturer called P.I.E. are said to work very well with iPods and iPhones. However, a handful of different models are now available so make sure you select the correct adapter for your vehicle and iPod/iPhone combination. The newest adapters use a single, direct-connect cable with the newest vehicles and allow you to control the newest iPods and the original or 3G iPhone using the vehicle's radio or steering wheel controls -- and supports charging at the required 5 volts (also used for USB).

But first-generation Peripheral and P.I.E. direct-connect adapters may have 12-, 13-, or 14-pin connectors and thus, only control older iPods that support charging at 12 volts (like Firewire). This means that a given direct-connect Peripheral or P.I.E. adapter may or may not work with the newest iPods and iPhones. In those instances, you have to connect to the iPod/iPhone using a Peripheral or P.I.E. AUX adapter AND an RCA-to-3.5mm (mini jack) audio cable. This means you won't have radio or steering wheel controls, and you'll have to operate the iPod or iPhone directly. But this approach also does work when using iPods and iPhones with some of the older vehicles...Any of these provides far better connectivity and audio quality than a cassette tape or FM adapter.

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