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Connecting IPOD in the car

by jzellers / August 13, 2005 10:18 AM PDT

Just bought a 60 gig IPOD, but stumped by the array of connections for playing in the car,cigarette lighter connection, wireless connection, IMonster(?) built into the car radio, etc.

I don't plan on exchanging the car radio system, I just want to play the IPOD through the existing radio in the best way, with the best availability and full use of the IPOD's features??

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ipod conection options
by ccmike72 / September 2, 2005 7:29 PM PDT

your best choice for connecting you iod to your car stereo is physical connections.
-if you have an auxilary port on you stereo (small port
that fits a plug about the siz e of a headphone plug)
-then a mini audio cable from your ipods headphone
plug to this is a good connection. (20bucks or
-if you have tape deck this ia another cheap and good
-if you have an after market ipod ready stereo you can
get an adapter installed. See you local car steroe place

if none of the above are posible. you need an FM transmitter. this just hooks into the ipod eithe rby the dock connection (bottom) or the headphone jack.
it just makes a mini radio station of you ipod for about a 10ft range. Many are avaiable the monster version powers through the cigaret lighter. Belkin sells a battery power version. the griffin itrip plugs into the ipod and powers of the ipod. there are even a few that plug in the cigarette lighter and will power/charge and hold you ipod or ipod mini (now even for shuffles too)

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Connection types
by mlevit / September 4, 2005 10:09 PM PDT

Just like the author previously said, there are a few options from:

- Male headphone to Male heaphone (which plugs into your iPod and your deck)
- There is also a Male heaphone jack to two Male RCA plugs (which is what i use). Just check if your deck has either of these Female sockets.
- And then the easiest option of all (but not the best) is the FM transmitter. Although it will work with any car radio that can receive FM frequency it does not have the clear sound (has a little static) which you will get from the physical inputs.

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