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iPod your car: Car stereo iPod interfacesHow to use your made-for-iPod car stereo on the road.
>> With the installation complete, it's time to start playing the iPod through the car stereo itself. Now there are two kinds of iPod compatible car stereos. There are stereos that have built in iPod connectivity and others like the one we have here. Okay, let's have a look at this. We have a module that connects to the back of the car stereo and can be affixed or attached anywhere in the car cabin. Often the glove box or the central console are a good place to stick one of these. And whether your stereo has built in iPod connectivity or has an add on module, they'll all terminate in one of these intelligent or full speed iPod cables. Many of these systems will also charge your iPod while you're driving along. With an iPod connected to full speed connection, you don't use the iPod at all. You don't need to mess around with the wheel. You can store it away in the central console or in your glove box because, all control is then transferred to the stereo head unit itself. Now this Jensen stereo that we have connected today is typical of many iPod ready or compatible stereos in that it gives you a version of the iPod menu structure on the stereo display itself. Press this button here and we get a very familiar list of iPod options. We've got playlists, artists, albums and you scroll through them on this specific stereo, using the volume knob. One of the things we like about this system but not so much on others, is the ability to search through long lists of alphabetized tracks. That's one of the key challenges for car stereo manufacturers. Some manufacturers make car stereos specifically for iPods. An example of this is the Alpine IDA X001 which was designed by Alpine with help from Apple. If you wanna get even more sophisticated, the Harmon Card and Drive and Play 2, is a device that you can route through your car stereo and it gives you a bigger screen with again, a virtual version of the iPod wheel. So as you can see there are lots of options for playing your iPod on the road. Whether it's an FM transmitter, an auxiliary input jack, a full speed or intelligent iPod cable or one of these new, sophisticated devices made specifically with the iPod in mind, new devices are coming out all the time giving drivers better connectivity and better control over their iPods when on the road. I'm Kevin Massy and I hope you've enjoyed our weekend project guide on how to iPod your car. ^M00:02:27 [ music ]