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iPod your car: Quick fixesConnect your iPod using FM transmitters and auxiliary-input jacks.
>> Okay, well I've seen the Chevy Aveo may look hot from the outside, there's not a lot of tech on the inside. It comes with this factory installed stereo which really is probably the least sophisticated stereo we've seen. Nevertheless you can still connect your iPod to a stereo like this using an FM transmitter. Now there are a number of these on the market and probably the most popular is the Griffin iTrip. This is a device that allows you to plug in your iPod and transmit your iPod tracks via FM to your car stereo. It tells that we have to tune to 87.9 FM and we're streaming our iPod tunes through our car stereo using an FM connection. Now there are a number of other devices that allow you to use the same technology. The Belkin Tune Base is a popular device. This comes with a cigarette adapter to connect into your car's 12 volt power supply, so you can charge up your iPod while streaming audio via FM. The final one we have here is the DLT Nano Tube and as you can see, this one has a rather snazzy protective case that allows you to put your iPod away. The downside of FM streaming of iPod tunes is that the sound quality is sketchy at times, it's liable to interference as it is a radio signal. As well as FM transmitters, there are other couple of low tech ways of connecting your iPod to your factory car stereo. If you have a car stereo that still has a cassette deck in it, well shame on you, but there are cassette adapters which allow you to plug in a cassette reader into your car stereo and play your iPod that way. There are also generic line in cables or patch cables which plug one end into your iPod and the other end into your car stereo or into a central console in more modern cars and that allows you a low tech kind of unintelligent connection between your iPod and the stereo. You still have to use the iPod player itself to make song selections and to play, pause and control volume. So these are a few options for using your factory installed stereo to play your iPod. Next up we're gonna show you how to take out your factory installed car stereo and replace it with an after market car stereo, specifically designed with iPod users in mind.