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Old 03-16-13, 01:50 PM
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Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

Hi everyone,

I have a 160GB iPod Classic.

I need a car charger/FM transmitter (all-in-one if possible).

My car does not have an auxiliary input.

Any advice/recommendations?
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Old 03-16-13, 02:11 PM
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

install an aux port if at all possible

Depending on your model car and existing stereo, it may not be that hard

Look at some of these to give you an idea of what I am talking about

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-lDv5VSW...-Adapters.html

if crutchfield doesn't have one for you, google a bit for aux port and your model car

The FM transmitter type ones suck ass in most slightly populated areas.

If you feel you must go with the FM transmitter type, get a wired one

Wired FM Modulator
INSTALLATION: Moderate
SOUND QUALITY: Good
With wireless FM transmitters, the signal has to travel through high-traffic airwaves on its way to your car antenna. Wired FM modulators, which usually come as small boxes with a few cords running out from them, intercept the connection between the car's antenna and radio, allowing you to inject your iPod's signal directly into this wired pathway. The result is dramatically improved sound quality—although the final result is still hampered by the limitations of FM radio, which is far from audiophile-friendly.

These modulators are inexpensive (they can be found online for as little as $15) and relatively easy to put in, as long as you are comfortable fiddling with your car stereo's wires. To install one, position yourself underneath the dash. Reach up and unplug the antenna from the back of the stereo and plug it into the modulator's antenna input. Take the modulator's output cord and connect it to the stereo's antenna input. You can then set the modulator to run at any FM frequency. Pick one with weak competing signals (usually at the very top or bottom of the spectrum), and plug the modulator's audio output cord into your iPod's headphone jack.
something like this (only as a last resort)

http://www.amazon.com/iSimple-IS31-U...d+FM+Modulator
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Old 03-16-13, 02:22 PM
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

I actually live in a rural area and have a Griffin Roadtrip that I've been very pleased with; it just won't fit the bigger 160GB iPod classic.

I have zero problems finding a clean FM station over which to transmit.
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Get a deck with an input ..they're so cheap these days.
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Get a deck with an input ..they're so cheap these days.
I thought about that - but the car doesn't have more than a year or so left on it, so I don't want to pay for something I won't keep when I'm done with the car.

I'm also hoping to keep the present cost cheap.
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

Get the wired kind of FM transmitter. MUCH better than the wireless. It basically cuts off all the outside reception, so it's much clearer.

Or better yet, if you have an unused SAT button on your stock radio, you can use that too.
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Originally Posted by Chrisedge View Post
Get the wired kind of FM transmitter. MUCH better than the wireless. It basically cuts off all the outside reception, so it's much clearer.

Or better yet, if you have an unused SAT button on your stock radio, you can use that too.
1) Do I have to have automotive know-how to install a wired one?

2) Would an unused SAT button still need the wired transmitter?
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

You just need access to the antenna input to your radio. Most have a disconnect. Then the wired transmitter connects to that and the antenna wire at the same time. As least thats how I did it years ago.
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You just need access to the antenna input to your radio. Most have a disconnect. Then the wired transmitter connects to that and the antenna wire at the same time. As least thats how I did it years ago.
I'm an idiot when it comes to cars - I have no idea where the antenna input is.
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Have you thought about ear buds?
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Wireless FM transmitters aren't really a problem unless you have one that's fixed and can't be adjusted to an outer-band station.

And I'm pretty sure all recent wireless FM transmitters feature USB power either through the Apple Dock connector or through a provided USB connector on the cigarette lighter plug.
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

Does your car have a tape deck? If so, you can use an adapter.
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tape deck....
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Have you thought about ear buds?
Those are illegal in most places to use while you're driving.
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tape deck....
He said his car has maybe a year left in it, so it could be old enough that it's possible, and it would probably be a better option than an FM transmitter.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Music View Post
tape deck....
The op didn't have an aux input, most recent cars have it. My 7 year old car has it.


I had a car in the early 2000s that came with a tape deck. Just pointing out the option, I prefer it to the fm transmitter, if the op has it.

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My 2005 Acura Tl has a tape deck. It was fairly common back then as books on tape were popular.
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I was only laughing because of the thread in Other about things you will have to explain to your kids.

My truck came with a tape deck, replaced that a long time ago.
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Yep, my 2000 Jetta has a tape deck and I've been using a cassette adapter for my iPod for years.

Last week my car was in the shop and I borrowed my mom's Jeep, which has no tape deck or aux input. I had to bust out some CDs.
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Re: Needed: iPod car charger & FM transmitter advice

Originally Posted by mulderxcoltrane View Post
Hi everyone,

I have a 160GB iPod Classic.

I need a car charger/FM transmitter (all-in-one if possible).

My car does not have an auxiliary input.

Any advice/recommendations?
I have one of these that I don't use anymore because I have an input jack in my new car. You can have it for the cost of shipping if you want. I think I have all of the adapters and everything. This is the one I have:

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-RoadTr...ref=pd_sim_e_2
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