Car + iPod. Cheap?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TheMonarch, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    I forgot how much CDs suck. My car currently has a AM/FM/CD radio, and I really, really want to connect my iPod to it.

    I want it to be as cheap as possible for two reasons, 1: Price, 2: Don't want to attract attention to my car.

    I'd like a stereo that integrates the iPod's controls in to it, and display song info [Name, artist, etc.] if at all possible.

    So what do you people recommend?
     
  2. motherduce macrumors 6502

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    Go to www.crutchfield.com. Enter your car and they'll show you what fits.

    I'm actually about to install an iPod-ready system into my car.

    The Pioneer Stereo is pretty nice, and only $139.99.

    The Pioneer iPod car-stereo adapter is $49.99.

    Installation is free if you do it yourself. If you need someone else to do it, I recommend purchasing through Circuit City or Best Buy, because they often have free installation deals...though they still get you on other little fees.
     
  3. Viking Quest macrumors member

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    really?
     
  4. motherduce macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, Crutchfield will send you all the car kits and adapters for free, which is a $30-$50 value, when you purchase it through them. If you want to do it through CC or somewhere, you'll have to buy all the adapter kits, etc.
     
  5. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Hopefully someone can clarify something for me, and for OP as it would give him another option entirely... In my old Jeep I basically listen to Sirius or my iPod (through an FM transmitter for both). I have a Cavalier that I have set-up with RCA inputs into the deck for both the Sirius and iPod so the sound quality is much better and is always clear... In my jeep I really have no need, nor do I want to install a deck with aux-ins or anything like that because the top is usually off and I rarely have doors on it (theft is easy).
    I would love to just buy an amp, screw it into my jeep and then run rca inputs into the amp from the iPod and/or Sirius receiver. Is this possible? Is there a way to run rca inputs directly into an amp (or something else) without using a head unit to control it all? Ihave heard yes, no and i'm not sure from best buy/future shop installers so I really don't know.
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but this could be another option to install the iPod in your car AND you wouldn't have to worry about a deck with the artist display etc because you could just use the actual iPod itself
     
  6. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816

    TheMonarch

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    Right now, I'm really leaning towards the Panasonic CQ-C5303U [$124 at Amazon]

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    But I still have to fork over $40-50 for the iPod connection kit :(
     
  7. motherduce macrumors 6502

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    That is a pretty sweet deck. I'll have to check it out. Don't think it will fit my car though. It didn't show up on CC or Crutchfield as a fit.
     
  8. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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  9. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    It will fit, that is a Single-Din Head unit, which will fit in any car. Car stereos come in 1, 1.5, and 2 din sizes, which measures the height, they are all the same width. So if you stock Head Unit is 1.5, or 2 din there will be a little cubby hole underneath the new head unit where you can put stuff.
     

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