CES 2014: Ion Audio Introduces Bluetooth Cassette Adapter to Upgrade Older Stereos

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ion Audio has introduced a Bluetooth-enabled cassette tape adapter that allows older stereos to stream music wirelessly from mobile devices.

    The device is rechargeable via USB and lasts up to six hours on a charge, turning on and off automatically when inserted and ejected from the cassette deck and somewhat supports hands-free calling by routing incoming call audio through the car's speakers -- though a speakerphone will still be needed to talk.

    Pricing and availability information have not yet been released. The last U.S.-sold automobile to offer a factory-installed cassette deck was the 2010 Lexus SC430.

    Thanks Eli!

    Article Link: CES 2014: Ion Audio Introduces Bluetooth Cassette Adapter to Upgrade Older Stereos
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2010
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2013
    out with the new in with the old

    Lets bring back 1985 shall we? :p:apple:
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
  5. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    SE Florida
    The 7 people with cassette decks AND a bluetooth MP3 player must be very excited about this.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    woow, haha, I remember back in 2005 I had the cassette tape adaptor to 3.5 mm jack to connect to my iPod. good times.

    I don't know how many people would want this, the cheapest car headset nowadays seems to be ipod compatible.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
  8. macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2008
    I have a 2006 Crown Victoria - it has a tape deck. I use the wired version of this and it suffices. Adding an AUX port would cost like $300 dollars. Not worth it. I am also not swapping for an aftermarket radio either. Not in the car enough to justify it.

    What's to stop the tape deck from "seeking+" when it does not detect any audio? I have this problem with my current one so you have to turn off the stereo or eject the tape to keep it from doing that.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    New York, NY
    I feel like Ion had planned to release this a few years back, lost the prototype, then recently found it again.
  10. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    id actually prefer to have my casette slot back cuz im tired of burning cds for the car and i dont have aux. used to have one of these with a cable to connect my iPhone on my old car
  11. macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2011
    turn me on

    now if it could recharge itself by the spinning of the little wheels that would be even neater.
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2005
    Cary, NC
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    My '06 Acura TL still has a cassette deck. I used to use one of those cassette-to-3.5mm adapter thingies before installing my iSimple GateWay.

    Then I threw on a 30-pin to Bluetooth adapter on the iSimple when I got my iPhone 5. So it's a pretty good setup, but I look forward to getting a new car with better iOS/Bluetooth integration, that's for sure.
  14. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Is there anything like this but cd? My car was one of the last cars not to have Bluetooth :(
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2007
    I still use the Sony cassette adapter in my 2003 Tacoma. First one lasted 7-8 years and I'm on my second one now. I use it every day. Takes one second to plug into the phone and I never have to worry about charging the adapter..... and it's under $15.
    I love technology but I don't see much of a benefit for me in this case.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2010
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    Cool, but impractical IMO because of the short battery life.

    This is the kind of thing you're going to have to remember and bring with you every time you get in the car because it's not going to last more than a day or two without needing to be charged.

    They really need to figure out some way to power this and then it's perfect. Like someone else said, figure out a way to generate current using the spinning tape drive - even if it isn't enough to keep it powered on 100%, the fact that it could supplement the battery with power generated by rotation would give it a longer life. Not a perfect solution, but there's gotta be a way.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Oh man this rocks. I'm using the tape to headphone audio mechanism now along with cigarette lighter for power. I'd love to go bluetooth
  19. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Pretty much anyone with an iPhone and a car of model year 2000 or older. That's a pretty big market.
  20. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Keep waiting.
  21. macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Solar cell? Just leave it on top of the dash when parked.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    You could charge it a lot faster by leaving it on fast forward or rewind for a few minutes.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    The wired version of the tape deck adapter sucks when it comes to sound quality. I can't see this being better. And I don't need yet another pricy device to charge.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    I have 2005 Toyota truck with a cassette player. I use it everyday. My jail broken 1 gen iPhone is connected to my cigarette lighter and tape adapter so when I turn on my truck it automatically starts playing. Then when I shut my truck off it stops. I think it works better then Bluetooth. I never have to touch my iPhone unless I want a different album.

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