Best accessory for playing music while in the car

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  1. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    I think I will get the most music use out of my ipod touch while I'm in the car....

    Is there an accessory for this? If so, what is the best one

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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    That'll depend on the headunit in your car. For example I have an Alpine headunit, so I have an Alpine accessory that lets my connect an iPod and control it from the headunit. Perhaps you could tell us a little more...
     
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  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    That would depend on where you live. Around London (England) that's about as much use as a chocolate fireguard: there are more or less no free FM frequencies and the few that are free change every mile or so...
     
  5. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My head unit is stock. My friend does what you're talking about with his head unit.

    I just have the stock head unit on my 2004 Honda Accord

    I'd prefer something that charges and at the same time plays the music in my car......
     
  6. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    Try this.

    No personal gain/endorsement, just something I found with a quick Google search.

    My 2001 Nissan has an aux input that was stock for the optional CD changer. There is a simple hack with a 5 pin DIN connector that allows you to access it, so I do that and use a dock connector that has a line out jack. It also has a charger input that allows the iPod to charge or be powered directly off of the car's power, too. The only issue I have had is with ground loops, but that was easily fixed and is a separate topic.

    The only other thing I can think of is some sort of a cradle - in my Nissan I ran the cables to the center console storage box, but that's cumbersome in the event you want to change programs.

    With my recently acquired 8G iPod Touch, I want to be able to access the screen, so I'm on the hunt for some sort of cradle.

    By all means, go the line/aux in way, as FM transmitters are such a pain, especially if you live in a metro area.

    MacDann
     
  7. KeegoSupremo macrumors member

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    I listen to most my music in my car. I use to have a alpine headunit that worked with the iPod, but I got a new car and wanted to keep a stock look so I used www.mp3yourcar.com I use it with my iPhone every time I get in the car.
     
  8. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502

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    If your stock unit has a aux input (or CD Changer in trunk or elsewhere) you can have a local audio car shop install a direct link from the aux input so you can charge and play music through your system. The quality will be about CD quality, so much much better than FM transmitter. It should costs between $100 - $150 (usually matters on the type of car since the labor is relatively easy). I have a stupid Audi A4, where the parts cost more than double my friends toyota :mad:! In my car the aux ipod input had to take the place of the CD changer (which I don't use anyway) so that might have to happen with your car. Just drop by a local audio place and ask them - I checked three places and chose the best.
     
  9. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    i live in colchester moderate sized town in UK have no problems so thought it could be the same
     
  10. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There are a lot of London only FM stations (far more than I've encountered elsewhere in the UK) and filling every single little gap there are pirate stations all pumping out the same dire R&B rubbish.

    I've found that FM transmitters work reasonably well when I'm on holiday in hire cars, but the sound quality is nothing like a proper wired in connection.

    I certainly could not say that it was the "best accessory", more like the "if you've got no other choice"...
     
  11. andyACEcandy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    bleh dont really feel like paying $100+....... haha
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Then perhaps the $20 FM transmitter and $20 cigarette lighter power adaptor solution is right for you :p
     
  13. bov macrumors 6502

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    i use a cassette adapter to listen to my iPod and it works out quite well. The good thing about them is that they are cheap! i've tried fm transmitters before but have not had any good quality/sound with them. Cassette adapter is your best bet... if you have one that is ;)
     
  14. br1anc macrumors regular

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    i say go with a cassette adapter. theres no static but on the downside, no charging.
     
  15. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    I bought a Sony headunit for the sole purpose of playing my iTouch. I use the aux jack and plug in. Great sound. I listen to most of my music through my iTouch in my car. FM transmitters sucked for volume control so I went this route.
     
  16. BrownManUPS macrumors 6502a

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    Totally badass sounding too. You can get a charger for pretty much 5 bucks on eBay. It might look cheap but it sounds great.
     
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