Its likely your car may be able to read audio from USB flash.
Worth a shot - just copy your media to USB stick and see if it will read it.
My Alpine head unit will do that, purchased last year.
That said, if your car is carplay compatible, i'd definitely consider getting an iphone and kill two birds with one stone. CarPlay is great - even if for no other reason than Waze.
I would simply get one of those analog audio to bluetooth adaptors. You plug it to the headphone out of your iPod, and it coverts the signal into bluetooth. Then you simply connect to your car via bluetooth.So I just bought a new car. My main music and podcast source has been my iPod. I don't like streaming or radio so much. I like my tunes on shuffle. Sometimes I have long drives and this is my sanity balm. The new car, of course, won't recognize the iPod Classic. The technology is TOO OLD??? You'd think you should be able to plug in a USB MP3 device and go, but no.
My iPod has the capacity of 160GB. I USED to think that was a lot. I suppose I could get the new iPhone 11, right? Or there's a iPod Touch whatever for $400 that has capacity of 256? I have a new Mac Pro that will only run Catalina, which means no iTUNES!!!!!!! What the hell??
So what suggestions for my situation? I'm the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it guy, but I've changed too many things in the last couple of months. I'mdlike to hack catalina to operate iTunes so I can get all my playlists and audio. I'd like to keep my iPod up to date and use it in my new car. I don't like streaming for music. I have my own great playlists I want to keep creating with.
What should I get? This is a brand new 2020 car. Bluetooth and Apple devices are good. Just not THIS. Sheesh.
Those FM transmitters have quite bad audio quality. Plus in cities where the FM frequencies are quite busy, it might be difficult finding a clear channel. Bluetooth route is easier imo.Wouldn't one of those radio tuners work? You plug it into the cigarette lighter and it charges the iPod, then you tune the unit and your car to the same station.
Sell the car and buy one that works with your old ipod.The car is a brand new Mercedes Benz. I would think I’d be able to access my iPod, but I guess they figure that you should be able to afford getting rid of an old iPod Classic. But that iPod Classic is PERFECT for me.
I wasn't sure if the 2nd had it because of all the confusion at the launch time, but yeah any modern touch will have it. I believe you can use Bluetooth on any of them with adapters but it gets messy quick.The Touch has had bluetooth since the iPod Touch 2 with iOS 3.0 through the iPod Touch 7 (latest) (i.e. only the original iPod Touch didn't have bluetooth).
I agree about Classics being the ideal music platform and own two aging 160s. Based on all I've read here about Catalina problems and music messes in particular, I'm sticking with Mojave, but bit the bullet, buying a 256GB iPod Touch several months ago. I love it.That sounds about right. The last iTunes was a mess. I’m not happy with Music so far. It seems like it’s formatted around Apple Music streaming cloud stuff? I don’t use it. So it isn’t very user friendly for me. Not quite intuitive like i like Apple products to be.