iPod Classic for my Car

Discussion in 'iPod' started by elec999, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. elec999 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2007
    Is it worth getting a iPod classic for my car to store my collection? Alpine head unit with iPod integration.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. omegaphil6 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    Fort Myers Florida
    i have had an ipod classic in my car for 3 years now. i dont care that its not the latest and the greatest in ipod tech. its the only ipod that has the capacity to hold my entire itunes collection at once. It sits in my center console plugged in and tucked away, always connected. It is in pristine condition because its been in a brenthaven case from day one. The only draw back is that hard drive access is slower than flash memory. SO until apple releases a 160GB iPod touch at $199, my ipod classic will continue to rock my car
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Depends if you dislike having to plug your iPhone in. Keeping the classic in the car might ruin it though - which means you'd have to take it in and out of your car (and subsequently keep plugging it as with your iPhone)
  5. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    As much as I hate using CDs -

    CDs are the most convenient way to listen to music in the car. Period.
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    It's not worth, it's a need if u have an iPod integration deck. I bought and use a classic for my Pioneer deck.
  7. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008

    Not by a long shot. Just take an old iPod, plug it into an Apline deck like mentioned above and you never, ever have to touch it or worry about it. I had one in my BMW, iPod never left the car except to add new music. It even started and stopped automatically when I turned the car on and off, I didn't even have to press play.
  8. Rawkfist macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2010
    My Classic lives in my glovebox, hooked to my Pioneer that I use to control all of its functions. I don't see it for weeks but I listen to it daily. Nothing could be easier or more convenient. Zero downsides.
  9. msallin macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2011
    What in-dash car stereos provide the best iPod integration?

    Three features that are very important to me are:
    • Create Genius Playlist from this song
    • Rewind this podcast 30 sec.
    • Some good way to scroll through many many artists

    Does anyone know of any car stereos whose iPod intergration is satisfying and provides some or all of these features? Which brand (Alpine/Kenwood/Sony...) gets it right?

    Ideally, I'd like to get one of those in-dash GPS units that also provides iPod integration, any advice on that either?
  10. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I have a Pioneer DVD player that has iPod integration. It works pretty well for most part and I've owned it for nearly three years now. I rarely take the iPod out of the glove box to load new music though. It also allows for me to use the iPod to scroll the music and find whatever I want and then switch the controls back to the touch screen on the stereo.

    I was grabbing a burger on Sunday and parked to eat and remembered I had some music videos on the classic that I hadn't watched yet. Started watching them and cranked up the volume and was instantly reminded of why I bought this stereo in the first place with a smile on my face. :)

    On long drives, I select a nice playlist through the deck and I'm set for hours.
  11. msallin macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2011
    Hexonxonx: Does your Pioneer have GPS functionality, and if so, how is it? Can you create a Genius Playlist or Rewind 30 seconds on a podcast?

  12. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Mine doesn't have the GPS built in and I chose not to get the GPS functionality for two reasons:

    1. I already had a few Garmin Nuvi stand alone GPS.
    2. The ability to update the maps on these units was at the time and still may be non existent or very rare.

    Genius didn't exist at the time my deck was made so it is not a feature. Also there is no 30 second rewind on podcasts.

    I haven't looked at current models since I am more than happy with my current deck so I have no idea what iPod features the newer models have.
  13. jabbawok macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2004
    I've had a 160 gig classic sat in my glovebox, connected to my Kenwood head unit for ages. Works brilliantly. I do regret not getting the slightly more expensive Bluetooth model of head unit.
  14. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Yea because ejecting, inserting and then putting CDs in a case is so much easier than plugging in an iPod and leave it in the center console and not have CD's all scratched up. :rolleyes:

    I would go for it. I just outgrew my 80GB iPod now and really tempted to get a 160GB and give my 80GB to my sister, but I will wait to see what next month brings us.
  15. Daffodil macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    In a sunny state of mind
    Very true. OP, you know your finances better than us, and it also obviously depends on what the alternative is. I'd say go for it. I liked my iPod classic very much, until I got regular access to wifi and opted for an iPod touch instead.
  16. latafairam macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    Does it have to be a Classic?
    I have a 160GB classic plugged in my odyssey all the time.
    My younger brother has an iPod video plugged in his Nissan 350Z
    and my older brother has an oldschool iPod photo, 60GB.
    We all have all our music stored in our iPods and its great.

    I'd say go for it.
  17. mistertomlinson macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2007
    Your thread are belong to me!

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried to "clone" their iPod (hidden folders and all) using a thumb drive. My head unit supports flash drives but navigating it is HORRIBLE! It also supports iPods (with an optional adapter) with much improved navigation/folder structure. However, I prefer just plugging in a flash drive and leaving it tucked under the trim, as I use my iPod every day outside my car. So, if I could trick my head unit into thinking the flash drive was an iPod, navigating it would be significantly better.

    I was just wondering if anyone had every tried this. (I understand you'd need to buy a male iPod dock to female USB in order for this to work, but eBay China-man sell very cheap)
  18. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Mine has the plug for the flash drive as well but never wanted to try it out since the iPod is just so convenient.
  19. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    The problem is that when an iPod is plugged in to a car dock, it isn't just mounting the filesystem. The head unit will have some way of detecting whether it's an iPod, most likely via data sent from the iPod or the USB descriptor (could possibly be faked w/ a flash drive).

    Going from USB > 30 pin dock > USB won't help anything unfortunately.
  20. aonali21 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2011
    yes ,good choice what you are buying... It is worth....!

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