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This is a discussion on how do you use your ipod in your car? within the Electronics/Car Audio forums, part of the Interior Mods category; I am looking at the tape adapter, and the wireless and wired FM modulators. Just curious which one will be ...

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    how do you use your ipod in your car?

    I am looking at the tape adapter, and the wireless and wired FM modulators. Just curious which one will be best or easiest, or what people have had good results with?
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    I have 3: cassette tape adaptor, the I-trip, and the DLO car mount/charger/FM transmitter.

    cassette (cheapest): sounds great all the time, but looks ghetto and the wires get in the way. I never use it. Does not deal w/ mounting the ipod.

    I-trip ($30). Very portable, but you get static sometimes even when the ipod is held sideways and does not deal w/ mounting. Great gizmo to travel with in case youever have the need to broadcast through ANY radio anywhere. I hate the beeps that get saved as music on the pod tho...in shuffle mode, you get lousy beeps all the time.

    DLO mount ($100): it's a car mount, it's a recharger, and transmitter. This is the one I always use. Sounds great, but ti does look waaay too "apple". It's bulky and white, but it's great to be able to see and switch the fm frequency on the fly.

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    I went all Belkin. The Tunedock sits in the cupholder, the the Auto kit charger/adapter plugs in to the bottom of the iPod (there's even a hook on the Tunedock to keep the cord tidy). The Auto kit has a line out port to plug in the Tunecast FM transmitter or a cassette adapter. I have the original Tunecast but I'm considering switching to a cassette adapter because: 1)although I haven't experienced any breakthrough while it's on, I can hear that there are quite strong signals on the available channels. The TunecastII will get over this problem, but is expensive; 2) Tunecast does go through batteries, always at the most inconvenient times. Especially when you forget to turn it off at night!

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    I have the tunecast II, its terrible. Constant static and if there's a slight signal for the radio station you're using, find another one. The only way I can sometimes get rid of the static is by holding it so my body becomes an antenna. Don't buy it

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    The iPod remote fits perfectly in the switch blanks on the center console, I have mine mounted right by the mirror controls.

    My JVC deck has an aux in, so I got a 2.5mm -> RCA conversion, wired that up... ran the wires under the console. Then I got a balkin charger, hid the wires under the console, and I keep the iPod in my lower armrest pocket... I'll go take some pics for you...
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    so the tape option wouldn't be a bad idea if I am not an audiofile and I don't care about the wires getting in the way?
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    it won't sound great but it will sound pretty good right? especially if I still have the stock stereo?
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    just get a new head unit. any reciever with external cd changer controls will work. you can get line-in adapters for the changer controls. it will sound much better and look clean.


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    I just picked up the Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1 (20gb), and i was wondering whats the easiest way to hook it up to a stock '05 WRX stereo?

    Does the stock stereo have the in/outs necessary to do a direct link? Ill have to get my amp hooked up so the stereo will be popped out. any info guys? thanks.

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    im not sure if ill get an ipod, or what.
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    Question Cassette Adaptor injuries??

    Just joined-- have been looking into options to better connect my iPod with the stock '02 stereo. Hated the FM transmitters, have been a little more satisfied with the tape adaptor. Saw a post on another forum that said these adaptors wear the heads down in the tape player over time. Anyone heard of this? Plus, there is quite a bit of sound distortion through the tape player.... any suggestions? So far, I understand that the Cd changer has no direct input access in the back. So is my only other option to replace the unit altogether?
    Thanks for your patience!!

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    I've used a couple of tape adapters with my stock deck and both an iRiver mp3 player and my Treo 650. They were both pretty old - back from the days when cars mostly came with tape players. The first one I used distorted the sound somewhat. Then I found the second one and started using it, and it sounded great. Unfortunately, there recently has started to be some serious static/distortion when I try to use them. I'm pretty sure it's from my tape deck heads. I haven't tried cleaning them yet, but it may be true that those adapters aren't the best for them. Even so, I never used it for anything else anyways.

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    I have the pioneer AVIC D1 with the Ipod interface. the chord goes throught the back of the dash and in the glove box. You dont even know that there is an ipod in there! I hate those tapes and the itrip picks up too much static, especially in the NYC/Metro region. Not to mention it sucks the battery out of the ipod in like an hour.

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