How do I Make an iPod Work Through a Car Stereo?

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How do I Make an iPod Work Through a Car Stereo?
Adaptors allow you to play your iPod through the car stereo. (adaptor image by andreas from

An iPod's ability to store hundreds of songs makes it an ideal source for music in your car. Buying an adaptor is the easiest and cheapest way to connect your iPod to your car's stereo system. Knowing which adaptor will suit you the best and knowing how to use it are the first steps toward expanding your musical capability.

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    Purchase an iPod tape deck adaptor if your car stereo has a cassette player. This will be one of the easiest and least expensive way to play your iPod's music from a car stereo. A tape deck adaptor takes the form of a cassette with a wire attached to one of the ends.

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    Look for a tape deck adaptor at any reputable electronic or music store. This adaptor is relatively easy to find and can usually be purchased for under £13.

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    Slide the tape deck into the car's cassette player. Take the end of the cord and plug it into the headphone jack of your iPod. Select a song on your iPod and hit the "Play" button. Make sure the car's stereo system is in cassette player mode.

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    Purchase an FM transmitting adaptor if your car does not have a cassette player. This sort of adaptor plugs into either your iPod's headphone jack or your car's cigarette lighter receptacle and broadcasts music via FM radio signal.

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    Look for an FM transmitting adaptor at any electronic store. This adaptor will be slightly more expensive than a tape deck adaptor. Make sure to buy an FM transmitter that can broadcast to many FM stations instead of a transmitter than can only broadcast to one station. This will give you more options when you are in areas where certain FM stations are fuzzy or unavailable.

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    Connect the FM transmitter to the iPod or to the cigarette lighter receptacle (depending on the model you purchased). Turn on the car's FM radio and find a channel that is unoccupied. Tune the transmitter to match this same exact station number and then connect the iPod. For example, if you have found 99.1FM to be a free station in your local area, tune your FM transmitter to read 99.1 as well. Turn the iPod on and press "Play."

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    Purchase an auxiliary cord if your car has an Auxiliary Input jack on the dashboard. This type of iPod adaptor is one of the easiest ways to play your iPod's music in the car.

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    Find a reputable electronic store and purchase an auxiliary code. This type of iPod adaptor usually sells for about £6.

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    Plug in the auxiliary cord into the Auxiliary input jack on your car's dashboard and connect it to the iPod's headphone jack. Make sure the car's stereo is in auxiliary mode. Select a song and hit the "Play" button on the iPod to start the music.

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