How to Add an iPod Cable to a Factory Volvo Radio

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New technology allows you to play your iPod through your car stereo. All you need is a tape player or working electrical jack that is found in all Volvos. In 2010, Volvo automobiles will have an auxiliary slot to connect your iPod using only a single cable. For older models you will need a wireless FM transmitter, which plugs into your electrical socket and allows you to dock your iPod. The transmitter then plays your iPod through the car radio. These devices are inexpensive, easy to use and reliable.

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Things you need

  • iPod auxiliary cable
  • iPod FM transmitter

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    iPod Auxiliary Hook Up

  1. 1

    Purchase an iPod car auxiliary cable from an Apple store or electronics store. Auxiliary cables come in different lengths, with some offering attached control functions.

  2. 2

    Plug the auxiliary cord into your Volvo's auxiliary slot, which will be circular and labelled "AUX".

  3. 3

    Plug the other end of the cable into your iPod headphone jack.

  4. 4

    Switch your stereo input to auxiliary and choose your song and volume level. Make sure your car stereo volume level does not exceed your iPod's volume level.

    FM transmitter Hook-Up

  1. 1

    Buy an iPod FM transmitter car adaptor from any electronics store.

  2. 2

    Plug the transmitter into your car's cigarette lighter/electrical jack. The power light on your transmitter will light up green when it is receiving power.

  3. 3

    Place your iPod in the transmitter's dock. Your iPod will connect to the dock by way of its USB cable slot.

  4. 4

    Change the station on your dock to read 88.7, or one of the recommended stations the product advises using.

  5. 5

    Change your Volvo FM stereo to match the station displayed on your FM transmitter. Play your iPod through your dock.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your car stereo volume below your iPod's for optimum sound quality.

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