Connecting your hand-held MP3 player to your car can be a convenient way to have all of your favourite music at the touch of a few buttons. Many people enjoy being able to connect their personal MP3 player without having to have anything installed. An important thing is to remember is to shut if off and remove it when you leave the car to prevent the player from dying and to avoid leaving an invitation for a car break-in.
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Things you need
- MP3 player
- Appropriate adaptor
Look at your car radio. Check to see if you have the "AUX" jack on your radio face. There are two options to connecting an MP3 player to most cars but if you don't have the "AUX" jack, you are left with only one option.
Look online or at an electronics outlet to find the connection set-up that works with your car. If you have an "AUX" jack you can choose an MP3 "AUX" cable which are usually universal with all MP3 players. You can also choose to use a cigarette-lighter MP3 adaptor which is plugged into the cigarette lighter port. If you don't have an "AUX" jack, you will have to use the cigarette port adaptor.
Order the adaptor online or buy it from any electronics store.
If using the cigarette-port adaptor, connect the MP3 player by plugging the 3.5mm jack into your MP3 player and the other end of the adaptor into the cigarette port. Change the station by using the buttons on the display. The stations recommended should be noted in the manual and can be alternated for static reduction and increased clarity. Once you set it to a recommended station, test the connection by pressing "Play" on your MP3 player. If you hear the music, you have connected it correctly.
If you are using the MP3 "AUX" cable, the two sides are identical. Plug one side into the MP3 player and the other the side into the "AUX" jack. There should be a button on your radio face that switches from "Radio" to "CD" to "AUX." Press the button until you get the "AUX" setting and you should be able to begin playing music from your MP3 player.
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