The MP3 player has revolutionised the way we store music, the way we play it and the way we transport it. Now, instead of having CD visors and bulky binders full of our favourite (and not-so-favourite) CDs in our cars, we can simply bring along our personal MP3 player, plug it in and rock out. With this in mind, aftermarket manufacturers are offering a myriad of MP3 automotive accessories.
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Buy a tape adaptor. If your Santa Fe has a tape deck in the stereo, this is the easiest, cheapest way to add your MP3 player to your vehicle's stereo. Originally sold to enable folks to play their portable CD players through once common car tape players, these handy devices do the same for the iPod generation. One end is a cassette tape that inserts into the stereo; the other is an 1/8-inch stereo audio jack that plugs into the headphone input on the MP3 player. Press "Tape" on the car stereo and "Play" on the iPod.
Purchase an FM transmitter. Many companies, such as Belkin and Griffin, make small radio adaptors that broadcast the sound from the MP3 player to the antenna on your vehicle. It requires you to find an empty FM station with plenty of static but nothing else being broadcast on it. This is easier in rural or remote regions, but static stations can be found in metropolitan areas as well. Tune the transmitter to the desired FM station, and it will play the MP3 over your Hyundai's radio.
Install an auxiliary input cable in your Santa Fe. Take it to a car stereo specialist and get a rate quote. This process usually starts at around £97. The technician will wire a cable into your car stereo that allows you to plug it into the headphone jack of the MP3 player and use your car speakers to listen to it. This method is the most expensive but also produces the best quality sound.
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