How to Connect an iPod to a Saab Factory Car Radio

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How to Connect an iPod to a Saab Factory Car Radio
Lose the earbuds and play your iPod through your Saab's stereo system. (earphones image by Christos Kyratsous from Fotolia.com)

Singing along to great music can make even the most boring drive seem like an epic road trip, especially if you have someone to sing along with you, but listening to a portable digital audio player like Apple's iPod through earbuds can be dangerous and distracting behind the wheel of a large automobile. Play your favourite iPod tunes instead through your car's stereo system, which is easy in a car like a Saab -- if you have the correct adaptor or connecting cable.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • iPod
  • Connecting cable (RF adaptor, cassette cartridge, etc.)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Buy an RF adaptor that transmits radio frequency signals from your iPod to your Saab's car stereo system, such as the Belkin TuneCast, Griffin iTrip, or any other similar RF adaptor made for the iPod.

  2. 2

    Insert the connecting cable of the RF adaptor into the docking port of your iPod, then insert the power plug of the RF adaptor into the 12-volt accessory socket (or cigarette lighter socket) of your Saab.

  3. 3

    Power up your iPod and play any song, then adjust the volume on your iPod to about 75 per cent of maximum. Note that you will not hear music at this time.

  4. 4

    Enable the "Automatic Seek" function of your RF adaptor, which will allow it to search for an open FM radio frequency. Tune your Saab's stereo to the open frequency displayed by your RF adaptor. Adjust the volume of your stereo system to a comfortable listening level.

  1. 1

    Buy an iPod car adaptor that uses a cassette cartridge that can be inserted into the cassette player of your Saab's stereo system, such as the Monster iCarPlay, Griffin DirectDeck, or similar type of adaptor.

  2. 2

    Insert the 1/8-inch plug of the adaptor into the headphone jack of your iPod, then insert the cassette cartridge of the adaptor into the cassette player of your Saab's stereo system as you would a regular audio cassette.

  3. 3

    Turn on your iPod and play any song, and adjust the volume to about 75 per cent of maximum to avoid damaging your hearing.

  4. 4

    Turn on your Saab's stereo system and adjust the volume to a pleasant listening level.

  1. 1

    Peruse the user's manual for your Saab to determine the preferred method of connecting your iPod directly to your car's stereo system.

  2. 2

    Purchase the type of connecting cable used by your Saab's stereo system, whether it's a simple audio cable with 1/8-inch plugs on each end or a specialised iPod connecting cable with a USB plug on one end and an iPod docking plug on the other.

  3. 3

    Attach the appropriate end of the connecting cable to your iPod, then connect the other to the auxiliary input on your Saab's stereo system.

  4. 4

    Select the auxiliary input mode on your Saab's stereo system, then adjust the volume on the stereo to about halfway.

  5. 5

    Power up your iPod and play a song, adjusting the volume to about 75 per cent of maximum, then set the volume on your Saab's stereo to a comfortable listening level.

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