Can You Play Music on an iPod Through an A/V Receiver?

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Can You Play Music on an iPod Through an A/V Receiver?
Yes, you can connect your iPod to a audio and video receiver. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The iPod is a portable music player available in a variety of models. The device plays music through headphones, stand-alone speakers and your computer. You can also play music on your iPod through an audio and video receiver, or A/V receiver. A/V receivers have multiple jacks and connectors for interfacing the music player as well as additional speakers for listening to the player's audio.

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30-pin Dock Connector

One way to connect your iPod to an A/V receiver is via a cable that contains a 30-pin dock connector plug on one end and composite cables on the other end. You plug the cable's 30-pin connector end into your iPod's 30-pin connector jack, then plug the composite cables into your A/V receiver's "Aux," "Phono" or "Line" "Left" and "Right" audio "In" jacks. Once the connection is made, set your A/V receiver's input selection to "Aux," "Phono" or "Line."

Docking Stations

The second way to connect your music player to an A/V receiver is via a docking station that serves as a middleman between the iPod and the receiver. You insert the music player in the stand-alone docking station and then connect it to your receiver via composite cables. The docking station even charges your iPod. Certain models also contain cables for connecting to your television for video transmission from your iPod.

Direct Headphone Connection

The third way to connect your iPod to an A/V receiver is with a stereo cable with a 1/8-inch plug on one end and composite cables on the other. This connection transmits audio from your iPod directly from the music player's headphone jack instead of its 30-pin dock connector. Plug the 1/8-inch plug into your iPod's headphone jack, plug the white composite cable into your receiver's "Aux," "Phono" or "Line" "Left-In" or "Left-Audio In" jack, then plug the red composite cable into your receiver's "Right-In" or "Right-Audio In" jack. Once the connection is made, set your A/V receiver's input selection to "Aux," "Phono" or "Line."

Cables and Availability

iPod 30-pin dock connector cable to composite cables, iPod docking stations and 1/8-inch stereo to composite cables are available at computer and electronics stores. The cables are also available from some hardware and home improvement stores as well as online electronics and computer outlets.

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