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Connecting an iPod to a radio

I'd like to know if anyone knows a cheep way to connect an iPod to the radio withought buying any of the crazy tape or radio frequency adapters. Is there an input on the back of any of these things? I'd check for myself, but my car isn't home yet.

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If you've got any kind of input option on your stereo, I suppose you could cobble up a headphone harness to connect from one to the other.

Like ipod to headphone harness to RCA jacks to CD in on the deck for example.




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It's an olllld deck. A 78, I assume, Pioneer.

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There is a cheap, easy way. Google "ipod car radio"

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Google will give you thirty-six million links, and none are cheaper and easier than the FM transmitters, which work in low broadcast density areas but aren't very good on road trips or in big cities.

Having looked at this issue for the last few years, I have to say that the easiest and cheapest good solution is to replace your stereo with one that has an iPod interface already built in, or at least an aux input. Somehow or another you have to get the signal into the radio before the amplifier stage, and that has to be built into the deck. That's why FM transmitters and cassette adapters are popular for older stereos that didn't anticipate auxilary input devices.

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If you have a cassette you can purchase a cassette adapter that plugs into the tape slot and your Ipod. Works great and I've seen them for as low as $6. I have this one http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=153161

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You won't find an aux input on the back of an old radio. What you might consider is connecting an ipod directly to a external amplifier. This would bypass your radio completely and allow you to use your ipod with the car speakers. Of course, in the usual 'mouse and cookie' addage, you would need to ad a speaker switch to select your indash stereo or the ipod.

I use my ipod, via an aux cable and input, in my Z4 and my Pathfider...not the alfa as I just don't want to mess with the indash stereo.

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By the way, even though you don't like it, the cassette adapter is a very high quality way to interface to the car stereo and by far the easiest of options.

The electrical transfer between to the tape head if near perfect as far as frequency response is concerned. No tape hiss either as there is no moving parts.

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I momentarily forgot about the cassette adapters. They are cheaper and easier, and better than FM transmitters. But in my case, I have an Alpine deck with a CD player, so the cassette adapter isn't even in the picture.

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