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How To Wire An iPod Connection Into Your Car

If you're not rolling in a BMW, Subaru or one of the handful of new cars that rock built-in iPod connections, you probably use iTrip or another radio/tape adapter to listen to your iPod in the car.

If you're looking for a more permanent built-in connection and you're willing to get your hands dirty, you can always install a connection by yourself. (It can cost up to $2,000 to have this done professionally, although it's not always so pricey).

Maclife has put together a great how to guide for wiring an iPod connection in your car and it's my belief that any geeky girl or guy should be able to tackle it. All you need is a car stereo with an RCA auxiliary input behind the dash, some geeky tools and a little bit of time.

For help getting started, just

You'll need
Car stereo with RCA auxiliary inputs
Screwdrivers and/or other tools to access the car stereo
12-volt power outlet ($10 at automotive store)
Wire cutter, stripper
10-gauge wire ($5 to $10 at automotive store, optional)
Assorted crimp connectors ($5 at automotive store)
Crimping tool
Drill (optional)
XtremeMac RoadShow Car Audio/Video Cable ($49.95)
Belkin Auto Kit for iPod w/Dock Connector ($39.99)
TuneFlex ($49.99) (or similar)
Stereo RCA-to-mini adapter ($5 to $10) required for Auto Kit or TuneFlex; not needed for RoadShow
Cable ties (optional)

Check out the guide at Maclife.


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SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I have done something similar to two of my cars for my ipod. I bought my car stereo at crutchfield with an auxiliary input in the back. When you buy it through them they send you everything you need to install the stereo itself. I went to radio shack to get the av jacks to headphone jacks wire. Once I took out my factory stereo i usually was able to find a way to lead the headphone jack to the front of my dash somewhere. In my current car I was able to pull it through the ash tray (which is never used). I then put everything back in according to the directions and whalla ipod connectivity. I think this method is a lot cheaper and easier than the MacLife guide.
amandasunly amandasunly 9 years
Oh cool! I'm getting the iPod Video 80GB soon! This will be useful.
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