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geekSugar Preview: Get Geeky - Listen To Your iPod in Your Car

You have invested many hours and dollars in to getting just the right set of songs on your iPod, so wouldn't it be nice to listen to your awesome music collection in your car? Well, as it turns out there are many options available to make listening to your iPod while driving a piece of cake. Below are geekSugar's recommendations for the best ways to cruise with your tunes.


Cassette adapter. If you’re still cruising in a car with a cassette player, you can get a tape adapter for $20 or less and connect it directly to the same port you stick your headphones in. The biggest drawback to this option is the wires, but it is a super easy and inexpensive alternative. The sound will be clearer than the transmitter option (below), but still a little tinny. Get one here for $19.99.

Two more options, so


FM transmitter. Connect your iPod to the transmitter and broadcast your tunes over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station displayed on the device and you’re in business. This option is also inexpensive and easy and is wireless, but the sound isn’t ideal. Get one here for $57.98.


Stereo system. If your car is new enough, you can connect your iPod directly into your stereo system, which means you will be able to control (and charge) your iPod via your regular stereo buttons. BMW, Volkswagen, Subaru, Volvo, Mercedes and Scion are among the first manufactures to offer the integration, although additional adaptors may cost $100-300.

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JennaV JennaV 10 years
I have a 2006 Honda and I have the ipod auxiliary. It works okay....but it is annoying to have to mess with the volume on the ipod AND the actual stereo.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
I have 2 dif FM ones, they both work fine. I got them both at Target, so if you don't like it, you can just take it right back. I'm sure the sound would be better with it wired in, but it works fine for driving and Ipoding.
macgirl macgirl 10 years
I tried two different versions of the cassette adapters before that but the sound was horrible. I'm in Orange County and the DLO TransPod All-in-One FM transmitter works pretty well. It also does a great job of accommodating all shapes and sizes of iPods. There is still a bit of a whine in the background that annoys me. The next step is to either get the FM transmitter hard wired into the internal antennae of my car or get a car that's compatible with it ;-)
Neural Neural 10 years
*also do not have an ipod yet* But it's been on my Christmas list 3 years running!!!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Isn't it the best? I just have a little cord coming out of the dashboard, so it's not bulky at all. I love it.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Blondesugar I have the Aux line also to my stereo. When I got a new stereo in my car I made sure I had one. Now if I can get new speakers (bass blew out :() my ipod will sound perfect! I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
mels mels 10 years
I have the cassette adapter (old car) and an old school iTrip transmitter. I've had the iTrip for years and it works great when I stay local and know what stations to use. It's kind of a pain when we go on road trips b/c we have to find a new station a lot. The tape thing works great all the time, but most new cars don't even have tape players anymore. My next car will definitely have to be iPod-ready!
wynter wynter 10 years
Neither do I sashak! lol We use an FM transmitter for the boys' DVD player in the car - it works great.
Tech Tech 10 years
Sashak, check out the new iPod shuffle. It's sooo cute!
sashak sashak 10 years
man, I don't even have an ipod behind the times...
Tech Tech 10 years
Hey Geeks! The FM transmitter does work like a charm in some areas, but it can also be fussy in major metropolitan areas where there are a ton of stations on the dial. You'll find a signal that's clear and then suddenly, it gets crossed with a competing signal. Good to hear iTrip is working for most people, mine has been going strong for about a year.
mmmmmm mmmmmm 10 years
I used to have an FM transmitted like the one pictured above but it stopped working after 2 years and now I have an iTrip which works really well because it runs off of your ipod power thus eliminating the cord and has 2 different settings, one for closer ranges and one for further away. But I also put in an auxiliary plug in for our other car (which is my favorite because I don't have to hear other people's crappy music when I drive by them)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I have an FM transmitter and it works fine.
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
I have the FM transmitter (Different brand though) and I've never had a problem with it. It's not that expensive and works great.
Coqueta76 Coqueta76 10 years
I just read all the comments on and they say this is a piece of junk and not worth buying. Does anyone have one already? Definetely something I would want to buy for my b-friend!
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
I got mine at the office depot for half that price. ______________________________________ ~~ what happened to Santa? ~~
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
My brother has an FM transmitter (not that one) and his sounds perfectly fine in his car and on the stereo in his house.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I just had confirmation that I'm a geek!! :D
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
I'm thinking about getting the FM transmitter, but after hearing about how the sound isn't that good, I think I'll just go for the cassette player one. Old ass car...
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
My dad and bro set up my ipod to play right thru the stereo. All I have to do it put it on the Aux line and plug it in. It sounds just like the radio. I love it.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
I have that. It's great.
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