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How to connect an iPod to your car stereo


iPod Car Adapter Considerations
This Pioneer iPod adapter, as seen at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, allows users to connect their iPods directly to a car's sound system.
This Pioneer iPod adapter, as seen at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, allows users to connect their iPods directly to a car's sound system.
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Which iPod car adapter should you choose? As we've seen, there are a lot of different adapters out there, and this variety will likely grow along with the soaring popularity of iPods and iPhones. Consider what's most important to you -- whether it's convenience and ease-of-use, price, durability, features, or design.

Here are some questions potential buyers should ask themselves prior to purchase:

  • ¬≠Does the adapter provide power to your iPod while in use? After all, an uncharged iPod is a useless iPod -- some adapter kits are even smart enough to turn off your iPod when you turn off the car's ignition.
  • Does it come with some type of mounting arm or cradle to keep your iPod from lurching or flying around when the car is in motion? This is important because sudden stops and starts could send your iPod flying and cause it significant damage.
  • Can you control audio playback from your normal stereo controls, or will you have to change selections using the iPod controls? This could become a safety issue while you're driving, especially if your iPod is not easily accessible.
  • What are other users saying about the adapter kit that you're considering? Review sites can be a good source of learning about a product's advantages and disadvantages before plunking down your hard-earned cash.

Smart stereo manufacturers have caught onto the iPod craze and are creating products tailored to accommodate the demands of iPod Nation. Expect automakers and aftermarket companies alike to make it easier to play your iPod behind the wheel.

To learn more about the iPod and ways to add it to your auto entertainment system, go to the next page.­


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