If you’re tired of the same old crappy radio stations, I strongly recommend these methods for connecting your iPod or iPhone to your car stereo. Not only will you be able to listen to your favorite music through your car speakers, if you have an iPhone, you will be able to download various radio station apps and listen to music, sports, play by plays, talk radio, and more from all over the world. It is more worth it than you might realize at this point.
I’ll assume that your current car radio doesn’t already have an easy plug that will allow to connect your iPhone. If that’s the case for you, read the following options.
1. Car Radio
You can just buy a car radio with an iPhone jack. Many car radios that are half-decent are only about $100. That’s not a lot when you consider all of the benefits you can get by having an iPod and especially an iPhone attached. Bring your car to a local place and they’ll change your radio in less than an hour.
2. Use the Aux
Many radios come with an auxilliary (or “Aux”) option. The idea here is that the people who designed the radio anticipated that in the future, you might actually want to plug in an accessory. Simply use a wire to connect the audio jack of your device with your car.
3. Use the Cassette Adaptor
You can buy a special device that looks like a cassette tape with a wire. Connect the wire to the audio jack of your iPhone or iPod and then put the tape. You will be able to listen to your new music machine very easily. Some of you may even have one from the days where people wanted to connect their CD player to their car stereo. Wow, have we come a long way!
4. Geek Squad
Note that options 2 and 3 above, and in some cases option 1 all have one major limitation. They won’t charge your device. Some people buy a plug that fits into the cigarette holder and then plug their iPod or iPhone into it so you can charge it while listening. That can become a pit of pain unless you buy one charging unit for your house and one for your car. To compensate for this, Best Buy has a Geek Squad Universal Play and Charge Solution for your iPod or IPhone. You can read my experience with it.