Sunday, August 26, 2007

5 Ways to Listen to Mp3's in Your Car

Mp3 players allow you to carry your entire music collection with you wherever you go. But listening to those tracks on your car stereo isn't always easy and straightforward. Here are 5 ways to get those mp3's playing in your car.

  1. iPod dock - If you have an ipod, this is a great option available in some new cars like the Scion line. Plug in your iPod and browse your tracks through your stereo interface.
  2. Auxiliary jack - Most new cars are now including an aux jack as a standard feature on their car stereo systems. You connect your mp3 player to the aux jack via an audio cable and use your players interface to select tracks. If your car doesn't have this, you can buy a relatively inexpensive new car stereo with an aux jack and replace your current system. Discount mp3 players such as an ipod shuffle or a creative zen stone will work great with this option.
  3. Fm transmitter - This option allows your mp3 player to transmit an FM signal that your car stereo can pick up with its fm tuner. I've tried this option and found the quality to be inconsistent, but it may be an option.
  4. Cassette adapter. This is an old fashioned option that allows you to transmit a signal from your mp3 players line-out to a car stereo tape deck. Again, not the best quality, but it works.
  5. Travel speakers - The final and crudest option is to use a pair of travel speakers that are designed to work with an mp3 player. It bypasses your audio system altogether........but at least you get your own music.

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