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Old 12-01-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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My brother is asking for an iPod transmitter to use in his car. I bought a cheap one once and it only worked some of the time so I'm kind of clueless about what some good brands are. He has no tape deck in his car so I can't get him one of those. Does anyone have any recommendations? Nothing fancy...I want to get him one that works well but doesn't cost tons of money.

He has an iPod mini
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: MA
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We used a Griffin iTrip for our mini and it worked great. It's a battery hog though, so you may want a car charger as well.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:40 PM
 
Location: kcmo
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I like bluetooth but you'd have to have a bluetooth stereo for that.. technically speaking with the transmitter I have you could get 6-8 hours.. but I honestly just plug it in through the aux port these days..
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I have at least three of these transmitters. Don't buy one that uses batteries to run. Instead, buy one that plugs in the cigarette lighter's socket, and then to the iPod. However, the best would be a CD/receiver with iPod interface to replace the radio in the car. I installed one of this in my wife's car, and it was very easy.

I bought a $125.00 Alpine CD/AM FM receiver from Crutchfield, so the radio came with installation instructions, and a Crutchfield plugs/harness. I had to solder this harness and plug to the one that came with the radio, first, and then replace the old radio with the new one. The Crutchfield plugs connect to the car's plugs.

Such radios come with a cable. This cable has two plugs, one of which is connected to the back of the radio during installation, and the other connects to the iPod. Once you connect the iPod to this plug, you control the iPod from the radio controls, and the songs show on the radio's display. This is the best way to go about such things.
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