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Karlos the Jackal
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#1 Posted on 9.6.05 1849.43
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I bought an iPod Shuffle for road trips but have thus far been frustrated by my inability to actually use the thing in the car.

I've tried a couple of different cassette adapters -- Sony and Belkin -- and neither of them worked well (and I tried them in a couple of different cars). I got nothing but static from the Sony (and returned it, got another, and got the same results). The Belkin worked okay in one car -- not the other -- and in both, made a CLACK CLACK CLACK sound continuously.

I haven't road-tested any FM transmitters yet, although I'm not impressed by most of the reviews I've read. I've also listened to one that my friend has for his iPod, and thought it sounded pretty lousy just in the living room.

Anyway -- have any of the Ws here had good luck with anything that they can recommend? Thanks in advance for any advice...

--K
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#2 Posted on 9.6.05 1855.46
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A friend of mine likes to bring his Ipod over to play it over my stereo system via FM radio and I've found it plays fine.
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#3 Posted on 9.6.05 1924.02
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My fiancee has the iTrip by Griffin Technology.

When she was going to school near Detroit, it was practically useless due to the almost total lack of free frequencies. Here in Nova Scotia, however, it's great. Especially given that she's encoded most of her music at standard bitrate, I figure that it was about the same quality as normal FM radio.

I've also got a buddy who's an audiophile. He's got a line-in in the glove compartment of his Mini (not sure whether he's got the Harmon Kardon stereo or another) and his song files are always encoded at an increased bitrate. There's a big difference between the two.
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#4 Posted on 13.6.05 1652.24
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The best bet is to update to a Pioneer car stereo that can use the Pioneer ipod adaptor. The ipod controls are transferred to the Pioneer unit, so you can navigate the menu right on your car stereo. I believe the audio is also effectively pre-amping to the unit, so it should sound as good as the ipod can sound. It will also recharge your ipod battery.

The interface is about $120. It will work with any Pioneer car unit made starting this year with a "P" in the model number. Those appear to start at about $150.

I haven't gone that route yet (waiting for HD Radio to show up in tuners before updating.)

(EDIT: I'm unclear on if the unit will interface with the Shuffle.)

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#5 Posted on 14.6.05 1356.26
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I have a Sony cassette adapter that I use with my Shuffle and I've never had any problems with it.
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#6 Posted on 14.6.05 1413.00
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    Originally posted by Teapot
    I have a Sony cassette adapter that I use with my Shuffle and I've never had any problems with it.
I'm with this guy. I CAN hear the "cassette" spinning when the iPod is off, but if I were actually playing a cassette I'd hear the same thing. Now that I think about it, I'm not even sure it's a Sony...I think I went to Wal-Mart and got the cheapest off-brand I could find. (I STILL haven't used the earphones with this iPod!)

If you don't like cassette adapters (and it sounds like you're past that already), I recommend going to the Apple Store, seeing what you like the best, and then going to Amazon where it will probably be a third to a half cheaper. (Better yet, use US as an Amazon referral! Yeah! Check's in the mail, Guru!)
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#7 Posted on 14.6.05 1440.34
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My Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter works pretty well. In State College, it's awesome, due to the abundance of free frequencies. In Philadelphia, where I was this past weekend, it sorta sucked, because there are very few free frequencies. I'd stay away from the analog transmitters, but the digital one I have works great, like I said, as long as I'm not in a major metro area with a lot of frequencies. Get the one with the car lighter adapter. The signal seems to strengthen when I use the car's power, rather than 2 AAA batteries.
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#8 Posted on 19.6.05 1525.22
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I have an iTrip FM transmitter, but the only time I ever use it is when I take a company car that doesn't have a tape deck. Around here, there is no shortage of empty frequencies, so that's not an issue. I don't find the sound is real great, but it's FM radio quality.

Usually, though, I just use a cheap off-brand tape deck adaptor. Never had any problems with it.
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#9 Posted on 24.6.05 0521.07
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I just wanted to thank again everyone who had suggestions -- I know you've all been on tenterhooks waiting to see what I'd do.

I was tempted by the Belkin transmitter, but since we drive through Seattle, Tacoma, and sometimes Portland, I was dubious about finding free frequencies and at the prospect of having to fiddle with it every hour or two.

Since the stock stereo that came with the car is starting to eat tapes, we decided we could justify simply replacing the whole thing, so we picked up a JVC car stereo with a built-in miniphone jack (about $170).

It was the only one to have that input jack, which seemed weird to me -- I thought more of them would have easy ways to hook up iPod type stuff.

Anyway, thanks again.

Off to Oregon,
--K
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