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Old 09-21-15, 09:40 PM
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Best way to listen to music from my iPhone in older car?

Hey Gang,
I just picked up an older car that has a CD/Cassette player.
What would be the least expensive way to listen to music on my iPhone 5
in the car?

Thanks you.
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Old 09-21-15, 10:10 PM
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These things still exist, and they're about $5.

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Old 09-21-15, 10:49 PM
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Some friends of mine used a type of radio transmitter that connected to their itouch/ipod and transmitted through unused radio frequencies to their car radio. It seemed finicky and a bit of a pain to set up, but it worked okay.
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Old 09-22-15, 07:56 AM
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Cost is probably relative, but I just went through this with my wife's and soon to be daughter's 2005 Honda. The type of adapter that you need to add a real AUX type port is almost the same price as a cheaper car stereo. I went online to Crutchfield, found the stereo and they provided all the instructions/tech support, extra connectors and dash adapter kit for free. The last time I replaced a car stereo was in the 80's so it wasn't all smooth, but I got through it with their help. The stereo I got cost about $120 and has Bluetooth, AUX port, USB port, microphone and a whole bunch of other features that we may never use, but is a big upgrade from the Honda stereo.
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Old 09-22-15, 09:06 AM
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If your car's current stereo has an unused jack for a CD changer, you might be able to get an aux adapter to use with that jack. The previous owner of my car had replaced the OEM stereo with an Alpine AM/FM/CD player. I was able to get an adapter that used its open CD changer jack as an AUX port. This is probably a long shot, but you never know. The adapter was less than $10 on Ebay and works great.
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There were low power transmitters to let your devise sit on the seat , next to You, and come in over the car radio.
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Be aware that most of the FM transmitters are not stereo.
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Old 09-22-15, 11:04 AM
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I replaced the stereo in my wife's Z4 for under $200. It took about an hour and was an excellent upgrade all around but also included a jack for the iPhone. I purchased the stereo, dash adapter and hardness adapter.
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Originally Posted by Midtown View Post
What would be the least expensive way to listen to music on my iPhone 5
in the car?
If you want cheapest this is it and not terrible either.
Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
These things still exist, and they're about $5.

They do still exist. I still have a few in a bin somewhere
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Old 09-22-15, 05:45 PM
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Swap the head unit for something that Bluetooth streams. The cassette and FM units suck.

It'll be worth it. If you don't feel comfortable going the Crutchfield route, find a local big box that does installs. The install is often free.
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Old 09-22-15, 07:35 PM
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Look for a "AUX input" port on your stereo. Get a $0.50 cable to go between iPod/iPhone/MP3 and deck.



Even if you don't have one, most '85+ decks have RCA connectors on the rear that you can plug a $0.50 cable into.




And even if there's no AUX port in the back, you can still open up the deck and connect a cable to the pre-amp inputs of the amplifier stage ($0.50).



Or use that cassette-adapter posted previously. Yeah, avoid FM transmitters, they give low-quality audio.
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Old 09-22-15, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
Look for a "AUX input" port on your stereo. Get a $0.50 cable to go between iPod/iPhone/MP3 and deck.



Even if you don't have one, most '85+ decks have RCA connectors on the rear that you can plug a $0.50 cable into.




And even if there's no AUX port in the back, you can still open up the deck and connect a cable to the pre-amp inputs of the amplifier stage ($0.50).



Or use that cassette-adapter posted previously. Yeah, avoid FM transmitters, they give low-quality audio.
Wow, thanks!!
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
These things still exist, and they're about $5.

We have one of these for our 1996 Toyota truck with a cassette player. It works great!

My 2001 Subaru has a CD player but no jack for plugging in a cord to use with an mp3 player. I am using a transmitter cord that finds an empty radio station. It works ok but I wish I had something better. But I haven't been motivated enough to look for something better.
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Old 09-25-15, 08:46 PM
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A lot of factory decks also have remote CD-player connector, DIN-8 or some such. You can get adapters that turn these plugs into RCA connectors to hook up an MP3 player.
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