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dannydbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
About to purchase iphone. What is the best way to play MUSIC from the iphone through my car speakers? I do NOT want the FM transmitter thing. I understand it won't work via the Bluetooth connection. Any opinions as to the best product that can hardwire the music to my car speakers using the iPHONE?

HP, Windows Vista
  • PTBoater Level 4 Level 4 (2,840 points)
    Depends on what kind of radio you have. Most iPod adapters should work with the iPhone. I have an Alpine radio that has a direct connection to an iPod with a cable supplied by Alpine.
  • dannydbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have whatever radio BMW supplied me with when I obtained the vehicle (2006 530 xi). I've read of some problems with the bluetooth in this car make/model having some difficulties, but looks like the solution is found. Now I need to verify that I can play the music through the speakers. And my experience with the FM transmitters was awful.
  • kissmi Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I use the Monster cassette adapter and the sound quality is excellent. Of course this only helps you if you have a tape deck.
  • dannydbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    and of course - I don't...
  • BIG_ron_STUD Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    there is another possibility. if you have aux in on your radio, you can use the same dock you use to sync your iphone to your computer. if you look at the back of the dock you'll see a line out. just get a audio line with 2 male ends and you should be fine. oh yea, the line out on the dock works with any lines, no need to buy any special adp.
  • KevDewd Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    lol, okay not to sound stupid (even though I was called that for paying $599 for iPhone) but how the heck do I tell if I have an aux in on my radio in my car?
  • Micah D. Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    If your car has a standard 3.5mm aux in connector for your stereo you can get a nice charger from Monster or Belkin that has a 3.5mm aux out connector. Plug any 3.5mm cable from the charger to the aux in on your stereo and then whenever you plug your iphone in it's automatically also ready to play through your stereo.

    I'm using this setup in my honda civic hybrid, works great. One plug and I'm charging and listening to music via my stereo. And happily, unlike my ipods, the charger doesn't create static interference with the music playback.
  • dannydbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Don't think the car has a 3.5mm Aux IN port. I'll look again, but I think I would have noticed it. All I have is standard issue radio.
  • Micah D. Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    If your stereo is only AM/FM/XM and a cd player then you're stuck with FM transmitters, which generally smoke the big one. Might be time to get a new stereo

    Just DON'T get an Alpine CDA-9820xm unit. I got one for my truck and it's HORRENDOUS.. Yes it has XM. Yes it connects to my iphone/ipods. That's where it's functionality ENDS.

    An example: To search playlists you have to "Search: Folders" (since they couldn't be bothered to use the same terminology as the item they're supporting I guess). But to play a playlist in random mode you have to "MIX: Disc" where if you want to play the entire ipod randomly you "MIX: Folder". Wait... didn't I just search folders for playlists? And what disc is it I'm randomly playing? What is going on here?

    How ***-backwards is that? And that's only one of MANY annoyances with it. Don't buy.
  • dannydbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    the FM transmitters do blow. Guess I'll have to wait for someone to invent a good way of hardwiring the music into the stereo speakers. Wish I was good at electronics. Money making opportunity there.
  • rkkeller Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    I have the iPod cassette adapter and FM transmitter and both work well. The sound from the cassette adapter is better IMO.

    You dont need the expensive ones from the site look for the cheap white ones. I got the cassette adapter, FM transmitter, car charger and dual lighter adapter for $30.

    They all work with the iPhone BUT you might have to trim down the adpater to make it fit.
  • Cindi Alexander Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have a VW Beetle with the direct connection but when I plug in my iPhone the sound isn't coming thru the car speakers - it's coming through the iPod. How do I get it to come thru the car sound system? On a regular iPod it's ok but on the iPhone.
  • Paul DeCelle Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have the same issue. My '07 Mustang has an aux jack
    that works fine with my iPod, but the jack end of the cable
    I bought for the iPod can't be inserted deep enough into
    The iPhone receptacle to fully engage.
    This is because the iPhone receptacle is too deeply
    recessed into the curved surface of the phone casing.

    I imagine there is a unique cable available for the iPhone,
    but I haven't looked for one yet. For now, I just bring the
    iPod along. Still, it would have been nice if the iPhone
    jack was compatable with standard aux cables...
  • TXGitarMan Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Belkin makes a $10 adapter that they sell at the Apple store that will make your iPhone jack work with any existing earphones or stereo mini jack cable. That is what you need to make your existing cable work with the iPhone.
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