14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2010 3:14 PM by TITNTUFF
erikaroe Level 1 Level 1
How do I connect my iphone to play it's ipod music through the car stereo system?

I have a Honda accord 2005 lx. It has basics, not audio aux outlet, no cassette player, does not seem to play mp3 cd's either.

I bought a product when the car was new, all I got was static. Is there a good way to be able to use the iphone in the car without getting static? If there was a bluetooth solution, that would be cool, but car doesn't have bluetooth. I live in North Carolina

Erika Roe

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MBP15, iPhone3G, ipod, Mac OS X (10.6.1), iPod 3gen
Solved by coop42 on Jan 25, 2010 12:25 PM Solved
Actually, you're right. Bit of a brain fart there...

There are other problems with the BT stack though, (and I do have a pair of BT headphones that works with everything I've tried, other than the iPhone 3G).

So, I'd still say that on an older car, the transmitter is the way to go.

coop
Reply by Yositimy on Jan 25, 2010 8:22 AM Helpful
Best way, cost is no object, is to install an iPhone/iPod interface into the car. Many stereo shops can do this.

Otherwise there is the FM transmitter approach which I think you mentioned. Many of these transmitters have an antenna loop you can lengthen to 30 inches or so. Not very portable, but no more static. Some models are easier to modify than others. The small $10 clearance item at Radioshack has a modifiable antenna.
Reply by coop42 on Jan 25, 2010 9:29 AM Helpful
+If there was a bluetooth solution, that would be cool, but car doesn't have bluetooth...+

Actually, no. The bluetooth in the iPhone is severely limited. It DOES NOT stream music, only audio to a phone headset.

The FM transmitter is probably the best bet.

coop

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  • Yositimy Level 2 Level 2
    Best way, cost is no object, is to install an iPhone/iPod interface into the car. Many stereo shops can do this.

    Otherwise there is the FM transmitter approach which I think you mentioned. Many of these transmitters have an antenna loop you can lengthen to 30 inches or so. Not very portable, but no more static. Some models are easier to modify than others. The small $10 clearance item at Radioshack has a modifiable antenna.
  • coop42 Level 1 Level 1
    +If there was a bluetooth solution, that would be cool, but car doesn't have bluetooth...+

    Actually, no. The bluetooth in the iPhone is severely limited. It DOES NOT stream music, only audio to a phone headset.

    The FM transmitter is probably the best bet.

    coop
  • Jimmer07 Level 1 Level 1
    Part of the upgrade to v 3 operating system included streaming music via bluetooth.
  • coop42 Level 1 Level 1
    Actually, you're right. Bit of a brain fart there...

    There are other problems with the BT stack though, (and I do have a pair of BT headphones that works with everything I've tried, other than the iPhone 3G).

    So, I'd still say that on an older car, the transmitter is the way to go.

    coop
  • TITNTUFF Level 1 Level 1
    I use my earbuds.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4
    TITNTUFF wrote:
    I use my earbuds.


    Which may be legal in Louisiana but not so in many other places
  • JayBoersma Level 1 Level 1
    I upgraded the receiver in my '99 beater to a Sony with Bluetooth so I could use it for hands-free phone calls. As a fringe benefit got ability to stream music. Bluetooth music streaming works great.

    J
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops
    I have a Honda accord 2005 lx. It has basics, not audio aux outlet,


    The AUX Jack is a poor way to connect an iPhone or an iPod.

    Take your car to a car audio shop, they can hard wire a iPod / iPhone dock connector that will sound great and charge your iPod or iPhone at the same time.

    I have this in 3 cars, a "must have" for me.
  • TITNTUFF Level 1 Level 1
    Probably illegal in Louisiana also.
    But it allows me "hands free" use of the phone. Which I think is preferred by lawmakers.
    If pulled over I'll hit pause, start talking to myself and claim I'm senile!
    might even work...
    just my opinion.....
  • Yositimy Level 2 Level 2
    The aux input works great if you don't need to control the iPod from the radio, I connect it this way routinely and have a separate charger when needed. The OP, however does not have an aux port.

    Using earbuds or headphones is illegal in most states and I know a few that have been ticketed for impaired/reckless driving. Get into an accident wearing them and you could open yourself up to lawsuits because its considered impaired hearing. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. You can't fight the impaired hearing thing, don't even think about it. Claim to be senile and they'll pull your license right there and you will be walking for awhile.

    Drive safe.
  • Daniel Isaacs Level 1 Level 1
    Driving with earbuds is dangerous. I use a USB connection right into my stereo. Got the stereo for under $200.
  • TITNTUFF Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for the replies.
    I apologize for my attempt at humor. The punchline seems to have died a slow death.

    For the record, Louisiana headset allows for ONE ear to be occupied using a headset, the other ear has to remain free of earplugs. It is a secondary offence, an additional ticket after being pulled over for a primary offence.
    Also, it would be unsafe to drive with both ears in headsets.

    After watching some of the drivers I still think senility is legal...
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6
    I apologize for my attempt at humor. The punchline seems to have died a slow death.


    Unfortunately, there is little humor in this forum (but often, much antagonism). This is really funny though... http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2007/04/texaschilicoo.html

    Lighten up all, no one's right all the time and there's always someone else that knows more than you.

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  • TITNTUFF Level 1 Level 1
    Great find on the website!
    That was a blast.

    p.s.
    There are a LOT that knows more than me.
    And a few that know less.
    Fewer few and a lot of LOT!