Download Free Using Your iPod in the Car.pdf When you love your music, you want to listen to it everywhere—including and especially in your car. Although you could pop on your earphones to listen to your iPod while driving, that’s not really safe and might even be illegal in your particular locale. A better solution is to somehow pipe the tunes from your iPod through your car’s built-in audio system. How you do this depends on the features of your particular car (and car audio system) and how much trouble you want to go through.

Some people have it good. These folks own cars that are iPod-compatible from the factory. Yes, it’s true; a lot of today’s new cars have built-in iPod connectivity. If you own an iPod-compatible car, all you have to do is connect your iPod to the car stereo. How this works depends on the type of iPod integration. Cars that offer full iPod compatibility provide a cable (often located in the car’s glove compartment) or dashboard dock that connects to your iPod’s dock connector. After you connect your iPod, you control it via the car’s in-dash audio system, hear iPod playback over your car’s speakers, and view track info on your system’s in-dash display. As an added bonus, your iPod recharges when connected. (Figure 14.1 shows an iPod connected to a Volvo audio system.)

Of course, not all iPod-compatible cars are this fancy. For example, GM’s iPod “compatibility” consists of an auxiliary mini-jack input on the front of their factory-installed audio systems. You connect the earphone out jack on your iPod (or any MP3 player) to this auxiliary input, which means you’re simply using your car audio system for audio playback; there’s no in-dash display of track info or remote control of iPod operation. (Figure 14.2 shows an iPod connected to a GM audio system in this fashion.)