As a portable device, the iPod is often used by people who want to hear their favorite music and audio while they're on the go, driving in their car. If you want to use your iPod while you're driving, but aren't sure of the best way to go about it, then here is a guide to the many options available. Connecting Your 3.5mm Stereo Connector In most cases, you can simply use an extension 3.5mm stereo connector. Connect one end to your iPod headphone jack, and the other end to the aux input of your car stereo system. You may then need to select the aux input feature on your car's audio control panel. If your car doesn't have the right input jack, but has a cassette tape deck, then take advantage of a cassette adaptor. These are sold online and in a huge number of car stores, and are extremely easy to use. Using Your iPod After It's Connected The beauty of these connection methods is that it's still extremely easy to use your iPod after it's been connected to your car stereo system. In fact, it's exactly the same as if you had your headphones plugged in! Just browse your songs and select music or playlists as you normally would. More Advanced Gadgets For Connecting and Charging Your iPod (And More!) On The Go Although it's easy to connect your iPod to your car speakers using the methods above, some people are searching for more advanced accessories that mean you can also charge your iPod while you're driving. This is extremely convenient as it means you'll never run out of battery, even if you're in the car for the best part of the day. iPod Car Chargers: There are a range of charging docks available from a number of manufacturers. These work by plugging into your car's cigarette lighter, and making use of an adaptor to connect to your iPod's standard charging port. FM Transmitters: FM transmitters, such as the iTrip, broadcast the music you're playing on the iPod to the nearest open FM frequency, allowing you to listen to the music through your own speakers. Car Mounts: If you regularly use your iPod while driving then it'll make things a lot easier if you make use of a car mount. They can keep your iPod secure and easy to access while you're driving, and are easy to set up and dismantle. In many cases you'll find that some accessories combine more than one of the features listed above - perfect if you love your music and are always driving around! You can even use your iPhone for navigation in your car, by downloading an appropriate app and connecting your iPod to a hands free mount!
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