Who here listens to the iPod in the car a lot? How do you do it?
I’ve gone through two FM transmitters in the last two years. The first one I left out in the car in the freezing cold and it never came back to life. The second one recently and suddenly stopped transmitting to the left speaker.
I don’t want to repeat my mistakes, though. I’m not going to spend another $80 or $90 for a car charger/transmitter, when I can just buy a new car stereo for a couple of bucks more with an aux jack in the front that I can plug the iPod into with a $4 wire. I can recharge the iPod at night. And I won’t have to deal with the static anymore this way. But in looking around, I also see other things available, like plain old iPod plug-in kits. I saw that there’s an iPod2Car unit available for my car that I could get. It costs a little bit more than a new stereo, but it would serve the purpose well.
I’d like to have my iPod accessible at all times so I can pause it, change tracks, etc. I don’t want to hide it in the glove compartment and have to fiddle with the stereo controls to get to the next podcast I want to listen to. So I’m a little wary of getting an iPod box put into the car. Chrysler/Jeep didn’t start building those in until the year after I got my car.
Does anyone have any experience with one of these things? Anything you care to recommend, or warnings you care to give?