iPod Nano 4G Wireless Car Connection: A Buyers Guide
Your 4G iPod Nano and the Vehicle
Using your iPod nano 4G in the car needs a small matter of a connection. Most states make it illegal to listen to your favorite iPod using headphones while driving, so there must be another way, the good news is that there are several.
Options for connecting your iPod nano 4G in the Car
Directly connecting your iPod to your car's stereo via the dock connector or headphone jack to an input (thats a hole to the rest of us) in the vehicle's stereo provides the best sound. You can also use a cassette adapter: but the sound is not as good, and cassette's are disappearing fast from new car stereos.
So many people are interested in a FM transmitters: units which turn your iPod nano 4G into a short-range FM radio station: broadcasting to your car's FM radio. The problem though can be that the FM transmitter has to fight to be heard above the noise of the local radio stations. This explains what can be a static-filled experience with FM transmitters in your car.
As in a lot of life you get what you pay for with FM transmitters. FM Transmitters range in price from $20 to around $100. Lets look at what you get for your money.
Key Features of FM Transmitter for your iPod nano 4G
At the cheaper end of the price spectrum the basic models consist of a flimsy-looking, AAA battery powered box that broadcasts to only a few frequencies. They don't offer any way to charge your iPod nano, so either charge it first or remember to have the separate charger to the cigarette lighter.
Also if you don't have a cradle for your iPod make sure you at least buy a protective case for your iPod nano - to protect its good looks!
A FM transmitter which broadcasters on a wider range of frequencies will give you a better chance of avoiding conflicts with the local radio stations: especially in cities.
Although stereo is best for sound quality a unit which gives you the option of a mono signal may give you the best chance of clear reception.
A transmitter unit which connects to the iPod's better quality dock-connector port should give a better sound quality.
Storing of preset frequencies is a common and can be useful if you know certain stations are too loud in certain areas you drive. This can make for safer channel-surfing if you drive alone.
Ability to use the 12V cigarette lighter for power for both the FM unit and the iPod itself.
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