The Apple Core: iPod your car, the right way

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Date: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 00:25
Category: The Apple Core

alpine-cda-9855.jpgThere are several ways to connect your iPod to your car’s stereo ranging from simple and poor sounding to complex and high fidelity. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice because your car stereo limits your options, but there’s an option for every configuration and budget.
The easiest method to blast your iPod through your car stereo is with an FM transmitter. FM transmitters (or modulators) connect to your iPod and turn it into a tiny radio station, broadcasting the audio over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station and you’re in business. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but finding an open FM frequency in a large city can be difficult and sound quality is poor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
To the people who are hating on Alpine’s Glide interface, chill out. You need to spend some time with it before you can truly comment on it. Remember the first time that you tried a trackpad? I’ve been using Glide for over a week now and it works well. You don’t have to scroll through playlists/tracks ten at a time, you can fast scroll and skip through playlists in larger groups: the faster you scroll your finger the faster you jump through the list, just like the iPod.


alpine-cda-9855.jpgThere are several ways to connect your iPod to your car’s stereo ranging from simple and poor sounding to complex and high fidelity. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice because your car stereo limits your options, but there’s an option for every configuration and budget.
The easiest method to blast your iPod through your car stereo is with an FM transmitter. FM transmitters (or modulators) connect to your iPod and turn it into a tiny radio station, broadcasting the audio over the air on an open FM frequency. Simply tune your car stereo to the FM station and you’re in business. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but finding an open FM frequency in a large city can be difficult and sound quality is poor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
To the people who are hating on Alpine’s Glide interface, chill out. You need to spend some time with it before you can truly comment on it. Remember the first time that you tried a trackpad? I’ve been using Glide for over a week now and it works well. You don’t have to scroll through playlists/tracks ten at a time, you can fast scroll and skip through playlists in larger groups: the faster you scroll your finger the faster you jump through the list, just like the iPod.

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