How to Hook Up an iPhone to a Car Stereo

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You can hook up an iPhone to a car stereo in a few different ways depending on the stereo in question. Hook up an iPhone to a car stereo with help from an Apple retail expert in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey, I'm Skylar. If you want to connect your iPhone to a car stereo, you've got four different options. The first that will work pretty much wherever you are is a radio transmitter. These are made by all sorts of companies. You can find them at RadioShack, Best Buy, all over the place. The advantage is that you'll be able to connect to just about car in the universe with one of these things. The disadvantage is that sometimes they suffer from interference or a weak signal and they don't always transmit the best audio quality, give and take. Another option is a cassette adapter. These are really cheap which makes them a great option and they connect to your iPhone with the headphone jack or eighth inch adapter so that's plugged in here and then you stick this into your car stereo or boom box whatever, and that actually gets you pretty good audio quality, probably better audio quality than the radio transmitters. The third option is a car stereo or head unit that has an auxiliary input. So you may want to check in your car especially if it's a late model to see if you have this port. It looks just like the headphone jack on your iPhone and accepts an eighth inch plug like this. So you just get a cable that has two of these one at each end, plug one into your iPhone and one into your stereo. The fourth option is to get an entirely new head unit. Certain companies like Alpine create head units or car stereos that actually can be adapted to the 30 pin connector on the bottom of an iPhone, iPod or iPad and the advantage of that is that it gives you great audio quality as well as capability to charge the iPad as you are on the road or iPhone. So, there you go, four options, good luck. I'm Skylar, thanks for watching.


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