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Getting an iPod Mini... now what?

Discussion in 'Exploring Computers!!' started by Flounder, December 9, 2004.

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    1. Flounder

      Flounder Owns 10,000 Marbles Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Well, it turns out for Christmas I am getting an iPod mini. I figure this because they asked me what color. Now, my question to everyone - how are the iPods?

      As for the mini, it's a little smaller than my total music collection, but I doubt I'll load all my CDs onto it. I'll probably end up changing them each time I go out...

      Yeah, I know folks review them all the time, but how are they really? How does it work in your Ex? I suppose I'll need the FM transmitter unit (no way to hardwire into Ford's factory HU). What else should I look at purchasing?

      Thank ye.
       
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    3. BeauJ

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      In the same situation. 700+ songs on my HD and I wanna play them in my car, so I've been debating on this for the past month too.
       
    4. '96explorereddiebauer

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      I'm getting an iPod 20GB for Christmas since I have like 1800 songs on my hard drive. Anyways, you can always get an aux-in adapter so you can use your CD changer mode to play songs from the iPod. I'll be getting one for my Acura once I get the iPod. I can bet that the sound will be awesome.
       
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      I would greatly suggest a hardwired Fm modulator. I have one in my Limited. A $20 ebay item, and $20 well spent. FM transmitters suck.

      In my XL with my Pioneer AVH-P6400, I have a direct aux in through the IP bus, so I run my Ipod through that. But for a stock deck, get the hardwired modulator.
       
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      Unfortunately, my changer is the 6CD in-dash unit (argh).

      I have about 1200 songs, but all are CD-copied albums, and naturally, I won't be transporting them complete. Sometimes you just have to admit to yourself that some songs on a CD suck... :)
       
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      I was exploring MP3 options this week and looked into the Ipods. The Mini has a nice car cradle with charger etc, but the HD was too small for me, 4gb is the biggest I think. I want one badly though.
      The cradle has jacks for an Aux input. The FM xmitters have mixed reviews but that is to be expected. I'd go with hardwire too.
      The Mini also has a replaceble battery!! Someone actually pulled their head out on that one!
      If it's big enough for you I think anyone would love it. I'm waiting for a 20gig version then I'll be sportin :)
       
    9. '96explorereddiebauer

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      Adam, what I meant is that I believe you can still plug in an external CD changer. Well, instead of plugging a changer into the HU, you can plug in the aux-in as if it was a changer.
       
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      I have the new 20gig ipod and it's awesome, I only have about 500 songs on it and my only complaint is the battery life. To put it in the car you might want to look into a car charger.
       
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      I just bought a 20GB iPod off eBay. I know I need a car charger, but what about the cradles to hold them? Anyone cool or halfway decent looking ones? I also wanna have enough slack in the wire to move it around so the passenger can look at it.

      I've still got my stock headunit, but I'm about to ditch it. Exactly what type of plug do I need on my next CD player so the iPod can plug into it?
       
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      I have a 3rd Gen iPod, 20 GB. (The newest click wheel iPods are considered to be the 4th Gen.) I now have 3188 songs and comedy albums (I like to listen to Denis Leary sing the @sshole song when I'm in traffic :D ).

      You just need a head unit with a mini headphone jack. I have an Aiwa CD player that I bought for our Toyota truck that has a mini jack on the front panel. There are some other units that also have Aux inputs too. Clarion and some Panasonics also have jacks.

      In the Explorer, I still have the stock HU so I use a cassette adapter. It isn't as good as a direct connection, but still better than the FM transmitters from what I have heard. I have seen adapters that allow you to use the factory CD changer connection, but haven't bought one yet.

      I recommend the Belkin Auto Kit iPod power adapter for the car. It connects to the dock port and it works better than trying to use the headphone jack. It has a built in amplifer that is adjustable.
       
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      Thanks for the info dogfriend. The one I picked up is a 4th gen. forgot to mention it. I would have got a 15 GB but I couldn't find one with a clickwheel for a decent price. I only paid 225 for the 20 GB I got, NIB.

      Anyone else on the car cradles/holders?
       
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      Removing any iPod battery isn't a newly solved mystery. It isn't that hard or expensive to replace eventually (I need to replace mine after a year, but I abuse it)
       
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      I just wasnted to thank y'all for the help. Unfortunately, there's no hardwire way to put one in the Trac, so we're going to see what the aftermarket companies have done. Apparently a few HU manufacturers are including iPod support (on screen and RCAs on the rear), so I suppose sometime over break I'll have to make a stop at Sound Solutions!
       
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      Hardwired FM modulator. I have one in my Limited. $20 ebay item and $20 well spent. Never had any static or anything through it.
       
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      How does this work? Just tap the FM modulator's wiring into the antenna in? I looked on eBay for some connectors without luck. Can you point me to one?

      Gracias!
       
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      I have a 15 GB hard integrated into my aftermarket alpine head unit...it came with the dock so I made some mods and integrated the dock into one of teh cupholders...If i was anygood w/ fibrglass and wiring, I would mold it in real nice and put some lights on/around it. Ahh, But alas...I suck.

      But what I did looks good and runs AWESOME
       
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      This thing is awesome!

      Billy, after doing some research and others doing trial and error, that adapter you mentioned above can work. Bitchin'! There are cheaper prices through CarDomain's audio store, though, so check over there if you're considering it!
       
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      Adam, you should've told me about it last week but oh well. I bought one last week and installed it this past Tuesday. Here's how I installed it in my Acura:

      Here's what it looks like:
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      Start prying the trim off:
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      Another pic:
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      Plug the Aux-in adaptor into the changer plug (the round one)
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      I used this RCA/3.5mm cable from Radio Shack:
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      Entered the anti-theft code for the radio then tested it out:
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      Here's what the display should look when the adaptor is activated:
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      And when everything is back together:
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      Billy,

      If you're disappointed with pricing, no worries - it is only about $10 smacks cheaper. However, if you mean the unit itself, then I am sorry. :)

      I am going to pull my radio tomorrow and double-check for the 20 pin connector in the rear. If I have it, then I know the system can handle an AUX in. And therefore, I'll purchase the kit!
       
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      And the verdict is............????
       
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      See other post... Sigh.
       

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