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Q:

I play my iPod through my car stereo using a cassette adapter. It worked fine for a long time, but now the volume is so low I can’t even hear it over road noise with the volume on both the stereo and iPod at their maximum settings. The iPod works fine otherwise. What’s going on?

- David

A: This is a common and easy-to-fix issue that occurs with virtually all cassette adaptors.

Most car stereos have the capability to play both sides of a cassette without removing it. If you play the wrong side of the electronic cassette adapter than the one it was designed for, the volume will indeed be extremely low. Simply play the cassette adapter in the opposite direction from what you’re currently using (consult your car stereo’s manual if you don’t know how to do this).

If this isn’t the issue, there’s likely something wrong with your cassette adapter, and you should replace it.

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Comments

1

I have a problem with the art work on my iPod.  When my ipod is pluged in to the coumputer it shows the artwork on the songs but i dont have artwork when my iPod isnt pluged in to the computer.  Whats the problem?

Posted by bobchambo on October 14, 2005 at 11:13 AM (CDT)

2

Regarding the list of sync / charge capabilities for each iPod version, is this just for Macs?
I have windows / firewire / 4G iPod and it most certainly does NOT charge the iPod, it is only sync’ing.

Posted by snappy on October 14, 2005 at 11:42 AM (CDT)

3

snappy -

The list is meant to show the iPod’s capabilities, and wasn’t meant to reflect the capabilities of your computer.  Yes, it’s definitely true that many Windows PC’s (especially laptops) don’t have powered firewire ports and thus can’t charge an iPod even if it is otherwise able to accept power via Firewire.

From a total-solution perspective, you definitely raise a good point that we indeed neglected to mention - thanks.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on October 15, 2005 at 3:11 PM (CDT)

4

Are you sure about iPods not charging off of USB 1?  I’m sitting here with a 4th gen and it certainly claims to be charging off my USB 1 hub.

Posted by rreay on October 18, 2005 at 5:31 PM (CDT)

5

I just tried to load Chris Botti’s new CD To Love Again into iTunes and it would not allow me to do so.  Instead, this new album has placed RIP restrictions and only allows windows media player to be used and the files are protected.  Is there a way I can get these into iTunes?

Thanks….Bob

Posted by rrosso1 in New Jersey on October 18, 2005 at 5:56 PM (CDT)

6

The cassette adapter was a little glib.  Cassette adapters are basically hacks.  I lot depends on the temperature of the car and of the cassette adapter itself.

As the heat of the components increases, the volume changes drastically.  It’s not a problem with the cassette adapter since you can wait for the temperature to cool and everything is fine.

Posted by OrangeWhip on October 19, 2005 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

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