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Connecting iPod to car Aux-In jack

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By Jerrod H.

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Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, Accessories

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Q: My new 2007 Chevy Impala has a built-in jack on the dashboard that supposedly allows iPod to play audio through my stereo. Unfortunately, all that fits are my headphones, which is clearly useless. How do I connect my iPod’s audio output to my car? 

- Bill

A: Good news: the solution you need is inexpensive and easy to find. All you need is a simple cable with a male 1/8” “miniplug” jack on both ends: one for your dashboard’s jack, and one for your iPod’s headphone jack. Simply connect both ends, set your iPod to a moderate (not maximum) volume level, and select the auxiliary source in your car stereo’s menu.

For an optional sound quality enhancement, you can utilize this cable in conjuction with an adapter which extracts the iPod’s “line-level” output from its 30-pin Dock Connector. Examples of such devices are the Sik Imp and Sendstation PocketDock Line Out USB.

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