In-car iPod systems reviewed

Introduction

Most of us like to have some music in the car to while away a journey, whether it’s for speeding along in the outside lane or for sitting gridlocked in a traffic jam. Amazingly though, many of us still do it through a mixed bag of options, from the factory-fitted radio to the in-car CD player and, increasingly, via the contents of our iPod or iPhone.

If you’ve got a decent collection of songs or podcasts on your iPod, it seems like the obvious choice to use that in the car. However, this isn’t always as straightforward as you’d think.

One option is the tape converter, a modified cassette that works in tandem with your iPod to reproduce your music library through the car stereo. It works, but doesn’t sound that good and looks even worse.

What you really need is a bit of kit that’ll harness the power of your iPod or iPhone and its formidable library of music but which also looks good inside the car, just like the plug-and-play collection we’ve assembled here. There are six variations on the theme and most work using the popular FM transmitter technology, while all but one can be quickly and easily installed in your car with ease.

What’s more, you’ll not only be able to enjoy your own custom music collection on the move, but charging up your iPod or iPhone so it’s ready to go as soon as you park up means that these in-car add-ons are incredibly convenient too.

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