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are there people here that have experiences with Apple i-pod / Sony Vaio (if released already) or similar?
I've heard they can now 'easily' connected to the car-radio, is this true? how 'easy' is that? Or do you have to buy a new radio in wich this function is build in?

don't know much on these things,
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RE: i-pod or similar --> experiences?

There are 3 generations of iPod and the minis so, some of this might not apply to the first and second generation Apple products. First, Alpine has announced their iPod interface for certain of their headunits to be released in Sept 04. http://www.alpine-usa.com/ipod/

Assuming you want wire the connection, not using an FM transmitter like the iTrip, then on 3rd Gen and mini's you'll need the dock, that provides line out audio and then have a headunit that has a line in/AUX input.
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RE: i-pod or similar --> experiences?

Hi Matteus,

I use a 3rd gen. iPod (purchased just before Christmas) with my 560SEC, my '86 740 Volvo, & my home stereo.

ExtremeMac makes the 'Get Connectedâ„¢ iPod Audio Kit' containing several useful cables & other useful items, including a 12v lighter plug to charge the iPod while driving to your own tunes. $50 retail.

For the car, I've tried the FM transmitter options with generally poor results in both suburban & rural settings. In/near town there is a lot of bleed-through from FM stations & hiss. In rural settings that is not so much an issue except the hiss. If I held the unit up off the front seat/console area (as high as the rear-view mirror) most of the hiss would go away as the relative signal strength increased. Obviously, this was not an acceptable solution. BTW, both cars have the radio antenna located on the L/rear fender.

While on a road trip in rural VT with the Benz, I purchased another cassette adapter, plugged it into the iPod, and into the Becker G.P. and got great sound. MUCH better than the BEST I ever got from the FM unit (Monster brand). That said, the MB has a slight buzz from the car electrics on quiet passages in the music, while the Volvo does not. The Volvo has a Kenwood 10 CD changer in the trunk, which is super mostly. The CDs skip on bumps when the weather turns cold, and the roads are lousy (all Winter around here). The iPod absolutely does not skip. Ever.

For home use, I purchased another dock for the iPod, which supplies a line level feed via RCA cables which came in the Get Connectedâ„¢ kit directly into the pre-amp in the stereo cabinet.

Many recent car audio systems have provisions for Line-In connections at the back of the in dash head unit. Super! Most new cars do not have a cassette anymore. Alpine will soon be shipping a unit with a built in iPod interface, others will follow. BMW is now installing an iPod audio interface. http://www.ipodyourbmw.com/

More at: http://www.ipodlounge.com/

This too: http://www.apple.com/itunes/ for more info.

Both the iTunes digital jukebox & the iPod work with both Mac & Windows and provide (imho) the listener a very high quality musical experience in a diversity of listening environments. Each car has a cassette adapter living in it's glove box now. The iPod travels with me always. :o)

I hope this is helpful.

Cheers, MBL
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