Originally Posted by oneupper
Interesting concept. However, I am one who believes you should set your ipod up BEFORE you drive to avoid having to fiddle around with it.
Put it on a playlist you actually LIKE and just drive.
The FM transmission solution is not adecuate IMO. You should get a deck with an aux input (any one is probably better than the car's OEM deck)..
Actually, the Drive & Play has playlists so you can set it on play before you take off as you describe.
I agree that the FM transmission solution is horrible. Unfortunatley, my 2005 volvo has no aux input and the radio uses the MOST system (more info here
). Basically the MOST system is so complex that no manufacturer can come up with a way to input the sound directly into the tuner via the system.
And the radio system is both odd shaped and is pretty much a part of the styling of the car so I don't think switching it out for an aftermarket deck makes much sense.
There is a way to run a signal into the antenna line. It's not as clean as the aux line as there is still a chance for signal interfearence from outside radio transmission, but it's a damn sight better than the FM transmitter. My tech has the parts, and I found where the antenna hookup inside the car is located (which was a mystery in iteself) so hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be one step closer to static free music.
And yes, most manufacturers have made ipod integration part of their radio systems. Whether it be a simple "line in" jack or fullblown integration with controll capabilities, most autos will make hearing music from an MP3 player much much easier in the future.