if your head unit has cd changer controls, you can usually use that input. for 200+ audis DICE electronics makes a nice integration piece, that is what I use and it not only sounds better than bluetooth, I have steering wheel control fo the ipod.
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The only options I know of that don't involve replacing or adding auxiliary equipment to your existing system are either an FM transmitter that connects to the iPod and plays through your FM radio or, if you have a cassette deck in your car, a cassette tape adapter that plugs into the iPod's headphone jack.
The FM transmitters do work, at least some of them do, but require you to change FM frequencies if you drive within range of a station using that frequency. Whether or not it's worth the trouble depends a lot on where you live and how crowded the FM band is. I've had good luck with a Kensington unit.
I second Lapierre's suggestion about getting a new head unit, unless you have changer controls in which case you can do the add-on devices which give you an auxiliary input. I've used several FM transmitters and the best I've used is the HK Drive+Play which has a really nice big display that you can mount on your dash which is similar to the Ipod menus. It is still FM-based, however, so an auxiliary input or USB input is going to give you a much higher quality sound.
I bought a $30 gadget at Bestbuy that connects to the ipod and transmits a tiny FM signal that you receive on your car stereo tuner. You set both at any frequency where you don't have a station transmitting. The ipod must be very close to your antenna or signal is really staticy. For example, with ipod in my center console, sound sucks. When I place the ipod in the overhead eyeglass compartment, signal is fine. Not elegant nor hi fidelity, but worth considering...Cheers,
Thanks for all of the ideas. I went and bought a Phillips cassette adapter that incl a charger for my ipod for $20 at Walmart today. I gave it a quick spin and it sounded great. I will keep my fingers crossed but the outlook is promising. Instead of carrying alot of cd's I'll just load up my ipod touch.
My next hurdle is update my home theater system and then try to use my ipod to play through that. I am waiting on the parasound halo c3 or hdp 70 reviews when they come out. I understand they will have the ability to connect an ipod directly. Hope so. take care.
Joe in Mobile