How to Get the Clearest Sound Out of Your iPod Cassette Adapter

Several Tips for Using an iPod Car Stereo Adapter

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An iPod cassette adapter is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to play your iPod’s music over your car stereo.

No matter what kind of iPod cassette adapter you buy– one made specifically for an Apple iPod or a generic one that can be had at any electronics or department store — you’ll find that it’s not always easy to get the best sound from the combination of iPod and car stereo.

Sometimes there’s an audible hiss, other times the music isn’t loud enough.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varies

Tips for Using an iPod Cassette Adapter

  • Turn the iPod volume up. Don’t turn it all the way up, but make it loud. Once the iPod volume is loud enough, don’t change it.
  • If you want to make the music coming through the car stereo louder or quieter than the iPod’s level, use the car stereo volume knob.
  • Try not to raise the car stereo volume above the iPod volume. This can cause a hissing noise.
  • Finding the right balance between iPod and car stereo volume sometimes requires a little experimenting, but if you keep the iPod louder, you’ll generally get better sound.
  • If your iPod cassette adapter is making a clicking noise, try using your car stereo’s “Tape A/B” feature to play the other side of the adapter. Not all car stereos have this feature — older ones, and those that require you take the tape out to play the other side, won’t work.

If you still can't get what you paid for out of your iPod cassette adapter, and you'd rather avoid upgrading your car stereo, another option is to use an FM transmitter.