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I'm in the market to get a Ipod soon. I drive a '04 Tacoma and was looking at different ways to hook it up. I have a Tape deck so I was thinking of going that route, or get the charger/base that uses FM Freq. to broadcast to the speakers, that way I can also use it in my work truck ('03 Chevy). Any car audio guys have any input? I don't have a AUX button so putting a cable to the radio is out of the question.
 

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You'll get mixed reviews on the FM transmitters, but I had the DLO Transpod in my last truck and it worked great. That was in Houston where just about every frequency has something on it, but it would override the weak frequencies with no distortion.

Being in Kingsville, you shouldn't have any problem with it. No wires and it recharges the ipod while it is connected.
 

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I have the monster FM converter and I get some interference in Houston but great reception outside of town. It is hard to move your signal up or down in Houston w/o dialing in another radio station...the frequencies are PACKED!
 

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Wasn't going to risk it in saltwater, but I am looking at the Ipod. The nano is $50 cheaper but it looks like it would be hard to read the screen to find music on it. Just does not seem like a deal saving $50 bucks and getting the nano
 

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I have a Nano (4-gig) and the full-blown iPod-80gig. It's worth it to get the big one for me because I'm carrying pictures, audio-books, songs, etc. The Nano is great for size / weight, very handy for when I'm out & about. Since I already carry a blackberry and a pager, what's one more gadget???
 

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i use the tape adapter .. 1980s technology still works great for me .. it make be old school ..but it sounds good

regarding full blown ipod .. or nano ... one thing to keep in mind is the full blown ipod uses a hard drive ... nano uses flash memory ...

hard drives have moving parts .. so a standard ipod will fail sooner or later ..

nano has no moving parts all electronic .. who knows if that really means a longer life ... to me .. i think the odds are better
 

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go with the 80 gig! i have mine and have already filled it with a dozen or so pics, 25 movies and 1300 songs. this has only taken up about 12 or 13 gigs so far, but is filling up pretty quick like. i also have the itrip and use it all over houston, station, Louisanna, and it is great for playin movies in the car when i am workin extra jobs. also pelican has a water tight ipod case 1030i that is great.
 

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do not bother with the FM transmitter. They are junk. I bought 2 of the best ones I could find after researching on the internet and the best you can hope for is to get FM radio quality. I ended up buying a Pac Adapter. They connect to the back of your factory car stereo. And in my case, the song, artist, and album are displayed on my stereo and I control my ipod thru my stereo or my steering wheel controls. Your ipod becomes a hard drive really. I bought the wife a USA Spec adapter and she can control hers thru the ipod or thru the radio but she does not get song, and artist info. She has to look at her ipod. With these connectors you are getting better than CD quality. They also charge your ipod.
Mine is an 80g video and if I buy another adapter I can watch the movies from my ipod on my car stereo. I have a GM factory Nav unit.
 

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I have mine hard wired into my radio as well in a 05 Chevy. I have an Axxess ipod unit that I bought on Ebay for around $40 when they were retailing for $150. The sound quality blows the FM transmitter or tape adapter away. It also works with the steering wheel controls. My playlists (up to 12) are tied to my presets or you can just play all the songs in order or at random.

The unit also charges the ipod. I just tied mine into the cigarette lighter power feed. It comes with enough cable to hide it away in a console or glove compartment. I just put mine in the space below the cupholders.

Here is the link to Axxess: http://www.axxessinterface.com/
It looks like it will run you between $70 and $100.

Here is a writeup I did with instructions and pics for a Chevy but should be similar for a Toyota. I used a relay to keep my XM radio, but you can probably skip that part.

http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/108250/post/750783/hl//fromsearch/1/#750777
 
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