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September 5, 2011

iPod Car Stereo Cassette Adapter


I love this, a tangible connection between then and now.

From the website:


If your car is a bit older, this retractable car stereo adapter is the perfect way to connect your iPod, portable CD or media player to your car stereo.

Just slide the cassette adapter into your tape deck and connect the retractable 3.5mm audio cable to your music player.


• 3.9 ft. (1.2m) total cord length

• Self-adjusting heads

• No power required



$8.99 ("Audio player not included").

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The RF transmitter that Mr. Peach recommends would transmit within the frequency allocation of the U.S. FM (Frequency Modulation) band - 87.9-107.9MHz - where each channel is 200 kHz (0.2 MHz) wide. Deviation is typically limited to 150 kHz total (±75 kHz) in order to prevent interference to adjacent channels on the band. FCC Part 15 (47 CFR Sec. 15) regulates low power devices such as the iPod / iPad / CD transmitters. They work fairly well if you live in the outer suburbs of Owls Eye, ND. Cities with any significant population have the entire FM band populated from the bottom (non-profit, Religious, NPR, college stations) through the six classes of music (Rock and Roll, Country and Western, Jazz and Classical) the noise classes (talk, hip hop/rap/house) and that pretty much covers the entire 101 available "channels" within the FM band. Use of a transmitter in congested areas means that you will not be able to find a clear channel to receive your iPod/Pad/CD signal. Use the adaptor. Wire is good.

Steve Jobs invented Radio - it is just a Microsoft disinformation program that attributes the invention to Marconi. Jobs also invented the Cotton Gin, the Automobile, the light bulb and compact fluorescent bulb, Alternating Current, Batteries, cassette tape (Bill Gates invented the 8-Track) and Pop Tarts. He has won every Nobel Prize ever awarded (he's the one who suggested kieselguhr to Nobel - a piker with only 350 patents to his name) and he is presently working with Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman to invent an immortality elixir.

All hail the jewel of Cupertino!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 6, 2011 3:28:49 PM

The retractable plug is neat. I've been using a cassette adapter for a few years now. It worked great with my first gen Shuffle, and now my 2nd gen Touch. Yea, the cord is dorky, but the sound beats the FM transmitter in my opinion.

Posted by: Marla | Sep 6, 2011 6:49:29 AM

I may be wrong but I think an RF (Radio Frequency)transmitter would be much more practical (no wire),

and sound better then the old magnetic head transfer principal.

And Steve Jobs doesn't hold the patent (sorry fanboys) on this item.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 6, 2011 4:56:16 AM

The patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and design are all the personal property of Steve Jobs - nothing of substance created in the last 40 years isn't Steve's doing. All hail the jewel of Cupertino! Black turtlenecks for all!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 6, 2011 3:29:32 AM

"As the adapter simply plugs into the earphone jack on the playing device, I believe this may actually be quite old tecnology."

But if it's for an iP'whatever-who the hell cares' it's NEW EXCITING, GOD STEVE JOBS thought of EVERYTHING!

Posted by: megan | Sep 5, 2011 6:07:11 PM


I believe this device hasn't changed any since the advent of portable CD players. I myself (and a few friends) each owned this type of adapter so we could listen to our "newfangled" CDs in our older cars with cassette tape players. As the adapter simply plugs into the earphone jack on the playing device, I believe this may actually be quite old tecnology.

Posted by: EEJ | Sep 5, 2011 3:06:38 PM

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