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nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
I bought an adaptor for my tacoma that plugs into the back of the stereo and then plugs into an ipod/iphone.

i create plays lists on my mac, transfer them to the ipod, and then i can control what plays via the head/stereo.

yes, quit using the macbook.
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
eKat ... when I did a road trip with a friend who had an iPod, I simply purchased a phone charger that plugged into the lighter, that had USB ports (2 of them, 1 for phone, 1 for iPod). It worked really well for us.

:)


(I will not mention the fact that 10b and I had issues making it work when he was here. I believe it was end user error on our part.) ;)
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
Yeah. . . I get the way to plug them in. . . I just don't know which one to buy. . . like. . . that SHUFFLE one. . . how in the world do you know what you're gonna play? The sucker doesn't have a screen.

?

K
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
your iPod doesn't have screen?



i am officially lost. ;)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
That's the Braille model - get one with a screen.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
your ipod should have a screen, unless you have the nano
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Credit: eKat

OK. . . where's the screen on this SHUFFLE?

It's the cheap one.

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Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
You're f*#ked.



~xoxoxoxox (kidding!)
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
HellFireElvira!

10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
that's the nano
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Nano now has a screen.

That is the Shuffle.
I had a shuffle... I lost it at the upper parking lot of the Leap. It's that small.

Works great when soloing etc.

Problem as you stated, it selects the song, you either listen or skip to next song.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
I stand corrected
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
It's ok, no need to stand.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
There's been MANY iPods.

I'd say look for a 4th or 5th generation iPod Nano on ebay. Maybe $50. They have a wheel and button for control. Newer iPod touch's have a touchscreen like an iPhone.

You could get a cheap, new mp3 player, but if you are used to Apple stuff I'd say go with an iPod.

But, you may want to get an older iPhone like a 3GS for $150 and get cheap prepaid cellular like airvoice. Then you'd have an iPod and a smart phone (directions/maps, internet/news, email, etc.)
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
GOOD GRAVY!

I just got off the phone with an AppleDad. . . whoa. . . this is all frikken GREEK to me.

I LOVE that you charge one with a USB cable hooked up to your MacDaddy!

HOW COOL IS THAT!

I've got 3 weeks before the MotherOfAllRoadTrips. . . I'm hopin' I can get a new NANO and all the garbellion that goes with it and get it all figured out by the time I leave.

And. . . yes. . . there seem to be LOTS and LOTS of different kinds. . . especially if you look at getting a refurbished one. . . all those different generations are coRnfusing as hell. . . then to pair up the right car charger. . . YIKES. . . I think I'm'a'hafta order it from a real live person!

THANKS, DOODZ! (remember - that's generic, NOT genetic!)

OXOXO
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Apr 29, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
I bought an iphone 3GS 16GB on ebay for under $100. I unlocked it an use it as a smart phone with Net10, unlimited data and voice for $45/mo. It's an incredible toy. You could just use it as an ipod, it has a screen. I have lots of climbing and base jumping videos to watch when I'm on the train or need to kill time. ie, just buy an old iphone and get all the functions, phone, video, audio, GPS, and a million applications.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 29, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
< RANT >

I just bought an iPhone5, my first Apple product.

I cannot figure out how such a backwards company like Apple became so popular. Damn, their stuff is so difficult to use and it's not intuitive. I may not be programming in 5 different computer languages anymore, but I think I'm still pretty saavy with computers and technology.

iTunes is a giant POS. At least with Windows-based stuff you can fumble your way through the program with educated guesses. With Apple programs, it's a complete mystery maze without any logical clues as to what this or that button will do for you.

Syncing the iPone is a nightmare, the screen display is not intuitive and it's difficult to figure out what it's doing. My ring tones keep disappearing, and even when I follow the instructions step-by-step, it doesn't work as advertised and I still can't transfer .w4r ringtones from iTunes to the iPhone. And even when I can see the ring tones and music on my iPhone in iTunes, and I sync, it still does not appear on the iPhone when I unplug it. You would think that Apple would have worked out the software bugs by now.

I f*#king hate Apple.

< / RANT >
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 29, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Yeah iTunes is a heaping pile of dog sh#t. You would think a company with $billions of cash would start fresh and do it right. No, they continue to build upon the house of card iTunes made for iPods in 1999.

iOS is pretty great though. My 3 year old can do tons of stuff by himself.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 29, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Just had this installed in my Toyota 4 Runner...2 hours, $400.
Could not deal with tape inserts that supposedly play Ipods or run through the FM system. This unit has Satellite, HD Radio, Pandora, and IPOD/IPHONE plug via USB or wirelessly with Blue Tooth.

I find satellite radio ESSENTIAL for road trips. This unit does Satellite Radio and all the jacks, including USB are on the front so no clunky trying to make things work. Plus the display will let you know what song, artist etc is playing and you can easily access song folders you have set up on your IPOD . All your ibooks are easily accessible. If you have steering wheel audio control already, they can add a module that allows you to continue to use your steering wheel audio controls. You can also play Pandora radio or Slacker radio through Blue Tooth. And if you have a Blue Tooth phone it syncs totally with that and you are all "hands free"

As for IPOD...I would recommend the basic IPOD. Shuffle has no capacity to set up files or see what is playing.

Expensive? yeah, considering you need to get the IPOD also, but for road trips, a quality audio system, for me, is essential. And this unit is just barely above "entry level" for after market systems.

Purchased and installed for $400 in 2 hours...must provide your own IP...
Purchased and installed for $400 in 2 hours...must provide your own IPOD or IPHONE.
Credit: SCseagoat

Edit.
In my car
In my car
Credit: SCseagoat



Susan
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
ALRIGHTY, THEN. . . I think this is the ticket:

iPod Nano

NANOOOO NANOOOOO!
NANOOOO NANOOOOO!
Credit: eKat

AppleCare
Car charger
Wall charger

THANKS DOODZ!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
Stuff from Apple (car charger, wall charger) is about 4X the cost of buying off ebay.
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
^^^^^ NO KIDDING?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Get an FM transmitter for it. It plugs into the port on the bottom and plays your music on an FM channel of your choosing. That way, you simply tune your radio to the selected FM channel. No wires.
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
This is getting spendy. . . maybe I should just trade in NNU (used to stand for NamelessNewUnit. . . but now it's more like NottsoNewUnit) on a new Sienna that has that little jack built right in!

:-)

Anastasia

climber
Home
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
I have the shuffle for traveling. It's small, cheap, replaceable and no... It isn't good for plugging into the car. It seams to last longer than anything else so for camping trips and long flights, it is really awesome. Plus if it does get stolen/lost, not a big loss. Yes, you have no idea what's on, but you just shuffle up or down to find the song you like. It's not a bad deal for what it is. Plus the weight is awesome for climbing. You don't notice it on you at all.


I also use my iPhone for the car. It's not a cheap device but being an all in one. Really not bad. I love the GPS, camera, music, emails, phone in one little package. I always can take a picture, send it, get directions and listen to U2 at the same time. Seriously... When did we get so over connected? Yes, I am also famous for leaving it at home. (As I have told Bill, I leave to GO AWAY!)
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
We use the fm transmitter plugged into the cig lighter. The two generation old model nano works with any transmitter such as monster. It also keeps it charged.
Last generation and most recent nanos will not work with generic transmitters so for those versions you need a more pricey one from apple.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
You can get knock offs at radio shack. Approx $30

You can also get universal fm transmitters that plug into the headphone jack for a cheaper price.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
what's an ipod?


Credit: kennyt
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 29, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
that little jack built right in!

Even the USB ports are built in now.

Be aware not all USB ports are equal for charging. Some are 1 amp and will charge most phones and pods. IPads and some other devices require higher amp USB but they look exactly the same, fit the same then after ab hour you see they aren't charging....arggggh.

Susan


Edit.
You can also get universal fm transmitters that plug into the headphone jack for a cheaper price.
. I could never get good quality with those, especially in urban areas with so many FM stations conflicting with what I had it tuned too. I also found the unit clunky sticking out of the car charger...kept knocking it out. Hopefully they have improved...
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 29, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
I'm getting a myPOD delivered on Thursday morning. It doesn't sing, but having the start of our 3 month road trip only two weeks away is music to my ears.



My kids both tried the FM transmitter and the reception/quality was horrible. I will probably invest in the wired cassette thingy to plug into my iPhone, which clips into a mount located just over the stereo so that I can access the tune selection and GPS from the driver seat.


climber
Apr 29, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Credit: Ω
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
''Open the iPod bay door, Hal.''
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 29, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I use a USB drive with my music, and an audio book, downloaded right off my computer. Bought a new stereo a few years back and it had a port for the USB. They aren't that much, it was like $250 installed with new speakers.

Can't stand iTunes or apple products.
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:02am PT
OK. . . first off. . . I LOVE kennyt's rPad. . . BITCHEN trailer. .

AND. . . with PAD in mind. . . I've changed it all up. . . I THINK I'm'a gonna git an iPad Mini, instead.

WTF?

Seems that an iPod is just too limited.

SOOOOOOOO. . . there ya have it!

Thanks, doodz!

oxox
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:27am PT
if you just want it for music for your vehicle then the nano is an excellent choice.

the set up I have I use an older nano.

I have my iPad for iPad things.

my iPhone (with music) for iPhone things.

my MacBook Pro for MacBook Pro things.

and my new bitchin i7 3.4GHz 27" 1G fusion iMac for iMac things

I hate apple products ;-)


oh and i have an older iPhone 3GS I use essentially as an iPhone though it's been jailbroken and unlocked so i can use it in other countries if I get a sim.

Edit: and what someone else said (sorta). get the ipod or whatever from apple and then buy the rest of the stuff on amazon

Double Edit: the iPad mini does look cool (though I don't have a use for one)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:40am PT
I use a 120gig iPod in my car , it gives me a shuffle larger than many radio stations. Black 47- Brahms. A 4gig iPod shuffle for running, Biking,soloing, a g4 PowerBook for my legacy files iPad 64 and iphone 4s day to day, and soon a beefier macbookpro for writing /photos /archives/ major software. All backed up Into various terra byte memory sinks. Apple for the goods, third party for connectors. Fm tuners etc.
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:51am PT
Thanks, nature. . . I fully understand where you're coming from. I'm just kind of battling with the uni-tasker concept. . . and believe it or else, I'm a "Less is More" kind of person. . . so having a device for every conceivable application kinda makes me dizzy. And. . . that nano is just too small. Then going to the "Touch" seems REALLY retarded, for the price. So, jumping to a full blown iPad sounded cool. . . but it's not. They're just too big.

Primarily, this would be for audio books, to play in my car. . . BUT, being able to SEE the MotherFather is really important. . . and as one of my TacoBrethren shared, via PM, being able to see it in the dark is important. . . A N D to be able to get E on the thing is attractive.

THEN, I look at the MacDaddy and say, ReinUpBigCamel it does everything I need it to!

The problem with it is the sheer liability of schlepping it, in the front seat of my car. . . then hiding it at gas stations or any other place some crooked SOB could see it and size me up as some dippy blonde old lady, traveling alone, with a MacDaddy in the front seat. Little would the crooked f*#k know that Smith and Wesson travel with me, too. . . but who really wants to go that far to protect frikken audio books?

SOOOOOOO. . . an iPadMini, that I can easily slide under the front seat, next to the .357, might just be the ticket.

?

YIKES!

I'm not pullin' the trigger til after a day in the trenches with Blanchard - while we're slaving around the property, we'll beat this dead horse a good one and MAYBE Apple'll get a call from me tonight. . . Maybe not. . . cause, like I've said time and time again, Blanchard's a tightwad and the light he sheds on topics such as these always brings clarity.

Thanks, everybody. . . I really appreciate the input.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:06am PT
iPadMini

Probably your best bet! If the mini is like the regular size they require the beefier USB charger...2 amp, I believe. Just make sure the USB car charger is the beefier one that can charge Ipads.
I don't have a mini and I thought I was splurging when I got an IPAD. More use out of that baby than anything. And with the "cloud" all my pictures, music, books sync with all my other Apple products. So if I download something on my Iphone, or I pod it shows up on the Ipad and all vice versa.

I think you'll love it. If they have a 3g or 4g cellular model you might consider that. It's wonderful on the road to have internet connectivity via cell phone service when you aren't near any cafes etc. When I'm not driving I can download music, books, browse the web, watch You Tube etc.

Happy Travels,

Susan
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 30, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
ipod classic

160 gb of space

easy to use
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
I have a tape deck converter thing for my Sienna too, works fine. Especially for audio books / talking yo don't need the best fidelity. I've had issues with FM transmitters pulling in a radio station instead of my music, so I stick with a wired connection.

If you want to go cheap get a used Nano off ebay for $50. That's all you need. You can get a car charger on ebay for under $10.

But my iPod lives in an iPod boombox now. I haven't taken it out once since I got my iPhone 4 years ago. The iPhone IS an iPod, plus a phone, GPS, and 100,000 other things (Apps).

An iPad is a big iPhone without the phone and an iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone. But the iPad is much better for reading, watching videos, etc because the screen is so much bigger.

iPad's are great, it's like being able to access every book ever written, every movie or TV show, every web page, 100,000 apps, music, in the palm of your hand. iPads can be wifi only (for use at home or starbucks) or wifi and 3G cellular data, but they you have to pay for a data plan, which adds up.

I'm still more impressed with the iPhone than anything else. It does everything an iPad does but fits in your pocket. The convenience is unbelievable for directions, looking up businesses, information, etc.

I have my iPhone with me all the time, and plug it into the car and put it in a mount on the dashboard. I have my iPad usually at home sitting next to me for reading, browsing the web, games, videos, etc.

In Cali you can get a ticket for having a phone in your hand for anything! I'm not sure if an iPad would be similar, but safety wise it's a good idea anyway. It's much better to have an iPhone or iPod mounted on your dash where you can glance down and skip to the next song etc., rather than down on your center console where you have to really take your eyes of the road to do anything. Plus an ipad sitting there is going to be a projectile in an accident.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Hopefully you are getting the USB digital camera adapter. You can then load pics from a digital camera directly to the IPad. Awesome way to browse pics in something larger than camera screen.

Susan
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 1, 2013 - 01:16am PT
Note! I just bought an iPad USB car reader @ radio shack for $9.95! Pretty sure the ones from Cupertino are more price heavy!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 1, 2013 - 01:25am PT
Pretty sure the ones from Cupertino are more price heavy!!

Yeah gotta keep those Apple Execs in their mega yachts! I got mine from Staples or something like that for something like 12.95. Never thought about Radio Shack. The new I Pads, which I think includes the mini has that new "Lightening" connector which supposedly doesn't work with the 30 pin standard connector ... hopefully after market add ons are in the stores now and not just available from Apple.

Susan
Some Random Guy

climber
Under a Little Pink Umbrella
May 1, 2013 - 11:41am PT
this is what you want to connect to your car stereo through fm transmitter mode. i have used every gadget out there, the cassette deck tape connector, all sorts of different cable connectors and this is by far THE BEST. it pairs to your device through blue tooth (which your new ipad has) and then transmits through fm to your car stereo. the sound is awesome! no interference EVER. sounds like i'm playing a cd right on the stereo. far superior sound quality to any other cable based device. you can play/pause/skip through tracks right on the device. pair it up through blue tooth and then leave the blue tooth on your device turned on. as soon as you power up your car and the device is within 10 meters it automatically connects. no need to plug it in. i have it paired to my iphone 5. as soon as i turn the car on it connects and then i press the play button and listen. do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. it is a hands free device and can make phone calls too if paired to a phone. has a built in usb charger for charging so no need for a separate charger.

this is the one i have:
http://www.amazon.com/FlexSMART-Transmitter-Hands-Free-Blackberry-Smartphones/dp/B003PPGOC0/ref=sr_1_1?s=mp3&ie=UTF8&qid=1367421991&sr=1-1&keywords=gogroove

and now there is a newer one out:
http://www.amazon.com/FlexSMART-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Technology-Handsfree/dp/B00BMYQTYE/ref=sr_1_3?s=mp3&ie=UTF8&qid=1367421991&sr=1-3&keywords=gogroove

i highly recommend this device :)

if you can use a macbook you will have NO problem figuring out any other apple device. ipod/ipad/iphone. not sure what slr was ranting about but apple is the easiest most intuitive product out there. of course of you are trying to use with a windows machine....well yeah that is a different story......
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 1, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
^^^^Awesome! Didn't know the adapters had gotten so sophisticated. I stayed away from Bluetooth for a long time because early Bluetooth just sucked. The last six months I've been getting everything all synched up via Bluetooth when in my car and I'm loving it and it works beautifully! Ditto to the audio quality....I didn't change car speakers and it sounded like the premium systems I see all the youngsters have. I was astounded how easy the Bluetooth synced up my Iphone, Ipad, Ipod, whenever I am in the car I can use any of them by just rotating a dial and picking the "device" I want to use. And if I get a phone call, voila! The audio system mutes off and the speakers pick up the call and I just talk.

Oh poo, makes me want to buy more electronics

Susan
Some Random Guy

climber
Under a Little Pink Umbrella
May 1, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
not sure about older versions of bluetooth but the newest 4.0 version is great. freakin' technology eh!?!?!
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 1, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
You can get a stereo with a USB port that interfaces with damn near any mp3 playa (iLame sucks) for about $60. Easy to install if you know anything at all about eeeeeee-lectricity.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 4, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Had you winged that thing into the meadow, you would have earned SUPERDORK status!!!!

:D
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 4, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
the JBL system in there

If your car system has Bluetooth (or you can get an adapter) and you sync it with your Ipad Bluetooth you will think you are in a concert hall. My Toyota also has JBL and I've always really liked them...synced with Bluetooth...like nothing I have ever heard. My Audible books sound like the narrator is sitting with me in a soundproof library reading just to me...it's stunning.

Good luck...those little gizmos take some getting used to when you're used to the "Daddies of all Apples" I suspect you'll love it eventually.

Susan

Edit: Without getting too technical, can anyone tell me why Bluetooth syncing creates such a wonderful rich sound without buying new speakers?
Some Random Guy

climber
Under a Little Pink Umbrella
May 4, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
yeah it may hurt at first but it becomes a much more enjoyable experience the more experienced you get.

Too small, too hard to hold, couldn't get it to sync with the MacDaddy
you gotta be gentle with it, then it will grow on ya....


can anyone tell me why Bluetooth syncing creates such a wonderful rich sound without buying new speakers?
it's a digital connection not an analog one. that means basically it works or it doesn't. there is no degradation of information upon transfer between devices.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
May 4, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
You are a dork!


What was the question?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 5, 2013 - 01:00am PT
is no degradation of information upon transfer between devices

Ahhh....I think I kinda get it now.. Today I switched the same song between BlueTooth sync and USB trying to see if it was in my imagination. Nope...major difference in richness and tonality....now I know. Thanks


Susan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 6, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
BlueTooth

You will think you died and went to heaven running your tunes through Blue Tooth. Undoubtedly it will have Pandora radio, or you can download the Pandora app on your IPad and Blue Tooth sync it to your new in dash unit. Another great Internet radio app is Slacker. You can sync it with Blue Tooth also to run through your new unit.
I really liked keeping my steering wheel controls and the module to do that with JBL speaker system is a little pricey but I felt well worth it.
Sheet since you are going whole hog might as well get a smart phone, it will sync right through your new unit. Hands free!

You'll never want to get off the road now! Creepy 'bout the tires though.

Susan

Edit: sounds like a unit with all the bells and whistles....which usually means satellite Sirius/Xm ready....another incredible plus. Driving through 100s of miles of desolate wilderness with no cell service, nuttin', yet having access to 100s of commercial free music radio stations when you want to take a book break. Well worth the $20 a month.
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