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  • [Review] Listen to Your iPhone Music Even In An Old Cassette-Playing Car Radio

    In some cases, our vehicles are still older than our iDevices.

    If you have an older vehicle, like my 1999 Jeep Cherokee Limited, then you might find that you have a cassette player instead of an MP3-supported stereo system. If you want to be able to listen to your iDevice's music without paying a ton for a new stereo, this is a viable option that will only cost you $9.99 out of pocket, and gives you cassette-quality music right from your iDevice, without needing to pay an arm and a leg for a brand new up-to-date stereo system. This device is called the Motor Trend Cassette Adapter and it really is as easy to use as it looks.

    The Cassette end is inserted into the vehicle's Cassette player and the wire with the 3.5mm headphone jack will stick out. The wire is approximately two feet long and is good enough to let your iPhone or iPod to sit in a cup holder while it's plugged in. The sound quality is no better than a cassette player, but it works. If you have great quality music on your iDevice and you play it with this cassette adapter, you will notice the difference in sound quality which is slightly boiled down because you won't get your digital sound. When you're using it you'll see how the wire sticks out of the Cassette port; it looks like this:



    To reduce noise, turn your treble down and your bass up if your vehicle stereo has the option to do so. Mine appears to sound halfway decent so that it sounds like it's coming from the radio. For $9.99, I'd say it's a good buy. Your bass quality depends on your speakers in your vehicle and the sound quality will always have that hard-to-hear fuzzy background because of the nature of cassette tapes. It's no wonder that we found ourselves converting to CD's and finally MP3's.

    The Motor Trend Cassette Adapter is small enough to store in your purse, pocket, glove compartment, or storage compartment in your vehicle and it really doesn't weigh much. It weighs less than a pair of in-ear headphones; being made out of plastic.

    One thing that I did have a fall out with is the fact that the Motor Trend Cassette Adapter's 3.5mm jack has a rather large circumference and doesn't fit my Apple Bumper case. It's not too overly large that it won't fit some or most cases, however we know how Apple is with making their accessories absolutely perfect for each other and for no one else's accessories. That being said, I did have to let my bare and vulnerable iPhone 4 sit in my cup holder praying that I didn't drive over any large bumps or hit any rough turns as not to scratch it. I will probably end up purchasing a different case.

    Another thing to note is that if you're driving a standard transmission vehicle and you put the iPhone in a cup holder, the wire from the adapter might tickle your hand constantly while you're driving which can serve as a distraction. Another thing that serves as a distraction is the urge to switch a song while you're driving. We never recommend that you handle a phone while driving; it's always better to pull over or settle in a parking lot or have a passenger switch songs for you.

    How many of you still have a cassette player in your vehicles and would consider buying an adapter like this? Share in the comments.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Listen to Your iPhone Music Even In An Old Cassette-Playing Car Radio started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 77 Comments
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Woah, am I in 2001, had one of these 10 years ago and I wasn't even old enough to drive. Slow news day as usual.....
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      This is so 90s.
      I had one of these when I got my first portable CD player about 20 years ago.

      An even better addon is the FM transmitter for the iDevice. Doesn't matter what you have as a stereo in your car as long as it has FM radio it can receive a signal it'll play anything from your iDevice.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      This is so 90s.
      I had one of these when I got my first portable CD player about 20 years ago.

      An even better addon is the FM transmitter for the iDevice. Doesn't matter what you have as a stereo in your car as long as it has FM radio it can receive a signal it'll play anything from your iDevice.
      The problem with an FM transmitter is that if you have a lot of radio broadcasts in the area, getting a clear signal can be tough.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Haven't these been out for a good 20 years by now?
    1. Henjenagin's Avatar
      Henjenagin -
      I've been using this in my wife's van for awhile now. I wanted to listen to Sirius satellite radio on a trip to California without trying to find dead air on the FM dial. There is pretty much no dead frequencies in Cali and it's a pain in the a** when you just want to listen to music.
    1. letmusicring's Avatar
      letmusicring -
      I sincerely hope this isn't NEWs.
    1. milsapm's Avatar
      milsapm -
      This is quite possibly the most abhorrent and shameful attempt at affiliate fishing that I've seen. Insanity. And it's not even news, what...were you banking on someone forgetting that their old one broke and they needed a new one? Wowowow

    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Quote Originally Posted by GunHo198 View Post
      I hear there gonna make TV's in color next year too! LMAO
      Dude you kidding me? Guess I better start saving. Can't wait for this breaking news!

      @OP: You were really joking right?
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by milsapm View Post
      This is quite possibly the most abhorrent and shameful attempt at affiliate fishing that I've seen. Insanity. And it's not even news, what...were you banking on someone forgetting that their old one broke and they needed a new one? Wowowow

      BUSTED!

      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Powered by cigarette lighter??? What are you talking about?!? These never have used a cig lighter.
      Actually, the one he refers to does use a cigarette lighter...

      Attachment 559615
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The problem with an FM transmitter is that if you have a lot of radio broadcasts in the area, getting a clear signal can be tough.
      Agreed FM transmitters are junk especially with lots of radio transmittions around. I'd take a decent made cassette adapter over fm transmitter myself. Also the iPhone can cause whinning on some fm transmitters due to the cellular signal they are giving off.
    1. hoekapika's Avatar
      hoekapika -
      So old lol
    1. J.Juice's Avatar
      J.Juice -
      Embarrassing u ugh...u defy da law of intelligence..
    1. milsapm's Avatar
      milsapm -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      BUSTED!



      Actually, the one he refers to does use a cigarette lighter...

      Attachment 559615
      Now THIS I would buy. PM me your aff ID link
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by oneduality View Post
      Seriously though folks, HOW on earth did this make it as news on the site? .. is the author getting some kind of referral money for it or something? or are they so young that this tech has slipped off the radar and some how seems new? ..

      And honestly .. who still has a casset deck in their car? if you can afford an ipod/iphone/ipad you can surely afford a better head unit in your car..


      This is entirely not news.. it's embarrassing to see it here to be honest =)

      Some people like to leave their stuff stock like me, especially when the stock CD player is integrated with other stock features of the car.
    1. milsapm's Avatar
      milsapm -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Some people like to leave their stuff stock like me, especially when the stock CD player is integrated with other stock features of the car.
      Then check this out...$.01 (plus shipping of course). http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XJLOUY/
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Some people like to leave their stuff stock like me, especially when the stock CD player is integrated with other stock features of the car.
      Already got one, I have had mine for a while. But that is damn cheap.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      I've got an old one that just plugs into the headphone jack (just like the one in the amazon link above) This ones Bluetooth which is kinda cool because you can use it with any device that supports Bluetooth headphones. So the ones we are saying are old really are. Now I can see why a Bluetooth cassette Receiver (I guess you'd call it that) is news I've personally never seen one but am interested in this. I'm going to buy one just because it's that cool.
    1. boostin4hp's Avatar
      boostin4hp -
      Aaaand I'm gone
    1. jdjatt's Avatar
      jdjatt -
      Quote Originally Posted by milsapm View Post
      This is quite possibly the most abhorrent and shameful attempt at affiliate fishing that I've seen. Insanity. And it's not even news, what...were you banking on someone forgetting that their old one broke and they needed a new one? Wowowow

      No wonder this sounds like a paid review .
    1. richardjs's Avatar
      richardjs -
      ha, i had one of these with my Diamond Rio in 1999! Seriously! deal extreme has these for $3.40 with free shipping.