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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. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      I had one of these over 20 years ago for use with my portable CD player. How is this news???? Unless I accidentally went 88 MPH in my DeLorean on my way home today and went back in time ...
      Lmao!!! 1.21 GIGAWATTS!!!!!!
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      I had a CD player in my '96 Chevy Blazer. Get with the effin times, Bouchard.
    1. nhoj_yelbom's Avatar
      nhoj_yelbom -
      HOW CAN I REPORT THIS NEWS AS SPAM, ******* bs
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      My car is a 2005 and it does not have an AUX input but it has a nice factory infinity sound system and a 6 disc in dash which I never use and a cassette player. Ya I am rocking the cassette adapter. It works! But def not new. I am 30 years old and these have been around as long as I can remember.
    1. KidKush's Avatar
      KidKush -
      Rise against suckkkks!
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Modern frickin technology! What will they think of next? Maybe a Bluetooth headset? Now that would be awesome huh?

      What's really a hoot... Anthony was probably at Wal-Mart, saw one of these, and was like... "WOW!! What a concept"!! LOL
    1. sidelsol97's Avatar
      sidelsol97 -
      I used to use one of these 11 years ago with my Walkman portable CD player to play it over my trucks cassette deck. Nothing new.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ScooterComputer View Post
      What puzzles me is that for $10 no one has created a Bluetooth version of these things that is powered by a mini-generator turned by the tape drive. Oh wait, they have!
      Bluetooth Cassette Adapter w/ Built-in MIC - BT-Cassette

      But it looks like it still needs to be powered by cigarette lighter adapter. Ugh. All that free energy going to waste.
      Powered by cigarette lighter??? What are you talking about?!? These never have used a cig lighter.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Based on all of the comments I'm gonna have to go buy and review an Apple II next.
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      This is really really old technology =) surprised to see it here..

      I had one of these in my car when I was 16 and I'm 34 now .. that's 18 years ago folks! You can find these things cheaper than $9.99 ..

      I'm honestly shocked these things are still being made, I thought they'd gone the way of the walkman .. it would be more useful to have some way to magically hook up our idevice to a cd player that doesn't have any other inputs =)
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Based on all of the comments I'm gonna have to go buy and review an Apple II next.
      LOL. Good one!
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      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 =)
    1. sputnik2000's Avatar
      sputnik2000 -
      Finally I can listen to my Walkman

    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      Sweet another gangster post by Bouchard

    1. Houtsy's Avatar
      Houtsy -
      Lmao. Why not just use an fm transmitter? It will sound a lot better and be a lot quieter. Tape decks are noisy!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Based on all of the comments I'm gonna have to go buy and review an Apple II next.
      +1
      Then the Newton =)
    1. b23da's Avatar
      b23da -
      It's funny how y'all can pay $200 nix or more for an iPhone...but no pay 70 for a cheap lil pioneer radio with aux unit...:Facepalm:
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Holy S...these have been around for YEARS. Son, we used to have 8 track adapters for cassettes when THEY first came out. There's your news story for tomorrow.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by cranie View Post
      Holy S...these have been around for YEARS. Son, we used to have 8 track adapters for cassettes when THEY first came out. There's your news story for tomorrow.
      Nah tomorrow is floppy disks.
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      wow.. I feel bad for everybody hating on you for your posting this as a news story..and at the same time why would this be considered news? Even in the day of the iPod, these got brought back into popularity about 6 or so years ago. They are surely found all over for a max of $5-6, why in the world would you have bought one for over $10 with tax? That's kinda like buying an iDevice.