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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. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Nah tomorrow is floppy disks.
      I hear they came out with a blue pill that fixes...oh diSks..my bad
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Who buys a stereo with a Tape Deck? Most cars don't even offer that now
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      take it to the next level and build a BT receiver into that cassette. haha. now that would be worth talking about again.
    1. mostdom's Avatar
      mostdom -
      Got mine in the draw with my ipod > gramophone adapter
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeffhesser View Post
      take it to the next level and build a BT receiver into that cassette. haha. now that would be worth talking about again.
      That's how some of the new ones work.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Sweet my vinyl records are starting to become an old way of listening to music in my car, the device is so big, now I think I might try this ......
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      lol I had one of those as well. In fact I kept the factory tape deck and CD changer in my Integra from when I bought it in 2001 up until 2006 when I finally bought a used CD player off of a buddy. The cassette adapter never would work in my Integra stereo, it always kept flipping directions forward and backward for some reason. I tried using the cassette adapter with an old iRiver H20 MP3 player, but it never could get it to work. Then when I bought the CD player I got the aux input cable for the deck and used that for the MP3 player.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      When I had my 06 WRX, had to solder 2 wires directly on the circuit board of my factory 6 disc stereo and solder the auxiliary on the other end, drilled a hole on a blank cover (you know the one that exist when you didn't buy the additional option for your car).and it worked great but not quite as good as all trouble I went thru. Now I've got my IS300 and I use the cassette tape option and it works just as good if not better and it was free cause the seller left it in the glove compartment...lol.
    1. joshbot's Avatar
      joshbot -
      I'm embarrassed that modmyi reported this.
    1. rayzah_blade's Avatar
      rayzah_blade -
      Maybe Columbus will bring me back one of these on his way home from finding the New World. If there even is one, that is.
    1. joshbot's Avatar
      joshbot -
      I'm embarrassed that modmyi allowed this article to be put on the website. Hopefully it comes out that it was some sort of Onion style satire.
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      Hopefully after selling out their news site, they can afford a decent stereo deck.
    1. PHARMIE's Avatar
      PHARMIE -
      Quote Originally Posted by oneduality View Post
      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 =)
      I use one of these every day to listen to my siriusxm from my iPhone and even tho it's old tech I didn't even think of it for a while... It's like the tech was so old it didn't even come to mind so this could help some...
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      is this the 80s news flashback?
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      How is it rare to have a 6 yr old car...
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      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

      sellout... Report ways to modify our i-devices (yanno cuz this is modmyi) and not monetize your pitiful excuse for journalism... idiot.
    1. phoenix904's Avatar
      phoenix904 -
      Seemed obvious to me..