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I think I miscommunicated. I actually did use the CD Changer adapter (it was about $15 bucks from Crutchfields). The only custom wiring I did was to hook up the OEM subwoofer to the aftermarket head unit I put in… but it sounded so bad I disconnected it. I found it well worth abandoning the CD changer for the iPod.]]>
So I now tool around town with a little battery powered FM transmitter that works, well, just OK. It is good enough for most of what I am listening to on the iPod when driving, which is almost all people talking (tech news, interviews, etc…) If I want to hear good music, then I am using the CD’s, or I am in my office with a stereo I can plug the iPod into.
But still… It is such a hassle with the FM dongle, and in some parts of Philly there is very little dead space on the dial for you to use – sometimes none. Plus, to get the reception to work the best trick is to hold the dongle in your right hand as you are driving. Combine that with coffee, cell phone, and operating the car, and its probably not the safest thing in the world.
So I often wonder if I could do something like you did – break things open and just mainline in my own wires, but I don’t have the time and courage to take an x-acto knife to my car!
I think there may also be some higher power/quality FM modulators out there, but I am not sure if they are legal or not. Not to mention how to get them hooked up in a car. For example:
Or there’s this approach: