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This is scooo cool.

After being pissed off by the FM radio transmitter for my mp3 player, I came here and did some reading (thanks, guys). After some of you mentioned about aux input. I remember that my iriver H320 mp3 player (300 bucks, with photo viewing, radio and voice recording, txt reading, hard drive capability, etc, at the same price of a ipod that does nothing other than playing mp4s) came with a little mini-jack to mini-jack cord.

Took that out, went to my car, hook one side mini jack to axu input (I remember where it was from reading the manual). I totally didn't expect it to work. Other side of mini to my mp3 player. Turn radio on, hit AUX.

And blam! I am listening to my mp3s from the tC radio! I don't mind changing the songs and whatnot from my mp3 iriver. I am used to it. But this is so incredibly cool. I remember in Mini Cooper S, you have to pay 50 bucks to have a aux input. Now it comes standard in the tC compartment.

Why do any one want to pay 500 (or whatever amount) for the iPod thingy for tC is beyond me. For 300 bucks, you can get an 20 to 30 gig mp3 player, and just get a mini to mini jack (5 bucks or less) that will play songs IN YOUR tC. And spend the rest of the money on CDs.

Anything that remotely touches iPod or Apple is over priced.


About h320:

I used to own an iPod. After realizing how many more functions other mp3 players have, I sold it in less than a year and got myself an iriver h320. So much happier. It has all the functions that ipod can do, but without buying ANY additional assc. The mic is standard, you can record radio or voices. And you can hook up to your computer via USB 2.0, add or take songs out just like you would in an external hard drive. You don't need to use a silly program to "access" your songs (aka. itunes to access your mp4s in ipod). The sound quality is way better, even with the same headphone. Also, I drove to chicago from NY once, the drive was 12 to 14 hours (700 to 800 miles). I had my mp3 player on ALL the time, and I still had power by the time I got out of the lincoln tunnel. Try that with the ipod!
 

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WHERE is the aux input? i havent seen a place to plug the jack into. note: i just have basic 06 head unit. no ipod capability.
 

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Originally posted by CraniumDesigns@Aug 12 2005, 02:08 PM
WHERE is the aux input? i havent seen a place to plug the jack into. note: i just have basic 06 head unit. no ipod capability.
It's in the compartment to your right, between the driver and passenger seats.

Open it up, look inside, you will find two slots on the north wall facing south. The aux slot is covered by a plastic cap. Uncover it, and you will find a mini input. Insert the jack here, and the other side of the cord to your mp3's head phone jack.

My car is a standard 06, without iPod add on capability. But who needs that anyway
 

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hahaha now theres someone else who likes their iriver ih320 mp3 player as much as i do
. Seriously man, no one around that I know has an iriver... its all ipod this and ipod that. Im sick of it... hahah I would know I sell them..

Im jealous now... I have no aux output and I have to settle for that iRiver fm transmitter
 

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Originally posted by hdoaner@Aug 12 2005, 09:19 PM
hahaha now theres someone else who likes their iriver ih320 mp3 player as much as i do
I hear ya man. Everywhere I go people have iPod. H320 needs some serious marketing. When I introduced it to my friend, he was just completely shock why no one knows about it.

The internaitonal model even allows you to connect the h320 to your digital camera (although only usb 1.0) and download photos.


iPod is good and all. But for that price, you get a what, mp4 player that you have to go through itune before you can even put songs in?? And another great great thing that the H320 has, and iPod doen'st have: FM RADIO!!!!! How hard is that? But no, even if you pay 500 for the top of the line iPod, you don't get radio in it


The H320 has more equalizer options than my 400 dollar home stereo
 

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i like the ipod, it when nothing else was really availible. itunes is really easy to use, and is easily the best way to *buy* your music. (although from what i understand, you don't have to) but yeah i had a thread on this-why buy and ipod integration unit for 260 when you can get a 5$ cable from radio shack and have it work just as well.
 

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Open your center console, inside near the front/bottom there will be a little flap that says AUX, next to a cigarette lighter power source, lift up the flap and the aux jack is there
 

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Originally posted by goldenchild@Aug 13 2005, 09:54 AM
can you get some pictures of the inputs you are talking about I cannot seem to find them, I also have an 06.
My second post and Tek's post explained it. But if you couldn't find it let me take some pics tomorrow.
 

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i just found it today on accident without even looking at this thread again. yeah, its in the center console, the bigger, lower compartment. the jack is labled "AUX" in big letters.
 

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yea it's pretty cool that they put that there. i like it!
 

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i have the ipod stereo, and I'm glad I got it. I have my ipod in my glovebox, and never have to look at it, I can control everything right from my headunit, or even better, from my steering wheel controls. it keeps my ipod charging, so for a long 4 hour trip, I don't have to worry about battery life, the head unit displays the song that's playing, and it's overall very convenient. definitely worth the 200 or whatever bucks, when you realize you are paying for it over 5 years... 200 bucks is nothing for this convenience.
 

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Yeah I found it, its awesome I am going to try and hook my IPOD shuffle to it and test it out, awesome thanks so much!
 

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Originally posted by chad@Aug 19 2005, 06:47 AM
definitely worth the 200 or whatever bucks, when you realize you are paying for it over 5 years... 200 bucks is nothing for this convenience.
I rather pay 200 bucks and not have to deal with another ipod made by mr. steve jobs.


Ps. most likely your ipod will die on your due to weak battery in a year or two, so yeah in 5 years you will be owning your second or third ipod. Then you realize how cheap the adapter is compare to the actual pod.

 

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Originally posted by goldenchild@Aug 19 2005, 06:51 AM
Yeah I found it, its awesome I am going to try and hook my IPOD shuffle to it and test it out, awesome thanks so much!
Thank the people on this board; without them I wouldn't even know about it until much later when I get bored and start readying the audio or car manual
 

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Shifter, you are woefully misinformed about the iPod. You wrote this:

"iriver H320 mp3 player (300 bucks, with photo viewing, radio and voice recording, txt reading, hard drive capability, etc, at the same price of a ipod that does nothing other than playing mp4s)"

Actually, for $300, that iPod you are hating on DOES provide photo viewing, text reading, and hard drive capabilities. So it "does nothing other than play[ing] mp4s?' You are uninformed again. iPods play mp3s, "mp4s," AAC (Apple's proprietary version of "mp4,") and Apple Lossless formats.

You also don't have to use iTunes to load your songs in an iPod, (there are 3rd party solutions, if, for whatever reason, you hate iTunes,) so you are wrong about that as well.

I'm glad you like your iRiver...I hated mine. I'm glad to be using the iPod now, which, with the best interface (the wheel absolutely beats the iRiver control,) as well as iTunes/iTunes Music Store/podcasting, makes the iPod a much more refined, complete experience for me.

I get at least 12 hours play on my iPod, too. I don't know what you are talking about when you say "try that with the ipod!." I do it almost every day. I actually can't wait until my battery goes bad, so I can replace it with a NewerTech one for $26 and get 16 hours!
 

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Originally posted by shifter@Aug 20 2005, 11:45 PM
Ps. most likely your ipod will die on your due to weak battery in a year or two, so yeah in 5 years you will be owning your second or third ipod.
Don't listen to Shifter...he's obviously just an iPod Hater.

You can replace your iPod battery when it runs out. You don't have to buy a new one. You can buy a replacement and put it in yourself for $26 and about 5-10 minutes of your time. The only tool required is a thin piece of plastic, (like a guitar pick) which is usually included in your battery kit.

It is silly to suggest that you have to buy 3 iPods in 5 years because of the battery. The only reason I'll buy another iPod in 5 years is to get a bigger one!
 

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Did the '05 tC not have the AUX input?

I have an '06 tC, so it has the jack, but they put in an '05 HU. I tried to use the AUX input once, but couldn't get any sound to come out. I didn't have time to mess with it, so I gave up quickly. I'm dropping the car off later today to get the '06 HU put in, so it shouldn't really matter, but I was just curious. I found out that the '06 HU adjusts for ambient sounds, which was one of the things that annoyed me about the radio when I got the car, so that'll be nice.
 
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