Scott Hanselman

Finding Free Radio Station Frequencies for my iPod

January 30, 2007 Comment on this post [5] Posted in Musings
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Well, my wife's iPod actully. I've still got it on my To-Do list to get my wife's Honda Civic Hybrid hooked up with proper iPod integration, but until then she'll have to use an FM Transmitter to listen to her tunes. It's always such a hassle to find a decent free frequence to transmit on.

Travis pointed out this incredibly useful Radio-Locator that finds the best radio frequencies in your area for this very reason. There's also amore limited Canadian Radio Frequency Search and International Search.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 30, 2007 12:03

A cheap way to iPod-ify your car (or Creative Zen-ify in my case) is to get a receiver with an AUX-IN on the front. I've got a JVC KD-G420 ( that's around $120, and I just use an 1/8" cord to hook up my MP3 player. Maybe hooking a cord up looks silly, but I tell myself it's for the better audio quality.
January 31, 2007 0:28
My '06 Honda Civic came with an aux-in in the dash
(You might want to check for it)
the dealer quoted me an installed charge of $600 for the iPod integration
Sure it would be cool to see the tracks on the console and be able to skip through them from the steering wheel
but not $600 cool
January 31, 2007 5:03
Noticed you're speaking at PUDNUG. Now that Seattle .NET user group is gone, I'm thinking about coming over to Portland to meet with the .NET users there... But 2 and a half hours drive is not going to be so fun. :-(
February 01, 2007 9:40
One alternative that worked for me is to unscrew the antennae from the car (if you can). I had tremendously better reception. Also leave the headphones plugged into the ipod.
Good luck!
February 07, 2007 4:49
Can anyone recommend an FM transmitter that transmits a strong signal? The one I have only allows me to choose from 6 pre-set stations. Thanks.

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