Many old cars are fitted with tape players and do not provide any way to connect a third party music player such as a mobile phone, laptop or MP3 player. This guide will show you where to buy a car cassette adapter, how to get the best deal and which features to look out for in the latest MP3 cassette tape adapters.
Whilst the most convenient option to buy any car accessory or in-car entertainment device might be a motorway service station or local garage, these options are the most expensive. The best choice is to do a little research and buy online. Car adapters for iPod and other devices are made from a variety of manufacturers, but products by Belkin are the most popular and highly-rated. Try to perform a Google shopping search for Belkin adapters to get the latest and best prices. Remember that you should also consider factors like postage, shipping and handling costs into the equation. You may find that a large online retailer such as Amazon.co.uk or Dabs.com give the best price.
If you plan to go on many long car journeys, then you will need to make sure that your MP3 player has enough charge to supply you with music for the whole trip. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of music in an area with no radio reception and bored passengers.
To avoid this situation, look forward to buy a car cigarette adapter to MP3 player as well as a 12V power supply. The best option for many people will be to simply buy a 12V to USB converter as this will allow compatibility with a wider range of devices and help to future-proof your in-car entertainment system.
The final and most heavy-duty power supply option is to use an inverter system. These power blocks were originally designed for caravans, but with the rise in popularity of car computers, they have been adapted aesthetically to fit in cars. They convert 12V to mains electricity, allowing you to plug in any device with a mains electrical plug. Shop online to find devices that have anodised cases and modern styling to fit in with the interior or your car.
If you have a car without a tape-player or line-in socket, then there will be limited options for connecting your MP3 player or phone. If this is the case for you, then you will need to look into buying an iTrip device. These plug into your portable audio system and transmit the music through a
low-power radio signal that can be picked up on your car stereo.