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New car toy has been ordered

By Andrew Pollack on 11/24/2006 at 11:06 PM EST

I'm not a huge music collector, and don't have a big portable music player. I do listen to audio books on long drives though. I've been using a Belkin FM transmitter to hook my cheap little MP3 player to the car stereo. The problem is, the airwaves are crowded as hell. You find a blank spot, dial the FM transmitter in and listen but less than half an hour later you're having to go through the process again -- and that's in rural Maine. I can't imagine how it's acceptable in a city. Of course, for me any drive longer than about half an hour means I'm changing areas -- not sitting in traffic (we don't have that).

To better connect the MP3 player to the car, I've just ordered this little gizmo. It's a "PIE CHRY02-AUX CHRYSLER AUXILIARY INPUT ADAPTER" - and ties in to the cd changer controls on my OEM stereo and gives me regular RCA style 'aux' jacks. Hard wired, I don't have problems with competing frequencies or poor signal strength.

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