iPod FM Transmitter for car: Is this still a thing?

Lose Remerswaal

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8 year old Subaru we take everywhere, the USB connection no longer works. We have an old (10?) year old iPod touch that still works fine and holds plenty of music, but can't use it thru the USB port any more. I know prior to the Subie we used an FM transmitter that plugged into the cigarette lighter -- the Subie has a cigarette lighter so we could do this, but do they still have those transmitters and has the technology improved to avoid leakage of local stations?

Or would a cigarette lighter/USB insert be a better move?


Edit: Except that won't feed to the AUX line in the entertainment system, so probably not
 

ConigliarosPotential

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If you're really desperate, you can probably get a pretty cheap car stereo replacement - I did this for my wife's car, so that the face of the new unit had a 3.5mm jack so that you could connect her phone to the stereo with a male-to-male cable. I think it cost about £50 from a local dealer in my Scottish town.
 

Couperin47

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You can find dozens of obscure name complete modern replacement AM/FM/CD receivers with USB/ipod for under $30 on Amazon, a better quality 'sorta name' brand like Dual will run $40, even Pioneer units can be had for under $100, add $15 bucks for the wiring harness and have a solution that's a real upgrade, not a lousy kludge.
 

jayhoz

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My 10 year old Subaru Outback has a 3.5mm Jack inside the center console. Have you checked in there? A direct 3.5mm connection or a Bluetooth adapter that connects to the car via 3.5mm is the easiest and most reliable route.