How do I get the music from my iPhone to my car?
October 1, 2013 12:03 PM Subscribe
Is there any good way to get audio from an iPhone's lightning connector to the 1/8" audio in plug in my car, short of upgrading my audio system to add USB in? Or will the quality of bluetooth be better than I fear, and I should just get a bluetooth receiver instead?
posted by SeanCier to technology (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Back in the simple days of the big 'ol 30-pin dock connector, it was a simple matter to drop my iPhone into a dock in my car which would both charge it and send audio to the car's 1/8" "aux in", via a simple "car charger" accessory. Now with the iPhone 5's lightning connector and the beauty of digital audio, I have only silence. I've waited a year for somebody to come out with a simple lightning car charger with audio out, but no luck.
So I'm stuck. I don't want to plug two wires -- lightning and audio -- into the phone (I'd like to use a simple ProClip mount in the car, I've been happy with those so far). I could get a bluetooth receiver, but I'm assuming the quality will noticeably suffer vs. a wired connection. I haven't found any adapters which take USB in with digital audio and produce analog audio out on the other side, and which don't need to be wired into the car's infrastructure, though perhaps I'm just not looking in the right place.
Are there better solutions folks are using? Do USB -> audio out in-car adapters exist which work with the iPhone? Is the quality of Bluetooth higher than I'm expecting (with an iPhone 5 and stock audio in the car)?