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thinkin of pickin up an iPod....

but can I hook it up to the factory head unit ? Ive seen a few kits around but Im not exactly sure if its compatible with the ford factory cd player my truck comes with ... Anyone have any advice ? I love the idea of having all my music with me at all times but definitly not if its gonna cost me for an iPod + aftermarket head unit + iPod 2 Car kit... oh forgot to mention .. Ive seen it done on a stock GM headunit on a 2002 Blazer but never on a Ford .. I dont wanna spend all the money for the stuff if I cant use it cuz I doubt I'd ever use an iPod for anything other then in my truck
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there are many different adapters. i just dug through my junk drawer and found an old cd player tape adapter...works fine for me...for now. if you dont have a tape player, get a fm module. but i will say none of the options out there will not sound as good as the deck with the ipod car kit.
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At wal-mart they have a wireless fm modulator that also acts as a mount for the i-pod it just plugs into the lighter socket. they have some other stuff to but I think that would work for u.
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^^ya those are great
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IMO. Save up and buy an Alpine CDA-9856 for $200 and then get the ipod cable. Then you will be able to control the iPod from the HU. I'm not a fan of FM Mods.
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that cable is alot though from apple... i dont remember exactly but its the reason i said screw it to getttnig a new HU
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FM mods SUCK!!!!!!!!!!

I had one stop working on me after 3 days and my friends have cheaper ones that the sound quality would be better from a phonograph.

the tape-CD sound quality is a little better but still junk to me.

I already had a Pioneer headunit and the connector from Pioneer to ipod cost me 14 bucks and sound quality was perfect.

I dont know if the factory radio has audio in, but thats all you need. If the factory radio has a plug hole for adding multi CD changers then there are Bus adapters that will change that to an audio in that run 15-20 bucks.
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there is a cable that i think is just under 100 bucks that makes your factory head unit think the ipod is a disk changer... so that the seek button changes folder and the track button changes songs or something like that.... i would look into that... that way you could just throw it in your glove box and be done with it and control everything fron the head unit...
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there is a cable that i think is just under 100 bucks that makes your factory head unit think the ipod is a disk changer... so that the seek button changes folder and the track button changes songs or something like that.... i would look into that... that way you could just throw it in your glove box and be done with it and control everything fron the head unit...
That sounds awesome ... thats exactly what Im lookin for. I just wanna make sure it'll work with the factory head unit .. Im not all about buyin a whole buncha audio stuff ... I just want something simple that sounds good for relatively cheap
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a quick google search provided this... http://www.logjamelectronics.com/pirfrdwpcpod.html
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here we go the manufactures web site http://www.pie.net/applepie.cfm
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