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  1. burke2jt

    burke2jt Lurker
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    I use my droid a lot when I'm driving around in my car to listen to pandora throught a tape deck input cassette and I was thinking to myself how nice it would be and probably possible if there was an application that would allow the droid to act like an iTrip to transmit the music playing on the phone through a white noise station... does anyone have any idea how this could be done or if there is something like this that exists

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  2. SAFE_2006

    SAFE_2006 Newbie

    You can use bluetooth to transmit to your radio if your radio supports bluetooth, but there are some exceptions as far as I have heard. I have also heard that the Droid's hardware can transmit the signal but so far nobody has been able to unlock it. It sounds like you just bought your phone, am I wrong?:D

    Edit: Sorry I just remembered that you said your stereo has a tape deck so I'm pretty sure that it doesn't have bluetooth capabilities. At least your phone is up to date!:D
  3. burke2jt

    burke2jt Lurker
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    I've actually had this phone for a few months I have just gotten sick of having to deal with that tape deck cord and my car charger all cluttered up
  4. CBLJazz

    CBLJazz Member

    Use an ipod for media and the droid for everything else.
  5. PreciousMetal

    PreciousMetal Newbie

    Its rumored that froyo will unlock the xmit and receive for fm
  6. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    It will also cook you breakfast and give you a happy ending....
  7. Hangdog42

    Hangdog42 Well-Known Member

    If you're willing to fork out for a hardware solution, the Motorola T505 connects to the phone via bluetooth and transmits over FM. I use it in my car for both hands-free talking as well as listening to Pandora or Amdroid.
  8. darreno1

    darreno1 Android Enthusiast

    Tape deck??? LOL. What year car are you driving? Why not invest in a decent head unit with an aux input so you only have to deal with a stereo cable?

    While doing it through the FM is convenient, it usually sounds like crap and you will probably get static interference. I don't know about the bluetooth and the quality, but the best, cleanest sound is always via a direct connection through a cable IMO.
  9. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    I have a 1999 Nissan Altima, and it has a double DIN CD / tape / AM/FM head unit that I considered (briefly) replacing. Instead, I opted for the same solution - the Motorola T505, and after buying it I tested it at home with my home unit and found out it also works while charging. major benefit - no scrambling around to find the cassette adapter after the battery runs out on the T505.

    I bought a USB A to USB mini B 5 pin cable from monoprice - For only $0.84 each when QTY 50+ purchased - USB 2.0 A Male to Mini-B 5pin Male 28/24AWG Cable w/ Ferrite Core - (Gold Plated) - 1.5ft | USB 2.0 Cables - Mini-B 5pin Type - and a Dual USB power converter for the cigarette lighter - Griffin Technology: PowerJolt Dual Universal - Car charger for USB devices - and away I go.

    Now, I get to charge both phone and T505 whenever I am in the car, and I can use the built in mic for voice calls (return audio is routed through the stereo) and all music is also routed through my stereo.

    When I go to my next car, if it doesn't have native BT audio input, I'll have this solution to fall back on.

    Head unit replacement is not exactly cheap, and I'd rather spend $50 on a cheap solution then $150 for a replacement of a headunit, then add more money for speakers, amplifiers, etc....

    The MOTOROKR T505 is the exception to the rule when it comes to static. As opposed to every other solution I have tried for DROID --> FM, this one uses a digital FM transceiver, so my 10 year old (really 12 year old, if you think about it) head unit has no problem locking on to the T505's signal and will only give me problems on stations that are broadcasting at high power / extremely close by (IOW, if you hear static on the frequency when the radio is on, the T505 covers it - if you hear static / radio station mix, the T505 still covers it - the only time the T505 gets overpowered is when you have a very powerful broadcasting station on the same frequency.

    Like I said, I have tried other solutions already - bought a Griffin one from BestBuy, bought one from Satechi online (from Amazon) and have had FM transmitters in the past as well. Not a single one has had the clarity of the T505 - it is in a league of its own when it comes to transmitters.

    Finally, in another thread, one user complained that audio over BT then converted to FM would sound horrible. For an individual who can discern audio quality between 192 and 256 bit rates when compressing music, I can say this - an audio purist who can discern changes like that *will* notice a diminishing of the music, but I am pleasantly surprised to say that the conversion does extremely well, especially if Pandora users go into the settings / preferences and change the audio quality to High (In my area I almost never have an interruption in music flow, except one notorious dead spot area where all coverage goes out, even cellular).
  10. Spike760

    Spike760 Member

    That'll only charge it right? It won't transmit the sound to your car will it?
    When I bought my car it came with like a nice custom face with an auxiliary input so I've been using that with my Droid. Ditched my iPod the day I found out I could listen to music and use Navigation at the same time, lol. But I think the auxiliary input is busted, because ever since I started using it it would only play out of the right speaker, the cord sits loose in it, but I used to be able to hit the cord if the sound went out and it would come back, but now I can get like no sound, and it's no the cord btw. But if that transmits the sound it sounds a lot cheaper than buying a new face, but I think it'll only charge it.

    But also, the Droid has the same charger has as the LG Dare, because that's what I upgraded from, and I can still use my old LG Dare car charger, so it may be cheaper to buy one of those than your method. :D
  11. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    The transmit part is in the paragraph previous to the one you quoted.
  12. burke2jt

    burke2jt Lurker
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    Thanks for the help ill check out that blueoooth gadjet and see if it works for me
    And I drive a 99 accord and I drive my motorcycle a lot more so id rather now buy a new head honestly
  13. daver99

    daver99 Lurker

    FWIW, cassette input can be very good - close to aux input quality. FM transmitted sound quality is generally much worse than both. So, changing from cassette input to aux input won't buy you much in sound quality and you still have a cable.
  14. mswhite60

    mswhite60 Well-Known Member

    I JUST installed an Audiovox FMM100A FM Modulator. The nice thing about this is that it goes in series with your FM antenna. When you use it you switch off the antenna and get pure Droid on one of two FM stations. It works VERY well. You do have to get into the dash and hook up to power and the FM antenna - took me about two hours to do, having never done anything like it before. Around $50.

    Audiovox FMM100A FM Modulator with Isolation Transformer (FMM-100A FMM 100A FMM100)

    Now I have a 3.5mm jack, and no hunting for clear FM stations like iTrips, etc.
  15. darreno1

    darreno1 Android Enthusiast

    Maybe, but you'll have a new head unit with more capabilities (mp3/cd etc)and probably better output. And you won't have to deal with a bulky cassette adapter. Plus with a little smart routing, the stereo cable can be tucked away neatly as to not be so noticeable. Going the FM route seems more like a bandaid to me. Also you don't have to go crazy on the head unit:

    Amazon.com: JVC KD-R210 CD Receiver With Front Aux Input, Wireless…

    For well under $100.00 you can pick up something like that one and have an all round better experience. And it's not like you have to buy great speakers or an amp right away.

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