Playing music from your iPod or iPhone on your car stereo doesn't have to mean a tangle of cables, hissy tape adapters, or expensive aftermarket parts. The current crop of iPhone and iPod FM Transmitters offers a number of excellent options for finding clear signals, driving safely, and sometimes even making phone calls or using the iPhone's built-in GPS. Here's how the iPod FM transmitters we tested stacked up.
The TuneLink Auto stands out for a few reasons. First, it uses Bluetooth for connectivity, making for a clean, cable-free connection while also allowing multiple devices to connect to it and to play music to the car's stereo. Second, its technology to diminish noise and interference is the best I've tested, making the music-listening experience excellent.
Belkin's TuneCast Auto Live is the cream of the crop thanks to its ability to quickly find high-quality, interference-free stations using the iPhone's built-in GPS functionality. Great features and a good price combine to make this our favorite current iPod FM transmitter.
While the TuneBase FM's industrial design can be a little awkward and a high-pitched whine is evident in some settings, this flexible transmitter not only works well with music, but will also help you get where you're going thanks to its GPS design features and integrated calling functionality.