‘The Complete Guide to iPhone Car Integration’ now available

“Though we’ve reviewed hundreds of iPhone-compatible accessories since last June, there has not been a complete, turnkey solution for in-car iPhone integration that average users can go out and purchase with ease. The reason is simple: though the iPhone is supposed to be Apple’s “best iPod ever,” it actually doesn’t work properly with many of the iPod’s best previous car accessories, and the iPhone accessory development process has proved unusually difficult for even the best engineers out there,” Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief, explains.

“Today, the major problem is that there’s no single accessory that charges, mounts, and performs all audio from an iPhone, so unless you want to hand-hold your iPhone while you drive—which is against the law in many places—you can’t just connect one cable and expect to safely use both its music and phone features. This is largely due to Apple-imposed software limitations, but also certain technical hurdles developers need to overcome. So for now, in-car use of an iPhone requires a number of different parts, and we’ve created this Complete Guide to iPhone Car Integration to help you choose the ones that are best for your vehicle and personal needs,” Horwitz writes.

Read “The Complete Guide to iPhone Car Integration” here.


  1. You can’t blame the iPhone for the difficult development of accessories issue. It’s the GSM transmitter/receiver that wreaks havoc on speakers. All accessory makers have to shield their accessories (i.e. speakers) and so would auto manufacturers.

    Show me any other GSM phone out there that has a car integration for music/multimedia.

  2. My Honda Ridgeline has an auxiliary audio jack, which works just fine, thank you. I really don’t have a need to charge up in the car, but if that need arises, I have a cigarette lighter charger cable in my center console.

  3. What I want is:

    1. A charger that has a line out in the base. Connect the iPhone / iPod via the dock connector. And connect the line out to the mp3 jack in the car (or FM transmitter etc).

    This is so simple yet few have gone down the route. Belkin has one like it, which I use for my 3G iPod. The only problem is that it is noisy (can hear a hiss at high volume which isn’t there if you connect via the headphone jack).

    If your car has bluetooth it will work seamlessly. If not just use the speaker feature.

    I don’t get the obession with FM transmitters. The iPod produces good quality sound and then it is trashed via going through the radio.

  4. there has not been a complete, turnkey solution for in-car iPhone integration that average users can go out and purchase with ease.

    …which is leaving the MS/Ford Sync unchallenged in the market.

    Apple, for all your innovation MS has you beat here. Why are you letting MS get a foothold like this??

  5. Wow (did I just say that?) the Sync works with iPods.

    One of the biggest problems with getting audio into cars is the car makers and after market manufacturers make a lot of money out of car audio. They don’t really want someone coming in with a plug and play device that really only needs an amp and possibly a radio to work.

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