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How can I connect my iPod to external speakers or home stereo?
You can connect the iPod to any speakers that are self-powered and support audio output through a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Or, you can buy a mini-stereo to RCA adapter cable to connect the mini-stereo line out connection on the back of the iPod dock to a home receiver. Apple sells Monster iCable, but Belkin sells one as well, and additional options should be available from any stereo store.
In 2004, Alpine release the KCA-420i, a vehicle interface adapter which allowed one to plug an iPod into any compatible 2004-2005 Alpine Ai-NET head unit. At the time it was a unique product, but as the years have rolled on and the iPod has become more and more successful, it is no longer a challenge to find aftermarket car stereos designed for use with the iPod and numerous compatible car stereos are available.
Photo Credit: Pioneer (Close up of "iPod Control")
These systems are all setup so that you can search, select, and listen to music stored on the iPod directly through the head unit and leave the iPod safely tucked away while it's being charged by the car stereo system.
Also see: How can I connect my iPod to my car stereo?