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How do I connect my MP3 player to my home or car stereo?
If have an MP3 player, you've probably thought about connecting it to your home or car stereo. Here's how you can do it:

Car Stereos

If you have a cassette player in your car, connecting your MP3 player is as simple as using a cassette adapter. This runs the output of your MP3 player's headphone jack into the car's cassette player.

If you only have a radio or CD player in your vehicle, you'll need an FM converter. This also uses the headphone jack on your player, but converts the signal to a low power FM transmission that you tune to on your radio. There are some models that connect to the back of your stereo via the antenna jack for better quality, but most transmit wirelessly.

Finally, if your car has an auxillary input (these can either be similar to a headphone jack or be an extra set of RCA connectors) you can connect your MP3 player directly. You'll need an adapter cable to fit whatever connection your stereo has.

Home Stereos

To connect to a home stereo, you'll need a cable that can adapt your headphone output to a par of RCA audio connectors. This cable can be hooked up to an open audio connection on your stereo. There are also wireless options, but the quality won't be as good.

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