The CD changer on my car has died and my initial inquiries indicate that it is not cost-effective to fix it, given the small amount that I drive. The problem only affects the CD player, so for now I've been using the tape player and a fist-ful of cassettes left over from my last car...at this point I don't even have a cassette recorder on the home system.
So I got the bright idea of getting an iPod or equivalent and one of those FM transmitter/charger widgets: there's a "lighter" socket inside the console compartment, which is plenty big enough to hold everything once I take out the aforementioned tapes.
A few questions immediately occurred to me:
1. Do these FM widgets actually work, in the sense of decent sound quality? (Fry's has the Kensington 'Liquid FM' model on sale, which is what prompted this whole exercise.)
2. If I'm not mistaken, that power socket is switched. Is the iPod smart enough to realize the power to the docking connector just cut off, or will it keep playing and drain its battery every time I park the car? Me remembering to turn it off every time I get out of the car is one of those things that Just Ain't Gonna Happen, especially since the music will go away anyway when the ignition key turns off the radio.