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  1. Sharper's Avatar
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    Anyone found a way to play your Treo (P-Tunes) through your car stereo? I figure you would use the Treo Headset Adapter and connect it to something else...but what is that something else that works? I really dont want to purchase a separate MP3 player...gotta save my money for the 650 . Any ideas or solutions?
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    You can also get one of those cassette adapters like:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...bosnation0e-20

    In conjunction with the headset adapter (either the Treo adapter or one bought from RadioShack where you remove some of the rubber coating to make it fit better), that's what I use.
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    i use this : http://www.seidioonline.com/ProductD...e=SFTF1HSTR600 with a Seidio's car kit to play music and calls from Treo on my cars radio and it works very well (i'll make reviews next week)
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    Thanks you guys. Seems like I will soon be listening to all my MP3s that were downloaded to my SD card real soon. Anyone else have a tried & true solution?
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    fortin: I'm looking forward to your review. I'm very interested in the transmitting quality of this device.
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    I have a built in FM Modulator when I got my DVD Ceiling Console attached on my car by circuit city. It has a out of view toggle switch on the bottom of the driver side dash.
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    1. Go to Radio Shack.
    2. Get 2.5 to 3.5mm adapter.
    3. Get iRock FM transmitter (or any other FM transmitter).
    4. Trim just the tiniest amount of plastic from the bottom of the 2.5 to 3.5 adapter (or buy one from TreoCentral.com's store). that way, the adapter will fit correctly into the 600 earbud slot.
    5. Follow instructions on the FM transmitter to connect to your radio.
    6. Rock out. Answer and place calls, all via your radio's speakers. All wireless and handsfree.
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    i'll review the Seidio's one next week (wednesday i hope)
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    I have used FM transmitter and cassette adapter and I would stick to cassette adapter solution. One thing is FM transmitter eats batteries; Second, you have to keep fidgeting with frequencies (in city areas) until you find an unused one. The FM transmitter works great for my home stereo though as I don't want to fiddle with cables.
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    Thanks so much for your imput. Will any cassette adapter work?
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    Yeah I think any cassette adapter will work. I got mine from Big lots for like $5 and it works great.
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    Some cassette adapters don't work because their impedance is too high. You can fix that (many threads on this), but if you don't have one yet, I'd buy one that someone's already using with a Treo. Do a search, there are a few threads on this.

    If you like the FM adapter idea better, I use a LineX. It's a little bigger than the IRock, but the batteries last a really long time. You can find it on EBay.
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    I first purchased the iRock FM (Radio Shack) Transmitter and was delighted that it worked both in the house (on my stereo) and then in my car. But driving from NY to NJ I found that I had to keep changing the frequency...and was grossly disappointed. I decided to try the other option...which was to purchase the Radio Shack "Volume Control Cable For Stereo Headphones" adapter...model # 42-2559. Let me tell you this..it worked like a champ...better then expected. The volumn and clarity was real good.


    p.s. the iRock was 29.99...and was returned for a $7 adapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharper
    I first purchased the iRock FM (Radio Shack) Transmitter and was delighted that it worked both in the house (on my stereo) and then in my car. But driving from NY to NJ I found that I had to keep changing the frequency...and was grossly disappointed. I decided to try the other option...which was to purchase the Radio Shack "Volume Control Cable For Stereo Headphones" adapter...model # 42-2559. Let me tell you this..it worked like a champ...better then expected. The volumn and clarity was real good.


    p.s. the iRock was 29.99...and was returned for a $7 adapter.
    Sharper - so what did you use the Volume Control Cable with to make this work. Perhaps I've misunderstood but it appears from your explanation that you returned the FM broadcast transmitter and just got this headset adapter. Can you further explain your set up?
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    I was disappointed with the iRock in the Bay Area. it shouldn't be use in major metro areas.
    Off to iPhone land...
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    BeantownTreo600 - I guess I got carried away and left out my actual setup.


    I used the headphone adapter (brought previously right here at TC) and used a regular branded Maxell Cassette Adapter ($14...I believe it was via Circuit City).

    Adapter in Treo...attached to the Volume Control Cable (Radio Shack)...which was attached to the Maxell branded cassette adapter....which I inserted into my cassette deck in my car.

    No Static...no interference....and blasted it loud with good bass and treble.

    I'm considering taking some black masking tape and make that particular setup permanent...unstoppable and unmoveable.
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    I have a related question. Both my cars' stereos have a front panel auxiliary input jack (I bought them this way intentionally), and I have used them in the past with my Olympus DM-1 MP3 player and a 3.5mm male<->male stereo similar to this:
    http://www.mycableshop.com/sku/CSTEREO-01.htm?x=28&y=11

    Unfortunately I misplaced that cable, and went to Radio Shack last night and bought a replacement. Like the picture above, the ends of this cable visually match the tip of my mini-stereo headphones which I have used successfully with my Treo 600 and the Treo's elbow-shaped stereo adapter (palmOne Treo 600 Stereo Headphone Adapter).

    Now, for the mystery: I started up ptunes playing some music, and as one would expect there is no sound coming out of the Treo's speaker. Then I inserted the elbow-adapter, and again no sound comes out. Then I inserted the patch cable into the elbow-adapter, and to my great surprise sound came out of the Treo's speaker. I was unable to get sound to come out of the car stereo!

    While this is a nice trick to get ptunes to play over the Treo's speaker, this is not what I wanted!

    I need to go back and double-check that this new cable works with my Olympus DM-1 and the car stereo, but I suspect that it will.

    Has anyone encountered this situation and a solution for it? An explanation of this phenomenon would also be helpful.

    To clarify, I misplaced the working cable before receiving my 600 a few weeks ago, so I have never tested the Treo in combination with the working cable. But then again, I think that the new cable is electrically identical to the old one.
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    I would've just linked to this, but couldn't figure out how. I got this information by starting an email support request on the Palm website.

    It looks like I need to measure my cable's resistance and see whether it's in the 500-3000 ohm range.

    Thanks in advance for any other low-cost suggestions.

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    Solution ID: 29888


    Where sounds will route with Treo 600 when using headsets and connecting to amplifiers

    The Treo smartphone can play MP3 music through an accessory stereo headset (how to play MP3 music on Treo). Please keep in mind that while MP3 music sounds great on a Treo smartphone, we consciously designed the Treo to work as a phone first, and a media player second. Therefore, we optimized the sound routing for telephone functions.

    When using a mono telephone headset (such as the one included in the box with your Treo smartphone), ringtones, alerts and media sounds such as MP3 music will be sent to the rear speaker on your handset. The sound from the phone conversation is sent to the headset earpiece. It is not possible to route ringtones, alerts and media sounds to the headset only.

    When using a stereo headset (such as the optional stereo headset accessory for Treo smartphones), the ringtones and alerts are mixed with whatever media sound is playing, and those ringtones and alerts play through the stereo headset. If you make a call, the phone conversation is routed through the built-in handset microphone and receiver speaker. Stereo headsets do not carry the audio from the phone call.

    What if the sound still comes from the rear speaker when I plug in a headset or cable?
    Some audio devices connected to Treo 600 may be misinterpreted by the automatic detection mechanism as a mono telephony headset.

    This affects how the Treo handles calls while a device is plugged into the socket. Some active circuits in speakers or headphones present in the same way as a microphone (if their impedance is from 3,000 Ohms to 500 Ohms). In order to avoid possibly blowing a microphone, any ringtones, alerts or media player sound will still route to the built-in rear speaker on the Treo 600.

    If you use noise canceling headphones, turn off the noise cancellation or turn it to a lower setting to remedy the issue.

    If you are using a line-out cable to another piece of equipment, please be aware that we do not directly support this activity and cannot provide technical support to make this possible. With that in mind, you might be interested to know that most equipment will happily work with Treo 600 output. If it fails, you may need to use an intermediate piece of audio routing equipment that is "seen" correctly by Treo 600. There is no software switch to make this possible.

    For example, if you use an MP3 transmitter in your car such as the iRock, the Treo may not send the audio correctly thru the iRock. Other transmitters may appear correctly to the Treo 600.

    Trial and error is the best method of achieving success as each active circuit device presents a different impedance to the Treo 600.

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