If you want to listen to your iPad in your car, the best way is through a car radio that supports the iPad's 30-pin or Lightning connector. Many radios also have an auxiliary input, which you can hook up to the iPad's headphone port. But if you don't have either of those options, don't fret. There is still an easy way to listen to your iPad in the car through a device called an FM transmitter.
FM transmitters are a great solution for those living in rural areas where there isn't much competition, and even in larger metropolitan areas, FM transmitters can be a good way to listen to your iPad in the car. We'll look at some of the best FM transmitters available for the iPad.
The FlexSMART X3 goes beyond simply being an FM transmitter by adding Bluetooth compatibility. While it support auxiliary in and out ports, which means you can hook up your iPad through the headphone jack, the X3 will also let you sync your iPad via Bluetooth. One cool advantage of this is that the iPad will automatically recognize and interact with the X3 as soon as you get in your car, which means your music will resume playing from where you last paused it.
The Griffin FM transmitters are among the best and most highly rated FM transmitters. Known for quality products, the sound produced is exceptional considering the limitations of FM transmitters. The SmartScan feature is especially cool, helping you quickly find the best station by scanning for the clearest frequency.
Monster Cable's FM transmitters are relative newcomers, but they offer a nice quality alternative to brands like Griffin and Belkin. The Monster Cable iCarPlay is a petite FM transmitter with the ability to store up to three different presets of the best local frequencies. This is great for those who find their commute puts them in areas where they must change from one frequency to another to get the best sound.
The iSimple IS713 is an FM/RDS transmitter, which means it will not only broadcast songs to your FM radio, but on supported FM radios, it will also show the artist and song names. That's something you usually only see if you hook up the iPad directly. The iSimple also includes a remote controller that you can mount on your steering wheel to make it easier to control.