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The Best Accessories for 80GB iPods

written by: KennethSleight•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/18/2011

The best 80gb iPod accessories on the market today allow you to integrate your iPod into your car stereo. Some of these offer heads up display or built in chargers but all of them will help you get the most out of your iPod.

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    FM Transmitter & Car Charger with LCD

    iPod FM transmitter - Amazon.com The One-Piece iPod charger works with the classic iPod iPod touch, iPhone, Nano, and Classic Nano. The charger and FM transmitter is compact in size, light weight, offers exceptional sound clarity and is simple to use. All you have to do is attach the DC adapter to your car's cigarette lighter and play music through car speakers while the attached charging cord keeps your iPod battery charged. This unit allows you to set both the transmitter (iPod is plugged into) and car radio to same radio frequency. This is especially important in areas where the radio dial is crammed with stations. If you were to use one of the other transmitters on the market their two or three preset frequencies might be interfered with by local stations. For a mere $13.99 this is a wonderful 80gb iPod accessory.

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    Kenwood KDC-MP345U In-Dash CD MP3 WMA iPod Receiver with USB Aux Input

    kenwood - Amazon.com This unit almost doesn’t qualify as a Bluetooth accessory except that its price point is less than the iPod it would be paired with. At $91.00 the Kenwood in dash CD player comes complete with the ability to decode mp3, wma, and other iPod compatible music files as well as a direct USB auxiliary port for plugging music directly into the player. This is a great deal for a stereo receiver alone, but even more so with all of the built in functions. The faceplate is removable to eliminate the chance of theft. The control panel is easy-to-read with a one-line, fluorescent display. It also comes with a handy remote control for when you want to use your car stereo system for mobile entertainment.

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    Griffin 4045-TRPAUTOS iTrip Auto FM Transmitter with SmartScan for iPod

    griffin - Amazon.com At only $20.55 this Griffin auto FM transmitter uses smartscan technology to find the best radio frequencies to use in conjunction with your iPod. It is compatible with 4th and 5th generation iPods 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation nanos, the iPod classic and iPod touch. It also has a large visual display and three-stage light ring that changes color to indicate charging status.

    Because the iTrip works on dead air space if you travel in an area with several radios stations you may find yourself rescanning for open airwaves frequently. This doesn’t mean that the device is a no go, in fact the ease at which you can change the frequency make this the perfect choice if you don’t have a line in on your car stereo. This is one great 80gb iPod accessory and might be the only good solution short of replacing your in dash stereo.

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    GOgroove FlexPort+ Car Mount System Hi-Fi FM Transmitter and Charger for Apple iPhone and iPod

    GoGroove - Amazon.com You'd think that with a price of only $19.95 the GOgroove FlexPort wouldn't deliver much of anything. You'd figure wrong. THe GOgroove FlexPort is a FM transmitter and iPod charger all in one. The flexport lives up to its name with a fully flexible neck for any holding the iPod in any position you choose, vertical or horizontal. It charges while it hold your iPod in place to prevent any damage from slipping and sliding in the console.

    The FM transmitter works on multiple frequencies so transmitting your audio through the car speakers without much trouble. The entire unit plugs directly into the car cigarette lighter and holds there quite securely. You won’t accidentally knock it out with an errant hand or elbow. As far as 80gb iPod accessories go, this one is a must have.

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    Cobra iRadar iRAD-100 Radar Detector for iPhone and iPod Touch

    iRadar - Amazon.com If you are anything like me you might just need this next device. Even though it isn’t for the iPod it is for the iPhone and some of you reading here are looking for that. The Cobra iRadar radar detector was the absolute best iPhone accessory I ever bought so I had to share it. With a purchase price of only $129.95 it has paid for itself several times over in the tickets it has saved me from. Using the Bluetooth connection you can easily connect to the iRadar. It detects all radar and laser guns with a 360 degree detection range.

    According to the Amazon.com product specs “when paired with an iPhone, the iRadar offers even better detection service.” An exclusive, free iPhone app provides you with a visual alerts giving both the type of alert and how close it is to you. This one is a life saver and the best thing is that it is completely portable so you can use it in all of your cars without having to unhook it and then hook it back up again.