Play your MP3 or iPod Songs in your Car Using an Aux Cable

One can easily play their songs using an MP3 player, any IPod or even their smatphone through their car’s stereo system. All that’s needed is to connect it using an auxiliary cable or an aux cord. It is necessary that you make sure the car stereo system has a port for an AUX input, connect the aux cable, and then pick the Aux mode for the stereo. You must not forget to keep your device charged beforehand to listen to your music nonstop!

Steps on How to connect your MP3 or iPod to an Aux Cable:

1. Check whether your car even has an Aux input jack:
Try to find a port right at the front of the car’s stereo system which must be labeled as “AUX”. Just in case you find out that there is no label, the port will be similar to the headphone input jack with the dimensions of about 1⁄8 inch (0.3 cm). If the aux cable (available at or at Amazon)isn’t near the stereo system, then check in the center console or glove compartment.

2. Obtain a male-to-male connection cord of the dimensions 1⁄8 inch (0.3 cm) to 1⁄8 inch (0.3 cm):
Typical a cable of 2–3 foot (0.61–0.91 m) is long enough and would probably not cost more than $5 to $10.

3. Plug in one end:
Next, you must plug in one end of your aux cable into the jack of your MP3 player or iPod where your headphones usually go in.

4. Plug in the other end:
Now, you need to plug in the opposite end of the aux cable right into your car’s stereo’s jack for the auxiliary input.

5. Tap the “AUX” button on your car’s stereo system to cycle to the auxiliary cable setting.
This aux button can also be labeled as “Source” or “CD” on some stereo systems. The display on your stereo system will then specify which mode the stereo is set to. Just in case you feel like you’re having some issues in finding the correct button, you should check your stereo manufacturer’s or car’s user guide.

6. Regulate the volume on your MP3 Player:
Now, you need to regulate the volume of your MP3 player to about 50% or less. It is rather better to keep the player’s volume down so as to preserve your battery and to diminish distortion and clipping in your music.

7. Adjust your car stereo’s volume:
Using the volume knob of your car’s stereo, you must adjust the volume so as to reach a comfortable listening level for yourself and the other passengers. This is typically much easier to regulate while driving and is possibly even a much more powerful amplifier than the one on the mp3 player.

8. Play your song:
Now that you choose your favorite song, you’ll hear your music from your MP3 player coming right through the car’s speakers. You can also regulate the volume further according to your liking and comfort.
Knowing how to connect an Aux cable to your car’s stereo system just made life so much easier to access songs while driving your car!