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Don’t you love the freedom Pandora gives you of not having to choose music? It’s great for exercising, while you’re working, and best of all while driving around. There are many ways to stream Pandora into your car. All you need is a smart phone, and one of these five methods.

Tape Deck

Probably my least favorite way, but still effective nonetheless, a tape deck adapter will slide into your radios tape player and allow for an auxiliary connection. This is by far the lowest quality method available, but it is very inexpensive to do. They have these adapters available at Walmart, Radio Shack, and just about every other well-known electronics business.

FM Transmitter

These work very well when you are in areas with few radio stations. You plug the device into a cigarette lighter and select the radio station you want to use. Dial in your AM/FM radio on the head-unit, and connect your smart phone that’s compatible with Pandora and you’re good to go! Some transmitters come with an auxiliary connection and some come with a 30-pin Apple dock connection.

FM Modulator

This method of transferring audio is one of the better quality methods, offering very few radio wave interruptions and a direct connection into your factory head-unit. You throw a small box behind your radio, connect the power, ground, and antenna connection, and rout an auxiliary cable to your glove box or center console. Again, turn on the radio and you’ve got sound.

USB Connection

This is the best type of connection you will find in the car audio industry for Pandora. You will need (likely) an aftermarket head-unit that had a USB connection and supports Pandora. There are many receivers that are iPhone compatible that are affordable and can replace your stock stereo. This connection is very simple because you can usually make all of your station commands from the receiver itself.

Bluetooth

Wireless music streaming has become quite popular in the last few years due to its simplicity and convenience. Many people now can hop into their car, turn the ignition on and their phone will automatically start streaming music. There aren’t very many issues that could occur with this type of connection accept maybe the initial connection to your Bluetooth smart phone.

Easier Than You Thought?

There are many affordable solutions to stream Pandora Internet Radio into your vehicle. You just need to do a little researching to find the best method for you. These are five of the most common ways to connect a smart phone into your car, and I hope you found them helpful. Happy listening!

You’re interested in upgrading the factory stereo in your car to something that sounds better. The problem is, you don’t know how to install it! It’s actually a lot simpler than you may think. With a few tools and an hour or two of your time, you will have a new car receiver in your dash in no time.

1. Out With the Old

Let’s begin by disconnecting the negative ground wire from your battery to eliminate the chance of a short circuit during the installation. Depending on your car or truck, you may need to remove a trim piece or two that surrounds the stereo using a panel removal tool; I suggest you research the best way to do so for your vehicle. If your factory receiver has small holes on the left and right sides, you will use stereo removal keys to unlatch the stereo from its chassis and pull the receiver out. If your factory stereo does not utilize these removal keys, you may gently angle a flat head screwdriver behind the deck and force it in an outward direction. Disconnect any harnesses or plugs on the back of the unit.

2. Wire It Up

This is the fun part. You will need the stereo wiring harness that came with your receiver, along with a vehicle wiring harness that is compatible with your car or truck. Each wire is color coordinated and has a purpose. Find wires of the same color on each harness and use a wire stripper to remove an eighth inch of wire insulation from the end. Use a butt connector to connect the two wires together and crimp each end tightly. Proceed with each wire on the harnesses, then use either electrical tape or zip ties to bundle the wires together to strengthen the connections.

3. In With the New

Now that your harness is all set to go, it’s time to hook everything up. Find the male plug that was originally connected to your old stereo and plug it into the female end of your new harness. Use the remaining available side of the harness to plug into the new receiver. If you did everything correctly it should power right up! If everything is in working order use a dash kit to fit the new stereo and secure it into the stereo housing. The dash kit should come with instructions on how to do so.

Give It a Shot

You can find most of the tools and connectors you need at your local hardware store, and vehicle specific dash kits and wiring harnesses are available at very reasonable prices online or through popular audio stores. It’s really quite simple to get a new stereo in your car, you just need to clear up a day and dedicate some time to the project. If you’ve enjoyed this guide and found it helpful, or if you have some tips of your own, please leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you.