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I just bought a new car that has a USB connector to the audio system.

My iPod Model MA079LL, 20GB, software version 1.2.1 cannot connect to this system. My nephew's iPhone 4 had no trouble.

What is different about my USB vs the one on the iPhone?
Is there a way of updating my old iPod?
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I think that is just because these iPods pre-date the type of interface used on the in car systems, and don't offer audio out via the usb.
When you plug it in, does it charge at all?
As for updating I don't think there's anything you can do, but there may be an adaptor out there.

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Thanks for the reply Kevriano.
I don't think that audio flows through the USB. The mp3 files are transfered to the car's audio system, where they are decoded and played.
You are correct, the iPod does not charge on the vehicle USB.

Looks to me like I am in line for a new iPod.
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Right with you. Yes, new ipod or something like a Griffin iTrip as your pod, like my 5th gen is still useable.

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FM transmitters are usually hit or miss. I've found that I spend more time adjusting the transmitter in getting a good signal than I do driving. I'm thankful my car has an audio input and satellite radio, so I never have to deal with an FM transmitter again.

Plus, the thrill of buying a new iPod is quite fun!
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I guess that may be because you have more stations "in the way" than we do. I seem to have no issue here.

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