Any suggestions for what kind of accessory I should get?
If your existing car audio system has a line input, just a cord with the proper ends will do.
If you want to get a little more exotic, you could go with a cord with gizmo inline to have some control over the iPod functions on your phone like the one posted above... and there are lots of others out there. Google or Bing might be a good place to start looking... or, if you're into something more - there are car audio systems with built-in capability to plug into the iPhone's dock port... or car audio systems your iPhone will see as a bluetooth headset for calls and speakers for the iPod functions... there are lots and lots of options out there.
I have an Alpine car stereo that is made to work with iPods. About the only "good" thing it does is answer the phone flawlessly (via Bluetooth). Any listening to of music or podcasts requires using the Alpine navigation, which is absolutely HORRENDOUS. Awful. Horrifying. It won't even save a place in a podcast- it always goes back to the very first one. SO annoying. Yes this was mentioned in the reviews but I had no idea how bad it would be...And I thought I would be able to use Bluetooth to listen to music, but it doesn't work- just for Siri and the phone. At least it works well with Siri.
The deck I had before that was a Pioneer, and while it didn't let me use handsfree for the phone, I could use the native iPod navigation. It had a cord that came out from the back that plugged into the iPod.
I have a Kenwood stereo that is designed to be used with iPhones and iPod's. It has a USB and auxiliary port that I just plug into it and bodda bing bodda boom I have music from my iPhone/iPod playing through my car stereo.
I can control what I listen to from the phone. A friend of mine had an issue with his pioneer where it wouldn't let him do that so he changed some settings in iOS and it allowed him to control from the phone.
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I just bought this item for $30 at Fry's and it works great. I used to have a direct connection from the dock connector to the stereo for music and a BT headset for calls. Now I can do both thru the stereo and I haven't noticed a difference in sound quality for music. I don't know if I would buy it at the normal price of $80 but for $30 it was well worth it.
I have been using the Motorola T505 for over a year with a BB.
Since making the switch to i4s, it has been working great.
I originally bought it because I use a couple of different vehicles and it's easily switched.
I never even thought about it being cross-platform until I switched.
I'm glad I went that route in hindsight.
I cannot post links yet, but I see it's on sale in tipb store for $85.