I was terribly nervous with all of the new adapters. I don't have near as many things as a lot of people do, but I have a charger/radio dock for my car and I have a Sony alarm clock dock in my bedroom. There's no way I was going to dump $80 (after tax) on 2 lightning adapters that possibly won't work, but funnily enough I was already prepared for a solution to this, and no it isn't a "line out" plug.
I saw on KickStarter a few months ago this Bluetooth receiver that has a 30 pin dock connector on the bottom. It's powered by the dock connector, so all you have to do is plug it in and you're good to go, it's like any other Bluetooth device, but it was over $40, way too damn much.
So I thought I would do a search and see if any other manufacturers made the same thing for cheaper, and of course there were. I found a site that was similar to FocalPrice/Dealextreme, but I'd never seen it before.. However I found the same damn thing for $10. But as I hadn't purchased from them before, I figured I'd just order one to try it out. At the time, I didn't even need the bloody thing, but I ordered one to try it out and it actually arrived. Hooked it up and it worked like a dream. I'm sure the build quality isn't as good as the KickStarter model, but for 1/4th the price, who cares?
So now a few months later the iPhone 5 has a new connector and I wasn't about to drop that money on the dock connectors, because why? I bought another 2 of these, one for my dock at work, at home and in the car. Sure I will need to charge it separately, and I'm going to be waiting for a while to get a few extra lightning cables, but at least I have a cheaper way of doing this.
Here's the link, now this is a bit weird because when you order this, they don't have this exact item in stock, the one they swap it with is the same thing, I don't know why they haven't updated the link on their site. Also, there are risks with the color. They say that it's random, but the first order I asked for them to try and get me black, and they did... I don't know if I'll have as much luck with this order, but we will see.
Here's the link:
Ultra-thin Bluetooth V2.0 Music Receiver for Apple 30pin Speaker [E61974] : Electronic Gadgets, Home Gifts & Unusual Novelty Gifts - BestOfferBuy
What I'm bummed about is all the blooming external batteries that I'll need to replace. Obviously the 5 battery will be drastically improved over my 4, which I really should have taken in to swap but so be it. I presume within a few months Focalprice or DX will have the new external batteries in stock and I can replace the few I have. Thing is that from there, I can get it for about $12, versus these fancy pants Mophie packs for $80+. They may not have the same amount of stamina, but for the price, who cares? I can buy 6 of them for the price.