This product review is not education-related. I pre-ordered a Griffin SmartDeck cassette adapter for iPod when it was featured in MacWorld last year. The reviews promised the ability to control an iPod through the car’s forward and reverse cassette deck controls.
I finally received the adapter last week and excitedly plugged it in. The first noticable feature is the chattering noise from the tape mechanism as the rotors turned, much louder than with a basic cassette adapter purchased at RadioShack. The controls feature is less than impressive. The cassette deck still attempts to wind the adapter, and the iPod only successfully changes tracks about half the time.
This will be an easy return.
Update Nov. 25: It was an easy return! Griffin happily took the unit back with their apologies. By the way, my car stereo is the stock unit for a 2004 Volkswagen.