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iPod - In your car!



  • I don't know what the XM SAT/AUX input looks like but wouldn't it just be a normal mini-plug that you can pick up at Radio Shack? I think it's also called an 1/8" jack or a mini - same size as the headphone jack.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    Hey, finally one I can respond to!

    I have the same car ('05 EX-L, non-RES) and have been researching the same thing. basically, you can use the aux connector (same place that built in XM would go). But, it isn't a simple plug in jack.

    You need an adapter to let the headunit reconize the digital source. It can be something fancy that has some ipod functionality/interface, or a simple external input.

    The Dension icelink plus is designed for ipods, and gives you controls through the steering wheel and radio buttons, plus it charges the ipod.

    P.I.E (and soem other brands) make aux adapters that you can install that have RCAjacks on the end. THis lets you plug in any digital source (mp3, sat radio). But, it doesn't charge the unit, and the headunit only recognizes it as an outside source (CD4), so you control everything from the unit.

    The icelink is about $200, while the other unit is about $60, but can be more with some accessories (such as an ipod connector). Installation is the same in either case. Plug and play, but the headunit is a pain to get to.

    I decided to spend the extra money on the Dension, since I want the integrated charger, and redundant controls so I can hide the ipod away in a drawer.

    Loox at the logjam electronics site. THey list a bunch of options, and tell you what works with what car.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • For all you Honda owners out there, you can now hook up your iPod. I just got a new 2006 Civic and found a new accessory online at Honda has a music link that plugs into your stereo and you can control you iPod through the controls of the radio. Works great for me so far. I haven't set up the voice commands yet though.

    I recommend checking it out. had it for the cheapest I could find. I just took it to my local shop to have them hook it up.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    I don't think it is backward compatible (at least not completely) according to Honda. For instance, the '06 Odyssey supports it, but not the '05.

    Hey, I would be real happy just to have the aux plug in the cabin so I didn't have to spend any money to get rid of the FM modulator!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Do you know anything about hooking up a Sansa unit (MP3 player, 2006 model #240) through a car stereo? Can it be done?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    Beats me - Amazon sells this gizmo.


    You may want to ask in the specific make/model car discussion too.

    Steve, Host
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Many thanks for your response. I was afraid this forum might be "abandoned" when I noted the length of time since the last post before mine. Since posting, I have discovered that Belkin makes an FM broadcasting device that most any brand MP3 player (and lots of other kinds of electronics) can be plugged into. It then uses battery power to broadcast the signal to your car sound system. Of course, the car unit must be set to receive the same FM frequency that you set the Belkin unit to send on.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    People sometimes complain about the quality of the sound when using the FM transmitter things, so you check that out. Some of the XM/Sirius units work that way so you may want to browse this discussion:

    XM & Sirius Satellite Radio

    Steve, Host
  • Hi, has anybody tried the Harman Kardon Drive+Play,
    I'm thinking of buying it for my 2002 S60, but I really don't have a clue in electronics (woman :blush: ) nor anything. I don't like FM transmitters (already overspent in those cheap tricks), and I've been doing some researcch on it, but I really value more user comments. Also do you have any other cheaper options??
    thanx!! :D
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Audi has been on the list for 2006 models to get ipod integration; so far, nothing has happened. Does anyone have any info on Audi models and plans?
  • ovrparovrpar Posts: 1
    When I looked at Audis a year ago, they had an iPod interface well-integrated, with a connection in the center console and an iPod display read-out on the dash.

    (BTW: I ended up with an Acura and just found out Denison, who has been selling the ice-link, has discontinued that in favor of the new DICE. According to the salesdroids, it does everything smoothly for $159. YMMV)
  • accelaccel Posts: 4
    Not sure if that's what you need, but this Volvo adapter is using CD changer's connector. But if you have the changer it has to be disconnected.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Thanks for the info, but Audi dealers don't seem to know anything about an ipod interface, and I have talked to several. I did hear that they were going to make an announcement in June on the ipod interface...hope this happens, as BMW & MB are way ahead of them on this.
  • nikiblue1nikiblue1 Posts: 44
    Well, finally had my ipod2car installed. I would rate this product Fair. The steering controls don't activate as soon as you start the ipod--you have to skip down and then up, and then you can fwd/bwd w/out problems. Another disappointment is the volume. It goes through about 20% quiter. So If normally I would listen at level 30, I now have to turn it up to level 40. I did have the DIP #6 changed to on position as suggested on online forums. (without it I had to turn the volume to 60 before I can hear things).
    Overall satisfaction is FAIR. It beats going through the CD's.
  • jofaxjofax Posts: 5
    Hi everyone,

    (I'm new here, so please excusee me if I don't follow standard etiquettes re: postings.)

    Anyways, I'm currently doing research into the best way to link my Ipod into a Honda Accord 07' EX-L with Nav. So far, read rather bad reviews about the Honda Music Link, and the DICE. Currently, looking into the USA SPEC, but can't seem to find any comprehensive reviews. Does anyone have any experience with the USA SPEC on a Honda Accord with Nav??

    Or can anyone tell me if I have the option to just simply hook up my Ipod directly thru an aux port in the back somewhere and forget this whole "integration" mess. I just want to be able to play my Ipod :( .
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    I have the USA spec unit in my Odyssey, and it works great. But, I don't have Nav. THere is an adapter to allow it to work on a car that already uses the Aux port (I think that the XM is the problem area, not the nav, since XM uses the port input).

    Check out Crutchfield. THey have a lot of info, and I think some reviews. I know that there is a seperate piece (a splitter) from USA Spec for your application.

    The Accord (unless they added it in '07, I have an '05) doesn't have an aux plug (the Civic does), or a set of RCA jacks. So, any solution, even a simple plug in with no ipod functions like the USA spec has, will still require an adapter to connect into the radio.

    But, check Crutchfield. When you put in your model it will tell you what you need, and you can call a rep who can explain it too.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • jofaxjofax Posts: 5
    Thnx for the tip. I will definitely check out Crutchfield.

    How is the functionality control using the USA Spec (i.e., Can you change playlists, choose artists, skip tracks, etc. on the Honda factory stereo now)?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    I don't use playlists, but you can skip tracks from the headunit or steering wheel controls. If you want to perform fancy functions (change genres, look up artists, etc) you do it directly from the ipod.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • Wish I had seen this sooner. I've already spent $300 on a new stereo on in my '07 Accord that is IPOD-ready. The money wasn't the issue; they installed the stereo below the factory stereo (it took the place of the storage compartment) so now I have a factory stereo that completely does not work or light up, and the new radio underneath where the storage compartment was. It looks rather silly. I'm glad I can finally listen to my IPOD in my car but really, I wish there was a better way and I hadn't wasted $300.
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