View Full Version : Is there a Car Stereo with iPod controls out there?
Jul 11, 2003, 12:58 AM
Okay, I spend a lot of time driving in my truck and my new iPod has been wonderful for those long trips. But the sound using a tape adapter is only so so, and I don't really like FM transmitters. I am going to get rid of my factory stereo and get one with a line in. However I was wondering if there are there any car stereos than can control an iPod? Or does anyone know of a hack to get the cd changer controls to control the iPod?
Jul 11, 2003, 03:20 AM
Hmm... it could communicate with the iPod the same way the remote does, so it's possible.
I just don't think there's enough of a market for a stereo manufacturer to build this feature into a unit for such a small potential market.
Jul 11, 2003, 03:52 AM
I found a couple of things...
This is an article about adding an audio in jack to your car stereo, some evidently have audio in jacks in the back.
this one by AIWA has an audio in jack on the front
Jul 11, 2003, 07:05 AM
my dads 1990 Subaru Legacy has an Audio In..in the front face. its a double din.. stereo , factory stock. with cassette..
if your truck supports the same size you could prob find one cheap at a scrap yard
Jul 11, 2003, 07:30 AM
i don't think he's looking for a stereo with line in, which aren't hard to come by, i think he's looking for a stereo that can control the iPod's function like a remote. Which i do not believe exists.
Jul 11, 2003, 01:22 PM
no that would be very difficult to do if you think about it unless the deck acted as a wireless remote, which none do. Just buy one with a aux jack, I have one and it's great.
Jul 11, 2003, 01:35 PM
I'm with others on this .. I doubt that any manufacturer would spend the money to make something like this.
I did get a head unit with an Aux input (from the back). I tore up the dash, brought the connection down the console and into my car's sunglass-holder hole thing, and am able to leave my iPod in there while still being able to easily reach the 'Pods remote. It's very cool, easy to use (after installing) and much better sounding than the casette adapters. Also, the cord doesn't get in the way with my shift knob now. It takes a little work, but its definitely worth it.
[Edit: a lot of the newer head units don't have front Line-In jacks because the market this year is into MP3 CDs. You'll be hard-pressed finding a new, good-quality head unit with a front line-in.]
Jul 12, 2003, 02:03 AM
here these guys are working on a solution for it. basically all you will need is a radio w/ cd changer controlls