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katie ta achoo
Jul 7, 2007, 03:56 PM
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The only place I really have time to listen to my iPod is in the car. I live in Houston, and driving is a pretty huge part of life: I live about 12 miles from work and about 20 from the University of Houston (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=4800+Calhoun+Rd+77004&sll=29.726819,-95.40596&sspn=0.175009,0.253716&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=1), where I attend classes. The mass transit in this city leaves much to be desired, too.

Iím in the car for about an hour a day, about 2 hours if I get let off work during rush hour! To entertain myself in the car, I listen to my iPod. I have a Sony car stereo, the cheapest one that had line-in in the front and free installation. I have my 4G iPod plugged into the front while the iPod sits in the little depression under the cupholders. I love this system I have set up and I havenít listened to the radio or a CD for a good year and a half.

So, letís take out the iPod and replace it with the iPhone! Itís the best iPod ever made, right?

Read Full Article (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/07/06/iphone-as-in-car-ipod-replacement/)



hgraphics
Jul 7, 2007, 04:03 PM
Katie,

I live in Houston, too.

You need to get one of those car stereos that connect to the iPod dock connector.
Those let you control the iPod from the stereo system and they also charge the iPod.
I know the Alpine ones work really well and even some of the cheaper models can do it now.
Now whether they work with the iPhone I don't know yet.

Good luck !!

MobyIck
Jul 7, 2007, 04:12 PM
Just create a bigger playlist. You could just add two or three albums or even the same one twice...

Katie,

I live in Houston, too.

You need to get one of those car stereos that connect to the iPod dock connector.
Those let you control the iPod from the stereo system and they also charge the iPod.
I know the Alpine ones work really well and even some of the cheaper models can do it now.
Now whether they work with the iPhone I don't know yet.

Good luck !!

jwsmiths
Jul 7, 2007, 04:14 PM
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The only place I really have time to listen to my iPod is in the car. I live in Houston, and driving is a pretty huge part of life: I live about 12 miles from work and about 20 from the University of Houston (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=4800+Calhoun+Rd+77004&sll=29.726819,-95.40596&sspn=0.175009,0.253716&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=1), where I attend classes. The mass transit in this city leaves much to be desired, too.

Iím in the car for about an hour a day, about 2 hours if I get let off work during rush hour! To entertain myself in the car, I listen to my iPod. I have a Sony car stereo, the cheapest one that had line-in in the front and free installation. I have my 4G iPod plugged into the front while the iPod sits in the little depression under the cupholders. I love this system I have set up and I havenít listened to the radio or a CD for a good year and a half.

So, letís take out the iPod and replace it with the iPhone! Itís the best iPod ever made, right?

Read Full Article (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/07/06/iphone-as-in-car-ipod-replacement/)

If you don't mind repeating the album just turn on the "Repeat" mode on the iPhone. Tap on the album work, then near the top right on the loop. When you unplug the headhone adapter you'll be prompted to turn off the iPod (in case you forgot anyways) because of the music coming out of the speaker.

Ampidire
Jul 7, 2007, 04:16 PM
My car, an '06 Scion tC has an iPod enabled headunit, so I have a 30-pin dock connector, and all control of the iPod is done on the headunit itself and on top of that I have steering wheel controls for volume up/down and track forward/back.

I can navigate all my playlists on the headunit with a 1-line display (not as advanced as other iPod HU's but fits my needs just fine) and enable random and repeat-1. It's also a digital connection so the sound quality is consistent and doesn't vary based on the volume of the headphone jack and the headunit volume.

The iPhone works almost exactly the same as my old iPod did in this situation.

The difference now is that when I hook up the iPhone it gives me the option of choosing airplane mode or not; I choose no because then I can still receive calls on the phone.

When I get a call the music fades out and I swipe across the iPhone and press speaker (which I can do now without looking at it) and it's loud and clear. Nobody has yet complained about me being too loud or too soft or not clear yet so it's doing it's job fine in that department.

When the call ends, the iPhone fades the music back in on the car stereo.

In this regard it's actually BETTER than my old iPod, because I used to have to mute and swim in my pockets for my phone all while jumbling the steering wheel. Now I don't have to do any of that at the cost of having to press an extra button when I hook it up to my car (declining airplane mode).

Also; while all this is going on, remember, it's a 30-pin iPod dock connector; so it's charging the phone too, so battery life is now a complete non-issue for me.

Any iPod enabled head unit, and I mean TRULY iPod enabled, as in as the 30-pin connector should work exactly the same as I have stated above.

This isn't a fault of the phone, but a fault of your pretty much jerry-rigging the whole iPod/Car thing by only using the headphone jack to transmit audio.

I suggest you invest in a headunit with a true iPod cable; it'll work just as stated above and you'll be safer and happier with it too.

akbram
Jul 7, 2007, 04:29 PM
Ok, it is ridiculus that people quibble over the miniscule "problems" with the Iphone. First of all, to the writer of the article: put your Iphone's Ipod on whatever album you want to listen to and choose the repeat symbol that comes up to the left of the time-scroll bar when you tap the screen! You needn't manually start the album over with either the Ipod or the Iphone because of the fabulous invention of a repeat button. You can also choose to repeat either the entire playlist / album or the single song..wow, what a marvel of modern science!

Furthermore, would people please stop writing entire reviews over a single problem that can be EASILY corrected. The Iphone is the best phone/mp3 player ever produced. Of course it is going to have its problems, but these problems are dwarfed by the Iphone experience as a whole. And, for the record, I am not a "Mac Fanboy" who will worship Steve Jobs and Apple; but this product is truly worthy of recognition. Yes, the Iphone may require more user interaction than an Ipod, but, if you use the controls correctly, it should not be more difficult than an Ipod. Neither the Ipod nor the Iphone are made for changing options while driving! Both demand the attention of the driver! Be safe and do not be an idiot!

PhatBoyG
Jul 7, 2007, 05:05 PM
iPhone works great with my Pioneer D3, aside from having to say NO to airplane mode. Have not noticed any TDMA noise from the phone at all. And yes, the flash is SO MUCH QUICKER than the 30GB iPod it replaced. When I used next/previous it is now instant compared to the lag I get with the HD-based unit.

I have not tried to make a call on the phone yet, but I will try that soon enough. If the audio comes out of the car speakers instead of the iPod I will be shocked/amazed/stunned/joyful?

Ampidire
Jul 7, 2007, 05:26 PM
iPhone works great with my Pioneer D3, aside from having to say NO to airplane mode. Have not noticed any TDMA noise from the phone at all. And yes, the flash is SO MUCH QUICKER than the 30GB iPod it replaced. When I used next/previous it is now instant compared to the lag I get with the HD-based unit.

I have not tried to make a call on the phone yet, but I will try that soon enough. If the audio comes out of the car speakers instead of the iPod I will be shocked/amazed/stunned/joyful?

The phone call stuff doesn't transmit to the car, just the speakers and mic on the phone; sorry.

The iPhone has cut my daily devices down to 1 from 3.

Sometimes I skip taking my MacBook with me now, I don't carry my Nano with me, and my RAZR is at home counting down the days until it's VZW contract is over in sept.

Asbru
Jul 7, 2007, 05:28 PM
I have an Alpine CDA-9856 in my Jeep Wrangler and I can say that the iPhone is an almost perfect replacement for the iPod in my situation. I have the 30-pin connector and I am able to control the song selection from the stereo. So, repeating songs and changing playlists is no problem.

I get the same Airplane mode question, but, I don't take calls in the Jeep anyway since I can't hear a darn thing with the top down anyway. So, that is really not an issue either.

The only drawback for me is that, in the past, I would leave the iPod locked in the security box where I have the cable running to. I would only take it out when I needed to add new music or I was going to workout. So, now, if I replace the iPod with the phone... I have to keep taking it in/out everywhere I stop. That is a bit of a hassle. So, for the moment, I think I am leaving the iPod in the car.

strangelogic
Jul 7, 2007, 05:33 PM
Furthermore, would people please stop writing entire reviews over a single problem that can be EASILY corrected. The Iphone is the best phone/mp3 player ever produced.

Katie is blogging for MacRumors about her experiences with the iPhone in her life. Think of it as a Road and Track or Car and Driver long-term experience. I thought it was a reasonable comparison between how she used her iPod, and how the iPhone is working out for her. And it starts a nice thread where others can share their experiences.

I still have not used the iPhone in my main car as a replacement for my iPod - of course I still have not had the Alpine with iPod integration installed in my new car. But I did use it with the earbuds in my jeep last night driving into DC - and it was nice to have the phone/iPod functionality blended in there, I want the mic and the 'remote' on that headset but without the ear-buds.

wsellers
Jul 7, 2007, 05:38 PM
HI--- I REALLY REALLY wish DLO would come out with an iPhone compatible FM-Transmitter / hands free phone unit !!! I think a device like that would sell really well.

I've used DLO FM-transmitters with my other iPods and they seem to work the best----and most clear. BUT, to have the same functionality with the ability to make and take calls (voice going over the car speakers) would just be damn cool.

EMAIL DLO!

Will Sellers
Baton Rouge, LA

richdun
Jul 7, 2007, 06:05 PM
This is probably not what you are looking for, since it requires one part pre-installed and one part after-market, but my 2004 Prius with Bluetooth hands-free built-in and an iPod connector from Peripheral works great with iPhone. The Bluetooth hands-free connects to the phone part, fading the stereo and using the car's internal mic/speakers for calls, and the iPod connector provides power and plays music through the car stereo with controls on the dashboard (song skip and volume only... you have to pick a playlist on the iPhone). The iPhone did give me the "this accessory not made for iPhone" dialogue when I plugged in the dock connector, but I told it not to go into airport mode and everything still seemed to work.

Of course, my solution does require that you have a Bluetooth hands-free system and a car stereo compatible with a dock connector kit, but it does work great.

Bitjockey
Jul 7, 2007, 06:28 PM
My son has the same Sony radio in his Escort. It was what he could afford with an input jack for his iPod. I appreciate hearing your experiences with the iPhone along with SOME of the readers work arounds so I can pass them on to him.

txb
Jul 7, 2007, 06:34 PM
Katie is blogging for MacRumors about her experiences with the iPhone in her life. Think of it as a Road and Track or Car and Driver long-term experience. I thought it was a reasonable comparison between how she used her iPod, and how the iPhone is working out for her. And it starts a nice thread where others can share their experiences.

I still have not used the iPhone in my main car as a replacement for my iPod - of course I still have not had the Alpine with iPod integration installed in my new car. But I did use it with the earbuds in my jeep last night driving into DC - and it was nice to have the phone/iPod functionality blended in there, I want the mic and the 'remote' on that headset but without the ear-buds.

I see the argument that the author is blogging on the basis of her experience, but if it's also true that the author is basing their article on their lack of knowledge of the product ... what is the point?

The author in this case, makes the point that the deficiency is that there is no button for tactile feedback on the basis that she can't restart the album (and she does say that she's happy replaying the album) without unlocking and diverting her eyes to the iPhone. As 'jwsmiths' points out, there's a repeat option for the album play. So what's the point being made here? That the author should find out how to use the product? That perhaps time spent using it may provide the answer?

Not having buttons all over the iPhone is actually a feature ... one that is quite obvious. It's why we love the iPhone. Complaining that they don't exist is .. well, quite honestly, ridiculous.

This has the makings of a question or an FAQ, perhaps .. but a review? I don't think so.

jcholsapple
Jul 7, 2007, 06:46 PM
I use the harmon kardon ipod system in my car. the us-dp1 I think is what it is.. you know the one that you have to have installed.

But it works the same way.. through the stereo.. 30 pin connector and it asks if you want airplane mode or not. fades out and everything.. I love it.. I always loved the ease of having the ipod like scroll wheel at my fingertips but now that I can accept calls and everything it's super!

I am so in love with the iphone right now.

kellen
Jul 7, 2007, 06:56 PM
So an headset connection to a stereo input works on the iphone?

Sign me up to be a product reviewer and send me a MP or a MBP....

Oh and just for everyones sake, not all Alpine headunits work with the iphone. Seems like the newer models (988x) don't, while last years (985x) do.

Clix Pix
Jul 7, 2007, 06:57 PM
I've got the Alpine head unit that works absolutely wonderfully with my iPod. I also have the Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS navigation system. My solution is to continue using my iPod with the Alpine unit and to take advantage of the Nuvi's Bluetooth connectivity to pair it with my iPhone. Voila! I can enjoy my music from my iPod and work all the features from the head unit's screen and I can take or make phone calls with the Nuvi's Bluetooth connection. How cool is this?! For various reasons I cannot use a Bluetooth headset or earpiece so I am just thrilled to pieces to have hands-free phone dialing/receiving in my car through the Nuvi. What works for me and what I find fantastic may not be the same for someone else, though....

loudestnoise
Jul 7, 2007, 07:08 PM
That little retractable cable is sweet. I too am lucky to have a Kenwood deck with a 30-pin connector for iPod/iPhone. Allow I am given the warning about the accessory it still works just fine with all iPhone features still enabled. Thank goodness, I would have been upset if it didn't.

lou2000
Jul 7, 2007, 10:13 PM
I just plug my ipod into a cassette adapter. It works fine. I set it going before i get out of my parking spot and usually don't touch it till i'm parked again. Frequently I have thought about getting any number of car related ipod accesories but what i have works and i'm too lazy and cheap to get anything better.

Someone suggested to Kate, just to make a larger playlist and i second that motion and have an addendum.

Just like Kate I make different trips that last different times in my car. But I love podcasts. So i keep 3 playlists on my ipod. the first one is for my 40 minutes drives and i keep long podcasts like "wait, wait, don't tell me", "this American life" , "TWIT", and "Buzz Out Loud". For my short 15 minutes to work drives i listen to "the Daily Gizz Wizz" NPR's Story of the day, and Science Talk. And then I have one more playlist where I keep really short podcasts like "Onion Radio News", 60-Second Science, and the NYT Front page for the really quick trips. If i'm in the mood for music i always have the latest Roots Rock Radio, the Dead Show, and Big Band Seranade.

I haven't tried this yet but i think you could set this up with smart playlists that synch up automatically.

XjeffX
Jul 8, 2007, 02:49 AM
Yes, I've had several scary moments on the road trying to control this "iPod". I've never had any scares driving while controlling my old iPods.

MarcWill
Jul 8, 2007, 07:19 AM
http://www.dension.com/images/icelinkplus_10.gif
I have had a DENSION Icelink since they were released and this is by far the best iPod/iPhone intergration you can get without buying an aftermarket radio.

The real advantage is the cradle so the iPhone stays stationary the entire time as it CHARGES!! No janky cables runnin all through the cig lighter (BONUS - it rotates to you can get the cover view by swinging it 45 degrees)

It plays just as loud if not louder than my iPod and I dont miss calls because it rings through the stereo! I can also use it as a sort of nav system with google maps and just hit the next arrow when I am getting close to my turns. I can also watch movies in the car with the landscape view (when I'm at stop lights of course ... hehe)

I didn't think it would replace my iPod but with 8 gigs of my most recent movies and music - I haven't used my iPod since I got my iPhone. :)

laidbackliam
Jul 8, 2007, 02:31 PM
ben folds, eh? one of my favorites. what album do you like in the car?

billchase2
Jul 8, 2007, 03:49 PM
Do they have any cigarette lighter FM transmitters/chargers for the iPhone yet?

metanoia
Jul 9, 2007, 12:38 AM
Just for the record, the iPhone does NOT work with USB-based iPod connections such as with the Pioneer DEH-P6900UB. Too bad, I was hoping to get rid of the 5G.

Metanoia

Mr Mikey
Jul 9, 2007, 05:42 PM
I have an iPod hook-up on my car stereo and connected my iPhone today. It didn't work... An error message appears on "iPhone about device not supported".

CADer
Jul 10, 2007, 12:49 PM
Ok, it is ridiculus that people quibble over the miniscule "problems" with the Iphone. First of all, to the writer of the article: put your Iphone's Ipod on whatever album you want to listen to and choose the repeat symbol that comes up to the left of the time-scroll bar when you tap the screen! You needn't manually start the album over with either the Ipod or the Iphone because of the fabulous invention of a repeat button. You can also choose to repeat either the entire playlist / album or the single song..wow, what a marvel of modern science!

Furthermore, would people please stop writing entire reviews over a single problem that can be EASILY corrected. The Iphone is the best phone/mp3 player ever produced. Of course it is going to have its problems, but these problems are dwarfed by the Iphone experience as a whole. And, for the record, I am not a "Mac Fanboy" who will worship Steve Jobs and Apple; but this product is truly worthy of recognition. Yes, the Iphone may require more user interaction than an Ipod, but, if you use the controls correctly, it should not be more difficult than an Ipod. Neither the Ipod nor the Iphone are made for changing options while driving! Both demand the attention of the driver! Be safe and do not be an idiot!


Yeah REPEAT it isn't that hard to find. (This guy took the words straight ou of my mouth.)

noriyori
Jul 10, 2007, 01:57 PM
I use a simple cassette adapter in my car as the car is old and I don't spend enough time in it to justify getting a new stereo. plus, I still listen to tapes.:rolleyes:

my only nit-picks are the GSM buzz interference and not being able to skip a track in cover-flow mode. you'd think they would have put a simple prev. next buttons in there...

pjarvi
Jul 10, 2007, 10:49 PM
I've almost got the same setup as Katie. :D

-Sony "X-Plod" head unit
-retractable 3.5mm stereo cable
-iPod (no phone yet for me)

Works great, especially for road trips. The person driving gets to plugin their music player of choice and listen to tunes.

twoodcc
Jul 10, 2007, 11:47 PM
at least you got it to work. I have a dock connector hookup for my iPod in my truck and it doesn't work with my iPhone but it does charge it

janey
Jul 10, 2007, 11:59 PM
Not having buttons all over the iPhone is actually a feature ... one that is quite obvious. It's why we love the iPhone. Complaining that they don't exist is .. well, quite honestly, ridiculous.
I'm not necessarily complaining, but I don't want to invest more than $20 to make songs on my iPhone play in the car, particularly given that I have other things I want to plug in to listen in the car - other people's iPods, devices, laptops and what have you - that don't use the 30pin iPod connector. Plus more than one car, plus I'm probably getting a new car sometime soon... Which means, there's no nice way to change songs without looking at the iPhone when using adapters and fm transmitters that are cheap and work with pretty much anything.

Meanwhile, the iPod had physical buttons that made it very trivial to manage your songs without looking, and yes, without looking. I have quite a few visually impaired friends who use iPods exclusively. A 5 year old could figure out how to skip and pause songs.

What I would have loved is for the physical button on the bottom to have been a dpad. Not only for the iPod feature, but also would be useful for scrolling or one handed use of the iPhone.

ldenier
Jul 12, 2007, 10:39 AM
i also just got my iphone to work with the pioneer D3 Head Unit. the bluetooth phone functions work great. i have to individually push each contact onto the phone. i could do this with my cingular 3125. can the iphone do this??

thanks,

larry

ldenier
Jul 12, 2007, 11:12 AM
Sorry, i meant that i have to push each contact onto the phonebook built into the bluetooth module. the old phone was able to beam contacts over. can the iphone do this??

thanks,

larry

joshwest
Jul 12, 2007, 12:40 PM
Does anyone make a dock extender and not just a small one like an extenstion cable since the iphone wont fit in a docked car adapater?

edit: i found one CableJive iPod Dock Extender Cable but its 65$ anyone know where else you can find something similar to this

IHateUserNames
Jul 14, 2007, 04:48 AM
Meanwhile, the iPod had physical buttons that made it very trivial to manage your songs without looking, and yes, without looking.

I agree. The absence of tactile feedback indeed is a problem with touch screens/multi-touch.

When using my iPod, I can skip songs, adjust the volume, fast forward, rewind, and play/pause songs without even taking the iPod out of my pocket.

janey
Jul 14, 2007, 05:33 AM
I agree. The absence of tactile feedback indeed is a problem with touch screens/multi-touch.

I have no issue with the lack of tactile feedback when it comes to the keyboard.

However, with the iPod features, I just expected a bit more. Either bigger/more prominent controls/gestures or a physical change - such as a dpad. I cannot look down at the iPhone every time to change the volume or the song :( I can't even guess, because I wouldn't know what position the iPhone would be in (portrait vs. landscape - album art or coverflow), let alone where I'd have to randomly tap and drag hoping it's the right place to change volume. If the screen didn't turn off already, that is.

Clix Pix
Jul 14, 2007, 11:05 AM
Sorry, i meant that i have to push each contact onto the phonebook built into the bluetooth module. the old phone was able to beam contacts over. can the iphone do this??

thanks,

larry

Yes, the iPhone sends all my contacts into the BT on my Garmin Nuvi 660. No groups, though, just the straight list and they don't seem to be in alphabetical order. ?? No matter -- I can still quickly find whoever it is I am trying to call and that is what counts.

Peligro
Jul 16, 2007, 07:01 AM
Just for the record, the iPhone does NOT work with USB-based iPod connections such as with the Pioneer DEH-P6900UB. Too bad, I was hoping to get rid of the 5G.

Metanoia


D'oh! :(

That would be my stereo... bad news. Oh well. I guess I can't sell my 5G once I get my iPhone either.

lanceuppercut
Jul 16, 2007, 08:07 AM
I have the Dension Icelink on my 2003 Audi for my ipod so I thought I would try my iphone on it...WOW it works I can play 3 play lists and skip tracks from my head unit and when a call comes in the ring comes from my speakers and then I can just use the microphone on the iphone really cool but the speaker on the phone is a little soft...hope this helps. You can email me and I will help you with your iphone/car problem. I think you can go to http://www.diceelectronics.com/ and they have a car kit cuz I don't think Dension sell in the U.S. anymore. Bad for me cuz I can't get upgrades to my icelink...but is seem to be adequate. Hope this helps. Oh forgot to say the car kit also charges my phone really cool...

sJv
Jul 16, 2007, 08:53 AM
Does anyone with the 30 pin dock connection get the GSM buzzing in their car? I am currently using a tape adapter and it buzzes unless I am holding the phone. I've noticed that when the iPhone is docked at home via the 30 pin connector, it will not buzz into the stereo. Perhaps the buzz is only there if you connect through the headphone jack, but is absent if connected through the dock connector?

-steve

liberty4all
Jul 16, 2007, 07:45 PM
Too bad Dension does not support Chevrolet (Camaro Monsoon) or JVC (HD Radio) -- zippo

http://www.dension.com/images/icelinkplus_10.gif
I have had a DENSION Icelink since they were released and this is by far the best iPod/iPhone intergration you can get without buying an aftermarket radio.

The real advantage is the cradle so the iPhone stays stationary the entire time as it CHARGES!! No janky cables runnin all through the cig lighter (BONUS - it rotates to you can get the cover view by swinging it 45 degrees)

It plays just as loud if not louder than my iPod and I dont miss calls because it rings through the stereo! I can also use it as a sort of nav system with google maps and just hit the next arrow when I am getting close to my turns. I can also watch movies in the car with the landscape view (when I'm at stop lights of course ... hehe)

I didn't think it would replace my iPod but with 8 gigs of my most recent movies and music - I haven't used my iPod since I got my iPhone. :)

llarson
Jul 17, 2007, 01:26 PM
I had a iPOD 30 pin adaptor in my Murano that I used with my iPOD and now use with my o
iPHONE.

Allows me to control the iPHONE through my steering wheel controls.

The Garmin 360 gives me a hands free phone calling ability.

I have the iPHONE mounted on the center counsel using a gooseneck extension and a universal cell phone holder. The 30 pin cable fits perfectly in the bottom of the phone while in the cradel.

Will attach Picts later.

TPALTony
Jul 17, 2007, 01:33 PM
I have an Alpine CDA-9856 in my Jeep Wrangler and I can say that the iPhone is an almost perfect replacement for the iPod in my situation. I have the 30-pin connector and I am able to control the song selection from the stereo. So, repeating songs and changing playlists is no problem.

I get the same Airplane mode question, but, I don't take calls in the Jeep anyway since I can't hear a darn thing with the top down anyway. So, that is really not an issue either.

The only drawback for me is that, in the past, I would leave the iPod locked in the security box where I have the cable running to. I would only take it out when I needed to add new music or I was going to workout. So, now, if I replace the iPod with the phone... I have to keep taking it in/out everywhere I stop. That is a bit of a hassle. So, for the moment, I think I am leaving the iPod in the car.


I have a VAIS Tech module for Toyota / Lexus integration. With the iPhone it works perfectly. The line level out of the iPhone is MUCH louder than on my original iPod Photo! Also, if you ignore that Airplane Mode prompt it goes away on it's own and assumes you meant "No, leave the phone on please."

So basically, plug in and away you go.

Now all I need is for the iPhoneALike iPod video with 120GB drive to come out so all my music will fit! :)

be well

t

nfocus design
Jul 17, 2007, 04:21 PM
I have an Alpine stereo in my car. I have it wired so I can put the iPod in my glove box. I plugged in my iPohne and it worked fine. Just put it on airplane mode. Bad news is you can't get calls while in airplane mode. I have an old 40GB iPod photo that I use in the car. I had it painted to match the car even. I don't care if it's old. It holds a lot of music and does what I need it to do. I'd rather not use my iPhone as an iPod in the car.

AJsAWiz
Jul 21, 2007, 04:52 PM
at least you got it to work. I have a dock connector hookup for my iPod in my truck and it doesn't work with my iPhone but it does charge it

I have a dock connector too (in my car). The iPod Nano works but my iPod Video does not. I haven't tried it with my iPhone but doubt if it will work because of the iPod Video issue.

brooker
Jul 22, 2007, 03:46 AM
I have no issue with the lack of tactile feedback when it comes to the keyboard.

However, with the iPod features, I just expected a bit more. Either bigger/more prominent controls/gestures or a physical change - such as a dpad. I cannot look down at the iPhone every time to change the volume or the song :( I can't even guess, because I wouldn't know what position the iPhone would be in (portrait vs. landscape - album art or coverflow), let alone where I'd have to randomly tap and drag hoping it's the right place to change volume. If the screen didn't turn off already, that is.

Here's a hint for ya... Use the physical volume buttons that ARE THERE. The side rocker, under the silence switch will control the volume.

And... if you leave the headphones plugged in, you can double-squeeze the bulge button to skip to the next song (single squeeze for pause/play). Works great to manage songs without looking at iPhone.

Anonymous Freak
Jul 23, 2007, 05:18 PM
I have a VAIS Tech module for Toyota / Lexus integration. With the iPhone it works perfectly. The line level out of the iPhone is MUCH louder than on my original iPod Photo! Also, if you ignore that Airplane Mode prompt it goes away on it's own and assumes you meant "No, leave the phone on please."

So basically, plug in and away you go.

Now all I need is for the iPhoneALike iPod video with 120GB drive to come out so all my music will fit! :)

be well

t

The VAIS works with the iPhone? Hrm... What model of Toyota/Lexus do you have? I have a Prius, with no cassette, and no minijack in, so my only iPod connectivity before was an FM transmitter that doesn't work with the iPhone. If one of the iPod links works fine with the iPhone, then I'll go get one installed.

megfilmworks
Jul 24, 2007, 09:43 AM
http://www.dension.com/images/icelinkplus_10.gif
I have had a DENSION Icelink since they were released and this is by far the best iPod/iPhone intergration you can get without buying an aftermarket radio.

The real advantage is the cradle so the iPhone stays stationary the entire time as it CHARGES!! No janky cables runnin all through the cig lighter (BONUS - it rotates to you can get the cover view by swinging it 45 degrees)

It plays just as loud if not louder than my iPod and I dont miss calls because it rings through the stereo! I can also use it as a sort of nav system with google maps and just hit the next arrow when I am getting close to my turns. I can also watch movies in the car with the landscape view (when I'm at stop lights of course ... hehe)

I didn't think it would replace my iPod but with 8 gigs of my most recent movies and music - I haven't used my iPod since I got my iPhone. :)
This seems like the solution I am looking for..thanks!!

StophMac24
Jul 24, 2007, 07:28 PM
I have the Harmon Kardon iPlay or iDrive thing, I am not sure the name, but anyway, It has a little LCD screen thats hows you exactly what you would see on your iPod and comes with a remote that works the same way your iPod track does that you can mount anywhere. Originally Apple said that a lot of the iPod accessories doesnt work with the iPhone, however, this one does, and it does a nice job too. Not only do I not have to look at the iPhone, but it charges my iPhone for me, and if i get a phone call, I can hear the ring tone through my car speakers. At this point you just answer your iPhone and when you hang up, it continues playing the music right where it left off. It may just be a quick solution for you. It only cost $99 when i purchased it, and I think it has gone down in price since i purchased it. It doesn't matter what type of radio you have because it uses either Audio (red/white) plugs or an AUX plug.

Harmon Kardon (http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-1/default.aspx?Country=US&Language=ENG&Region=USA&#btm)

yagrax
Jul 30, 2007, 01:04 PM
My Belkin adapter (pod connector, FM transmitter, charger all in one) for the iPod 'works' for the iPhone, except that iPhone asks to go into Airplane mode.

This means that incoming calls go straight to voicemail, unacceptable.


I like the stereo cable idea out the headphone jack of the iPhone, but only if iPhone doesn't transmit it's interference issue to my radio, and I can still get incoming calls (no Airplane mode).

For a remote, the author should invest in a DLO iDirect, Griffin Remote, etc that plugs in to the iPod Port on the underside of the iPhone. Some of these will also allow you to plug into their undersides the Car Adaper to iPod port.

Most of these come with a little "key-fob-like" remote, which can be double-stick-taped to the steering wheel or other location (so it doesn't get lost).
Just don't put it on your airbag - or it could end up inside your eye in a crash!

For me, since the iPhone doesn't scratch (dropped it 3 times now, once on tile), I just put mine into an empty cupholder or use one of those "cell-cup" foam things that put in the cupholder and look like a piece of gray foam...

I like to keep things fairly simple, my commute is only 5 minutes...

gnasher729
Jul 30, 2007, 01:16 PM
My Belkin adapter (pod connector, FM transmitter, charger all in one) for the iPod 'works' for the iPhone, except that iPhone asks to go into Airplane mode.

This means that incoming calls go straight to voicemail, unacceptable.

Good idea though if you are driving.

sicasaire
Jul 31, 2007, 05:53 PM
I have a honda element and my ipod/iphone plug directly into my car (no fm transmitter)... when i get a call the music fades out so i can answer my phone... i leave it plugged into my car so i can hear the call through my car speakers but i have to hit the speaker phone button so they can hear me better...

*Spitfire*
Aug 15, 2007, 06:30 AM
I use the harmon kardon ipod system in my car.....through the stereo.. 30 pin connector and it asks if you want airplane mode or not. fades out and everything.. I love it.. I always loved the ease of having the ipod like scroll wheel at my fingertips but now that I can accept calls and everything it's super!

Let me add another recommendation for the Harmon Kardon Drive+Play system (http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-1/). I leave the iPhone out of Airplane mode, though, so I can receive and initiate phone calls via the Bluetooth connection with the car. This isn't the least expensive device for connecting iPod/iPhones to a car stereo, but, of course, the iPhone isn't the cheapest iPod you could buy either.

[Searching for a song while driving can be hazardous to your health, and to the health of others]

MarkW19
Sep 1, 2007, 03:43 PM
Those with the Dension Icelink - as the iPhone isn't designed for it's iPod cradle, how do you find it fits? Is it secure/doesn't move above while driving, and a good fit?

macbookProSF
Oct 2, 2007, 01:41 AM
iPhone works great with my Pioneer D3, aside from having to say NO to airplane mode. Have not noticed any TDMA noise from the phone at all. And yes, the flash is SO MUCH QUICKER than the 30GB iPod it replaced. When I used next/previous it is now instant compared to the lag I get with the HD-based unit.

I have not tried to make a call on the phone yet, but I will try that soon enough. If the audio comes out of the car speakers instead of the iPod I will be shocked/amazed/stunned/joyful?

dude you will not hear TDMA noise on an iphone unless you are not on at&t....

Fast Shadow
Oct 2, 2007, 01:58 AM
I have a BMW with the DICE iPod integration kit, it's an aftermarket solution that connects via the OEM CD changer wiring. It works great with my iPod Mini, but my iPhone - not so much. The DICE unit was designed long before the iPhone came out, so it's not surprising. I may be in the minority, but I'm not overly impressed with the iPhone's ipod functionality. The fact that disk mode is disabled and you're forced to sync by playlist only really stinks.

gr8tfly
Oct 2, 2007, 02:06 AM
I have a BMW with the DICE iPod integration kit, it's an aftermarket solution that connects via the OEM CD changer wiring. It works great with my iPod Mini, but my iPhone - not so much. The DICE unit was designed long before the iPhone came out, so it's not surprising. I may be in the minority, but I'm not overly impressed with the iPhone's ipod functionality. The fact that disk mode is disabled and you're forced to sync by playlist only really stinks.

I installed a NEO kit in my BMW, which I understand to be the same as the DICE. It seems to work fine. I have it set to "manual", so I can use the iPod interface on the phone along with the track up/down through the control head and steering wheel. It also has a more integrated mode, where you can select playlists and songs, along with displaying the song name on radio, but currently this disables the iPhone interface. It does bring up the "not compatible" message when connecting. Not a problem, as there is no GSM interference through the BMW amp.

twoodcc
Oct 2, 2007, 06:39 AM
i listen to my iPhone in the car (i drive about 2 - 4 hours a day)

sometimes when i'm in traffic i watch movies on it :eek: (don't tell anybody!)

junker
Oct 2, 2007, 08:52 AM
I use this setup - I started a thread a few weeks back (before I bought my iphone) then took the plunge.

My setup plugs into the lighter, will charge the iphone, fit my 4 gig ipod and play via fm transmitter - but I have to go into airplane mode (no phone signal). It's a bit clunky and I have pictures on the forum thread as well...

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=353001&highlight=fm+transmitter

Mike Teezie
Oct 2, 2007, 04:25 PM
I recently decided I was tired of crappy cassette adpater quality in my Jetta, and bought one of these (http://www.icarkits.com/advanced_search_result.php?set_questions=1&sort=4d&search_question%5B15%5D=32) - the one that connects at the radio. It uses the factory head unit's CD changer controls to integrate the iPod.

Not content with letting the iPod sit there in the change tray, I took a 5G Universal Dock adapter and used a Dremel to route out the slot where the dock's connector would normally slide in. I made the opening large enough to accommodate the Peripheral unit's 30 pin plug, painted it black, and then superglued it all together.

I then went and bought some black vinyl from Hobby Lobby, and a sheet of 1/4 foam core. I used an exacto to cut out a piece of foam core the exact size of the opening over the change tray area in the Jetta, and cut out a hole for the dock adapter/Peripheral cable to fit in. I then covered that in the Black Vinyl, to better match the black leather interior of my Jetta. Finally, I used industrial strength velcro to attach the assembly to the Jetta, that way it wouldn't be permanent.

The great thing is, the whole setup looks awesome, sounds great, and better yet - works with my iPhone!

Here it is:

http://mnjordan.com/images/iCar/01.jpg

http://mnjordan.com/images/iCar/02.jpg

schulzmc
Oct 2, 2007, 05:45 PM
I have a BMW with the DICE iPod integration kit, it's an aftermarket solution that connects via the OEM CD changer wiring. It works great with my iPod Mini, but my iPhone - not so much. The DICE unit was designed long before the iPhone came out, so it's not surprising. I may be in the minority, but I'm not overly impressed with the iPhone's ipod functionality. The fact that disk mode is disabled and you're forced to sync by playlist only really stinks.

I'm using the DICE iPod integration kit in my MINI Cooper and believe it is the exact same kit you have (BMW makes MINI's). I had to switch the two small dip switches on the DICE unit off and now I have manual control of my iPhone while it plays through the car stereo. Steering wheel function is there as well. All I am missing is song info displayed on the head unit - but with my iPhone screen mounted right next to the radio I don't need it.

DefCon65
Oct 9, 2007, 10:49 AM
I've got an '06 Acura TSX and I put a USA Spec Hon2y interface cable in last year for my iPod. The stereo has an aux jack but the new interface gave me steering wheel control of the iPod. The car also has a bluetooth handsfree system and my iPhone is paired with the system. So now when I get in I plug in my iPhone which gives me full iPod functionality from the wheel and I retain my bluetooth functionality so I have steering wheel mounted phone controls as well. When a call comes in the iPod fades and pauses while I take the call. It turned out to be the cleanest integration I have ever seen and it was never made for the iPhone...............

megfilmworks
Oct 19, 2007, 08:14 PM
Wireless install (I have an iPod in the glove box).
Easy to use Google maps for traffic and great caller id. I answer with my bluetooth ear bud.

It's a pro clip. Very easy to install and solid.

tedvera
Dec 31, 2008, 06:34 PM
I've been looking for a good way to integrate my iPhone into my car but haven't been 100% happy with what I found. I'm glad I held out because Alpine just came out with a new head unit built for iPhone, IDA-X305:

http://www.alpine-asia.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=379&Itemid=762

It doesn't show up on the US website yet, but you can pre-order it at a few online retailers.

Ted

ncsimmons03
Jan 1, 2009, 02:51 AM
www.diceelectronics.com:D

Oskee2001
Jan 6, 2009, 09:28 AM
Recently installed this bad boy -- comes with built-in bluetooth and direct ipod/iphone connection:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-jnuUrFtL6iz/p_130P8000BT/Pioneer-FH-P8000BT.html

also comes in a single-din size:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-jAZj7GCAdzi/p_130P7000BT/Pioneer-DEH-P7000BT.html