What kind of iPod hookup do you use in your car?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TH55, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. TH55, Dec 29, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2012

    macrumors 68020

    Nov 5, 2011
    Which is the better adapter?

    I've heard people say USA Spec has much better sound quality but that iSimple has much better control functionality/text display.

    Are either of those things true? If so, what specifically makes the iSimple's controls so much more better? Have they fixed the sound quality issue? Thanks!
  2. thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 5, 2011
  3. macrumors 68000

    Oct 23, 2008
  4. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    I use an iSimple adapter in my van, it takes the place of the cd changer and plugs into the factory HU. I luv the setup, I use a pro-clip mount to hold the iPhone.

    The only part that I do not like is the adapter I have to use to go from the lighting to the 30 pin on the iSimple lead wire. The only adapter I could find was the white one from Apple, so it looks a little out of place ( black phone, black mount and black iSimple lead.

    Sound quality is very good, charges the iPhone and I can use my steering wheel controls.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 5, 2011
    What specifically can you control from the factory stereo?
  6. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    From the steering wheel controls I can skip songs, well to be honest that is all I have tried. I will try other stuff today.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    interesting thread. i used to connect my ipod through an aftermarket kit i bought at bestbuy which connected into my AUX in my original head unit on my 2005 honda accord. upon purchasing the i5, i was sad about the switch to the new lightening pin (my aux adapter had a connection for 30pin). i started to use a monster cable for the music, but got tired of the wires. my solution was to install a bluetooth enabled head unit which also allows me to use bluetooth phonecalls directly through my car speakers. and only for $200!!! that's with installation. don't know where you live and how much your guys would charge, but i'm in orange county and it turned out awesome.

    this is the head unit i got installed if anyone's interested: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/CD-Receivers/DEH-X6500BT
  8. macrumors G4


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    5th Gen Nano, which I put in one of the open spaces in front of the shifter (no holder, but my iPod's in a clear case). I use this (uses my car's own stereo system):

    Attached Files:

  9. macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    I use a cassette and connect it to my iPhone (similar to the one pictured above). A friend of mine uses like an FM tuner for his iPod
  10. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Right now simple aux but I would like BT. Can't find one with steering controls.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Albuquerque, USA
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2010
  13. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    I have an Alpine head unit with USB interface and I keep a 30GB iPod Classic in the glove box. Works great.
  14. macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I use the Belkin CarAudio Connect AUX. It connects to my iPhone 5 via bluetooth and to my car stereo via AUX. Works like a charm.

  15. macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2011
  16. macrumors regular

    ///M Powah

    Oct 22, 2012
    Hawaii, US
    BMW Bluetooth from my BMW F10. It sounds great! :)
  17. takeshi74, Dec 31, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on the vehicle. One has an Alpine head unit with a built-in iPod interface. One has the manufacturer's iPod interface (not sold with this model of vehicle but designed for the head unit which is used in multiple models). The third uses a USA Spec iPod interface. I don't really see any drastic differences in sound quality as they're all wired. The Alpine interface is a lot less clunky than the aftermarket solutions but the USA Spec in the Lexus works fairly well. The existing stereo equipment will affect the experience. Our other cars don't have the touch screen that the Lexus has so a USA Spec interface in another vehicle could be completely different as far as usability is concerned.

    Define "better". What criteria are you using for comparison? What are your priorities? What features are must haves?

    Better is always highly subjective and you have to always consider the source. You need to ask those claiming that it's better. They "Why?" is always more important to ask when shopping versus "Which is better?".

    ...and don't overlook the countless prior threads on the topic or the Accessories subforum.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2012
    I bought a Dension Bluetooth/USB/iPod module for my 2004 Audi a4 and I was surprised how clear the Bluetooth was. I came from using a tape to aux adapter and I am so satisfied. I bought the Dension which uses the factory radio to control things and it is a bit limited but I can still skip songs and answer calls. It also came with a separate mic but people have said they could tell that I was in my car because road noise was loud. It doesn't, however, display text through the radio but I can deal with that. I installed it myself and it was $140 price range. Check out enfig car audio's website to see more or google Dension.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
  20. macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Same...although my head unit is Eclipse and it's got the 30 pin hard wired to an iPod....either third or forth gen. 20gb black n white iPod with about 4200 songs I ripped on to in back in 2004! Lol...it never leaves the truck, sounds great and works perfectly! It's been through 7 Alaskan winters too! Unreal that thing is still working...I really am amazed.


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