iPad won't work with car stereo

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AppleFan360, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have JVC car stereo with a USB input for iPods. My iPhone 3GS works fine. I can play music and use the stereo controls to search and navigate songs.

    When I plug in the iPad, a message comes up on the iPad saying that this device is not compatible.

    Anyone else have this issue? It's kind of bummer because I thought it would work since the software is generally the same as the iPhone.
  2. jeigh macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2010
    Similar problem here. I have a Pioneer headunit and get the same error as you. It will still trickle charge when in standby but aside that, nothing.
  3. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    I have a Sony head unit and it works perfectly. Was just listening to music off my iPad in my car an hour ago.
  4. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    Works fine with my Pioneer (I believe) head unit over bluetooth.

    I'll try to go out tonight and test out the USB.
  5. myoldwatermill macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    I am gonna try the griffin radio adaptor and see if that thing works.

    I will post my results in the evening.
  6. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Yup, I have a JVC and it will not work via the dock connector. Bluetooth is fine, and if all else fails, just use the Aux In. Too bad it won't charge the iPad, but I didn't really expect it to due to the increased power charging demands. Thankfully, the iPad already has great battery life!
  7. myoldwatermill macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Just letting you know that I used the griffin itrip in my car.

    It is a pretty affordable alternative if you guys are still having problems with getting It to work via other means.
  8. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Mine won't work in my Hyundai either with the official Hyundai cable. I can only get it to work by separating the 3.5mm and USB section of it with the USB part going into a charger (lighter looking thing). Damn.

    Why is this happening?
  9. DanielNTX macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2005
    Go Bluetooth A2DP if your head unit supports it. Only downside skipping songs has to be done on the iPad and not the stereo.
  10. Bierp macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2010
    Perhaps a firmware update?

    My wife has the car at the moment, but I'll check it when she gets back. Our Fusion Hybrid has the SYNC system, which is pretty good at handling an iPod through USB. I'll check the iPad when she gets back.

    I've had to do one SYNC Flash upgrade since I bought it in August. Perhaps some of these systems will need to be tweaked for the iPad.

  11. Bierp macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2010
    iPad doesn't support SYNC

    That was a complete failure. Plugging my iPad into the SYNC system caused the iPad to pop up a "iPad does not support this accessory" window, repeatedly.

    SYNC couldn't identify or control it.

    This is a bit of a bummer, but since I'm unlikely to need my iPod for much else now, I guess I'll just leave it in the car console.

  12. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Yeah my official dodge adapter doesn't work with the iPad either. Doesn't charge or control the iPad. I dunno why apple has to change the iPod interface. The accessory market is one of the most successful things about iPods. Dunno why apple has to keep changing it making old accessories useless.
  13. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I have an FM transmitter in the car. I have one that docks any iPhone or iPod touch which works very well. The ipad of course is too big for it but I can still connect it with an audio cable and the sound quality is subpar. I believe this is because the ipad can't connect from that bottom with that stadard iPod port.

    When I'm parked however I can connect the ipad trough the port and moves sound remarkably well through the car speakers.
  14. billyripkin macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2007
    Same problem with my 2010 Camaro USB plug-in. Thankfully the audio streaming via bluetooth works just fine!
  15. samrozzi macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    anyone figure out a way to get it to work maybe via cydia?

    also my headunit has a usb port and aux but its not bluetooth compatible. Im looking for a possible solution to make my headunit BT capable so i can connect my ipad to my car system? any help? thanks
  16. Lamonster macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2008
    I have a Cam Am Spyder RT with ipod/iphone integration and all the ipad will do is play music and I can control the volume. I don't understand why it shouldn't work the same as my iphone.
    ipad is very limited on the RT
  17. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    I really can't believe you guys are hooking your iPad to a car stereo. Geez get a mp3 player. How could you not be embarressed holding up a huge piece of electronics just to play mp3s? You do know that mp3 players have gotten incredibly small right?

    (Comment doesn't apply to in-dash iPad)
  18. myoldwatermill macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Yeah, you guy should totally spend more money to get something smaller! Forget that the iPad has a built in iPod.

    I mean. Jeez guys. JEEZ.
  19. bigwayne3000 macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2008
    i dont have one so idk but i believe i heard that companies need to purchase licenses in order to be able to use and make iPod accessories etc so it probably just has to do with the company needing to purchase the rights and than incorporating it into a firmware update.
  20. SkyStudios macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2011
    Based in Chicago
    hi everyone

    i love this site and regret not checking before i got a ALPINE CDE-125BT for my iPhone 4 and iPad,

    Guess what!!!! ALPINE claims on the box that it should work with the iPhone 5th generation, nice, false advertising here, 5th generation iphones do not exist as of yet, and this was printed last year, it not only ignores everything after 3GS, but ALPINE, a respected car company refused to tell me on the phone to whether or not it was compatible, they insisted i send a email, when i told them i did a few days prior they actually went to check for it instead of answering me, deliberately avoiding to answer in every way if the new 4th generation iphones or ipads work with their units.

    Funny how companies behave as if they are governments with holding certain information from the public., i paid money to have this installed because my prior car radio was stolen, cables ripped out of the dashboard and all., so in fact ALPINE is responsible for this false advertising!

    So everyone knows, all ALPINE decks DEFIANTLY DO NOT WORK WITH IPADS AND IPHONES 4, some will work with the IPHONE 4 but not charge or have limitations.

    IF anyone got any apple product after 3GS to work please do post it for ALPINE since they do not seem to know
  21. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Mine doesn't work with my 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. And I really want to know why so I can fix this.

    Is there any way to swap out the port or something? There must be a way to make these work with our cars?

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