iPod mini 2G - any way to use iPod classic firmware to work with car stereo?

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  1. tmn103 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I've upgraded an old iPod mini 2G with a 64gb sd card and would like to use it with my car stereo. However, the Pioneer MVH-8300BT stereo doesn't seem to accept a mini iPod. It works fine with my iPod classic and iPhone. Having looked at the iPod compatibility page it seems that most generations work with the stereo, but not the iPod mini.

    Does anybody know what drives this and if there's any way around it? For example, is it possible to hack the iPod mini's firmware to make it appear as a classic to the stereo?
     
  2. rgarjr, Feb 20, 2015
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    rgarjr macrumors 603

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    No there's no easy way to hack or alter the FW on them. You can also possibly brick your Mini.
     
  3. tmn103 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's a shame. Thanks for the response though.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I have Pioneer AVIC-Z110 head unit and just tried hooking it up to see if it would work on my Mini and nope, it doesn't. Reads and controls the Classic and Video fine.
     
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  6. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Just in case anyone else is curious, I tried hooking up a 2nd gen iPod Mini to the stereo in my 2015 Honda Civic (which has a crappy HondaLink infotainment system) and it wouldn't work no matter what I did. Really blows since I was planning on swapping a 128 GB SD card into the mini and keeping it in the car.
     

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