VW 2010 Jetta iPod adapter

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jake1908, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. jake1908 macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2013
    So, I have a 2010 VW Jetta SE. And over an hour of commuting each way. Everyday.... So, I'd like to play music. The setup is the same as this car:



    It's just a standard iPod male input.

    And I have an iPhone 5....

    I also have this:


    which converts it from a 12V to a 5V for charging of new devices, because the car was designed with older iPod models in mind (because asking for iPhone compatibility in 2010 was a ridiculous request).

    My sister also got me this because her car has bluetooth built in (2012 Kia), and she thought this would be a nice touch for me:


    which takes a bluetooth signal and outputs it as an analog signal out through the dock connector.

    Great idea, and it even works with the charge converter, it turns on- connects to the iPhone 5, and I can send signal through Bluetooth airplay to it. Sweet! But alas, nothing comes out of the car, and the car doesn't detect a device (which the car has decided to call a "Magazine"), so it immediately reverts to radio.

    This guy tore his apart:
    Image presumably frustrated at VW, and desperate to hear the new Bruno Mars album that he just downloaded.

    I am told that if I follow VW's custom cable along the car for long enough, I will fun into an OEM plug in the back of the radio. Which is why the dock acts as a CD changer emulator. Which means that it can only play 5 playlists, and then 6 shuffles all your music, and you are given the option to jump or go back, but not do anything else. And the ipod connects with this screen:


    Which means that you also can't access the Music App from within the iPhone (it just says that is it in use with another device).

    If none of that was frustrating and confusing enough- it also only connects to anything I own if i wedge a folded piece of paper between the dock and the iPhone/iPod to push it forward. It came with adapters, but they only seem to fit the iPod I have in 8th grade. And even that only functions if I don't hit any speed bumps or pot holes. Or turn too quickly. The connector sucks. But VW charges a lot for a new one:


    (item 14).

    I mostly would like a way to make the built in connector think that it is connected when I use the Bluetooth thingy. And I would like to use the Bluetooth thing. Because using the Bluetooth thing would be nice... and my sister will be hurt if I don't use it. :-(.

    My GF also says that I am not allowed to cut the cables and play around till I find the pins and use an iPod breakout board to make my own solution. Something about it not being a high priority and me loving the car more than I love her. Which is ludicrous. It isn't even turbo charged. So that's my life.

    Again, mostly we are trying to make the dock think that the Bluetooth thing is a "Magazine".

    Or an App that lets you play music over a mono Bluetooth connection to a non-A2DP enabled Bluetooth reciever. Because the car totally has one of those. But I will not be opening voicemail or making a call every time I want to listen to music. Mostly because that doesn't work very well. And it is annoying.

    Thanks in advance if you have any solutions.
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    You can get Bluetooth receivers which replace the factory-installed dock connector. You can then either use Bluetooth or connect your iPhone via USB to the box to charge it and play music. Works with Android phones or USB flash drives, too.
  3. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    VW radios are a bitch to get working with aftermarket accessories. I went through the same crap with my 2011 Golf. After a ton of research and weighing all of my different options I just decided to go aftermarket. I got everything I wanted and didn't have to compromise. I do believe you have a lot more options with the 2010 model though.
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I'd suggest calling Crutchfield and explain what you have and see what they can provide to connect everything. http://www.crutchfield.com or 888-955-6000
  5. jake1908 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2013
    They are a bitch. It is a slightly unrelated topic, but I was thinking of going aftermarket for a full system overhaul, but I was going to wait for a few months (save up a few paychecks for something nice).

    What unit did you go with, I was looking at a Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD ( http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_113DNX9990/Kenwood-Excelon-DNX9990HD.html?cc=07)?

    My other option is take an iPad mini, and stick it in front of the console (assuming my new idea for bluetooth audio works). If the bluetooth works, then the only thing I would lose with that is the rear view camera option.

    The new system I am going to test (in 5-8 business days when amazon gets it to me) is

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00545WG4O/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 , which will hopefully make a straight 3.5mm jack that will work (as a backup if bluetooth still doesn't),

    hooked into http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EKON56/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 to make my analog jack into a digital jack, which I also got a cheap car mini-usb charger for, so that it can power

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QIXSVM/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this bluetooth module, and hopefully connect wirelessly to my iPhone 5, but I also have this 5 to 12V adapter still (just in case), http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HN6CVA/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

    And I pray to god that this all works, since I have about $85 into the system- and all I have done is add bluetooth connectivity. Maybe.......
  6. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I went with the Pioneer AVH-X2500BT. I also have to get the can-bus adapter. I'm not sure if you need that with the 2010 model or not. I love it so far. Because of all of the extra wiring that the can-bus needed I opted to have it professionally installed and everything is working really well. It integrates perfectly with the iPhone and the Bluetooth streaming is great. The install ran me $80 and that included the relay to bypass the parking break so that I can use all of the functions while the car is in motion.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Not possible with the bluetooth adapter you're using. If you want control of your IOS device you need a BT adapter that support AVRCP. I'm not sure off the top of my head if there are newer profiles than AVRCP that allow for control via bluetooth.
  8. joegatling macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    Hi jake1908,

    Were you ever able to get the bluetooth adapter to work? I have just bought the the exact same setup to what you described in your first post, only to receive the same "No Magazin" error.

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