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any way to control ipod from factory radio?

I'm looking for a way I can just put the ipod in my glove compartment, and use the radio to control the files etc. I saw something on crtuchfiled for $139 by USASPEC, seemes to be on the right track but is there anything cheaper?

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...1PA11F1&tp=120
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look for that on ebay or the pac kit
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just buy an alpine that is ipod ready..i got one and love it.
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just buy an alpine that is ipod ready..i got one and love it.
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stock is just as good... I'm not looking to put in subs or anything...
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unless they really upgraded the stock head units, aftermarket headunits will make a big difference with aftermarket speakers as compared to stock

i know Kenwood has a simular interface to let you control your ipod through the headunit but it was a single folder deep so i could only play playlists
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I did plug my 2 year old kenwood in a few months ago and it was worse, lost my clean highs and didn't have any bass...sounded muffled... the stock one is made by Pioneer...

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IF you don't have the "AUX" button on the stock radio, the part you posted from Crutchfield will not work....i haven't found any iPod controlls that will work with a stock radio if you don't have the "AUX" button or cd changer controlls in the radio..
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I have the AUX button :-) ATM thats whre ford installed the audio input hole... but see it only lets you input volume no controlling the ipod... I'd like to control it thru the headunit... I'm looking into aftermarket but I dont see anything that looks OEM clean, they all have shiney chrome or bling bling on them...
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look at the kenwood DPX-502.. It's a simple double din head unit that sounds great. Good price too <$200 on ebay. I had one in my ranger.
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oh yeah that thing... dang man, I'm gonnab e looking for this thing, what else do I need to install it? that would look clean :-D
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You will need to ever so slightly trim the inside of the radio bezel opening to get it to fit good. Other than that, nothing else.
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well I decided to re-install my kenwood MP628, and I fooled around with it for 30 mins. and it sounds just as good as my OEM radio, I'm gonna order the ipod interface cable from crutchfield later on... the thing is still $49 bucks... :-(
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This deck is awsome! $200 brand new. i love it, works great!



http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Car_Entert...ivers/KDC-X491
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they make a $300 interface for ipods, they used to sell them at best buy, still might, but honestly the way your goin sounds alot cheaper and easier.
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I just picked up the Alpine EX-10 yesterday at Tweeter and I am loving it. It was new at CES 2008 this year and they had just got it and new tech is always nice. Like the full line of alpine ipod controllers this uses full speed ipod control with many other added features, album artwork, bluetooth, etc.

My favorite feature is the option to use the fm transmitter, bluetooth, or aux 3.5 stereo cable for connecting the device to my truck. I use the 3.5mm stereo cable since the 07+ have aux input.

Alpine Ex-10

i looked through the previous posts and did not see anyone mention this, sorry if I missed it and this is a double post.

PS. I am getting a little bit of an alternator whine at high acceleration w/ the volume above 50%, since it is running off the cigarette lighter. But I plan on direct wiring an extra 12v socket and getting a 3.5mm noise isolator/filter for when I do the install and hide the wires (will post pictures).

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I don't have an ipod, but im just curious when you plug the ipods into these stearos, do the ipods still run off its own battery power, or does the stearo give it power when you have it plugged into this device.
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I don't have an ipod, but im just curious when you plug the ipods into these stearos, do the ipods still run off its own battery power, or does the stearo give it power when you have it plugged into this device.
it charges the ipod if you get a ipod ready HU

Unless you hook it up to a aux hookup to the headphone jack on the ipod...

it wouldn't charge it
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