From what I know you can do this with the iPod anyway? You just need the software on your pc, and there is no need to hack up expencive stuff that way??
I was wondering if it would be possible to hack the Ipod adapter into a PC.
From what I understand, the Pioneer will display the track details and control the Ipod. If it was connected to the PC instead this would make for a fantastic interface. All you would need to do is mimic the Ipod on the PC and en-voila.
Anyone thought about this?
Other way round... I want to connect the PC to the headunit and pretend it is an IPod to display track titles, etc. on the display as an IPod would.
I've found information on the web about commands to use... would just need some programming skills I think.
Hmm...interesting idea. Which front end are you planning to use and does it have the ability to grab the now playing info?
But I'm not sure if it has the API's to support reading track info, etc.
Well are you planning on installing any other displays such as a touchscreen? If not, what is the point of using Frodo Player? If you are, what is the point of having the track name display on the headunit? Just for sh|Ts and giggles?
I have an 8" Touchscreen in the car already...
The headunit face is going to be dismantled and built into the car to prevent theft. At the same time, it would be easier to view the screen where I plan to fit it and in addition, the car steering wheel controls would work with the carputer through the head unit.
As Ipods are quite a standard, and carputers becoming more popular, using the Ipod interface would be universally compatible with all head units supporting the ipod interface.
There's an Linux on iPod project. They have some docs on the "accessory protocol". This is used by various accessories (the Alpine adapter, the Icelink), third party remote controls to interact with the iPod. If you're looking for an API to control the iPod and get mp3 tags back out this is it:
Status: VM GTI sold, got out of the CarPC tinkering hobby, but I still think about getting back in.