Alpine sells and adaptor, but you have to have an alpine head unit.
Alright here is another question for you guys that I can not seem to find anywhere. Do any of you guys have an idea in which I would be able to control my ipod through the indash head unit controls and have the information be able to be shown through a screen. I currently do not have a headunit but looking at a pioneer flip out lcd screen maybe with touch. I would want to have it wired as it would also charge my ipod as well. I plan on building a custom cradle for it match up to center console so using an Ipod dock would be fine. Do I need a carputer for this and if so where can I find good prebuilt or kit ones?
Yes but what I hear about alpines system is that is SUCKS big time.
hmm good to know cuz my brother was looking into one.
good luck! The iPod "architecture" is not very open. You have to be a developer to access the specs. And according to a few people, you need to be a BIG company..
I tried to search on this topic but there's not much info available. I forgot the URL but I once found a site that succeeded to reverse-engineer the protocol used by the iPod remote (old and new). I will try to post the URL if I find it again.
It would be great if we could build our own custom remote and software for the iPod! It's a great device but it's currently too limited for complete integration in a particular workflow.
As others said, there's a few companies that sell adaptors but they are for specific brands and are generally expensive.
See my thing is I am not worried about spending a couple hundred dollars if I could know that it is going to work right and be high quality. Like the Alpine unit does not have a turn senstive knob so it takes forever to get through your library and I think I remember there only being a real low 250 limit song list that it can display in your library. From what I hear from my car stereo guys is that it is just a real pain in the *** to navigate.
there is a company called pac audio that makes adapters that let you control and play the ipod through many stock stereos. http://www.pac-audio.com/
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Strictly speaking this is OT because it won't allow you to control via a headunit but...
While the iPod interface is tightly controlled, you should be able to play music off of it on your car pc (and hey, that's what the forums are about, right?) with something like this. It will mount your ipod as a drive, so right there you can interface with it, but more interestingly, it will also expose it as an SQL database. I havn't used the software, so I can't vouch for it personally, but the possibilities are very interesting. (And may be what finally pushes me to get an ipod. )
You are able to control your Ipod if you have the cd changer input as shown in the statement below.
In Full Control
Dual mode operation means that you can use your radio or iPod user interface to navigate through playlists, albums and songs. The best of both worlds. Full choice. No compromise. ice>Link Plus translates your vehicle's head unit commands into iPod commands emulating a fully loaded CD changer with advanced features.