Metra AIP-USB35MM-36

36" connection cable for iPhone® and iPod® (30-pin connector to USB/stereo miniplug)

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Handy cable for home or car

This Metra cable charges your iPad®, iPhone, iPod, while providing a stereo connection to your audio gear. One end features a 30-pin connector that attaches to the bottom of your compatible iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and the other end splits into a 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo audio plug and a standard USB connector.

Once your Apple device is connected, you simply plug the miniplug connector into a home stereo, portable audio system, powered speaker system, or your car stereo's aux input to check out your favorite music. You can then plug the USB connector into a computer, USB wall charger, or the USB port on your audio gear to charge your iOS® device while you listen. The dock connector sends line-level audio out from your Apple® device, giving you better sound quality than the headphone jack output.


  • 36" cable
  • connects and charges your Apple device with 30-pin connector
  • 30-pin connector to USB connector/stereo miniplug
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 6.5' iPod interface cable (with an Apple 30-pin connector on one end and a USB/3.5mm connector on other end)

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iPod 3.5mm/USB Interface Cable: The AIP-USB35MM-36 cable lets you get high-quality line out audio from the dock connector of your iPod/iPhone/iPad, while charging. One end has an Apple 30-pin connector that attaches to the dock-connector on the bottom of your iPod/iPhone/iPad, and the other end splits into a 3.5mm stereo audio plug and a standard USB (type-A) connector. Plug the 3.5mm stereo audio connector into your home, portable, or car audio component's Aux input to listen to music stored on your Apple device or music apps streamed to the device. Plug the cable's USB connector into a computer or wall charger (sold separately) to charge your compatible Apple device. The 3.5mm connector handles audio transfer, while the USB connector handles charging. This cable does not support metadata transfer or control.

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Component iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4 6.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4S 6.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
5 6.0.1 N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
5th 6.0.1 N N N N N N N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N N N N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N N Y N N Y
7th 1.01 PC N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N N N N N Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N N Y N N Y
2 6.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
3 6.0.1 Y N N Y N N Y
4 6.0.1 N N N N N N N
mini 6.0.1 N N N N N N N
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your component and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
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Written By KPM, Flower Mound, TX on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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I've had an iSimple TranzIt IS77 installed since December 2011 with the iSimple 30-Pin Connector broadcasting over FM Modulators. I've been wanting to improve the heavily compressed sound from the iPod playback on my iPhone 4S and had been looking for solutions. This is step 1 of it. Swapped out the iSimple 30-Pin for the Metra 30-Pin USB and the sound quality for both the iPod and Streaming has improved immensely - I'd say at least by 15%. The Signal-to-Noise Ration (SNR) and Frequency Response (FR) are vastly better over the Line-Out connection.

Step 2 will be to finally install the Sony XDP-MU110 (w/o the Cradle and Wireless Remote) to get even greater improvement of the systems overall sound quality. Note, if you have an old USB Car Charger you may need to upgrade it to at least a 2.1 amp model to charge from your vehicle's lighter socket -- I did.
Excellent quality and great SNR and FR on iPod playback and Streaming
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