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Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Control your iPod with your Pioneer stereo

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by Ken Nail
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Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

You've loaded your music library onto your iPod — now take it on the road. Pioneer's CD-i200 iPod control interface gives you convenient control and charging of your iPod from compatible Pioneer car stereos. And the simple one cable connection eliminates the bulky adapter box found with many iPod adapters.

The CD-i200 lets you control iPod playback right from your Pioneer's faceplate, scrolling through your playlists to pick out the tracks you want to hear, while leaving your iPod stored safely out of the way. The interface's fast, smooth operation eliminates annoying lags, and, with a compatible display, you'll get multiple lines of information for album, artist, and song name. You can even use the touchscreen on select Pioneer stereos and video screens to manage your iPod.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

  • lets you control an iPod with a compatible Pioneer in-dash stereo
  • compatible with all docking iPods, including video iPods, iPod photos, iPod nanos, and iPod minis
  • sends song, artist, album, and time information to your Pioneer stereo's display
  • recharges iPod battery
  • search by playlist, genre, artist, album, and song
  • protective cap for dock connection included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Pioneer
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone No
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What's in the box?

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  • 6.5' iPod interface cable with attached protective cap for iPod connector (Proprietary iPod connector on one end and a proprietary iPod adapter connector on other end)

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Features

Overview: Compatible Pioneer head units with a built-in iPod adapter can be connected to an iPod via this dedicated iPod interface cable, the CD-I200, allowing the touch panel or soft keys of the Pioneer head unit to control and play your iPod's recorded songs and videos.

Pioneer Receiver Compatibility: The CD-I200 iPod interface cable is compatible with the following Pioneer head units with built-in iPod adapters:

  • DEH-P3000IB
  • DEH-P4900IB
  • DEH-P5900IB
  • DEH-P790BT
  • AVH-P5900DVD
  • AVH-P4000DVD
  • AVH-P5000DVD
  • AVIC-D3
  • AVIC-N4*
  • AVIC-N5 (allows audio/video playback from iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)

*Note: Not compatible with iPod touch (1st/2nd generation) or iPod nano (3rd/4th generation).

iPod Compatibility: The Pioneer CD-I200 iPod interface cable is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features when connected to a compatible Pioneer head unit (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th Y Y Y N Y Y N
5th Y Y Y N Y Y N
6th Y N Y N Y Y N
touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y N
3rd Y N Y N Y Y N
4th Y N Y N Y Y N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
3GS N N N N N N N
4 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 the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Display: The information stored on your iPod can be displayed on the compatible Pioneer head unit, including song title, artist name, and album title.

Search Functions: Just like looking for songs using the iPod controls, search by playlist, genre, artist, album, or song to ensure easy access to each music file.

Repeat Playback: The Repeat Playback function allows you to repeat the current song or all the songs from a specified playlist.

Shuffle Playback: The Shuffle Playback function has three modes, Songs, Album and All. In Song mode, all the songs in the current list are played back in random order. In Album mode, the unit randomly selects and album then plays back all the tracks in that album in order, then chooses another album, etc. In the All mode the unit plays all songs recorded on the iPod in a random order.

Charging iPod: When the receiver is on and the iPod is connected, the iPod is supplied power for playback and to charge the battery. In addition while the iPod is connected to this player, the iPod itself cannot be turned on or off; the iPod will turn off about two minutes after the ignition switch is set to Off.

Note: The CD-I200 will not charge the iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen.) or iPod nano (4th/5th gen.).

Connection: The CD-I200 consists of a single 6.5' interface cable with an iPod dock connector on one end and a proprietary Pioneer connector on the other end. The cable is made to plug in between the dock connector port on your iPod and the iPod interface port on the rear panel of your compatible Pioneer head unit.

 
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1 out of 5

DOES NOT WORK WIth IPOD 6TH GENRATION

Written By JB, Sherman Oaks, CA on Monday, December 26, 2011
 
You should warn all customers that this cable does not work with 6th generation ipod nano
Pros:
Worked perfectly with my 1st generation iPod Nano. The I stupidly sent this iPod back to Apple for their battery replacement program.
Cons:
Apple sent me a 6th generation ipod as a replacement and, guess what? It does not work properly with this cable. When you connect it the unit the display freezes at the 'iPOD READY" readout until you disconnect the iPod and then reconnect it. Then the unit will only play ONE SONG AT A TIME. You have to MANUALLY push the skip button to get the next selection to play.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Brian, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, March 08, 2009
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Excellent product! I currently use this adapter with an iPod touch. It was
very easy to install, and it has been nice having the ability to control the
iPod from the stereo. This adapter also allows me to keep the iPod out of
sight in the glove compartment.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Patrick, New Hampshire on Sunday, March 08, 2009
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Great product. Perfect interface and simple to install!!!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By bobbydean, Washington State on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
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Amazing interface. Love it! I have a Dual Screen in my Jeep and the Pioneer I just installed in my Ford with this adapter is so much more user friendly.
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5 out of 5

I Pod hook up

Written By jason, Atglen, PA on Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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This product works great. When I plug my ipod into this cord which is connected to my radio I am able to change the songs on my ipod without having the distraction of trying to change them while I'm driving. Thank You Crutchfield for selling this product.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Tommy, Centreville, VA on Monday, February 09, 2009
 
Great product, just had this installed with a Pioneer head unit and it works flawless. Would recommend this product!!! Thanks Crutchfield!!
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5 out of 5

James

Written By James, Texas on Sunday, February 08, 2009
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Excellent product. Worked as expected w/ 3rd generation ipod.
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4 out of 5

won't charge 2g touch

Written By jessebo, IN on Monday, February 02, 2009
 
this is a great product. I have been completely happy with this product, but I have recently upgraded my Ipod to a 2g touch model, and it won't charge my ipod. I keep hoping they'll come out with an adapter, but so far, Pioneer hasn't done it. if your looking for it to charge your newer model ipod, you will probably be disappointed.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

No Problem

Written By Vic, Trenton, NJ on Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Worked great!
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5 out of 5

Awesome Product

Written By Sam, Wellesley, MA on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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I am satisfied that I purchased this product because it works well with my I-Pod and had no problems using this. It was an easy installation. I got rid of my FM transmitter (which had some static problems on the road) and now I have no static problems. I would recommend this product. Good price and fast shipping! Thanks! 5 Stars
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5 out of 5

Easy and effective

Written By Gabriel, Houston, TX on Sunday, January 25, 2009
 
Just plug it in, route the wire where you want it (still has lots of slack to put the end nearly anywhere) and enjoy!
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5 out of 5

Blake

Written By Blake, York, Pa on Monday, January 19, 2009
 
Simple installation, done within a few minutes. No problems. Plug it in and your ready to go. If your looking at getting it, it is worth your money!
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5 out of 5

PIONEER P N P!!!

Written By Douglas, Saint Louis on Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Plug it in and turn it on. ZERO problems!!! 100% HAPPY!!! If you have an iPod you need this. The only thing better would be to have nothing but the iPod connection. No CD player units will be next. GREAT JOB Pioneer!!!!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Robert, Baltimore, Md on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Works great. Never have to touch my IPOD unless I am loading new music on it.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Tech515, Muncie, IN on Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Works great!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Andy, Tampa Bay, Fl on Saturday, September 27, 2008
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I bought this because the aux input on the front of my receiver was horribe quality..thankfully this is much better and very near cd-quality (If not at that level already). A minor problem is that it does not charge the newer iPods that just came out (ie, 4th generation nano), but they just came out so it is not their fault. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to listen to an iPod in the car, auxilary input just does not compare.
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2 out of 5

Does it work with iPhone 3G?

Written By Edward, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, September 11, 2008
 
I have read bits and pieces about how this cable works with the iPhone, but I wanted to summarize what I have found to work and not work with my AVIC-D3, iPhone 3G, and the CD-I200 cable.

What doesn't work:
* Phone will not charge. You get a nag screen indicating this and also asking you if you want to switch your phone to airplane mode.
* Video does not play on the AVIC-D3 screen. The sound comes through, but the video is on the iPhone screen.
* Sometimes (though it isn't very often) I get an error on the AVIC screen when I plug in the iPhone. If I unplug and replug, it usually works fine.

What does work:
* The iPod functions on the AVIC screen work and I can scroll through the music collection.
* When receiving a phone call, the music fades and the phone rings through the stereo speakers. I can take the call without unplugging the interface cable. When I hang up, the music comes back up where it left off.
* I can access the other iPhone menus and functions while music continues to play.

Summary:
The biggest pain is that the charger doesn't work. If I'm playing music and the iPhone battery runs low, I'd have to switch to a different charger that won't play music through the AVIC. It also means another cable and not-so-seamless integration -- which is one of the strentghs of the AVIC line.
15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Kerry, Ramstein, Germany on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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I brought the item for my Ipod Touch and Pioneer AVIC-D3. Works great, all I have to do is plug it in put the Ipod out of site and control every thing from my head unit and steering controls. Easy install video works when you have the car parked and the parking break set. Before using I suggest you adjust the EQ settings on your Ipod or you might blow your speakers.
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-i200 iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By david, florida on Friday, May 23, 2008
 
this cable works great with my 5000dvd player but why didnt the usb cable that came with the unit work with my ipod like it does with the 6000usb?
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2 out of 5

Functional...but lacking

Written By Benjamin, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, May 01, 2008
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I bought it to have easy connectivity to my ipod music storage, thus not having to swap out dvd/cd with music for the NAV disc (can I say annoying and poor design?). But that is off-topic.

The cable works, it will hook to your ipod and allow you to search for your music. That said, the interface is cumbersome - especially with driving. You have really small areas you have to select your info with. Best bet, spend countless hours setting up playlists or just play random songs. Video does not work, but was not really getting the cable for this use. Would have been nice (with NAV units) to give the same visual experience the ipod offers - ie, album art, ipod display graphics. I know there is enough resolution on the monitor, why would this not be thought of in design?

ONE MAJOR ISSUE...if you use any setting for your EQ on your ipod when not connected - TURN OFF THE EQ BEFORE PLAYING THROUGH YOUR PIONEER!!! Unless, if you wish to blow your speakers because you left the 'loundness' setting on when listening through the headset. This is poor design by Pioneer with my particular interface. Perhaps it is not the same for all pioneer units??? Who knows! But this is poorly done by Pioneer and very disappointing!


3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect, just what I needed

Written By Matthew, Hiram, GA on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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I bought this to go with my Pioneer DEH-P4900iB CD Receiver, which I installed in my 2002 Hyundai Accent. This was my first installaion of a car stereo, and I knew that I needed an input for my iPod, since I was tired of using the FM transmitter.



Pros - easy to install, good length to work with, sound quality is top notch!



Cons - none! If you have an iPod and want to listen to it, forget the FM Transmitter and get yourself an adapater for whichever receiver you choose. It's a must! Worth Every cent."
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Not there yet

Written By Sam, TX on Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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Pros: First, I agree, that you can say that my rating is a little harsh but that is just in the case where you are looking for good sound quality and some control of your ipod. So if this is all that you need this will do.





Cons: Browsing big music collections is terrible. You need to glue you finger to the screen scrolling down to your close-to-the-bottom of the alphabet artist or album because it takes forever (if you don't give up earlier). Not the safest thing to do while you are driving. Also, there no support for non-latin character sets so you just get blank tag info for those songs.
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great way to go!!!

Written By Dennis, Penn Valley CA on Saturday, December 29, 2007
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I looked at the wireless systems for connecting my Ipod but they all relied on a clean FM carrier station. The problem is we live in the mountians, signals are not always clean, and I did not put out the money for the Ipod to have scratchy music! The Pioneer system is great, super easy install cable plugs right in just fish it down and out of the dash and you are good to go.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Will Not Work With IPhone

Written By Eric, Oklahoma City on Tuesday, December 18, 2007
 
This item in all fairness works well with all dock connected ipod's. It just won't work with the most expensive one, iphone. This is a real disappointment! I use this cable with the Pioneer 7900BT. With the video ipod it does a great job. I was just wanting to get rid of one of my devices when I got the iphone.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fast operation, great hard-wired sound.

Written By Jarrett, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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I got this cable free with my Pioneer DEH-P4900iB. That's right, FREE.

I expected the sound quality to be great because it is hard-wired, as opposed to a poor quality FM transmitter... and I got exactly what I expected.

As for speed of operation, I assumed there would be at least a slight delay when compared to how fast the menus pop up on the iPod itself. This is where your $30 (for those that had to or will be paying for it) is spent. There is ZERO delay. None. The HU displays the iPod menus super fast. I love this thing.

Installation was simple as all you need to do is plug it in to the dongle on the back of the stereo. Routing the cable into the vehicle's cabin will vary depending on the vehicle. For my '05 xB, I have a mounting bracket that fills the extra large space left by the stock radio. The mounting bracket leaves me a storage pocket about 1 inch high under the stereo. I drilled a hole in the back of the pocket and fed the iPod cable (and 3.5mm cable for another MP3 player) through the hole and I have the cables wound up in the storage pocket.

If you have a stereo that's compatible with this cable and you're not using it, you're just foolish. Get the cable. Thanks, Crutchfield.
18 out of 18 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Agreed fully

Written By Justin, Chandler, AZ on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
 
What the last guy said, right down to the model of the stereo. Sounds better than CDs.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Adapter

Written By Brad, Provo, UT on Saturday, February 10, 2007
 
This little cable works great. I'm using it with my Pioneer DEH-P5900iB, and the controls are great.

The sound quality is also excellent. Much better than an FM transmitter, or even the auxiliary in.
41 out of 48 people found this helpful
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