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Pioneer CD-IU51V

iPod® interface cable for select Pioneer multimedia receivers

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Our take on the Pioneer CD-IU51V

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

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.

The CD-IU51V interface cable lets you connect your iPod to select Pioneer navigation and DVD receivers, so you can access your iPod with the system's touchscreen controls. You'll see information like song and album titles, artist names, and track length — all conveniently displayed on the receiver's screen. Just connect the cable to your iPod, plug it into your Pioneer receiver, and enjoy.

This cable currently works with Pioneer's AVIC-X930BT and AVIC-Z130BT receivers. Warranty: 1 year.

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

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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
Nano 6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch 4/3/2/1
Mini No
iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
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What's in the box?

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  • iPod connector cable with an AV minijack connector and a USB type-A connector on one end and an iPod dock connector on other end
  • "WARNING" note

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Features

Overview: The Pioneer CD-IU51V interface cable allows you to plug your iPod/iPhone directly into a compatible Pioneer multimedia head unit's USB and Aux input terminal, and gain direct control, audio/video playback, information display, and charging from the head unit. Music Browsing, Alphabetical Search, Album Art, and Link Search make it easy to find your iPod/iPhone's music.

Pioneer Headunit Compatibility: The CD-IU51V USB interface cable for iPod/iPhone is compatible with the following 2011 Pioneer multimedia/navigation in-dash head units which feature a USB (type-A) port and an A/V 3.5mm auxiliary input (as of December 2011).

  • AVH: P2300DVD, P3300BT, P6300BT
  • AVIC: X930BT, Z130BT
  • MVH: P7300, P8300BT

iPod/iPhone Controls: To make operating and searching easy, operations to control your iPod/iPhone with your Pioneer multimedia are designed to be as similar to the iPod/iPhone as possible.

  • Music Browsing: You can search your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by category (Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Rented Movie, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook). Each category is then listed alphabetically to ensure easy access to each audio/video file.
  • Link Search: In addition,  Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets you create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.
  • Time Search: Time Search lets you select a desired position (elapsed time) within a single track on your iPod/iPhone.
  • Random & Repeat: You can also select random and repeat functions for a certain song, specific category, or your entire iPod/iPhone's music library.

iPod/iPhone Display: Your compatible multimedia head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Folder number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, Album label, and Album art.

iPod/iPhone Charging: Your compatible multimedia head unit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

iPod Compatibility: The Pioneer CD-IU51V iPod Audio/Video Direct Cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when connected to a compatible Pioneer multimedia head unit (as of 9/26/2012):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
7th 1.2 N N N N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 N N N N N N N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y
5th 7.0 N N N N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Audi only Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Audi only Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audi only Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 N N N N N N N N N N
5C 7.0 N N N N N N N N N N
5S 7.0 N N N N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

 
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4 out of 5

Bulky and expensive, but it does work

Written By dbarrym, San Diego on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Well, it's not like you have a choice or anything - this is apparently your only option for attaching an iPod to the Pioneer mobile audio/nav systems. I did not find it too short, it's about 4' long and I was able to route it down the center console of my Infiniti G35 to the storage bin/armrest with an extra 18"or so of cable left.
Pros:
Works, looks rugged enough, includes a cap for the 32 pin plug end.
Cons:
Expensive and bulky!
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2 out of 5

Great Audio, Poor Video

Written By Jakenc33, Erie, PA on Thursday, January 17, 2013
 
I recently purchased a new Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD head unit from Crutchfield and installed it on Sunday, 1/6/13. I also purchased the Pioneer CD-IU51V I pod/ I Phone accessory cable to connect my I phone 4s to the head unit. The cable works great for Pandora, but when I try to use it for Netflix or MotionX GPS Drive the picture cuts in and out. Even moving the cable ever so slightly makes it worse. Also, if I try and use Youtube, nothing even comes up on the screen of the head unit, but I get audio through the speakers. For the price the cable should work all of the time. I contacted Pioneer they will not give me a replacement cable nor a refund!!!
Pros:
Great audio quality
Cons:
Poor Video, cuts in and out, not reliable
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5 out of 5

Outstanding

Written By Whiplash, Vicksburg, MS on Monday, December 31, 2012
 
Love it, works great in every way
Pros:
Outstanding when I had my iPhone 4S
Cons:
You need to make upgrades for the iPhone 5
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4 out of 5

Pioneer CD-IU51V

Written By Randolph, Shreveport, LA on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Short and bulky, but works well
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5 out of 5

Good cable

Written By Anonymous, Sarasota on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Good quality cable, not flimsy, nice locking connector. You need the USB part for iPod controls and the 3 ring RCA for music and pic transfer. Nice 30 pin connector cover to keep it clean. Pricy but it does it's job. For anyone that wants to run it from the back of the head unit to the glove box it might be a tad short but it's fine for me.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good quality

Written By MTM, MONTEREY,CA on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Good quality
Cons:
Price
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-IU51V Great Cable!

Written By jivey, Frisco, TX on Monday, July 09, 2012
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The Pioneer CD-IU51V works as advertised. I installed a Pioneer AVH-2400BT in my 2004 Ford FX4, the CD-IU51V work great with my 2Gen iTouch. Now I can enjoy my entire iTunes library on the go. Thanks.
Pros:
Album art and song information is displayed
Cons:
The cable is short bulky
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Flakey, at best?!?!

Written By Avexcellence, Cumming, ga 30041 on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Flakey. Only works when it wants too. For the price, you would think it would work all the time. When it does, its beautiful. Great feedback
Pros:
Great feedback, charges iPhone
Cons:
Doesn't work all the time, too expensive for the quality. I expected more
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

full iphone control for my Pioneer AVH-P3400BH

Written By DGF, Atlanta, GA on Monday, February 27, 2012
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Cable works great with my iphone 4 and the Pioneer AVH-P3400BH. I can fully control the iphone from the head unit and can see all song info and album art.
Pros:
works perfectly. but it's just a usb & 3.5 to dock connector cable. what could go wrong
Cons:
kinda pricey for an iphone/ipod cable. My current iphone sync cable would probably work fine.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Pretty good... If you want cancer

Written By G, Colorado on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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I initially bought this cable for two reasons. First, it bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC, giving you the best sound quality. Second, it charges your iPod/iPhone. It does both of these very well, and the sound quality is a tremendous upgrade from standard radio or bluetooth audio streaming.

The only problem is that it states in the owners manual that this cable contains elements that are KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER, and they simply recommend that you wash your hands after using. If you do buy this cable, I recommend that you also buy some wire loom or heat shrink tubing to cover up the cable so you won't run the risk of getting cancer from this overpriced cable.

[Editor's Note: In regards to the orange sticker on the CD-IU51V cable:
This warning extends from California's Proposition 65 and legal requirements that have followed its passage, and the warning must be included with electrical cords. Please refer to http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html for more information." ]

7 out of 55 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-IU51V

Written By JDM, Detroit MI on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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Pretty cool. Got cable after installing AVIC-Z130BT. If you have ipod, iphone, ipad this cable is a must. Already tried Pandora radio with great success.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

WORKS GREAT

Written By RANDY S, BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN on Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Crutchfield price is not high about the same, product is good quality and
recieved it promptly. Also good follow up from Crutchfield.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By David, Lakeland Fl on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Cable works fine but like most apple compatible cables is overpriced
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Hi .I have the pioneer 930 gps,dvd. I need a cable from my Ipod 5th gen/8pin to 3.5mm,usb hook up on stereo. Will this work? [ roy  Jan 15, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • Yep that will work for you. It was what I used until I bought a Alpine INE-Z928HD and sold off my Pioneer. Good Luck with it, it's a nice quality plug not like the cheaper vinyl ones out there. Very flexible. [ MARK   Jan 15, 2014 ]
  • They do not make a cable from iPhone 5 for pioneer yet. If it is the same hook up as iPhone 4 then this cable will work. If you have a hook up like on iPhone 5 you will need the adapter to make the cable work. [ BRIAN K   Jan 15, 2014 ]

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