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P.I.E. iPod® Connection Cable

Heavy-duty USB to iPod cable

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by Zak Billmeier

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.

Leave your iPod cable safe at home. P.I.E.'s USB-POD iPod cable is just like the cable that came with your iPod, only with a more rugged design that stands up to automotive use. Use this 3-foot cable to connect your iPod or iPhone® to any car stereo that features direct iPod control via USB input. Warranty: 1 year.

 

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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iPod/iPhone
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen
Nano
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6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch
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4/3/2/1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • 3' USB/iPod interface cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and a USB Type-A connector on other end)

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Features

Overview: The PIE USB-IPH Dock-to-USB cable for iPod/iPhone is an automotive-grade cable equivalent to the USB-to-iPod cable that came with your iPod or iPhone. The USB-IPH cable can be connected to either a front or rear USB type-A input of select USB/iPod direct compatible aftermarket head units.

Note: The PIE USB-IPH features a USB (type-A) connector on one end that plugs into your head unit's USB port, and an Apple 30-pin connector on other end which plugs into the dock connector of your compatible iPod or iPhone.

Headunit Compatibility: The PIE USB-IPH cable is designed for many aftermarket head units which feature a One-Wire iPod USB direct connection. The PIE USB-IPH Dock-to-USB cable is equivalent to the USB-to-iPod dock cable that came with your iPod or iPhone

iPod Compatibility: The PIE USB-IPH cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible One-Wire iPod USB direct head unit (as of 9/25/2012):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
4* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
mini* 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
Note:
  • Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (472LTN230P, sold separately).
  • 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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5 out of 5

Grandson loves it

Written By Mike T, Bethlehem Pa. on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Having extra cable is good for teenage grandson, as taking one from house to car and back again just wouldn't work. Remember I said teenager. He really likes that he can play his I-pod music thru the radio. THUMP-THUMP-THUMP
Pros:
Don't have to think about forgetting to bring cable
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

PIE I pod connector

Written By mval299, bayville nj on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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easy to use
Pros:
perfect fit
Cons:
none
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1 out of 5

Seve's Review

Written By Anonymous, Baltimore, MD on Monday, February 25, 2013
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Do not buy. Use a cheaper cable. I'm sure you own a cable that will work much much better. This stiff cable can't seem to stay connected to the tuner when even barely moving the iPhone.
Pros:
None
Cons:
A stiff, expensive cable.
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5 out of 5

P.I.E. iPod® Connection Cable

Written By BUd Blenk, Catawissa,PA on Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Sturdy cable. Worth spending the extra dollars on to connect up the iPOD
Pros:
Hefty cable. Good connections. Looks and feels like it will last.
Cons:
Only time will tell. We will see after a few years of baking in the summer heat year after year.
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5 out of 5

Just what i needed

Written By m06fl, Tomball,Texas on Friday, February 01, 2013
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Good quality, right size,will work for me.
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5 out of 5

iPod cable

Written By Otis J, Riverside, CA on Sunday, December 23, 2012
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It's a nice heavy duty cable.
Pros:
Nice heavy cable.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Does not allow for video feed through USB

Written By Hoser, Chatsworth, GA on Sunday, August 19, 2012
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I just bought the JVC KW-AV50 for my 2006 Silverado. I'll fill out a review on it later, but for now I just want to make sure no one else has my problems. I hooked up the adapter to my JVC, it started charging my iPhone 4S, and started playing from my playlist immediately. Unfortunately, there was no sound coming through the receiver. Also, when reading through the instruction booklet, it states that you can not get video from your iPod or iPhone without using the JVC KS-U30 iPod A/V cable. Also, if you want to use the MotionX-GPS app, you'll have to use the JVC cable. Spend the extra $$ and get the JVC cable. Shouldn't have tried to save the extra bucks :(
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