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 it to connect your iPod to any compatible car stereo that features direct iPod control via USB input. Warranty: 1 year.

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.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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

Features and Specs

General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific iPod/iPhone
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4

Product Research

Features

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

Headunit Compatibility: The PIE USB-POD cable is designed for many aftermarket head units which feature a One-Wire iPod USB direct connection.

Note: The PIE USB-POD 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-POD 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 1/17/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N 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
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
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

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 a newer software update is available.

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Beast of a cable!

Written By BigMikes, Atwater, CA on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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This cable is a beast, much more reinforced than the standard iphone cable that comes with all appropriate apple products. Works like a charm, and built to last.

Pros: Very sturdy, works great, long.

Cons: None.

P.I.E. iPod® Connection Cable

Written By larrymac1, Austin, TX on Friday, January 20, 2012

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The cable works great. Easy install and use. My wife now can listen to her iPod at any time in the car and keeps the iPod charged. So much easier than finding a blank FM station without static.

Pros: Ease of use. Very nice to have.

Cons: None

Awesome

Written By Ozone T Birdman, Maryland on Sunday, October 02, 2011

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Not a wimpy little cable....It's a Monster and works Great

excellent cord

Written By chupacerveza, Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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This is an excellent cord with sturdy connectors, however it isn't what I needed to make my iPhone/iPad/iPod work in my 2010 Hyundai Elantra.

Excellent cable

Written By Jamey, Tuscaloosa, AL on Thursday, June 23, 2011

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I have and iPhone 3G and this cable works like a charm. I haven't found any fault with it.

P.I.E. iPod® Connection Cable

Written By Anonymous, New Jersey on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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Works well. Plenty long enough to take stress off connections and able to
operate iPod easily

worked as expected

Written By Anonymous, Lexington, KY on Saturday, June 05, 2010

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The cable worked as I expected. I used it to connect an iPhone 3G to a vehicle's USB port to play music. I like the fact that the cable is longer than the cable that came with my phone. The quality of the cable is also noticeably better than the standard white iPhone cable.

P.I.E. iPod® Connection Cable

Written By Ambrose, Central, NJ on Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Err.. it's a cable. It works. What more can you ask for?