Remote Control (optional)
USB Port: The Alpine CDE-122 features a front-panel USB
type-A port, so you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your
connected USB memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps) music files formatted
in FAT 12/16/32. ID3 tags (v1, v2) are supported; track title, artist name, and
album name ID3 tag data can be displayed. The unit off the following USB
- Bank Function: This unit has a "Bank" function that automatically
divides every 1,000 songs stored on a USB memory device into individual
banks to make searching and playing back a song easier. A maximum of 1,000
songs/100 folders for one bank can be stored according to the order stored
in the USB memory device. A maximum of 20 banks (20,000 songs) can be
- File/Folder Search: You can search each stored "Bank" by
file (tag info)/folder name or number.
- Category Search: You can also search each stored "Bank" of music by
Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer.
- ABC Search: You search the contents in the above categories alphabetically (A-Z).
- USB Skip: You can skip forward/backward 1, 10, 20, 50, or 100
files/folders at one time within a stored "Bank".
- Repeat/Random: In addition, the head unit offers Repeat
(File/Folder/Category) and Random (Folder/Category/All) playback modes for
your USB memory device's stored music.
Note: Not compatible with WMA/AAC files.
iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: You can connect your iPod or
iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i
iPod/iPhone cable (500KCU445I,
sold separately) or the iPod
dock-connector cable which came with your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music,
right from the head unit. The Alpine CDE-122 offers audio playback, music navigation, information display,
and charging of select iPod/iPhone models.
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-122 supports audio playback
of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the Alpine
head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A
converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
iPod/iPhone Control: Once your iPod/iPhone is connected, you get convenient control
of your iPod/iPhone from the head unit. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone
or from its clickwheel
- Music Browsing: The Alpine CDE-122 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone
by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search these
categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries,
the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to
specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%,
Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6:
83% to 100% of the song library).
- Shuffle: The head unit offers three Shuffle (Random) playback
- Shuffle Albums: songs in each album are played back in proper
order; upon completion of all the songs in the album, the next album is
- Shuffle Songs: randomly plays back songs within a selected
category (playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer.)
- Shuffle All: plays all songs on your iPod/iPhone randomly
- Repeat: A single song can be repeatedly played back.
iPod/iPhone Display: The Alpine CDE-122 will display your
iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or
iPhone from the Alpine head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-122 using your connected Apple
iPhone, via your iPhone's included iPod dock-connector cable. The Alpine CDE-122
provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and
Song information (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and
skip song tracks within a station. You can also create QuickMix playlists based
on two or more of your Pandora stations. You can even give songs a thumbs
up/down and bookmark songs/artists. In addition, you can create a new station
based on a currently playing song or artist. To access Pandora you must have an
Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application
from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account
with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a
Pandora music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition
switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-122 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of November 2011):