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Alpine KCU-445i

Control your iPod® or iPhone® directly from select Alpine receivers

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Our take on the Alpine KCU-445i

by Ken Nail
Alpine

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.

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Full playback and fast charging

Want to listen to your iPod or iPhone through your 2009-up Alpine CD receiver? Connect this KCU-445i connection cable between your iPod and the stereo's USB port, and you'll get super-fast data transfer and full playback control. You'll enjoy the superior sound quality of the Alpine's digital-to-analog converter, plus your iPod's or iPhone's battery will charge extra fast as you drive, thanks to the cable's compatibility with the 1-amp USB ports found on new Alpine receivers. The package contains an 8-inch connector cable and a 5-foot extension cable in case your receiver has a rear USB port.

Once connected, your receiver's controls allow you to manage just about every playback function right from the radio's faceplate. QuickSearch™ makes it easy to find the music that you want — jump between artists, albums, and playlists at the push of a button. You can even scroll through songs using the rotary control knob. Album, artist, and song information from your iPod will show up on the radio's display, too. Warranty: 1 year.

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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Audio + Control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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Alpine
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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7/6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch
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5/4/3/2/1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • 5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • 8" iPod connector cable (with an iPod dock connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
  • USB connector clamp (two-piece)

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Features

iPod/iPhone USB Cable: The KCU-445i allows you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone to select 2009-up USB/iPod direct compatible Alpine head units. The KCU-445i consists of a 5' USB extension cable terminated by a male USB type-A connector on one end, which plugs into your compatible Alpine head unit's USB port, and a female USB type-A connector on other end, which plugs into the included 8" iPod dock connector cable. The iPod dock connector cable features a male USB type-A connector on one end and an iPod dock connector on other end to connect your iPod. The included 5' USB extension cable is convenient for compatible Alpine head units with a rear-panel USB port. The 8" iPod dock connector cable can simply plug into the front-panel USB port of a compatible Alpine head unit.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility: The Alpine KCU-445i can be used to interface a compatible Alpine receiver to select iPod/iPhoness with a dock connector. The cable gives you full control and full sound at full speed. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, Album or Song searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The cable will also power the iPod/iPhone and charge the battery. The Alpine KCU-445i is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone 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 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 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 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 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* 1.2 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 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
4* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
mini* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
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.

Alpine Head Unit Compatibility: The KCU-445i is compatible with select 2009-up Alpine head units that support USB iPod/iPhone direct connection. Once the adapter is connected, the iPod appears on the head unit's display as a selectable source.

Super-Fast USB Connection: With USB connection, your iPod's large music libraries are loaded instantly through your compatible Alpine head unit. Sound quality is maximized by using USB along with your head unit's D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.

Quick Search: With Alpine's exclusive Quick Search technology, you will be able to find what you want, the quickest and easiest way possible. With so many ways to listen to thousands of songs, now you can get fast access to Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, Podcasts, and Composers. No interruptions while you search, so you can keep enjoying your music.

Percentage Search: For especially big music libraries, Alpine's exclusive 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). Conveniently jump from one song to the next with little effort.

Alphabet Search: Use Alphabet Search to jump through your lengthy list of music by skipping through the letters of the alphabet. Once you have the letter you want, you can scroll to the exact song.

 
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5 out of 5

husband's gift

Written By Julie R, Richmond, VA on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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This was a very simple way to get the exact thing that we needed. We searched several other companies and no one had it and definitely not for a price that we liked. So thank you for having exactly what we needed, for getting it to us quickly and for making the whole ordering process so simple and easy to manage.
Pros:
Easy to order site, quickly processed and shipped, and a great fair price.
Cons:
Wasting time searching anywhere else.
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5 out of 5

Solid Wire

Written By Jason, Easton PA on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Nice wire, very well built with great sound quality.
Pros:
Solid Construction, easy to use
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none
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5 out of 5

Alpine KCU-445i

Written By Kerry, Statesboro, GA on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Great product!!
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5 out of 5

Sound Out of Sight

Written By Karky, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, June 03, 2013
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I love that the cable is thick and solid. I was already removing the center console on my Boxster, so I was able to run the cable inside the console and fashion an iPod connection inside my storage compartment so I have no exposed cable. My Alpine stereo completely takes over iPod control and now I wonder why I even purchased a CD Receiver and not just a media receiver alone. I could not be happier. If you can keep the cable out of sight and position your iPod where it's obscure, you have a killer stereo without the distracting wires. If I couldn't hide the wires, I'd still use the cable, as it really makes playing the iPod through the rear USB of my car stereo easy and efficient.
Pros:
Great connection, thick wires, heavy construction.
Cons:
None, really.
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5 out of 5

Alpine KCU-445i

Written By Russell YB, North Jersey on Monday, April 01, 2013
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I have use many of the iPod connection over the years, but this one is by far the most innovative.. With the CDE HD 138BT, I have much more control of the iPod than ever before. When I use my iPhone with the Head unit it is even more user friendly. I can't say enough good things about tis Alpine product and all the Alpine products. Crutchfield has the best after sales customer services I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and they ship for FREE I like that. Thanks guys for great before and after sales support. Russell YB
Pros:
Great product, easy to install and use. Alpine is the best. Crutchfield carries the full line.
Cons:
No complaints on any issue
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2 questions already asked

Does this work with an Alpine IDA-X305s? My factory supplied 30pin to USB adapter cable is shot at the 30 pin end and I'm curious if this item will provide functionality with my head unit. Thank you. [ jnkman61m  May 26, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  May 26, 2014 ]
What's the functionality difference between the Alpine KCU-461iV iPod® Cable and the Alpine KCU-445i? [ Kevin  Jan 16, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • From what I can see on Crutchfield's site, this KCU-445I unit has no 3.5mm plug for inputting into the aux input on some receivers. I have this cord because I don't need the aux plug option. I've "buried" my USB and I connect my iPod inside the storage compartment between the driver and passenger seat. [ IVORY COAST   Jan 17, 2014 ]
  • The KCU-445i will allow you to listen to any Apple product . What the KCU-461iV adds is the capability to watch video on the double din touch screen products. If you don't need video, go for the 445i [ PHILIP M   Jan 17, 2014 ]

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