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DICE iPod® Adapter for Audi and Volkswagen

Control your iPod and add an auxiliary input — works with select Audi and VW vehicles with CD changer controls (Model i-VW-T/5v)

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by Buck Pomerantz

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.

This neat iPod integration kit from DICE Electronics lets you listen to, control, and charge your iPod through select Audi and VW sound systems. You'll scroll through playlists and select your favorite tracks right from your factory radio's controls, and enjoy the conveniences and pleasures of instant access to your digital music while you're driving. This adapter also lets you control the music from your steering wheel controls, or even the iPod itself.

The i-VW-T/5v connects to the CD changer port of your compatible Audi or VW factory radio system, transforming the CD changer mode into iPod control. It also adds an auxiliary input so you can play music from virtually any external source through your factory system. DICE keeps up with Apple's latest charging standards, so you won't end up with a dead iPod battery. Warranty: 90 days.

Important Notes: You must disconnect the factory CD changer in order to use this adapter. The adapter connects to the CD changer cable in your vehicle, and comes with a 15-foot vehicle extension harness in case your changer's in the back of your car. Song and artist info will only appear on factory radios with CD Text display. Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

Compatibility 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 audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific Volkswagen
Brand Specific No
Parts Warranty 90 Days
Labor Warranty 90 Days
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen/4Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
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What's in the box?

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  • iPod interface module
  • 14" Vehicle adapter harness
  • 15' Vehicle extension harness
  • 6.5' iPod dock connector cable
  • Installation Guide/User manual
  • "Attention Installers!" note

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Features

Overview: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) allows you to connect select iPod/iPhones to select 1998-up Audi and Volkswagen vehicles with factory radios that are pre-wired for a factory CD-changer, so you can listen to your iPod/iPhone through the vehicle's speakers. The I-VW-T/5V iPod Car Integration allows you to control the connected iPod/iPhone from the factory radio, factory steering wheel controls, or from the iPod itself. The I-VW-T/5V also charges the iPod while connected when the vehicle is running or the key is turned to the accessory position.

Vehicle Compatibility: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) is compatible with the following 1998-up Audi and Volkswagen vehicles that feature a "CD" button on the factory radio (as of Aug. 2010).

Make Model Year
Audi A3 2006-2009
A4 1998-2006
A6 1998-2004
A8 1998-2001
Allroad 2000-2005
R6 1998-2004
S4 1998-2006
S6 1998-2004
TT 2000-2006
Volkswagen Beetle 1999-2006
Cabriolet 1998-2003
Golf 1998-2005
GTI 1998-2005
Jetta 1998-2005
Passat 1998-2005

Note: The DICE I-VW-T/5V connects to the factory CD changer port at the CD Changer, not behind the radio. The factory external CD-changer and this iPod integration kit cannot be used at the same time; the original CD changer must be disconnected. Please visit the Crutchfield Car Selector for specific vehicle compatibility.

iPod Compatibility: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) supports the following Apple iPod & iPhone functions as of August 2010.

iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Software Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Radio iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 1.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 3.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 4.0 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 device 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 an newer software update is available.

Control Modes: The DICE I-VW-T/5V iPod Car Integration Kit allows you to control the connected iPod/iPhone from the factory radio, factory steering wheel controls, or from the iPod/iPhone itself. The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) offers two selectable operating modes.

  • Display Mode: Full controls are available from the connected iPod/iPhone and simple browsing (Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, Track Skip/Next) is available from the Volkswagen factory radio. Text display is also available.
  • Locked Mode: Full controls and browsing are available from the Volkswagen factory radio. Controls on the iPod are locked. Text display will also be available.

Note: You can quickly switch between the Display mode and Locked mode by using the Hold-button on your iPod or iPhone.

iPod Control: The Mode button on the Volkswagen factory radio accesses the connected I-VW-T/5V interface and your connected iPod/iPhone. Press the Disc 5 button to select between iPod or Aux mode. The DICE Volkswagen iPod interface lets your browse your iPod/iPhones music content by Song, Playlist, Artist, or Album by pressing the appropriate Disc button (1-4) on your factory Volkswagen radio. You can then use the Track button and/or the Tune dial on the factory radio to select the next or previous song.

Note: The Disc 6 buttons switches between text display and firmware version information.

iPod Text: iPod/iPhone text is supported on all text-capable factory Volkswagen radios. The DICE Volkswagen iPod interface supports artist, album, and playlist text.

Note: Factory radio must support CD Text.

iPod Hierarchy: By default, the interface creates a Playlist having a name that is the same at the name on the iPod. This Playlist is the very first on the list of Playlists shown while browsing in Playlist mode. This Playlist contains all the songs on the iPod. Once a Playlist is active, an Artist may be selected within the Playlist using the Artist mode. Albums by the select Artist and within the selected Playlist may be select in Album mode. "All Artists and "All Album" designate all available content in those categories.

iPod Charging: The interface automatically charges the battery of the iPod/iPhone when connected and the key is in the ACC/ON position.

Auxiliary Input: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) is equipped with a 1/8" (3.5mm) auxiliary port to connect an external audio source such as an MP3 player. The auxiliary input has gain, bass, mid, and treble settings in order to optimize sound.

Dip Switches: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) features 4 dip switches which configure the interface module settings for vehicle compatibility and iPod operation.

Connections: The DICE Electronics iPod Car Integration Kit (I-VW-T/5V) comes supplied with a 14" vehicle adapter harness and 15' vehicle extension harness, which plugs into the iPod interface module and then between the Audi or Volkswagen factory radio and the CD-changer port. The I-VW-T/5V iPod Car Integration Kit also features a 6.5' iPod dock connector cable which plugs into the interface module and then into the dock connector on your compatible iPod.

Installation: DICE Electronics strongly recommends that the unit be installed in an easily accessible place and not behind the factory radio. Whether the unit is professionally or self-installed, put the module where you, the end user, can get to it easily in the future. This benefits you when accessing the auxiliary input or need to change the dip switch settings.

Note: The DICE I-VW-T/5V connects to the factory CD changer port at the CD Changer, not behind the radio. The factory external CD-changer and this iPod integration kit cannot be used at the same time; the original CD changer must be disconnected.

 
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Doesn't work

Written By dannyb, New York on Monday, August 01, 2011
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I had high hopes for this adapter but I've been completely disappointed. This thing works or I should say doesn't work most of the time. So far I've found no rhyme or reason. Sometimes it will work but the vast majority of times it just doesn't work. I've got a 2007 Audi which according to the charts isn't compatible with this device but the advisor assured me it would work. So now I have a basically useless device sitting in the glove compartment where my CD player used to be.
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3 out of 5

Ok

Written By Hetzeck, Annapolis, MD on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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This adapter was easy to hook in where my former 6 CD changer had been in my glove box and the sound from it is great, however I was dissapointed that none of the song names or artists are displayed in my nav system. When I spoke to the tech about buying this, I was told it woudl interface with my nav system. Instead, it just shows: "Title 1, Title 2", etc. so it needs to be pulled out of the glove box and operated from the iPod itself when I want to change tracks. I gave it three stars because of the great sound quality when hooked to my Audi's Bose speakers.
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