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iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable

Heavy-duty USB-to-iPod cable (Model iS9413)

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by Dominic Devito
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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. iSimple's uLinx iPod cable is just like the cable that came with your iPod, only with a more rugged design that stands up to automotive use. It features a heavy-duty square jacket, as well as a latching 30-pin connector that'll ensure the cable stays joined to your Apple device. The slim connector shell makes it compatible with the openings on most iPod cases.

Use this 4-foot cable to connect your iPod or iPhone® with a 30-pin connector to any car stereo that features direct iPod control via USB input. It'll work just fine with any high-speed USB port outside of your vehicle, too. Warranty: 1 year.

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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Audio/Charging
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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No
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
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iPhone
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4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
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What's in the box?

  • 49" USB to iPod dock cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a male 30-pin dock connector on other end)

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Features

Overview: The iSmple uLinx IS9413 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 IS9413 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 iSmple uLinx IS9413 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 iSmple uLinx IS9413 cable is designed for many aftermarket head units which feature a One-Wire iPod USB direct connection. The iSmple uLinx IS9413 Dock-to-USB cable is equivalent to the USB-to-iPod dock cable that came with your iPod or iPhone

iPod Compatibility: The iSmple uLinx IS9413 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 4/10/2012):

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 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 1.2PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.02 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 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.
 
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iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable Reviews

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5 out of 5

Excellent Cable!

Written By Trish, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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I bought this to go with my new recevier and it didn't work. I bought a new car a couple months later and it works in it so I can plug and play my IPod. My IPod is the 5th Generation with 160 MB.
Pros:
Cord is just right for manuvering in the car
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable

Written By Sal, Lindenhurst NY on Monday, May 05, 2014
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a must have for any apple product
Pros:
Soft yet flexible cable, works like a champ !!
Cons:
No a One !!
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5 out of 5

I love it

Written By Eric Carroll, Chandler in on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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I love it it keep my iPod change up and keep me plug in
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5 out of 5

As Advertised

Written By Bones Conway, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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As advertised
Pros:
As advertised
Cons:
Nada
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5 out of 5

iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable

Written By Anonymous, Madison, WI on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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Functions as it is supposed to. The cable is thick and strong, but pliable. I had it run under my center console paneling in a '96 Mustang and had it come out of the inside of my console box for it to be hidden and no issues whatsoever.
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5 out of 5

iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable

Written By VFRDon, Fremont, CA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Good solid cable. Heavy duty wire, should hold up a long time and was priced well.
Pros:
Heavy duty, should last in my truck yet didn't cost much.
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2 out of 5

save your money

Written By BK, MiWuk CA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Doesn't stay in receiver, just use regular ipod cord.
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5 out of 5

Good Quality

Written By Calvin, North East PA on Friday, December 27, 2013
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Nort Much to say....good qualiy & works as it should.
Pros:
Good Length
Cons:
A little pricey
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4 out of 5

Connection cable

Written By Kevin, Owens Cross Roads, AL on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Good quality
Pros:
Length
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5 out of 5

iSimple uLinx iPod® Connection Cable

Written By Anonymous, Sc on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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It is heavy duty, but still easy enough to roll up and put out of our way. I made a good choice.
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5 out of 5

Quality Cable with Locking Feature

Written By JLM, Mandan, ND on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Great quality. Just remember you have to squeeze the sides to release it from an iPod.
Pros:
Great quality.
Cons:
Don't forget it locks into your iPod. A little tricky the first time to disconnect if you don't realize that feature.
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5 out of 5

Very Heavy Duty Connector

Written By dora, montgomery, alabama on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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This iSimple uLinx iPod connector is very heavy duty. It has substantial weight to it, quite hefty. It is coiled thick black rubberized with regular size USB on one end & connector to fit iPhone 4S on the other. It is type of connector that you squeeze to unhook it from cell or iPod. I like that. It can't fall out. Fit my 4s tight like a glove. Didn't try on iPod as same music was on iPhone.
Pros:
It is made very well. I saw nothing wrong w connectors or cable or design of it at all. I like that it was weighty, so many new products are too lightweight.
Cons:
I liked that item was heavy, but its weight was one thing detrimental to my being able to use it on my new Sony stereo. It was so hefty that when connected to the USB port it dragged down due to the weight. It also kept coding, saying on display, "USB OVERRIDE" or "USB NOT FOUND" iIt was not compatible w my particular Sony stereo. I'm using iPhone synch cable now or Bluetooth audio.
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5 out of 5

Heavy Duty

Written By Thomas, Scotts Hill, TN on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Heavy Duty works great!!
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5 out of 5

iPod® Connection Cable

Written By skikingjs, Saginaw Mi on Friday, June 28, 2013
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Works Great
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3 out of 5

Good Cable

Written By Stacy K, Sevierville, TN on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Nice sturdy cable but docking connector hood needs to be cut back about 2cm in order to plug into my iphone with the protective case I have on it.
Pros:
Heavy Duty
Cons:
Watch out for potiential fit problem with docking plug
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Is the iSimple uLinx iPod cable an A/V cable ? [ Roland  Feb 02, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • I don't know because the receiver I hooked it to doesn't have video. Sorry. [ ERNESTO   Feb 13, 2014 ]
  • Thanks, appreciate the help [ Roland   Feb 03, 2014 ]
  • No it is audio only [ JARED   Feb 02, 2014 ]
  • Best cable you can buy ! [ JODY   Feb 02, 2014 ]
  • Roland B.- I am unsure as to whether iSimple uLinx iPod connector cable is designed for a/v. I only know it was designed for iPhone and/or iPod and IPads. You should call Norman of Crutchfield, he can answer any & all questions as to fit, adaptability & functionality. I wish I were of more help. Thanks for asking though! Dora [ DORA J   Feb 02, 2014 ]

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