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iSimple iPod® Adapter for Mazda

Control your iPod and add an aux input to select 2009-up Mazda vehicles with satellite-ready radios

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by Zak Billmeier
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Just because you've got a factory radio in your Mazda, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Just install this iSimple iPod adapter — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you control song and playlist selections right from your Mazda radio.

Your Mazda radio must be equipped with, or have the ability to support satellite radio in order to use this adapter. You'll get a handy auxiliary input for connecting an MP3 player, game, or other source, plus you can add HD Radio™ and Bluetooth® via adapters (not included).

Note to Mazda 6 and CX-9 owners: If your Mazda is equipped with the mid-line or navigation radio, it will only support basic iPod operation. You'll know you have a mid-line radio if you see a small color LCD screen in the middle of the face of the radio.

Highlights:

  • control your iPod with the factory radio in select satellite-ready Mazda models
  • auxiliary input for adding additional sources
  • iPod can also be controlled directly, giving you access to all your playlists
  • warranty: 1 year
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What's in the box?

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  • Mazda automotive media interface module
  • 24" Vehicle harness
  • 11' iPod connector cable (with an iSimple 8-pin connector on one end and an Apple iPod dock connector on other end)
  • 6' Audio cable (with an iSimple 8-pin connector and female stereo RCA connectors on one end and a stereo 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 5 iPod/HD Radio/Satellite/Aux control cards

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Features

Overview: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISMZ571) seamlessly connects select iPods & iPhoned to many 2009-2011 Mazda factory stereos. The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface also offers an auxiliary input for connection of other portable audio devices to your factory stereo. In addition, the iSimple ISMZ571 can be connected to the iSimple HD Radio tuner (sold separately). The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface provides full control of these connected devices (except Auxiliary) through your vehicle's factory installed radio & steering wheel controls. The ISMZ571 will retain your original factory system features, such as satellite radio & rear seat entertainment (if equipped).

Note: You can only connect two of the supported devices (iPod/iPhone, Auxiliary, or HD Radio).

Vehicle Compatibility: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISMZ571) is compatible with the select 2009-2011 Mazda vehicles equipped with a factory radio which supports Satellite Radio. The Mazda factory radio must have a button labeled "SAT". This indicates that the factory radio is satellite ready. The iSimple Gateway ISMZ571 is compatible with the following Mazda vehicles (as of 6/27/2013).

Make Model Year
Mazda 3 2010-1011
5 2009-2010
6 2010-2011
CX-7 2010-2011
CX-0 2010-2011
RX-9 2010-2011

Note: The vehicle must be either equipped with, or have the ability to support Satellite Radio. Please use the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

Made for iPod/iPhone Compatible: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISMZ571) features an 11' iPod/iPhone cable to connect your Apple iPod or iPhone to your compatible Mazda factory radio. The iSimple Gateway ISMZ571 supports audio playback, browsing controls, information display, & charging of your Apple iPod or iPhone through your factory radio. You can also control your connected iPod/iPhone from your factory steering wheel controls or choose to continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. You are able to browse your iPod/iPhone's music, by Artist, Album, Genre, & Playlist in alphabetical order. The iSimple ISMZ571 is "made for iPod/iPhone" compatible & supports the following iPod/iPhone functions (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 Y 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 1.2 PC 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 Y Y Y Y
Note:
  • *Requires the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (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.

iPod Compatibility Note: The Mazda 6 & CX-9 equipped with mid-line & navigation radio will only support basic iPod operation. Mid-line radios will have a small color LCD screen in the middle of the face of the radio.

HD Radio Ready: The iSimple Gateway ISMZ571 allows you to listen to HD Radio in your vehicle by connecting the iSimple HD Radio Tuner (Model # HDRT, sold separately from the manufacture). Once the HD Radio tuner is connected, the iSimple Gateway module offers HD Radio audio playback, control, and information display from your factory radio.

Auxiliary Input: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface is equipped with a right-angle male 3.5mm stereo connector & a pair of female stereo RCA jacks for connecting an external portable audio device, which features an audio output or headphone output.

Note: Only one device can be connected to the unit's auxiliary input at one time.

Dip Switches: The iSimple Gateway ISMZ571 features four dip switches to configure the module for your compatible Mazda vehicle.

Vehicle Harness: You will need to disconnect the Mazda factory radio's harness & plug the iSimple Gateway's vehicle harness into the back of the Mazda factory radio. The Mazda factory radio's harness then plugs into the iSimple Gateway's vehicle harness.

 
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