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iSimple iPod®/Auxiliary Input Adapter for Subaru

Control your iPod and add an aux input to select 2008-up Subaru vehicles with satellite radio

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by Zak Billmeier
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Just because you've got a factory radio in your car, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home, along with the hours and hours of music you've loaded onto it. Just install iSimple's 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 radio.

You'll keep the use of your satellite radio, plus get a handy auxiliary input for connecting an MP3 player, game, or other source. You can also use this adapter to get SIRIUS Satellite radio with the help of a SIRIUS tuner.

Note: Your Subaru radio must have a "SAT" button to work with this adapter. Factory radio must not be an AM/FM/6-disc in-dash changer. Be sure to check the "Details" tab to make sure this interface will work with your iPod.

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Highlights:

  • control your iPod with the factory radio in select satellite-ready Subaru models
  • auxiliary input for additional sources
  • iPod can also be controlled directly, giving you access to all your playlists
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Subaru automotive media interface module
  • 28" 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
  • Navigation Double-DIN iPod/HD controls card
  • Non-navigation Double-DIN iPod/HD Radio controls card

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Features

Overview: The Peripheral Technology iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISSB571) seamlessly connects select iPods & iPhones to many 2008-2010 Subaru 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 ISSB571 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 and steering wheel controls.

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

Vehicle Compatibility: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISSB571) is compatible with the select 2008-2010 Subaru vehicles equipped with a factory radio which supports Satellite Radio. The Subaru factory radio must have a "SAT" button. The iSimple Gateway ISSB571 is compatible with the following Subaru vehicles (as of 6/27/2013).

Make Model Year Restrictions
Subaru Forrester 2009-2010 Not compatible with factory installed iPod adapter
Legacy 2008-2010 N/A
Outback 2008-2010 N/A
Tribeca 2008-2010 Models with factory Navigation are not compatible
Impreza 2008-2010 N/A

Note: Vehicle's equipped with factory satellite radio will need the satellite radio tuner disconnected at the tuner location in order for this unit to function. Please use the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

Made for iPod/iPhone Compatible: The iSimple Gateway Automotive Media Interface (ISSB571) features an 11' iPod/iPhone cable to connect your Apple iPod or iPhone to your compatible Subaru factory radio. The iSimple Gateway ISSB571 supports audio playback, browsing controls, information display, and 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, and Playlist in alphabetical order. The iSimple ISNIS571 is "made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and 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.

HD Radio Ready: The iSimple Gateway ISSB571 allows you to listen to HD Radio in your vehicle by connecting the iSimple HD Radio Tuner (Model # HDRT, sold separately from 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 and 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 ISSB571 features four dip switches to configure the module for your compatible Subaru vehicle.

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

 
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5 out of 5

great buy

Written By adam, Elkhart, IN on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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Just plug and play. I searched everywhere and this is just what I needed
Pros:
Easy to hook up
Cons:
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4 out of 5

Works reasonably well in 2007 Outback!

Written By seanf, Rocky Mountains of Colorado on Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Even though the description of this device says it will work with 2008 on up, I decided to take the risk and try it in my 2007 outback. The standard radio in the 2007 outback is the same as the 2008 and has the satellite button and input on the back.

Pros: I am very pleased this unit works OK with the 2007. Clean installation without hacking my dashboard. I prefer the big knobs and easy to use buttons on the stock radio over the aftermarket radios.

Cons: It is slow to respond sometimes The text is truncated at maybe 20 characters. The information is not scrolled. Selecting playlists is cumbersome. I just do it on the device.

Now have ordered the HDRT so I can enjoy HD radio.

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4 out of 5

iSimple iPod®/Auxiliary Input Adapter for Subaru

Written By DougB, North Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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Good kit. Instructions could have been a little better, had to call customer support a
couple of times, but they were very helpful and I got it all figured out. Everything works as
it should.
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