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Best ways to control your iPhone® or iPod® in the car

A guide to iPod/iPhone and car stereo compatibility

If you have an iPod or iPhone you'd like to use in your car, and you're not sure how to do it, you're not alone. Adding iPod or iPhone control to almost any vehicle's stereo can be made simple by using a USB port that's "Made for iPod/iPhone" or a vehicle-specific iPod adapter.


Many new aftermarket stereos have iPod and iPhone controls built in, so you don't need anything more than the iPod cable for basic audio control. On the other hand, some stereos require an adapter in order to access the more advanced features of your device. And many factory audio systems that don't include a USB port require an adapter in order to connect your iPod at all.

Why not just use a Bluetooth® connection or auxiliary input?

The iPod Touch and iPhones offer built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and once they're paired with a car radio equipped with Bluetooth, you can stream content between the two for handy wireless convenience. Learn more in our article about getting Bluetooth in the car. But, not all iPod models have Bluetooth, and a Bluetooth connection won't charge your device's battery — in fact, it will drain it faster. And while it has improved over the years, Bluetooth was not designed for sound quality originally, so the audio can sound compressed.

Auxiliary inputs work great for passing an audio signal from your iPod's headphone output to your car stereo. Most car stereos and many factory systems include them, and the sound quality is very good. But again, your device's battery won't be charged. You'll also can't control your iPod music from the radio, nor will you see any song info on the radio.

Benefits of using a wired iPod or iPhone car adapter

A USB connection or a wired iPhone car adapter offers solid advantages over other connections.

  • Better sound — A USB connection bypasses the DAC (digital to analog converter) in your iOS device and uses the DAC in your new stereo to get the most out of your sound.
  • Music controls — This connection also lets you control your music directly from the stereo controls, or in many cases, you can choose to control your music using your iPhone. This makes picking the song or playlist you want much easier. and provides song info on your radio's display.
  • App controls — Many newer stereos let you access specialized apps on your device from the stereo. The most basic of these is Pandora controls that let you access your Pandora account (select your channels, rate songs, skip tracks, etc.). But other stereos have far more advanced app controls, especially if the stereo has a video screen.
  • Power — A USB connection also charges your device's battery.

Type of adapter: Will the regular iPod cable do the job?

The kind of cable or adapter you need depends on the capabilities of the stereo you have in the dash.

USB connection

Stereos that have USB inputs that are "Made for iPod/iPhone" usually only need the standard iPod cable for basic audio control. In these cases, you can use the cable that came with your iPod to connect and control it from the stereo, but it's a good idea to purchase an extra iPod cable to leave in the car. You can also purchase cables of different lengths depending on your application. Check out our assortment of 30-pin iPod dock connector cables or Lightning™-to-USB cables.

USB input on Alpine receiver

A USB port represents the most common connection for an iPod or iPhone.

iPod adapter cables

Some stereos, especially those with video screens, require a special adapter cable in order to get full iPod integration. You might be able to get basic control of the iPod with the regular iPod cable, but in order to see song titles and menus on the stereo's display, access music and navigation apps, and mirror your phone's display on the big screen, you need the special adapter cable. It's best to check out the "Details" section of the receiver you're considering to determine the right iPod adapter for your application.

Pioneer AVH-1550NEX DVD Receiver

Some touchscreen radios enable you to see and use many of the apps on your iPhone.

FM modulator and cassette adapter

You may have seen them, or at least heard of them. In older aftermarket or factory car stereos with a cassette player, you can use a cassette adapter with a cable that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPod. An FM modulator works by "broadcasting" your audio over an open FM band on your radio. These provide audio from your portable device; however, this audio isn't the highest quality due to the limitations of cassette playback and FM frequencies. Plus, these setups usually mean more wires hanging out of your dash, your device's battery wouldn't be charged, and controls are limited to the iPod itself.

Functionality: How easy is it to control your iPod from the stereo using USB or an iPod interface?

Now let's discuss the stereo itself. Some receivers work better with iPods than others, and it's not that hard to figure out which ones. Functionality refers to how easy it is to manipulate the iPod's functions from your car stereo.

The stereo's display

Consider a basic display with a single line of text, limited to 8 or 10 characters visible at a time. Song text might scroll across the display. You probably have to switch view settings to see artist name, song title, and playlist, or there might be only numeric designations for playlists. Factory stereos and entry-level aftermarket receivers usually fall into this category.

Two types of stereo displays

Compare that display to one with two or three lines of text that can show you all of the song information at once. Searching for songs and folders is going to be much easier on a display that shows this much detail.

The stereo's controls

Just as the display is important for being able to see what you're doing, having radio controls that are suited for searching and accessing a song library affects iPod control too. Basic stereo controls can mean extra button pushing to make your way through the song menu to get to the artist and album you want to hear. Stereos with more advanced controls will make it much easier to find the song you want.

Pioneer AVH-4100NEX

This large touchscreen display provides a user-friendly interface to find music on your iPod. Receivers like this are designed with iPod compatibility in mind.

iPod compatibility and shopping for a new stereo

To help find stereos with the right level of iPod/iPhone control, we've included an iPod compatibility filter in the car stereo section of our web site. We update these dynamic filters for evolving technology, but when it comes to iPod and iPhone, you may want to consider features like these depending on your needs:

App Compatible: These stereos give you access to music on your iPhone. On more advanced receivers, like Pioneer's AppRadio, you might get access to many apps that have been tailored to the stereo.

Audio Playback: This option refers to standard audio controls. You can use the stereo to access the audio content stored on your iPod or iPhone. You usually don't need to buy any optional adapters and they tend to give you the best level of control.

CarPlay: Available on select car stereos, this newer feature works with iPhones that use the Lightning™ connector to enable you to use certain phone functions as you drive, but in a manner that'll let you stay focused on the road. These functions include your iPhone's calling, music, mapping, and message applications. Find out more about CarPlay.

iPhone 6 Compatible: These stereos are specifically compatible with the iPhone 6. Certain app and video functions that are readily accessible from older iPhones may not be available through the newer iPhones, or they may require special cables or connections.

Pandora: This is a subset of the stereos in the above iPhone categories that specifically have the ability to control Pandora Internet radio through your iPhone.

Siri Control: Some stereos let you access Siri through the stereo's Bluetooth® connection. It uses the stereo's microphone to let Siri hear you, and Siri's responses are played over the car's speakers.

Video Playback: This option means that the stereo can play video content from your iPod or iPhone. This includes streaming video content, such as YouTube and Netflix. Keep in mind that viewing videos on your car stereo's screen requires that the vehicle be stopped and the parking brake be engaged. This feature usually requires that you purchase a special adapter cable (you can use the standard iPod cable for basic audio controls, just like the "Audio Playback" category above).

Here to help

If you have any questions about how to add iPhone or iPod control to your current stereo, or want help shopping for a new stereo, chat with us online or give us a call. Our Crutchfield advisors are always ready to help.

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  • T.Rose from West Haven

    Posted on 10/16/2020

    My last IPOD enabled me to control the music through the IPOD itself with my car stereo. The one I use now won't allow me to switch it over making if difficult. Do you have any ideas as to what I can possibly do to change this? I even use the same USB cord...

  • Beth Friedman

    Posted on 10/6/2020

    I recently acquired a Honda Fit, which has an iPod setting. However, when I plug my iPod Classic via the 30-pin connector to the USB port (the only input port available; no aux), it doesn't register; I get a "no device connected." And even if it did work, the manual implies it would use it as a hard drive, not with shuffle capability from the iPod Classic, which is what I want. Your section about iPod adapter cables suggests that there might be a cable that would make the onboard stereo recognize input through the USB port as sound rather than data. Is that so? And if so, what do you recommend? I also bought, on the advice of others, a 3.5 mm jack to USB adapter, in hopes that I could play sound through the car audio system the way I did using the tape adapter in my old car. No luck. I'd really like to get this working properly; I hope you can help!

  • Edwin from Mexico

    Posted on 9/18/2020

    Hello there! I have a Honda HR-V 20016 and it has an "iPod" compatibility, the thing is that my wife's phone does pair and I can control the music from the stereo but mine doesn't, only plays music. Do you know which setting allows my phone to pair as my wife's??

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2020

    Edwin, you could try using Bluetooth as a source on your radio and see if that gives you control over the music on your phone (track-skipping, play/pause).
  • Larry Webb from Stockbridge

    Posted on 8/29/2020

    Is there anyway I can use my ipod classic with my Alpine ilx 207 ? It says must be 5th to 7th generation iPhone/ipod... Do not really want to have to buy a new ipod . Hope there is a cable or something to help listen to my ipod classic. Thank you

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 8/31/2020

    Larry, that radio has a rear A/V minijack input. You could play audio that way but you would still have to control play/pause, skip track, navigate albums via your iPod.
  • Richard lewis from Tadworth

    Posted on 7/9/2020

    Hi there, I have just borough a kenwood car stereo it has a USB slot but is android only. Is there an adaptor I can get to enable it to read from my iPhone 7 plus?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/26/2017

    Michael, if it happens part of the time, I'd guess that it's not a setting on your factory stereo and that it may be an iPod issue/setting. On the occasions where the playlist does not pick up where you left it, has the iPod powered off due to low battery or is it waking from sleep? That may account for the difference in behavior.

  • Michael F. Dilley from Green Bay, WI

    Posted on 5/24/2017

    I just bought a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has a USB connection that I use with my iPod. Most of the time when I stop and shut off the engine and then, later, turn it back on, my iPod picks up the song on the appropriate playlist right where it left off. On more than a few occasions, however, it begins the music at the start of my overall list of music instead of returning the place on the playlist where it was when I shut off the engine. How can I get this to consistently return to the song on the playlist when I shut off the engine?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 3/31/2017

    KSandbergFL, you may have better results via Bluetooth if that's a possibility. Regarding USB, if it is possible to adjust the output for Siri-related audio, you'd find that in your phone settings rather than in your radio.

  • KSandbergFL from Nashwauk, MN

    Posted on 3/29/2017

    I have an iPhone 6. I connect to my car stereo using a USB cable. Works great, I listen to internet radio on the way to/from work. However, when I use "Hey Siri", the Siri voice plays back on the phone's speaker, not thru the car stereo. Sometimes, in noisy traffic, it is very difficult to hear. Is there a way to make Siri play over the car stereo too?

  • nick from Georgia

    Posted on 2/24/2017

    on alpine idax100 the back feature for ipod works after the car is turned off and then on; however, with the same wiring in the same vehicle the back button doesn't work after reignition with x305 nor my new cde-hd149bt... ipod nano 4 running current version have tried original and new usb extension as well as the old and new 30 pin alpine connectors and the white ipod 30 pin... The back feature works properly after initial search until vehicle shut off and the last song is resumed upon reentry

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    Michael, your best bet will be to contact the manufacturer. That's not a product that we carry so we're not familiar with it. It could be an issue with Bluetooth protocols.

  • Michael from Berkeley

    Posted on 9/14/2016

    I have a 3rd generation iPod touch and a 2008 Audi A4 with an RNS-E audio system. I just installed a bluetooth Tune 2 air to connect the iPod. The connection works fine but I cannot control the iPod. The iPod screen says device connected and the music cannot be controlled. The RNS-E only shows tracks listing with any text. I was hoping to use this control the iPod from the car. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2016

    Allen, the Pandora app is not compatible with your generation iPod via USB. However, a Bluetooth connection will allow you to stream Pandora. If you would like to simply play stored music from your iPod via USB and use your head unit controls, that should work. Ensure that Head Unit mode is enabled on the Pioneer for full functionality. Also, keep in mind that if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Allen from Clarksville

    Posted on 8/6/2016

    I have a pioneer DEH-X2700UI in my truck. I have an IPOD touch generation 4 32GB. I connected thru the USB port and it prompted me I had to download Pandora. Problem is its IOS 6.1 and the current Pandora app is for IOS 8.0 or higher. Is there another app out there that will connect this IPOD to this stereo?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/23/2016

    Joseph, I've passed your question along to our sales team for the best solution for you. An advisor will contact you soon to help. There's a few ways to achieve something similar to (but not exactly like) what you're describing. One way is to use an amp with Bluetooth like this one from Infinity. Another, if your dash is compatible, is to install a receiver with Apple CarPlay.

  • Joseph from Ivel

    Posted on 6/22/2016

    I would like to remove my Chevy/GM 3500 CD/Cassette player that is not working right. And replace it with an iPhone 6+. Is there an AMP that could power the speakers, and a cable adapter that could plug into the iPhone directly? Seems like someone would make a kit that does just this, replace the factory player with just the iPhone showing in the dash, powered and connected via the lighting adapter. Having a mic in the setup would be a plus.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/19/2016

    Stephanie, take a look at our selection of minijack cables to see if there's one that would address your problem. If not, you may want to check with Apple since this sounds like a design flaw with their product. They may have or know of the best solution.

  • Stephanie

    Posted on 4/18/2016

    Hi. I just bought a car that has an auxiliary input. I was able to use an audio cable I had from a portable speaker to hook up my iPod Nano (4th generation, I think--either 4th or 5th), and I have an adapter that allows me to charge the iPod Nano in the car using the original iPod USB cable... My problem is that the narrow width of the Nano doesn't allow me to have both plugs in the iPod at the same time. Is there some sort of narrower audio cable or iPod-compatible USB or a combo iPod USB/audio cable that will allow me to use the iPod Nano in my car while charging it? I'd rather not have to worry about the iPod running out of battery while on a car trip. It seems like I should be able to do both, but the male ends on all of the audio cables I see are too wide to have both plugged in.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/1/2016

    Dasme, I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by "reversed". Your best bet is to check your vehicle manual for compatibility details or contact your local Hyundai dealer for questions about factory radio compatibility.

  • Dasme from St. Albans

    Posted on 4/1/2016

    I just purchased a 2016 Hyundai Sonata. The ipod cable that I used for my 4th generation ipod in my previous 2013 Sonata does fit the 2016 interface. It seems that the usb part is reversed in the new car. How can I connect my ipod to the 2016 Sonata being able to charge it as well as play as I have done in the previous car model.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/5/2016

    Cordale, I've passed your question along to our sales team. An advisor will contact you soon with recommendations. If you'd like to speak to someone right away, give us a call at the number above.

  • Cordale M from Milwaukee

    Posted on 1/4/2016

    Hi, I'm going to be installing an iPad Air 2 in the dash of my car, what is needed to charge and play audio at the same time? Is there some type of dock connector ?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/23/2015

    DJ, compatibility will vary from car stereo to car stereo. For more information on streaming capabilities, check the "Details" tab for the stereo in which you're interested, or give us a call with any questions. Typically, you'll gain play/pause and track-to-track control but not in-depth app control. Exceptions include Spotify on receivers equipped with Apple CarPlay.

  • DJ from Raleigh

    Posted on 12/22/2015

    If I connect via the usb lighting connector can i use other apps such as audiomack or datpiff

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    Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/19/2015

    Gabe, our Tech Support department has tested the iPhone 6S models, and they have the same compatibility as the previous iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models. Essentially, any car stereos that work with iPhone models using Apple's Lightning connector are compatible. We're working to update our compatibility charts online.

  • Gabe from San Rafael

    Posted on 11/15/2015

    Your in dash receivers don't say they're compatible with iPhone 6s. Do you know which ones do? Your chart stops at the 6+.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015

    David, this may be an issue you could resolve in your iPhone's settings. It would probably be worth contacting Apple first. Otherwise, a Bluetooth connection may be the solution for you. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which Bluetooth adapter solutions fit your car.

  • David Hart from Anchorage

    Posted on 10/24/2015

    I have an iPhone 6S and a 2011 Toyota Highlander. There is no USB connection, but I listen to music via a mini to mini cable. It works fine, and I can talk to Siri, but nothing she says, including GPS instructions comes out of the stereo, nor the phone. Do you have a cable that would allow me to hear Siri while I'm driving?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/12/2015

    Dawn, do you mean a USB input somewhere on the dash or console? If so, it may be a compatibility issue with your iPod model. Check your manual for details or stop by the dealership. Hyundai would know best.

  • Dawn from Oklahoma city

    Posted on 10/11/2015

    Have a 2014 Hyundai Sonata hybrid. When I plug in my IPod to the sub port I get nothing. What's wrong ?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/8/2015

    Cat, if you can rule out the iPhone as the problem by listening to audio through headphones, then try using a different cable to connect your iPhone and stereo. If the problem persists, then you know the trouble lies with the stereo. Give us a call, and we can help you choose a new stereo for your vehicle.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/8/2015

    Bob, if you're referring to your factory receiver, you could contact your dealership, but most likely, if it doesn't recognize your phone, there's nothing you can do. Upgrading to an aftermarket stereo, however, is a great way to integrate your smartphone. Give us a call for options.

  • cat from LA

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    My iPhone used to play through the car radio via a jack. Even though I have selected the auxiliary mode and turned up the volume on both the phone and the speakers nothing works. Thanks. C

  • Bob Runge from Carol Stream

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Plugged my iPhone 5 into USB port on my in dash radio got message devise not recognized. How do I get radio to recognize devise?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/4/2015

    Marilou, I'm not familiar with the cable you're describing. However, a mini-to-mini cable will give you a wired connection from your iPod to you FJ Cruiser's AUX input. You will be able to play audio just as you did with your previous cable.

  • Marilou from Rowlett TX

    Posted on 9/4/2015

    I need help. I have an iPod classic, and a 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser. I used to have an audio cable and lost it. I promise you, it was shorter on one end that the other. The longer part went into the iPod and the shorter end went into the accessory jack on the car. Everybody thinks I'm crazy, that they would be the same length, but I PROMISE YOU! the end that went into the accessory jack was shorter. It looks like 3.5mm is the standard, which is the proper length to go into the iPod, but I cannot find a cable that has a shorter jack on the other end. It's not thicker or thinner, just shorter. No, there isn't something broken off in the accessory jack in the car. I had a cable that worked, that was shorter on one end and longer on the other, and lost it. Can you help?!? Have been to Radio Shack, the dealership, stereo stores and have had no luck.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/1/2015

    Jojo, if you're using it with one of the specified, compatible Pioneer multimedia receivers, it should work with your iPhone 4S. If you don't have one of those receivers, then you probably need a different iPod adapter cable. You can look up your receiver on our site to see which adapter works with it. We make this information available under the Details tab as well as the Owner's Manual in most cases. Otherwise, check with your installer to see if they have any recommendations.

  • Jojo Dalisay from Philippines

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    i Bought the CD -IU201V cable. This cable did not work with my IPhone 4S. It would work with an IPod but not my IPhone. Did not find out cable would not work until after a paid installation. Caused extreme amount of money, time and frustration. Pros: Nothing. Did not work Cons: Everything. Did not work

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    Tom, here is a list of the iPod cables. I believe you're talking about extending your current iPod cable, but perhaps a longer cable could work just as well.

  • Tom Guckenberg from Gainesville, VA

    Posted on 8/30/2015

    I have a 2009 VW EOS sedan that that the old style Ipod 30 pin male connector where you can plug an old style ipod that plugs in just fine. Problem is that you always need to unplug it and take it out to slect new songs. If I could find a 30 pin male to 30 pin female, we could connect the cable and leave it more accessable without unplugging it each time. Any idea if something exists like that? Or the other option is to get a 30 pin female to a new iphone connector for my 5/6 phone.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    Delfin, unfortunately, your stereo will not work with a new iPod. However, if you don't mind purchasing an older generation iPod, you'll still be able to use the iPod control feature on your stereo. Check out the Details tab for your stereo for a full compatibility list.

  • Delfin Sumcad from Jersey City

    Posted on 8/23/2015

    Hello, I have a Pioneer DEH-2100IB and I use a 1st Gen ipod touch with it. It works great and very satisfied. My only concern is my ipod has long been deemed obsolete by apple and most of the apps does not work anymore. I am afraid it will cease to function in the near future. Can my head unit function with the new ipod touch? Note: the connecting terminal on the ipod end will be smaller. Thanks!!!

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    Ed, a look at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee manual tells me that iPod control via USB supports Mini, 4G, Photo, Nano, 5G iPod, and iPhone devices. It may be that you need to update your iPod with latest Apple software to ensure compatibility with your vehicle.

  • Ed Clark from Williamsburg, VA

    Posted on 8/19/2015

    I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a USB port. When I plug in the i pod, nothing happens. I don't see a setting on the in dash radio to select the USB input. Any suggestions?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/29/2015

    Jacque, your best bet is to contact BOSS directly. Also, take a look at their support page. You may be able to find a downloadable manual for that particular receiver that could tell you what that code means.

  • Jacque B from Loveland, CO

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    We just purchased a camper trailer that has a BOSS receiver in it but when I plug in the USB CORD hooked to my iPhone 6+ and try to play music via The "Beat" mp3 app or anything in the music section of my iPhone it says USBER but I have no indication in anything of what that means or how to fix it. Help!!!

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    Helene, we do have a number of adapters that integrate older model iPods for use with select factory radios. Be sure to enter your vehicle information when prompted. However, if your factory radio has an AUX input, that would be the easiest, cheapest way to go. Simply plug your iPod into the AUX input using a mini-to-mini stereo cable.

  • helene from hollywood, fl

    Posted on 7/28/2015

    Are the old cd to usb adapters still available? I want to connect an old ipod Touch to my auto stereo system through the cd player. There is no USB port in my audio system. The car is 11 years old. Minimal expense is desired

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/15/2015

    Dave, by trying the iPod with multiple stereos, it would appear that you've isolated the problem to the iPod itself, or the cable(s) you're using. With any luck, it's just the cable(s). Try swapping the cable(s) out for another one, and if you still get the same results, give Apple a call. They may be familiar with the issue.

  • Dave from Annapolis

    Posted on 7/14/2015

    I have been using my IPOD NANO in my 2014 Jeep Grande Cherokee. Suddenly it stopped playing music but the screen in the Jeep shows the songs and cover as I change channels. I have tried the Nano in other vehicles with the same music but screen in vehicle shows that music is playing. Any ideas on what is wrong and how to fix it? Thanks

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    Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/16/2015

    Kenny, we don't carry Pyle, so I don't know what will or won't work with them. But of the brands we carry, the iPod cables are all brand-specific, so Pyle is probably the same. That said, I've never actually tried a different brand iPod adapter with a stereo, so...who knows?

  • Kenny

    Posted on 6/12/2015

    Will any brand of ipod direct cable fit a pyle radio?

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    Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/29/2015

    Terry, receiver wiring harnesses are specific to the receiver manufacturer. Even then, they can sometimes change their wiring configuration over the years. But in researching your Alpine's wiring configuration, it appears that several current Alpine receivers we carry offer the same configuration. You may want to contact one of our Advisors to confirm your Alpine receiver choice.

  • Terry from United States

    Posted on 5/29/2015

    Hello, own a car that has a Alpine CDA-9856 installed. I am considering installing a new receiver. I do not wish to modify any existing wiring. Are my existing connections "universal" or are the connectors of replacement units brand specific? And if they are brand specific, are the current Alpine units compatible?

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    Dave Delamere from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    Annie, while we know lots about the radios we sell, we generally don't have any information on how factory radios behave with smartphones. Your best bet is to check directly with Toyota about the compatibility of your iPhone 6.

  • Annie from Pittsburgh,pa

    Posted on 4/26/2015

    My old iPhone 5s used to display playlist on the screen of my Toyota RAV4 (2014); my new iPhone 6 does not show playlist on the cars screen, do you know anything about this?