Control your iPod® or iPhone® directly from select Alpine receivers
Our take on the Alpine KCU-445i by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Full playback and fast charging
Want to listen to your iPod or iPhone through your 2009-up Alpine CD receiver? Connect this KCU-445i connection cable between your iPod and the stereo's USB port, and you'll get super-fast data transfer and full playback control. You'll enjoy the superior sound quality of the Alpine's digital-to-analog converter, plus your iPod's or iPhone's battery will charge extra fast as you drive, thanks to the cable's compatibility with the 1-amp USB ports found on new Alpine receivers. The package contains an 8-inch connector cable and a 5-foot extension cable in case your receiver has a rear USB port.
Once connected, your receiver's controls allow you to manage just about every playback function right from the radio's faceplate. QuickSearch™ makes it easy to find the music that you want — jump between artists, albums, and playlists at the push of a button. You can even scroll through songs using the rotary control knob. Album, artist, and song information from your iPod will show up on the radio's display, too. Warranty: 1 year.
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.
I use this to hook up my old iphone 4 to use as an ipod in my car, the old usb to iphone connector got jiggled around too much and needed replacement
Eileen, Los Angeles, CA
What's in the Box:
- 5' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
- 8" iPod connector cable (with an iPod dock connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
- USB connector clamp (two-piece)
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Features and Specs
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iPod/iPhone USB Cable: The KCU-445i allows you to connect your 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone to select 2009-up USB/iPod direct compatible Alpine head units and other brands of head units that support USB/iPod direct connection. The KCU-445i consists of a 5' USB extension cable terminated by a male USB type-A connector on one end, which plugs into your compatible Alpine head unit's USB port, and a female USB type-A connector on other end, which plugs into the included 8" iPod dock connector cable. The iPod dock connector cable features a male USB type-A connector on one end and an iPod dock connector on other end to connect your iPod. The included 5' USB extension cable is convenient for compatible Alpine head units with a rear-panel USB port. The 8" iPod dock connector cable can simply plug into the front-panel USB port of a compatible Alpine head unit.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility: The Alpine KCU-445i can be used to interface a compatible Alpine or other brand of receiver receiver to select iPod/iPhoness with a 30-pin dock connector. The cable gives you full control and full sound at full speed. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, Album or Song searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number right on the head unit's display. The cable will also power the iPod/iPhone and charge the battery. The Alpine KCU-445i is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2013):
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Note: 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.
Alpine Head Unit Compatibility: The KCU-445i is compatible with select 2009-up Alpine head units that support USB iPod/iPhone direct connection. Once the adapter is connected, the iPod appears on the head unit's display as a selectable source.
Super-Fast USB Connection: With USB connection, your iPod's large music libraries are loaded instantly through your compatible Alpine head unit. Sound quality is maximized by using USB along with your head unit's D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
Quick Search: With Alpine's exclusive Quick Search technology, you will be able to find what you want, the quickest and easiest way possible. With so many ways to listen to thousands of songs, now you can get fast access to Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, Podcasts, and Composers. No interruptions while you search, so you can keep enjoying your music.
Percentage Search: For especially big music libraries, Alpine's exclusive Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4: 50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library). Conveniently jump from one song to the next with little effort.
Alphabet Search: Use Alphabet Search to jump through your lengthy list of music by skipping through the letters of the alphabet. Once you have the letter you want, you can scroll to the exact song.
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Why did you buy this?
I chose the Alpine KCU-445i because I needed this to operate my iPod and iPhone with my new stereo. I am so glad this was recommended by Crutchfield when I first initially put the stereo I wanted on my wish list. This item popped up as a recommendation and I didn't even have to think about it. I wouldn't even have known I needed this if Crutchfield didn't recommended this to me. [ Sebastian Mar 31, 2018 ]
I already have it installed but lost the usb-pod adaptor. apparently not just any iPod-usb cable works, so I need to replace that. [ LORRIE Feb 08, 2017 ]
Unfortunately, we had our iPod stolen out of our vehicle, which was connected by this piece to our Alpine head unit (which displays art on the screen)...works great...just needed a new one! [ adam Nov 01, 2016 ]
ordered a new alpine cord not included [ RICHARD S Mar 07, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy May 26, 2014 ] Staff
From what I can see on Crutchfield's site, this KCU-445I unit has no 3.5mm plug for inputting into the aux input on some receivers. I have this cord because I don't need the aux plug option. I've "buried" my USB and I connect my iPod inside the storage compartment between the driver and passenger seat. [ IVORY COAST Jan 17, 2014 ]
The KCU-445i will allow you to listen to any Apple product . What the KCU-461iV adds is the capability to watch video on the double din touch screen products. If you don't need video, go for the 445i [ PHILIP M Jan 17, 2014 ]