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Ipod connections.... How many people use them / which 1's??

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    Hey all. Just bough an 8gb nano and wanna hook it up to my car. AKY recomened the dension 1 @ £100 which seems a touch steep. Any body else recomend 1??? any good?? cheers.
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    I have an Apline HU which has a cable which runs to the glovebox.

    TBH theres nothing aftermarket better than the Denison.
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    Dension IceLink, bought it on ebay for £25 used and the cable runs to the glovebox :)
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    [Apr 18, 2008]
    im running a kenwood head unit with usb through the glove box though i use a flash drive instead of an ipod....
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    i use dension ice link plus but still cant get it to charge my ipod which pisses me off,cant control the menu properly
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    cheers noggy,but tried that and when i press cd 6 and the ff it gets to the setup bit and then just syops workin and plays music rather than allow me to enter the setup menu.aahh
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    I had a Dension but it had a current drain fault which discharged my battery 3 times in less than 3 months. Now all disconnected and looking for alternatives so interested what people say....
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    My first one never worked properly either. Ipodcarkit direct sent me new one straight away tho and its been fine for a year now.
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    [Apr 18, 2008]
    fitted one last week called xcarlink from ebay cost 80 quid, the chap who sells them always use's a pic of a ipod with the audi badge over the top. Any way really easy to fit i have thy sym ii hu it just plugs into the cd changer port, is also compatible with mp3 players as well, it has a phono jack like a head phone's plug so can plug into anything with a head phone socket, it works with my psp so you can watch a movie and have the sound through your stereo and also works with my nokia n95 for music etc.... As for the ipod connection it's fully controlable via hu and also charges the ipod and pauses it when you change to fm it also remembers where abouts in the song you were when you turn the car off and then start again basically works the same as your multi changer... Well i think i've sold it enough now hope the description helps and sorry about the text etc... I'm writing this on my phone!
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    Alpine IDA-X001? Thats the one I got, the red matches my dials :D
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    [Apr 19, 2008]
    Just had the official Audi connection fitted. I have to say that despite it being more expensive than other options - and I've listened to/considered most - the sound quality through my Bose, the fact that it's all hidden away in the glove compartment and the simplicity of the whole thing means I think it was money well spent...
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    how much was that?
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    [Apr 20, 2008]
    £85 for the part, £ 100 for the labour. Plus VAT.
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    i got the genuine Audi one, bought it from a guy on here! 60 nicker and works a treat, use my iphone with it and no grumbles, only thing is it locks the ipod out so u gotta navigate via the stereo, which i have to make playlists up for cd 1-6 etc...easy option and intergrates nicely.
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    With the denison, if i buy one with the cradle can i use the ipod to change songs? i cant be doing with the having to set up noe playlists. In fact, I dont actually understand what you have to do to control it from the HU, anyone enlighten me?
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    [Apr 22, 2008]
    You press the CD button twice to gain control of the Ipod then the CD +/- to change play lists and obviously CD track does the the tracks but only up to 99 and you can only cycle through CD 1 - 6 ( Playlists ) So you get 6 playlists worth of 99 tracks unless your HU supports 10 disc multichanger

    I think if you have say 15 different playlists and you connect your ipod and start at playlist 7 for instance i think you will get to control playlist 7 - 12 if you get me!!

    Hope this helps and i am correct in what I'm thinking!! if not I'm sure someone will be along to correct me!
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    [Apr 28, 2008]
    I orderd a ice link one (fm) from dension. i'm gonne try to fit in my ashtray.
    I hope at least.. :think:

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    [Apr 29, 2008]
    Never really fancied an fm 1. My girlfriend bought the griffin itrip for her car and the qualitys not that brilliant!! Dont no why audi cant make hu's with built in aux...
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    whats the dension ice (fm) like... any body had any experience with 1..... beterthan the gateway??? also, from the gateway, do you have to have playlists or can you just use the ipod to select songs..... ie, scroll to a song i want then press play instead of goin through a playlist??? cheers.
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    They do. Its not a massive job to add the Aux-in connection.
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    [May 4, 2008]
    factory fit audi or after market aux???
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    [May 4, 2008]
    The 8P A3's come with an Aux-in option. This can be retro-fitted quite easily.
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    aux-in IPOD isn't very good on my brothers new LEON, sound is rubbish
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    [May 8, 2008]
    I use the Belkin TuneBase FM which is a dock that sits in the cigarette lighter. It was perfect for my old car, but in the S3, the little ashtray lid has to be open for it to be used which is not ideal.

    Does anyone have a tomtom with FM transmitter which can also be connected to your ipod? I'm quite impressed with how it acts as a hand-free phone too. Has anyone got one, and does music sound any good through the Bose?
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    Alex, I believe the belkin FM modules are not that cracking. I was talking top a guy in halfrauds about the dension fm and works in a totaly differnt by actually plugging into the back on the ariel so you dont ever loose signal unlike the inferior cheaper 'plug in and play' 1s.

    I believe tomtom also do a bluetooth base and adapter which maybe better quality.... I take it you have the 910 or above tomtom??? and yes the hands free is wicked :)
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    I was satisfied with the quality of the fm transmitter, i've tried a few and the belkin one was the best. Now that the S3 has a better headunit and speakers, i think the fm route might be the weak point!

    One of my friends has the 910 (i think!) and it had 20gb for music, an ipod connection and an active dock. I'll have to do some research but I think you can hardwire the tomtom to the car speakers. I think the newer tomtoms have cables which run to the unit itself (a passive dock). I'd rather keep the dock in the car, semi-permanently wired in (looks like a 910 for me!).

    Scott, or anyone else for that matter(!), do you have this setup (tomtom hardwired into car?), what do you reckon to the sound quality over the denison?

    Cheers
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    Ive got the 910 tomtom (with the 20gb mp3 player) if im honest its MINT!!! One of the best bits of kits ive bought in ages!!!! its the model before the widescreen ones but believe me its probably better than all the new ones.
    I havent actually tried hardwiring it but did use the supplied aux lead that came with the tomtom and ran it through an aftermarket headunit (very good sound quality)

    I suppose you could buy an aux adapter and hook it up to the tomtom along with the power lead and just keep it sat on ur windscreen (thats one reason i havent done it as its asking to be broken into) lol.

    How were you thinking of hard wiring it?? As theres no aux leads etc...

    Havent actually bought a dension link yet so couldnt comment on that (currentley high bidder on one on ebay!! )
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    [May 9, 2008]
    It did help thanks, but I still need to know whether you can overide the CD changer controls and use the scroll wheel on the iPod to change the track whilst mounted in the cradle?
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    [May 10, 2008]
    I'm looking to have the active dock in the area in front of the gearstick and under the ashtray. It can be stored there out of the way, and I can just take the tomtom itself when i park the car... no need to unplug wires etc...

    By hardwiring, i mean getting the audio out from the active dock and swapping it for the CD changer... is it possible to do that? If so, I'll be getting one of these quite soon! :)
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