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I've gotten a lot of emails and requests on how I did this. So here are detailed instructions on how to hook up an iPod (or any AUX really) to a factory headunit with CD quality sound. This was originally performed on my 2003 Golf with Monsoon double din headunit:

1. First off, this won't work if you have a 6-disk CD changer. So loose the changer!
2. You need to buy this cable:

Buy it here: http://store.autotoys.com/
Part number: OEMVWMP3NEWNEW
Item description: VW 1999+ AUX INPUT ADAPTER [TYPE II] (DOUBLE DIN ONLY)
Cost: $64.95
Note: the cable described above is for a double din headunit. I know the Monsoon unit I have is double din but the smaller headunits (1/2 size) are single din. I believe there is also a single din cable for sale on the Auto Toys website.
3. You also need to buy a cable like this:

I bought this one: http://www.pcconnection.com/sc...76796
Part number: 283225
Item description: Monster Cable Products, Inc. 10 ft. Computer Stereo Audio to Stereo Receiver Using Minijack-to-RCA Connection
Cost: $24.95
Note: you can buy any cable that does this, I just chose this one and it works fine (10 ft. is long enough by the way).
4. Plug the AUX Adapter in to the 6-disk CD changer input. This is located in the trunk by the amplifier.

5. Plug the "Minijack-to-RCA" cable into the AUX Adapter

6. Plug in the iPod (or whatever AUX you choose) and turn the volume all the way up, that way you can control the volume from the headunit.

Note: On some AUX devices you will get better quality if you slightly lower the AUX's volume and turn up the stereo volume to compensate.
7. Here is how you control everything:
When you are playing a real CD the display shows this:

Just press the "CD" button to toggle between a CD (headunit picture directly above) or the iPod (headunit picture below).

When you are playing the AUX (iPod) the display shows this:

Basiclly, you can quickly switch back and forth between playing the CD or the iPod by just pressing the "CD" button pictured above.
8. Just run the wires under the trunk, under the seats, wherever- and put the iPod where you like.
For my old Golf, I cut holes in my armrest so I can keep my iPod in there:

For my 20th AE GTI, I bought this iPod holder from http://www.everythingipod.com and slightly modified it with some powertools (because it was too tall).


09. Enjoy high quality sound through your car stereo from your iPod!
If you have any questions feel free to message me.
Peace,
Addison

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (or any AUX really) Hookup To Play Through Factory Headunit (addm)

great install. when i get my powerbook and ipod i will be sure to do this http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (arjungfx)

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great install. when i get my powerbook and ipod i will be sure to do this http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

powerbook........ipod...... http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (addm)

That's a great mod...the cable is a tad bit expensive though, for what it is
I like to think I could make something just like it for cheaper, but maybe I can't.
Here's how I've got mine set up...I have the new 30gb IPod, a squeeze-type cell phone holder that attaches to the air vent and a tape adapter (I know, the HORROR).
I press the IPod into the cell phone holder ($20 at RadioShack). Then I plug the tape adapter into the headphone jack and, VOILA, Ipod playing through Monsoon head unit (albeit the tape deck and wires hanging out). It sounds fine though.
Anyway, GREAT instructions. The IPod is a fantastic piece of musical gadgetry and I wouldn't give mine up for ANYTHING. Someone could offer me $1000 for it and I would say NO WAY. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (Androoos)

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Someone could offer me $1000 for it and I would say NO WAY. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

me too, i love my 20GB iPod and i love all 2000 songs on it http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
- and yeah i know the cable is expensive, but the quality makes it worth the money. i would have paid $100 for the cable because of the quality.
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (addm)

you know they also sell a connector for behind the HU. If I find the link I'll post it.
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (samc)

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you know they also sell a connector for behind the HU. If I find the link I'll post it.

let me know! i wonder if there is a quality difference ...
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (sapiendut)

This is sort of on-topic... I just installed a JVCKD-SX990 in my 99.5 Jetta GL. I love this radio! It was only $175, and the sound is pretty decent. It plays MP3 files off CDR/W discs - supports ID3v1 tags, CD Text, etc. It also has an AUX in for my 15GB MP3 jukebox. The coolest thing is that the lights match the VW interior (I couldn't figure out how to take pics in the dark without them being blurry...)

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (sapiendut)

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they sell it at http://www.enfig.com

i didnt see any adapters that gave a L and R audio channel for an AUX, only ones to connect 6-disk CD changers...? where is the product. i'm guessing if there is an adapter for AUX that goes behind the unit i might get even better quality...
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (addm)

Quote, originally posted by addm »

i didnt see any adapters that gave a L and R audio channel for an AUX, only ones to connect 6-disk CD changers...? where is the product. i'm guessing if there is an adapter for AUX that goes behind the unit i might get even better quality...

Isn't this it?
BlitzSafe Audio Input Front - Single Din
This adapter alows you to have an audio unput using your CD changer port. Does not work if you have a CD changer. Connects Behind the radio
Compatible with:
Golf IV & Jetta IV Passat B5 Single din radio

 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (achtung)

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Isn't this it?

yeah that looks right. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif i didnt see that picture though-
what section of the web site is it under?
did you see a double-din one there?
maybe i should rewire my iPod to the glove box...wonder if there is any quality improvment because i wouldn't need as long of cables...
thanks.
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (addm)

The Euro HU looks great. Just the fact that it doesn't have a cassette deck is already a major plus. Who listens to cassette anyways when the price of blank CD-R is only a tenth of a better-quality blank tape.
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (sapiendut)

i wonder if it has a 6-disk changer built IN to the headunit...? or if there is a OEM changer with that. that way i could have a 6-disk changer and an iPod hook up ?
 

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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (Androoos)

Quote, originally posted by Androoos »
the cable is a tad bit expensive though, for what it is
I like to think I could make something just like it for cheaper, but maybe I can't.

You can, but it's not as easy as you might think because you need a microcontroller to trick the head unit into thinking a CD Changer is connected. Otherwise, the head unit mutes the audio input, or doesn't even let you stay in CD Changer mode.
I have schematics and firmware available (for free) to build your own adapter in the developer's area of my website: http://www.k9spud.com/vwcdpic/devel.html.
I also have pre-assembled devices available for much less than the commercial outfits.




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Re: Detailed Instructions: iPod (zilym)

I dont know why all of you guys buy these stupid expensive adapters and give up your changers I made my own with a simple DPDT switch and I can switch between the changer and my mp3 player if someone can host a couple of pics I can show you guys what I mean.
 

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I dont know why all of you guys buy these stupid expensive adapters and give up your changers I made my own with a simple DPDT switch and I can switch between the changer and my mp3 player if someone can host a couple of pics I can show you guys what I mean.

Open an email account with Yahoo for free and you get some free space to host images. How many pics? Size? I'll be more than happy to host them for you until you find space as I'm interested in seeing them...
 
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