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Audi of America, Inc. announced the iPod Interface Wiring Harness that directly links the Apple iPod, the world’s largest selling digital music player, with the 2006 Audi A3 2.0 T and it’s 10-speaker Concert and Symphony audio system.

The harness is compatible with a majority of A3, TT, A4, allroad quattro models, and previous generation A6 and A8 sound systems. These models, without optional satellite radio (except A3) or navigation, can now directly connect to an iPod with the use of this new iPod interface adapter. iPod, iPod mini, and the newly announced iPod nano media players are compatible with the Audi models.

With the use of the new harness, up to five different play lists can be accessed and played from an iPod through the vehicle’s audio system. The wiring harness is connected to the radio through the glove compartment, keeping the iPod protected and out of sight. While the iPod is in use, it is being powered - and charged - through the adapter.

The iPod Interface Wiring Harness will be available at Audi dealers by the end of the year.


http://www.autospies.com/article/index.asp?articleId=5398&categoryId=7
 

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Any A3/A4 head unit has only one audio in (if any), that's the one for the CD changer. Audi did update the software in their 2004 head units to support a SAT receiver but this is still using the CDC audio in. In order to install a CDC, the SAT receiver has an audio in for the CDC. Which results in being able to control 2 audio devices, the first being the SAT receiver (audio in to the head unit and controlled via CAN), the second being the CDC (Audio in to the SAT receiver and controlled via CDC Data/Clock/enable on the head unit).

Any interface/adapter for an iPod is using the CDC audio in. This is easy if you don't have SAT or CDC, simply plug it in to the CDC port on the head unit. But if you have SAT (installed or prewired) then the audio in is already used and you would need to route three wires (audio left/right/ground) from the head unit to the SAT receiver.

This is the reason why they all say it's not compatible with SAT or CDC installed, the first because the audio wires to the back are missing, the latter because the port is already used. And the same is true for Phatbox, Icelink, Blitz, even if you want an external OEM CD changer and already have SAT.

It is still possible in many situations, just not plug and play.
 

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Interesting they say,

"These models, without optional satellite radio (except A3) or navigation, can now directly connect to an iPod with the use of this new iPod interface adapter."

So the adapter is also not nav compatible?
 

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dirk et all,
NSX, Todd and I have been working on a set of detailed pictures to outline how to create a plug/play adaptor in the trunk so you can run the OEM SAT tuner and ipod (or phatbox, or blitzsafe etc). We should have them done in early January.

Most dealers will tell you that you can't run the OEM SAT tuner with another audio device....but we on this forum know otherwise. :)

Stay tuned!!
 

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iPod interface

It seems Blaupunkt has a iPod interface (7 607 540 500) that will connect an iPod to all Blaupunkt/audi radio's with CDChanger (blue mini ISO plug on it)

So it should work on a RNS D too. cost about 90$
 

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Re: iPod interface

BentL said:
It seems Blaupunkt has a iPod interface (7 607 540 500) that will connect an iPod to all Blaupunkt/audi radio's with CDChanger (blue mini ISO plug on it) So it should work on a RNS D too. cost about 90$
I have been told that the Blaupunkt Ipod adaptor won't work with the Audi head units (Sym I, II, RNS-E/D etc) because of the different communications protocols with how the CD changers speak to the head unit. I think crutchfield has this same blaupunkt/ipod adaptor for $80:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-IauJq4LDLa6/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?search=blaupunkt+ipod&i=023IPODBOX



Back to the OEM audi ipod interface (OEM part#: 8E0 051 444; available from www.clairparts.com for about $160+).....if you want to use this ipod adaptor and keep your SAT tuner, you will have to do some minor rewiring. Stay tuned...working on some pix for installation with SAT tuner. See related links for more details:
http://forums.audiworld.com/a4b7/msgs/27872.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/audio/msgs/49672.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/audio/msgs/49515.phtml

This kit from audi comes with two different wiring harnesses - one for a Sym I/II/Concert etc...and another for direct input to the RNS-E quadlock connector. See pix here:

http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/users/158.phtml

Stay tuned!
 
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