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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 07:08 AM
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Hi,

I just got my 2007 forester 2.5 XT with a "Type H" Radio/CD player. Sad to note it is not an mp3 player and is not iPod ready.

How can I go with iPod integration? Would it void the warranty.

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by the way, I love this car!
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don't the '07's have an aux-in in the armrest?

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The Aux-in should be located where to ashtray use to be in the pocket below the radio. It is in the armrest in the Legacy.

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What is your location? The mp3 headunit with AUX-in is standard on the 2007 XT in the US.

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Hi,

I just got my 2007 forester 2.5 XT with a "Type H" Radio/CD player. Sad to note it is not an mp3 player and is not iPod ready.

How can I go with iPod integration? Would it void the warranty.

Thanks
It would be helpful if you filled in the location field in your profile so we have an idea where in the world you are located... The US models have the aux input in the center console under the climate control panel:



edit: sea-scooby beat me to it...

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So what plugs into the Aux-In

We just picked up our '07 Forester XT and I was happy to see the Aux-In. But what plugs in to that? Is it just a 1/8" stereo mini-plug?

The owner's manual indicates that the head-unit can switch to "iPod" mode, but how does it know it is an iPod via a stereo plug? It certainly won't be passing control information across that.

I'm so confused.

BTW: This is my first post on this forum. We've been Forester owners of an 04 XS which just got turned into a 07 XT. It looks great parked next to my Legacy GT!

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I believe the CAT button on the stereo is for category in the ipod. I think other systems call it Folder.
Although my wife pressed ours the other day, and this morning there were paw prints on my hood!
On second thought, don`t press it!

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That looks like the panel just replaces the ashtray location in previous models, can anyone confirm whether or not the 07 aux-in panel would fit on Foresters made before 07? Maybe Roo or someone else with access to OEM parts?

I could make the electrical connections work as I already have an aux-in cable going to my Alpine head unit, but that panel would really clean up the looks.
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His model is non-us. His model has the headlight washers.

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We just picked up our '07 Forester XT and I was happy to see the Aux-In. But what plugs in to that? Is it just a 1/8" stereo mini-plug?
It is.

I went to Radio Snack and purchased a male-to-male 1/8" stereo mini-plug and voila, instant audio from the iPod.

Now I have to figure out how to replace the head unit so I can control the iPod from the front panel.
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go with the alpine cda 9856, i installed it 6 months ago its perfect plug the ipod in it charges it and you scroll on the head unit. Make a few mix playlists and you never have to mess with it. its satellite radio ready, digital radio ready, 50 watts by 4, sub out, perfect!!! Ill post pics of it in the modz section tomorrow show you the sub n all its the best system i've had.

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It is.

I went to Radio Snack and purchased a male-to-male 1/8" stereo mini-plug and voila, instant audio from the iPod.

Now I have to figure out how to replace the head unit so I can control the iPod from the front panel.
I am no expert on such matters, but I have done a bit of research. It seems that cars that have an auxiliary input like yours allow you to plug an ipod in so you can play your music through the factory stereo. With this set-up you cannot control the ipod with the head unit, only listen to the tracks on your ipod, as you have found out.
In order to do that, you need to go aftermarket. Several manufacturers sell head units that take over full control of the ipod, but I don't believe that it works through the dash mounted input jack, but rather through the charging/syncronizing port on the bottom of the ipod when plugged into an adaptor that looks like the business end of the cable you use to plug your ipod into your computer. This is usually tucked into a glove box, or somewhere out of sight when installed. Since you then control the ipod through your head unit controls, you do not need to have handy access to it on your console to use it. Keeps your ipod stealthy and safe.
From reading the threads on the interior/electronics forum related to stereo upgrades, there are several writers on this forum with vast experience installing sound system upgrades who could do a better job explaining this than I can, for sure.
Good luck with your upgrade and be sure to tell us how it all turns out for you. I hope to be able to make some changes to my sound system before spring break.
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It is.

I went to Radio Snack and purchased a male-to-male 1/8" stereo mini-plug and voila, instant audio from the iPod.

Now I have to figure out how to replace the head unit so I can control the iPod from the front panel.
bump...has anybody installed an "aux" input on an 04-05 XT? I'm wondering if there's a way to install one and what setting would the stereo have to be set to to use an aux input?

I'm trying to figure out the cleanest way to install my ipod and after reading the scoobymods page :http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3357 I'm still slightly confused.

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Well I'm a little less concerned about controlling the iPod now. Wifey and I bought each other a Garmin Nuvi for Christmas. It plays MP3's and gives verbal turn directions. What a sweet little unit. Uploaded the locations of all Starbucks into it. Really cool to "take me to the next caffeine loading station"

I've got this plugged into the AUX jack and has performed wonderfully over our travels of California in the last week. I'm going to consider options to hardwire the power/audio harness into the dash to get it out of sight.

I'm not going to worry about the iPod for this car. I think to go iPod, the best solution is to go aftermarket with a HU that intergrates with the iPod.

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