Ipod adapter answers
I have a Gen 5 myself. What I'm interested in knowing is if you can browse by Artist, Album, etc.. how responsive it is (is there a delay when browsing songs), the sound quality (is it much quieter than the other sources?) and how you access it (what do you have to press to go into "ipod mode"?)
I've tried to look for thist stuff in the owners guide, but that thing is so vague.
Thanks for the reply!
I have a 2006 Nismo crew cab with the factory RF head unit. Technically my Ipod adapter isn't factory because it was installed after I bought the truck but I'm sure it is the same thing you are talking about.
I pointed to the iPod sticker in the driver's side window when I bought my truck new at the dealership and said I'll buy the truck if you add this for free. They gave me the parts but wouldn't include the installation. It is the setup that is built specifically for the factory Rockford Fosgate head unit.
The installation at Best Buy was about $50 or so before tax. I shopped around a bit at Car Toys and asked the dealership and a couple other shops and I think they all wanted at least 3 times as much for installation. You could probably do it on your own but my truck was still brand new so I was a bit intimidated.
To answer you inquiry though:
1. The sound quality is as awesome, assuming the quality of the song on your iPod is good. The sound volume also seems normal to me.
2. You can browse by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre and Composer. You also get all of the repeat and shuffle functions.
3. You can also skip through sings using the steering wheel controls.
4. To put it in iPod mode you choose one of the satellite radio sources. You can have both satellite radio and the iPod adapter as I remember there being two ports.
5. The song information from the iPod is displayed on the Rockford Fosgate display.
6. As far as I have tested, all of the iPods charge when plugged in.
7. There is no noticeable delay when browsing or listening.
*However, when you scroll on your iPod alone it speeds up as you go so you are able to get through extremely large lists in a reasonable amount of time. The scroll speed does not do this when your iPod is hooked up as mine is. I have over 10,000 songs and over 2,000 artists so scrolling through those lists is not worth the time.
**There are a few completely reasonable ways to get around the "slow" scrolling. One, don't overload your iPod with more songs than you can reasonably listen to. Two, create a collection of playlists that doesn't require you to look through everything in order to find music you want to listen to, this is what I do. The last option, I do this on occasion when I want to find the odd song, is to unplug the iPod and scroll to find what you are looking for and when you plug it back in it will be in the same spot.
I have listened to music this way for probably over 95% of the three years I have been driving my truck. I am completely satisfied with it and would recommend it to anybody who wants to listen to an iPod through the factory setup.
I hope that answered all your questions. If you have any more feel free to post them.