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iPhone into Accord ICE

Old 03-20-2008, 05:46 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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Default RE: iPhone into Accord ICE

I would like to think I've researched the snot out of the Accord navigation system, but I'm sure theres someone hided out on the world wide web that has one up on me.

It appears Honda has plans on re-releasing the iPod Music Link sometime this year (possibly before summer). If you are unfamiliar with this accessory, it was made by Honda for most newer model vehicles. Since most every Honda/Acura use the same communications bus for external devices, it was easy enough to make something that would work for every car.

The problem, however, is that the Music Link doesn't have the control over the ipod you are looking for, neither does any 3rd party iPod adapter. The issue seems to be with the software for older model vehicles (like the Accord) not supporting a custom external device fully. You will notice that the iPod link shows up as "CDC" or CD-Changer for short. So the problem appears to be that the iPod adapter makers have to take iPod data and re-encode it to look like CD-Changer data, and then pass the button-presses on the head unit and steering wheel back to the iPod as if they were native iPod commands. The system breaks down when you want to do something the CD-Changer protocol was never designed to do. Until someone figures out how to re-compile the navigation software to support additional auxillery modes like "IPOD" for example, you won't see the type of control you can get with say "Ipod Full Speed" from Alpine Electronics.

Look out for the next version of iPod Music Link from Honda, if anyone has - they might have figured out a way to solve your problems.
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