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Alpine Announces Car Stereo w/iPod Display & Control

“Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of high performance mobile electronics, will demonstrate at CES the world’s first solution that enables consumers to connect and control their iPod from their in-vehicle sound system.  Alpine’s iPod Ready strategy is part of the company’s overarching mission to create innovative in-vehicle electronics that are easier to use and provide great sound in the mobile environment.”

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Jeeze, what are you guys on?
From everything I can gleen from the press release, this is just an adapter (of sorts) that plugs into their AI-net system.  So, in theory it should work on pretty much every deck they make, down to the $200 mark (the lowest unit w/ AInet).
As for the price of the “adapter” itself, it sounds like quite a bit of stuff going on there, so I would put it somewhere between $150-$300. Depending on Alpine’s “mood”.

Posted by jas on January 8, 2004 at 10:24 AM (CST)


Ya but I’d want an alphine unit with a big screen to fit alot of text. And it seems like only some units will be ipod ready? Maybe, Maybe not! But I would by one of the ugly one that only fits 8 letters worth of text. Just my 2 cents :)

Posted by joe on January 8, 2004 at 12:09 PM (CST)


Crutchfield has great customer service and is an excellent source for information.  However, do some searching on the internet and you can find much cheaper prices on alpine head units.

Posted by jason on January 8, 2004 at 2:55 PM (CST)


I was thinking… That Alpine Car Stereo Deck iPod integration proves a TON of COOL STUFF that we didn’t know before.

For example, the dock port has pins for and carries data for remote control, MENU NAVIGATION, and track title info.  Imagine the possibilities!

Like a Ten Tech NaviPod II with TV-out——- turns your iPod into an instant TV-connected Media Center!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on January 8, 2004 at 3:24 PM (CST)


Hey boys and girls. You’re missing the complete picture here. A link 4U:

POI: the kit is basically a small box with a USB in and an AiNet out. You DO NOT need to buy the (IVA-D900) zillion pixel head unit, the one down, or the next.  ANY AiNet receiver that is mp3 capable will do. These late-model units are configured with a remote mounted ‘brain’ with auxilary ports where the AiNet out from the interface kit is plugged in. Regarding touch screen, Alpine debuted it at CES and it’s smokin’ with a fantastic price. BTW—love the industrial design concept of the iPod as a would-be 8 track.  Reminiscent of Kenwood’s ‘Keg’ which wasn’t a winner with the website and the whole deal, but a good design concept where the cartridge meets the actual unit in the (trunk of the) car. With the iPOD as the cartridge…WOW. THAT would be some head unit. Add WIFI, and update the iPod from your laptop…in your car.  Hey Apple! Get busy!

Re price for the Alpine kit, I’m thinking a buck fifty. You’re not buying a head unit here, just the kit. Look, CDs are done, and with it are the old units. If Alpine wants to survive right now, they’re going to have to draw our generation in right away. That, or they’ll lose brand recognition in a hurry, and expire.  Best way to get us would be to make this thing VERY affordable, or competition will kill them.

*Are you listening, Jeff F?

Posted by alex on April 22, 2004 at 7:06 PM (CDT)


hey there

im new to this all, but will this ipod interface b compatible with any headunit that has AI-changer control.

(i have a 9811)

some ppl say it should, others say it wont


Posted by dash on June 11, 2004 at 7:38 AM (CDT)


‘ANY AiNet receiver that is mp3 capable will do’. So does this mean it won’t play AACs?

Posted by decksnap on June 15, 2004 at 8:10 AM (CDT)


it’s going to be around 75-90 dollars is what the alpine rep told me. it plugs intot he A.I. net of any 2004 reciever with ai net

Posted by technocoy on June 21, 2004 at 1:03 PM (CDT)


Anybody have an idea on a release date? I’m dying to get one.

Posted by oktay on July 6, 2004 at 5:35 AM (CDT)


I have purchased the ipod link from alpine and it works great other than after you disconnect the ipod from the link, turning on the backlight, by holding the menu key doesn’t work anymore, you have to connect the ipod to your computer then disconnect it, if any one else has this problem, please post it here.
i have contacted alpine but they say i’m the only one who has contacted them about this, I have tried 4 different ipods and 2 different ipod links and still the same thing

Posted by benetton on October 15, 2004 at 9:02 AM (CDT)


I heard it the large screen Alpine model, its fantastic sound quality! Its FANTASTIC. It works perfectly and easy. I will buy i sell all my equipment JVC MP3/CD and Neo 80 Gigs car jukebox at ebay. Ipod is detected very fast by the Alpine. VERY efficient the enhance of the sound ipod, it goes more melodic, more dynamic.

Posted by angelito in Qu├ębec, Canada on January 13, 2005 at 12:00 AM (CST)

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