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Ipod and the commander?

Anyone here use the Ipod for their commander? Any quams with it?

I know I use the A/V to get my IPOD to "integrate" On the other hand, it's not so reliable. According to the manual, it's supposed to initiate the VES if it sense that the Audio L/R are being used (i.e. IPOD) however, sometimes it doesn't detect right away. GRRR....

Anyone else have this type of experience?
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

We use our iPOD through the A/V inputs all the time. We had the same problem detecting the Auxillary signal. Before you start the Jeep, turn on the iPod with a song selection playing, connect the iPod to the A/V inputs and then start the Jeep. After a few seconds press the Mode button and it should pick up the Auxillary signal. It works everytime, almost
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

I loose A/V connection at times while moving as well. Starting it usually is not the issue. On the move, I have to do a series of plugging, unplugging, stop/starting the ipod to get it to detect again. I don't know...
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

Dumb question as a new Commander owner.....tried to have the dealer install the Ipod adaptor and doesnt work. What exactly is the A/V and what do I need to use my Ipod in the Commander? I currently used the Cassette adapter for my Saab with the cigarette lighter charger. Assume that the same setup works in the jeep other than using a differetn patch cord to go to the AUX input? Thanks for indulging my rookie questions.
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

Just a bit of information:

There are a few ways to connect an ipod or mp3 device into a vehicle.

1. FM transmitter
2. Casette Adapter
3. Aux Input
4. A/V

FM Transmitter:
An fm transmitter basically uses fm stations. One that is not occupied. It's usually a devices that attaches to your ipod and you just have to tune into the proper station on the vehicles tuner and ipod device. The only problem with this is that you won't always get a clear signal. Dependant upon where you live, congested stations, etc.

Casette Adapter:
Better than FM transmitter but becoming more and more limited in vehicles because tapes are soon to be obselete. Vehicles that still has this, it's an option to use.

Aux Input:
Some vehicles receiver have an aux input. You can usually purchase the proper wire'd connection to connect directly into your receiver which is better than both casette and Fm transmitter considering that it a direct connection.

A/V Input
This essentially is not really something that is usually available in vehicles unless the vehicle is equipped with some sort of DVD playing devices. VES, for instance on the Jeep commander. It's exactly what you would find on your TV, Home stereo's and receivers. Basically you would be applying the same thing in your vehicle. You buy the proper cable and there you go.

The FUTURE
Basically to sum it up, as we move further in technological advances, more and more is becoming incorporated into the vehicle. There are "hard wired" ipod installations that can be done in vehicles nowadays which can be a do-it yourself method or have it professionally installed. Depending on the devices, it will determine how it would work in the vehicle.

There are also bluetooth devices that will allow connection wireless. It is becoming more of a widespread that an IPOD is becoming part of people's lives and why not bring it along with your ride.
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

Do you need the DVD entertainment package to use the A/V method? I have the GPS nav radio and I was wondering if the connections were avaiable in the back of the unit. I have been using the mp3 CD feature which works pretty well but if there is a connection I would use my iPod. I know that some commanders have the aux jack in the front but I was wondering if the Nav unit had a connection in the back. Thanks for your help!
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Re: Ipod and the commander?

Well, I think if you didn't have the GPS radio unit, there is an aux input. I'm not really sure for I also have the GPS radio unit. I don't know if there is also a way in the rear to do that.

On the other hand, the A/V connection is on the VES unit and I would say you would need the unit in order to go that method.
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