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Old 10-01-2011, 01:35 PM
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Default Stereo head unit that will allow iPhone applications? (Pandora)

Now that it is cooling off in FL I am ready to tackle the new sound system on the boat. I've already acquired a JL Audio 6 channel amp, 2 JL Audio 7.7 speakers, a JL Audio 10" sub and an Audio Control Overdrive pre-amp. Now it is time to pick a head unit.

I want to be able to run Pandora on my iPhone4. I know that I can do that using the AUX input on just about any head unit. I would strongly prefer to use the iPhone connector rather than the AUX out and a 12v charger. Is anyone doing this or know of a head unit that will play applications running on the iPhone as opposed to the iPod functionality on the iPhone?

I actually did this on a previous boat using a Kenwood KMR-440U and an iPhone 3GS but it was kind of convoluted and I didn't like much of anything else about this unit. I had to start the system in iPod mode and then start Pandora and reboot the phone. It worked but.....

For the form factor and the other features my preferred head unit was the Fusion Ra200g but Fusion tech support says that the unit won't recognize the application and that I would need to use the AUX input. I will likely still go this direction if I don't find a better solution.
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wait about 3 months...For CES in Vegas....all the fav mfrs here are working on it and a new mfr to boot...
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:47 PM
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wait about 3 months...For CES in Vegas....all the fav mfrs here are working on it and a new mfr to boot...
That makes sense since the marine stereo industry seems so far behind the car and home stereo market. I've traded emails with tech support at Fusion, Kenwood and some others and "not iPhone4 compatible" and "not designed to run applications from the iPhone" are common themes.

In the car stereo market a lot of head units allow Pandora control. In the home theater market the cheapest Blu-Ray players are Pandora aware.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:28 PM
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I have a Sony CDX-M60UI and it will play Pandora through the iPod connection.
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Good news - what is the source device? I am using an iPhone4.

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I have a Sony CDX-M60UI and it will play Pandora through the iPod connection.
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stream pandora thru BT to the aux in of the head unit using a blackberry stereo gateway - have it on my iphone 4 both on car and boat...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACKBERRY-M...item2c5dfbbcb8
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Originally Posted by Phlorida View Post
Good news - what is the source device? I am using an iPhone4.
iPhone 4.
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I just use this adapter. Works great and and charges your iphone too.

28 bucks. A lot better sound than Bluetooth and Aux-out.

http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=11475
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I just use this adapter. Works great and and charges your iphone too.

28 bucks. A lot better sound than Bluetooth and Aux-out.

http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=11475

Yeah but not wireless....I like handing the phone to someone riding upfront when they want to pick songs.....and on my boat, the diff between BT and connector are negligible.
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- Blue tooth sucks.
- Pandora sucks
- iPhone sucks (too heavy, too big, pain in arse to operate...)

MP3 CD's OR Memory Stick!!!

That said, I have a iPhone, an iPhone dock attached to my MB Quart DVD head unit, and a USB memory stick slot. I REARELY use the iphone on it. MUCH easier on a boat to stick a CD or Memory stick in with 100's of MP3 songs on it, select a directory and off you go, hours of your OWN great music.

Just a thought. Sometimes simpler is better.
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
- Blue tooth sucks.
- Pandora sucks
- iPhone sucks (too heavy, too big, pain in arse to operate...)

MP3 CD's OR Memory Stick!!!

That said, I have a iPhone, an iPhone dock attached to my MB Quart DVD head unit, and a USB memory stick slot. I REARELY use the iphone on it. MUCH easier on a boat to stick a CD or Memory stick in with 100's of MP3 songs on it, select a directory and off you go, hours of your OWN great music.

Just a thought. Sometimes simpler is better.

Until one of my guests asks me for a specific artist or song......
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
- Blue tooth sucks.
- Pandora sucks
- iPhone sucks (too heavy, too big, pain in arse to operate...)

MP3 CD's OR Memory Stick!!!

That said, I have a iPhone, an iPhone dock attached to my MB Quart DVD head unit, and a USB memory stick slot. I REARELY use the iphone on it. MUCH easier on a boat to stick a CD or Memory stick in with 100's of MP3 songs on it, select a directory and off you go, hours of your OWN great music.

Just a thought. Sometimes simpler is better.
Thanks for your insight Birdman. I actually like both iPhone and Pandora so we have differing opinions. If I kept a lot of MP3's your approach would be by far the simplest and easiest. I think that I am going to try the Sony head unit and see how that works out.
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Originally Posted by Ethan View Post
I just use this adapter. Works great and and charges your iphone too.

28 bucks. A lot better sound than Bluetooth and Aux-out.

http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=11475
That is a great idea. My wife uses an iSimple adapter in her BMW to listen to her iPod and it works great. It didn't occur to me that they would have a universal interface.
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
Until one of my guests asks me for a specific artist or song......
You let guests speak???

My reponse would be: "SHUT UP, SIT DOWN!!" (like in the old Saturday Night Live skit years ago....)
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I'm using an interface cable as mentioned above. I can run Pandora, SiriusXM, ipod, etc., all while charging the phone. It uses the rear RCA auxiliary input in the rear of my head unit.

RCA-iPD cable
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Originally Posted by Phlorida View Post
Now that it is cooling off in FL I am ready to tackle the new sound system on the boat. I've already acquired a JL Audio 6 channel amp, 2 JL Audio 7.7 speakers, a JL Audio 10" sub and an Audio Control Overdrive pre-amp. Now it is time to pick a head unit.

I want to be able to run Pandora on my iPhone4. I know that I can do that using the AUX input on just about any head unit. I would strongly prefer to use the iPhone connector rather than the AUX out and a 12v charger. Is anyone doing this or know of a head unit that will play applications running on the iPhone as opposed to the iPod functionality on the iPhone?

I actually did this on a previous boat using a Kenwood KMR-440U and an iPhone 3GS but it was kind of convoluted and I didn't like much of anything else about this unit. I had to start the system in iPod mode and then start Pandora and reboot the phone. It worked but.....

For the form factor and the other features my preferred head unit was the Fusion Ra200g but Fusion tech support says that the unit won't recognize the application and that I would need to use the AUX input. I will likely still go this direction if I don't find a better solution.
Lowrance SonicHub provides a water tight docking station for your iPhone or iPod. I have one and it works really well.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:12 PM
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jensen jms2212 i believe is compatible with the iphone4. I could be wrong. Sent a message to jensen to check. will post back when i hear from them. I do have a jms2212 but i don't own an iphone4 to check it. it does control my ipod classic. It is a great unit. http://www.jensenmarinedirect.com/je...atherband.html
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Originally Posted by BlenderBoy View Post
jensen jms2212 i believe is compatible with the iphone4. I could be wrong. Sent a message to jensen to check. will post back when i hear from them. I do have a jms2212 but i don't own an iphone4 to check it. it does control my ipod classic. It is a great unit. http://www.jensenmarinedirect.com/je...atherband.html
I've got this radio with the iPod interface--it works and works well.

Also have the SiriusXM adapter and the USB adapter so I;ve got all the stuff a radio should have on it. Jensen Customer Support is first class and they really stand gehind their products.

Go for it !!
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Jensen got back to me:

Thank you for contacting ASA Electronics. On recent testing we have approved the iPhone 4 with the JDABIPDL interface cable.
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clarion marine m502 - controls pandora app on iphone from head unit (according to manuf., anyway)
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