Introduction: My Car Stereo - Ipod Enabled

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Kindly Note: Do this at your own risk, Chances are that, you could spoil you Ipod and your Car Audio.
How you can make your car Audio, Ipod Enabled, I have a Pioneer Car Audio and Ipod Mini. You need Audio cables and stereo 2 mono pin.

Step 1: Check Whether Your Car Audio Has AUX

Before you start this experiment check whether you Audio system support AUX, I have a Pioneer CD Player which supports AUX

Step 2: Remove Your Car Audio From Your Car.

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After you remove your car Audio examine at the back to find left and the right channels

Step 3: Stereo 2 Mono Out Pin

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What you see is a Stereo 2 mono out pin which is very much required for you to connect your Ipod Output.

Step 4: Audio Cables

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What you see is the Audio Video cable Which I had a spare, you can use just the Audio cables instead of 3 wires you will have only 2 pins on eigther sides

Step 5: Connect Your Stereo 2 Mono Pin

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Use one end of your Audio cable to connect with stereo 2 mono pin

Step 6: Connect Your Audio Cable

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Use the other end of the Audio cable to connect to your car Audio System

Step 7: Connect Your Ipod

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Now choose the Stereo 2 mono pin and connect it to your Ipod output

Step 8: Now Take a Test Drive

Put your car audio back in to the same position of your car and I hope you remember the power connections and other cable connections.

Choose the Tuner/Radio, play the ipod and you should be able to hear the music/podcast.

After I bought the Ipod I have thinking of hearing the podcast while I travel in my Car, I travel around 22 KMS which actually takes me an hour on Indian roads during peak hours.

Disclaimer: Try it at your OWN RISK, I am not responsible for any damages for any of your belongings, I have tried and it works for me.


carlos0323 (author)2013-07-10

remember guys, if you have an amp. connected to that rca output and any preamp console to set your music, although you can connect an aux. cable to that and use a cd or monitor input for aux. but only if the preamp have input rca, good luck!!!

Chicco80 (author)2013-01-21

And if we were to use an audio cable to a PC jack to RCA would be more practical

bowmaster (author)2011-10-13

You can get cables that have the two red and white audio jacks at one end, and a stereo 1/8" jack at the other end, which would make this a lot less bulky.

cantthinkof bettername (author)2009-03-16

Why did you connect the yellow one? Isn't it for video?

It doesn't matter in this case. Since its going from the 3 red yellow white to 3 red yellow white they are really just wires. The colours can be used interchangeably.

legless (author)kingzilla2011-03-06

Acxtually it isn't strictly true. You should use the red and white connectors as these cable are intended for audio. The cable with the yellow connector used for video often has a different impedance such as for 75 ohm composite video connection.

abadfart (author)kingzilla2009-06-02

it looks like you can just pull that yellow one off

Mia Lou (author)2010-08-29

Plug this into the back of your car stereo.
Then it's all hidden away in your glove box and you can keep the factory stereo look.

jkotila (author)2010-01-25

jist buy a ipod compatible head unit, unless you like to tinker

bagshotrow (author)jkotila2010-03-01

...don't people come to this site precisely because they like to tinker?

trgz (author)bagshotrow2010-05-09

This is tinkering:

redford84 (author)2009-11-25

Gotta make sure the female rca ports are for INPUT and not output. A few older headsets (from pawn shops for the money consience people out there) only have output with no input (which is stupid).

kust0m (author)redford842010-04-06

I don't think it's "stupid" per se. Those outputs are generally used for driving an amplifier for a subwoofer at line level. The last couple head units I've had have had several outputs (front/read/subs), the newest actually having an input in the form of a 1/8" stereo headphone jack.

j574sbi (author)2009-09-13

Y cable, $3 at walmart.

Amasarac (author)j574sbi2010-01-06

amen to that

stephenkl (author)2006-05-14

I did all the steps which mentioned above but when I choose the Tuner/radio, it make noise, why ? Why choose Tuner/Radio but not AUX ?

420guy (author)stephenkl2009-10-07

I really don't think he thought this through very well. Yes select the AUX on your head unit and it should work.

Blackice504 (author)2009-08-23

its a RCA Stereo to 3.5mm jack for any MP3 Player or the 2.5mm Jack for ipod and some mobile phones btw people if you get a power spike from your aux on your head deck you should get that checked because Normaly there is no way for that to happen if your Deck is built correctly as Aux is a Input and normaly has coupling cap's so that DC voltage does not pass them.

mickey_079 (author)2009-03-22

Pionner from a certain model and up (this one has it) has an extra socket in the back of the unit for a special AUX cable. The way you did it is ok, but can damage your iPod as it can sometimes can get a spike in voltage an overload the iPod.

Douglass (author)2008-09-05


dennisdlmd (author)Douglass2009-02-05

I have the same head unit. Don't use the the RCA jacks. They are for the amplifier. The resulting audio output would be terrible. The auxillary input is in an 8 or 10 pin connector at the back. You can map it if you like to find out which goes to the right and left channels.

Darkshot (author)Douglass2008-09-15


bikeradam (author)Darkshot2009-01-24


hack124x768 (author)bikeradam2009-02-05

*YOU ARE (Contractions are rarely used when yelling)

shammallamaman (author)2009-02-01

Lol, i really do not see how you can ruin your ipod or stereo like this, unless you got mad and beat it up or something ;)

illdoyourdrugs (author)2009-01-15

Did any one notice the reflection of him and his camera off the ipod hah! Good ible for those who didnt know about this. Of course you could always go to your local best buy, in the speaker section, and find adapters for your head unit (hopefully).

Yerboogieman (author)2008-11-30

I found an error, you said "Chances are that, you could spoil you Ipod and your Car Audio." when really its "Chances are, You could spoil You're Ipod and you Car Stereo."



There's a simple way to figure out which one to use. Say both of these out loud: "You could spoil you are iPod" "You could spoil your iPod" I normally avoid being a grammar nazi, but you were correcting somebody else...

Nice work. Saving the world, one homonym at a time. ;)

hutchwilco (author)2008-12-04

that's not stereo to mono, it's just 3.5mm headphone jack to RCA stereo...

hutchwilco (author)hutchwilco2008-12-04

to clear up confusion; many RCA ports on the back of stereos are PREAMP out - they are designed to send the audio signal to a dedicated amp. (you've really got to want volume to use this). These can't be used as inputs. If they say input next to them you can use an ipod/mp3 player. The cables and adaptors in this instructable are more bulky and complicated than is really needed. just get a 3.5mm headphone stereo jack to RCA stereo cable - much less bulky.

linuxlifer (author)2008-12-03

what store can i purchase Stereo 2 mono out pin plug

ultimavoid (author)2008-11-11

yea the cable you need is called a RCA to 1/8" or "y" cable. i think walmart sell 'em for around $5. but this will work.

Douglass (author)2008-09-16

Is there a diference between AUX RCA and Preouts RCA

leszly007 (author)2007-09-25

I tried the steps given here by vinodvv on my Pioneer car stereo (DEH-P5650MP). It works but the output is only from the front speakers. I checked at the local car accessories shop and they say that all what's possible when connecting to the RCA connector. Will I get output from rear speakers too if I connect using CD-RB10 sold by Pioneer?

sssssbooom (author)leszly0072008-08-01

Mine is the same but it is only from the back and it gets fuzzy if you turn it up loud on the Ipod the car volume doesn't make a difference

abadfart (author)2008-07-16

you know you can get a cable to do that at the dolor store

h3idi (author)2008-06-19 for cheap cables for your projects. delivery takes a little while since it's from Hong Kong but it's free, even on a $10 order. i live in canada, and i LOVE them.

TCPMeta (author)2008-05-18

90% of car stereos use the RCA jacks for output so amplifiers. I had a old deck connected to my PC and used the RCA output and ran it to the Line-In on my sound card.

If you have a Pioneer deck you can make a cable and tap into the IP-BUS so you can use a iPod or what ever with out having to spend much cash.

Heres a link for making the hack cable.

osgeld (author)2008-05-14

theres a company called pac who makes a ipod interface and all the boxes/harness to connect any brand of after market OR factory radio its kinda pricey but if you have no other choice it works great

geekyPBmaniac (author)2008-02-21

Stephenkl, it might not work with your deck because the AUX on yours is an output, not an input. Most vehicle deck's come with outputs for amp/sub setups. The cheapest and sure fire way to install an MP3 Hookup onto even a stock OEM deck is to buy a FM modulator off of ebay for $20-$30 dollars. Its literally just a plug and play mode, minus splicing one wire for the power

KronoNaut (author)2007-12-17

I found this cable that goes from the Pioneer directly to the iPod

Looks like a clean way to do it.


vinodvv (author)2006-04-27

Kindly look at this image, Are you guys referring this as the AUX input. Looking forward for your comments

radiorental (author)vinodvv2006-04-27

I would suspect thats the connector for power, speakers and ignition trip. If the headunit has not got an option for 'aux, 'cd' or 'md' then I doubt there is any aux input What is the blue socket to the right? how many pins has it got? And again, an option is to wire an fm transmitter directly in to the aerial socket, anyone confirm this to be an ok option?

Sigfodr (author)radiorental2007-11-12

that blue bit looks a lot like where the antenna connected to the radio on my old deck. I could be wrong though, it's been a while since I replaced my stereo.

jacobsdad (author)vinodvv2006-10-15

There's no aux input here. This is the main connected from your head unit to the ISO connector on your car's wiring loom. These are all outputs (except a feed from your car's headlamps to dim the stereos display if it has that function).

TheBlackViper (author)2007-11-08

This isn't how it is done! Those two RCA jacks on the back are not AUX jacks, they are preouts for subwoofers. That is the reason you can't control the volume on the deck/the sound only comes out of some of the speakers/etc. You have to buy a CD-RB10 from Pioneer to get the proper inputs for your MP3 players. They aren't very expensive, nor are they large.

rogers236 (author)2007-11-03

i have this same stereo. aren't those rca jacks for output? the former owner had a subwoofer hooked up to those. also, do you have to set the radio to a specific station to hear music?

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