"Don't buy for 120 gb Ipod classic!!!"2.5 starson by Canada13Records
Pros: This unit has front USB and 1/8 in aux. ins right on the front of the unit for easy access. Has Ipod connection in rear. Great price for alpine quality plus Ipod connectivity and CD player.
Cons: All alpine models only work with a few Ipod models. I thought the 09' model would be compatible with my 08' Ipod, but i was wrong. How can the most sought after company in mobile audio not have any Ipod solutions compatible with the new Ipod classic?
Summary: This unit is great. i was so excited to get this many features for only 145 bucks. i went home spent the afternoon installing the unit only to turn on my car plug in my 120 gb. Ipod (he only reason i got a new head) and found it didn't work. This cant be solved by buying a different unit from alpine. On monday i'm going to call Alpine and hope they offer an update or something cause this unit is great except for the fact it doesn't work with my Ipod! Otherwise its going back to the store and i'm coming home with a new Pioneer that does work with my Ipod.It works!!!! I spoke to soon about alpine and the 120gb ipods. I originaly tried using the front USB port and standard Ipod cable which does not work. then i did more reasearch hoping to make my Ipod work with the head unit. In the small text of the user manual in the provided cd-rom (not in the prited user manual in the box nor in its list of supported ipods) i found something listing the actual compatability with the head unit which includes and latter models. Therfor i called cruthfield about the full speed ipod cable, that plugs in the back of the unit, and asked if it was compatible. Crutchfield tests every product for compatability themselves!! Turns out it is. They dont cary the head unit yet, but they have the ipod cable (who woulda thought). Also it was the weekend and Alpines tech suport was closed and the reatiler i got it from had no suggestions. So i wrongly spoke to early and the only problem is that the front USB device can only have 100 folders each with 100 files.
Updated on Feb 26, 2009