"Pretty much 100% solution 4 single-DIN iPod integration"5.0 starson by atebit
Pros: Easy installation
Offers interfaces for all generation of iPods (at least the ones with the dock connector)
Real iPod control, not just a re-hashed CD changer interface
Full artist/title/album info with intelligent scrolling capabilities
Cons: Not much:
Maybe could have come with the Aux-in cable as a standard feature
Would have been nice if a satellite tuner would plug right into the Ai-Net bus,rather then requiring a small interface box in-between the HU & the satellite tuner.
Summary: IMHO, Alpine is one of the few companies that "get" how to do iPod integration. The IDA-X305 offers all the features someone that has eschewed carrying around CDs in the car to get a few of their songs for an iPod containing their entire music library. Managing & presenting potentially tens of thousands of tracks and thousands of hierarchical folders where all those tracks are stored via a screen & controls that will fit in a single-DIN radio is a tall order. I'm sure that over time technology and OEM integration will continue to improve upon this. But for those of us who want real iPod integration today in a single-DIN package, this is THE receiver.