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Old 07-29-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Media Center 130 and iPod integration

I am looking at two new Wranglers, neither of which have the 430n or 730n systems. I am fine with that as I don't really want the big touch screen in my Wrangler. What I can't tell is what iPod integration is like with the 130.

I can see it has an auxiliary input jack which to me says no iPod integration, just playback without charging capability. Do I need to get one of the other systems in order to get a USB connection, charging and ability to control the iPod from either the head unit or steering wheel controls?

Edit: I think the connectivity group is what I need. That is a bummer as the white Jeep I really want doesn't have that.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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I have a 130 system. It has the USB port, and controls, charges, and plays my iPod perfectly.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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I am looking at two new Wranglers, neither of which have the 430n or 730n systems. I am fine with that as I don't really want the big touch screen in my Wrangler. What I can't tell is what iPod integration is like with the 130.

I can see it has an auxiliary input jack which to me says no iPod integration, just playback without charging capability. Do I need to get one of the other systems in order to get a USB connection, charging and ability to control the iPod from either the head unit or steering wheel controls?

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Just because it has the AUX jack showing, doesn't mean that there isn't also a USB connection in the center console. They're not mutually exclusive.

I don't have the 130, so I can't add anymore information, but can at least let you know that seeing the AUX input doesn't mean it doesn't have what you're wanting.
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I just verified one JK has the connectivity group, the other does not. I think that may be what I need.

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Old 07-29-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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I would recommend the connectivity group. I have the 730n, but think it was a waste of money now... If I had to do all over again, I'd get the 130 with connectivity and put in aftermarket stuff to make up for what it's lacking vs. the 730n.

The only reason I'd get the connectivity on the 130 is for the time in between buying the jeep and installing a new system and/or the wiring for the microphone will be there for the aftermarket system to leverage with its bluetooth setup.
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Personally I'd got with the one with the connectivity group. Though I skipped using my iPod on mine and copied songs to a USB using DoubleTwist as it copies the playlists correctly, then I pop the USB in the console USB plug and I'm good to go.
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I have the lowest model without the connectivity group. If I bought the connectivity group and installed it myself, how would I get the steering wheel buttons? I am missing the call feature buttons, I think they should be wired with blanks put in place, but who knows??? Any help? Are the buttons on the steering wheel wires even with the blanks?
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I have the lowest model without the connectivity group. If I bought the connectivity group and installed it myself, how would I get the steering wheel buttons? I am missing the call feature buttons, I think they should be wired with blanks put in place, but who knows??? Any help? Are the buttons on the steering wheel wires even with the blanks?
You make it sound as if the connectivity group includes more than just the USB connection. If that is the case I am curious as to the responses here.

Based on other information provided it does sound like I should get the one with that option which means I get the black one over the white one. I'll look at a new black JK today and see what I think. Of course I could always order a new JK from the factory but that will be a one month delay.

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Old 07-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #9
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Yeah, the connectivity group, at least as far as I can remember o my '12 ayway, was USB input for the stereo, bluetooth streaming and calls, voice dialing and texting, and I think that even included the second AC outlet. (But maybe that was part of a different package?)

I'll be honest though... I've never had any luck using any of it. The bluetooth drops every single incoming call thoughI'm told that's an issue with my phone more than the Jeep. And the iPod control on the 130 is junk for me... scrolling through 10,000 songs is impossible and you don't get the option to control it through the iPod itself, just through the head unit. So I usually just hook my iPod to the aux jack and then charge it through the USB cable when it gets low.Maybe it's better for smaller libraries or newer iPods, but I hate it!
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I just got the cheapest option and then installed aftermarket speakers and a new head unit right afterwards. But it was a must. With the mud terrain tires I can barely hear myself think when the tops down because of all the tire noise.
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You make it sound as if the connectivity group includes more than just the USB connection. If that is the case I am curious as to the responses here.

Based on other information provided it does sound like I should get the one with that option which means I get the black one over the white one. I'll look at a new black JK today and see what I think. Of course I could always order a new JK from the factory but that will be a one month delay.

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Yes, there are missing buttons on my steering wheel. The bluetooth talk button and the one below it. They are the same buttons on the actual radio in the model up from mine.
I would still like to know if those buttons can be put in easily or if its an entire steering wheel change?
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Yes, there are missing buttons on my steering wheel. The bluetooth talk button and the one below it. They are the same buttons on the actual radio in the model up from mine. I would still like to know if those buttons can be put in easily or if its an entire steering wheel change?
You can swap the buttons on the steering wheel without replacing the whole wheel.
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I would just get the connectivity group and ditch the 430n and 730n.

If you want GPS, you can easily put in an aftermarket NAV system and retain the factory installed mic, bluetooth, steering wheel controls, extra usb port, etc...

The wife and I have the 730n in our Grand Cherokee and we absolutely hate it. I rarely use it anymore other than to just use the bluetooth. We have iPhones so we use Siri voice recognition directly from the phone, but through the Jeep's mic and speakers via bluetooth. Just have to hit the Siri button on the phone and it comes to life through the Jeep.

I would just get the 130n + connectivity group if you can find it. I had to custom order mine as I couldn't find a Wrangler with what I wanted.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:27 AM   #14
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130 with connectivity is nice. I went back and forth on the 430 but in the end couldnt justify the outrageous price they wanted. my ipod integration is suitable, not the best, but it works
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I have the basic 130, no sirius either, kind of wish I had the connectivity group for the bluetooth. Since I dont have the phone button on the radio the mopar add-on bluetooth kit is 320.00 (plus install if you cant do it yourself) or so + a dealer flash, plus another 50.00 for the USB cable and you have no steering wheel phone control. Well worth the cost for the factory option.

But, with the top off on the highway the bluetooth is probably pretty useless, can always use the aux cable for music. But its nice to scroll ipod/iphone tracks from the steering wheel or just load up a usb stick and leave it in. I had a choice of several that had the connectivity group but I went for the main color and mechanical options I wanted over the bluetooth/usb when buying off the lot.
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I do plan on putting NAV in mine down the road. Kenwood makes a NAV for around $1300 and it uses Google Maps as well as it allows you to upload your own topo maps. That is years ahead of the factory NAV units Jeep uses. It can also piggy back off your phones internet via blue-tooth to get weather and other great features.

Soon, it will have an option to tie into our Uconnect and display ECU features such as tachometer/speedometer/ various gauges / TPMS / etc...

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So much cheaper than Jeep's...

One of my favorite features is it allows you to pre-build your routes on your computer and upload it to the unit. I'm a road trip junkie and love planning map routes.
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I do plan on putting NAV in mine down the road. Kenwood makes a NAV for around $1300 and it uses Google Maps as well as it allows you to upload your own topo maps. That is years ahead of the factory NAV units Jeep uses. It can also piggy back off your phones internet via blue-tooth to get weather and other great features.

Soon, it will have an option to tie into our Uconnect and display ECU features such as tachometer/speedometer/ various gauges / TPMS / etc...

Kenwood - DNN770HD

So much cheaper than Jeep's...
Lot of nice aftermarket stuff out there for sure.

But nothing says 'steal me' like a shiny new 1000.00+ Kenwood head unit in a Jeep with a soft-top The nice thing about the 130 is if you put one in the middle of a busy shopping mall with a giant 'FREE' sign on it no one would take it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:40 AM   #18
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iPod Usage

I have the 130N in my Jeep. As long as you have the USB port in the console, you can use your iPod. I make playlists using itunes. Example (easy listening, hard rock, classic rock, pop, western). Then once all the playlists are in I plug the iPod into the console, turn on the radio, wait about 15 seconds while it discovers the iPod, hit the Disc Aux button, hit the List button, turn the right knob to the playlist I want, push the knob in and there you have it. Oh, and hit the Rnd button for random playing.
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You can swap the buttons on the steering wheel without replacing the whole wheel.
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Connectivity group also has EVIC. I didn't get Connectivity because I knew I was going full aftermarket, but I wish I had EVIC.
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I've got the 130 head unit with the connectivity group (I really needed the phone integration).
All I do is listen to my iPod on that thing.

The iPod can also be controlled by voice.
You just press the "talk" button and then tell it which source (radio, Sat, Bluetooth, or USB), then tell it what to play.
You can tell it to play specific albums, artists, or songs.
The radio itself has a tutorial that will teach you how to use it better than what I can do here.
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I've got the 130 head unit with the connectivity group (I really needed the phone integration).
All I do is listen to my iPod on that thing.

The iPod can also be controlled by voice.
You just press the "talk" button and then tell it which source (radio, Sat, Bluetooth, or USB), then tell it what to play.
You can tell it to play specific albums, artists, or songs.
The radio itself has a tutorial that will teach you how to use it better than what I can do here.
More confirmation that I should get the connectivity group. My F-150 has the Sync voice control system. When it works it is great. I like being able to tell the system to play a certain track, artist, playlist, etc. But as long as I can get random play I'd probably be happy as that is what I do most of the time.

I can remember the days of cassette tape players. When the music sensor feature was added and you could fast forward to the exact spot between songs it seemed like a God-send. Then direct access CD's came along, then ripping/mixing/burning your own CD's and then the iPod. Music access has come a long way . . .

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