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Old 10-01-2012, 09:53 AM
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What's supposed to happen when I plug into the USB port on a 430n radio?

Have a 2012 wrangler with the 430n radio that is my wife's daily driver. I would swear that I have used the USB to stream using my iPhone 4 and a 4s in the past.

My wife had her 4 hooked up via Bluetooth and never really streamed audio off it anyway. I recently got an iPhone 5 and tried the new cable and the Aux button never becomes active and can't find a way to turn it on in settings.

I gave her my old 4s and before we set it up on Bluetooth, we tried using the USB cable from that with the old 30 pin connector and that did not work either. Is the port on the radio dead? Once I added the 4s on Bluetooth I could stream that way, but personally, I just don't care for the sound of it.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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I believe the USB port is only for thumb drives, not phones.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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I don't know if the new iphones / ipods do this but I remember on one of my older ones I could put it into "disk mode" and it would be recognized as a drive. Maybe if you try that then plug it in you'll get it to work?
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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My understanding is that the USB in the center bin is for hooking up your music source. The one in the dash is for transfering files (pictures or music) to the hard drive. Do you have a USB in the center bin. I have my iPod plugged into that and it works great. I have used the USB on the radio to down load pictures. It seems to me that is what the manual said, not that I can quote it right now.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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Your issue is probably the new iPhone. The new operating system does not play nicely with 3rd party integration products at this time. I am sure they will be releasing an update for the radio soon enough, but until then, the only way to get your audio to play through is with the aux jack connected to your headphone output. Bluetooth hands free should work fine, but streaming audio will not work either.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:11 AM   #6
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From the 2011 MEDIA CENTER 430/430N User Manual page 11:
USB Connector

Connect a supported device into the USB Connector (10)
in order to play music and to copy music and picture files
to the internal hard disk drive.

and page 76 :
USB Connector

It is possible to copy audio files or pictures files to the
radio Hard Disk Drive, or play audio files directly from
the USB device just like a music disc. The USB connector
is covered by a small cover, which protects the connector
from dust or damage.
NOTE: USB devices (e.g., camera memory USB adaptors,
etc.) must comply with the MSD (Mass Storage
Device) standard. This USB terminal can provide power
to the inserted device. The current draw from these
devices must be limited to 500mA or less.
The transfer speed for this USB connector is approximately
two megabytes per second.
MP3 player devices cannot be controlled through the
USB connector. Some player devices save music files in
other formats, which cannot be played in this radio. Some
copy-protected music (e.g., downloads from the internet)
cannot be played on this radio.
Compatible Devices
Please see your authorized dealer or visit http://
www.chrysler.com/owners for supported devices.
NOTE: Some MP3 Players do not allow songs to be
copied into other devices.

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