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I mention those two systems specifically because I don't know what the standard system offers.

Anyways, what I want to know is a couple of things.
1) How do you connect it to the jeep? Is it by USB or an Aux cable?

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2) Do you have complete control over the songs played? Can you set a playlist or set it to random shuffle through the ipod?

I ask this because currently I have a sony MP3 player and when I try to connect it via USB my MP3 player locks into it's "connecting do not disconnect" screen and I can't change songs/select playlists/shuffle or anything. I can only skip songs 1 at a time via the console/wheel buttons... which is completely useless.

I'm trying to figure out if buying an ipod will fix my issue or not, or if the ipod is just as useless when connected to the jeep.

Hopefully someone understands what I'm talking about, heh, I've been trying to get an answer for this for a while.
 

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I've used my ipod by plugging it into the USB port in my center console. (I've got a '12 with the 430N and uConnect option.) Also my iphone, via bluetooth.

Never messed with the ipod or iphone themselves to select a song, though.

The first week I bought it I copied all of the music from my i-tunes library to a 16G memory stick, and downloaded all of into the 430N's HDD library. So now, if I'm not listening to satellite or local radio, I use the "Random Play" setting on the HDD, and can skip songs with my steering wheel controls. If I add songs to my i-tunes library, I copy only the new ones, and add them to the HDD.

Not sure if that made sense.

Condensed version: I no longer use my iphone or my ipod plugged into my stereo; all music is on my HDD drive.
 

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Yeah, that made sense. And I suppose I could do that too (once I figure out how to import songs).

Was just kinda hoping I could plug in and hit shuffle though. It'd save time in the long run by not having to clean out the hard drive when I want to delete songs I don't care for anymore.
 

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2012 JKUR with 430N and Connectivity group.

I use both bluetooth and the USB port in the center console depending on how far i'm going. You can definitely use the random function I do it all the time and you can go forward and back using the controls on the back of the steering wheel. Not sure if you can pick a specific song never tried that.
 

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I have a 2011 Rubicon with the 730N system, I use my IPod frequently, but I'm almost to the point now to transfer my music to a USB drive and then to my HDD. So far, no real issues with using the IPod.
 

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Hmm, this sounds promising then. Thanks guys.

I did forget about the bluetooth thing as well. My sony MP3 player has bluetooth too, I just keep forgetting to charge the thing so I could try it out on the jeep. I'd imagine I'd have full control over the mp3 player in that case.

Edit: ultimately I'm leaning towards an ipod anyways, so it's useful hearing of success with it in the jeeps.
 

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A little different, but has anyone tried to use their iPhone and stream pandora over USB? I know it works over BT, but it's terrible quality.
 

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Hmm, this sounds promising then. Thanks guys.

I did forget about the bluetooth thing as well. My sony MP3 player has bluetooth too, I just keep forgetting to charge the thing so I could try it out on the jeep. I'd imagine I'd have full control over the mp3 player in that case.
I do know that the nav system prioritizes which device to recognize as the "primary" device, when more than one are putting out bluetooth signals. So, not sure if the stereo would play songs from your mp3 player while your phone was the primary device (if the two are separate).
 

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2012 JKUR with 430N and Connectivity group.

I use both bluetooth and the USB port in the center console depending on how far i'm going. You can definitely use the random function I do it all the time and you can go forward and back using the controls on the back of the steering wheel. Not sure if you can pick a specific song never tried that.
2012 JK Sahara with 430N and uConnect here. Use my iPod with the USB in the center console. You definitely can access a specific song, album, artist through the car stereo interface or uConnect...easier through uConnect if you have a bunch of the songs on the iPod (over 11k on mine) as the search interface on the 430N is a little clunky...hope that helps!
 

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2012 JK Sahara with 430N and uConnect here. Use my iPod with the USB in the center console. You definitely can access a specific song, album, artist through the car stereo interface or uConnect...easier through uConnect if you have a bunch of the songs on the iPod (over 11k on mine) as the search interface on the 430N is a little clunky...hope that helps!
Thanks I learned something new today :thumb:
 

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I purchased the 160gb clasic Ipod, loaded it with everything from audiobooks and music ect... I leave it plugged into the center concole and never take it out for anything other than updating. I can not use the ipod when it is docked. I use the head unit to select playlists, shuffle music, search by either artist, album, genre etc... love it. Should mention this is on the 730n.
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I have my iPhone 4 plugged into the USB port in the center console and have it synchronized through bluetooth for my phone. If I hit the media button I can view my music library and playlists on the 430 screen. You can also change the song forward/back with the steering wheel control. You can definitely shuffle your music library as well.
 

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JKU with 730N and Uconnect.

I have my ipod/iphone plugged into the USB cable in the center console. Works like a charm. I just wish there was a way for the HDD to copy directly from the ipod.
 

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Problems

Anybody else have problems when you hook up the iPod thru USB(center console). Some times it just says searching a couple times and then kick you back to satellite....then when you try again it works...this is from a 12 jku 430n...
 

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I use multiple ways:
1. An ipod Nano (or my iPhone) connected to either USB
2. iPhone connected through USB.

The only issue I've seen is that if I start on SAT/AM/FM I sometimes I have to select whether I want USB or Bluetooth. Given that, sometimes there is a bit of lag too. I'm hoping a software update alleviates that issue.

Speaking of which, I've been searching for the best place to get NAVTEQ updates too. If anyone could PM where they get them from that would be awesome!
 

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Jifney said:
Anybody else have problems when you hook up the iPod thru USB(center console). Some times it just says searching a couple times and then kick you back to satellite....then when you try again it works...this is from a 12 jku 430n...
There is a delay in recognizing external devices via unconnect USB and you will notice that even if the device is connected when you start your vehicle or power on the 430n, devices listed under AUX (media hard button, AUX soft button) don't show up until they are recognized by the scan. So if you start let's say on Sat Radio and press media/AUX it will switch back to Sat Radio if the device isn't ready yet. You just have to give it a couple of seconds to register
 

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Not to jack the read, but Has anybody noticed after downloading music to the HDD, that certain music was missing on the device but not the iPod. I had issues in my 09 and it annoyed me to all hell. It also scrambled and made up names to my music. I'm hesitant to put on the 430N. Just throwing it out there to see if anyone came across this on the new systems
 

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I use multiple ways:
1. An ipod Nano (or my iPhone) connected to either USB
2. iPhone connected through USB.

The only issue I've seen is that if I start on SAT/AM/FM I sometimes I have to select whether I want USB or Bluetooth. Given that, sometimes there is a bit of lag too. I'm hoping a software update alleviates that issue.

Speaking of which, I've been searching for the best place to get NAVTEQ updates too. If anyone could PM where they get them from that would be awesome!

Buy the DVDs from Chrysler/dealer directly. They will cost about $150. The price is set by Navteq, so it doesn't matter where you get it, and for what system. My aftermarket Alpine navigation in my s2000 is the same price, my acura, and my friends lexus are all $130-$150.

However, unless you....

1)Live in a part of the country where they build a new road every 3 weeks
2)You MUST have the latest POIs and restaurant locations

Don't waste your money updating any more often than once every 5 years.
 

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I have a '12 JK Rubicon with the 430N and uConnect. I put all the playlists I wanted from iTunes on to my old 4 gig iPod Nano. It lives in the center console hooked up to the USB. I access everything thru the head unit...playlists, artists etc. I can also use the voice recognition to choose a particular song (among other things I'm sure, but that's the only one I've used). I'm sure shuffle is in there somewhere, I haven't looked for it. The head unit isn't all that intuitive to use. I haven't tried streaming via bluetooth because I read on this forum that the audio quality is far worse than with a USB connection.

MY question is: when you listen to music via your iPod the way I do, and you turn the Jeep off, does your iPod come back on the next time you start it? Almost all the time, when I start the Jeep, it defaults to satellite radio. I always hit the media button to switch to my iPod. Once in a while, when I start it, the iPod comes on automatically. It's driving me nuts, I want it to always default to iPod but I don't know if it can. If anyone knows what I'm talking about and has an answer, I'd love to hear. Thanks
 
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