View Full Version : Ipod jack conversion

04-25-2011, 01:41 PM
First off my apologies for no pictures, but I will add them when I get home.

My question is can an Ipod jack be added to almost any radio? My deck has a cord coming out the back of it with 2 RCA style jacks on it going to a little 4x4" black box that connects to an XM radio antenna. I don't care about the xm radio, so I was wondering if there was a cord that I could use to plug from my Ipod into the RCA type plugs?

I'll add photos and the brand/model of the deck when I get home.

04-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Yes. You can get a cord that goes from the RCA jacks to a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which will allow you to plug it directly into your ipod. Or you can get a cable to go from RCA jacks to an aux import jack, something like this

if you want a cleaner look

04-25-2011, 01:50 PM
I was hoping to find a cord that plugs right into the flat Ipod pug in the bottom of the ipod, not the headphone jack. However the above solution would work if I can't do it the other way. Thanks!

04-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Radio shack has a deal that goes from the ipod jack to the antenna jack on the radio, and has a hot wire so it charges your ipod at the same time. Works great

04-25-2011, 02:01 PM
I was hoping to find a cord that plugs right into the flat Ipod pug in the bottom of the ipod, not the headphone jack. However the above solution would work if I can't do it the other way. Thanks!
The one that I'm talking about does.

04-25-2011, 02:44 PM
Something like this:


04-25-2011, 03:22 PM


04-25-2011, 03:31 PM
I would get this and this:



That way it will charge and play music. You will still need to have access to the iPod itself to control music...

04-25-2011, 04:01 PM
Something like this:

That's it. Works killer and charges it too

04-25-2011, 04:48 PM

I have a 2002 X-star that the stereo does not have any aux inputs. Would this product allow an i-pod to run through my stereo, and if so and I control the i-pod through it?

04-25-2011, 05:22 PM
Pretty much any radio with either a CD changer input or a XM/Sirius Satelite radio input can be hooked up to an ipod. Most Best Buys will carry the adapter. If you have a CD change input it will usually control the ipod from the radio.

04-25-2011, 06:13 PM
I take that back, the one I have is like that, but it plugs into the antenna jack in the back of the stereo. Same idea, but a little different hook up. It will work with any stereo with an antenna jack.

04-25-2011, 06:33 PM
what year Mastercraft do you have?

04-25-2011, 08:38 PM
Here are the photos of my stereo.

1st is the face plate.

2nd is the back left side that has the antenna jack. This particular one is only about 2 inches long then it has been cut. No wonder I don't get any radio stations.

3rd in the back right side. The big bundle of wires has a blue tag on it that says something about the remote. The large black plug goes to the XM radio black box and antenna. When I pulled it out it has about 12 little pins in the back. At the bottom is a hole that looks like a headphone jack.

So if I want to charge the iPod and have the best quality sound with the cleanest set up, what should I go with? Also I don't care if I lose the XM radio.

04-25-2011, 09:18 PM
The blue wire is the remote wire to turn on an amplifier. I would google the owners manual for your specific radio and see what comes up, it might be that simple to unplug sat and installed ipod cable, my premier radio has a usb on the rear so it was simple to hookup my ipod.

east tx skier
04-25-2011, 09:26 PM
The one with the 12 pins is probably comparable to a CD changer jack. That may work with a USA Spec or similar Ipod adapter that will allow you to control your ipod from the deck.

04-26-2011, 11:32 AM
Those RCA jacks are outputs, like for an amp, are they not?

I got an adaptor that plugs into the lighter plug and into the iPod that is basically an FM radio. I can set the frequency, then set my radio to that frequency. Works like a hot damn.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you don't have an aux input, I believe your only other option is to change the deck.

04-26-2011, 01:47 PM
So I found two fixes.

1st unplug my XM sat plug, and plug in a $25 plug that hooks to the iPod. It will play music and charge old iPods, but will not have any functionality through the radio and will not charge newer iPods/phones.


2nd is a $80 box that goes in line with the XM sat plug. It will give some control of the iPod through the radio, streams song info to radio screan, and will charge older iPods and some of the newer ones, but not phones.


I'm leaning toward the cheap fix. All I want is for the iPod to work and charge. I think I'll save my $$ for a total upgraded system.