Easily control iPod with Grom Audio
If you, like me, bought a car before the iPod/mp3 jack became standard, or bought a current car from a manufacturer that adopted a later version, then you need a way to connect the iPod to the car The right way of sound. Enter products from Grom Audio. I checked them based on the recommendations of the Mazda3 forum. I often use this forum and like what I see on their website. I decided to buy a Grom Audio USB/iPod interface adapter with optional iPod control cable. On the website, they have installation instructions in pdf format, so you can understand what you need to install the adapter in your vehicle. They also provide step-by-step picture instructions and links to installation videos of about 20 different cars. Fortunately for me, they have a link to a Mazda3 video created by someone that outlines the steps I need to follow. The goods arrived soon, and after watching the video of my vehicle, I am ready to install it.
Easy To Use
My plan was to install the interface inside the dash near the radio using velcro tape and run the cables out through my center console to my cup-holders where my iPod usually resides. After removing some trim and the factory radio, I inserted the adapter cable into the plug on the back of the stereo where an external CD changer would normally plug into. The interface itself has two plug holes, so I hooked up both the iPod cable as well as the 3.5mm cable that was standard with the adapter in case I want to run something else through the stereo like a GPS or phone. All in all, installation was remarkably easy although I will qualify that I am pretty handy and am comfortable taking a car apart. If you are not or if the installation instructions seem a bit overwhelming, you may want to find someone who is or throw a few bucks at a car audio installer for installation.
Easy To Use
The adapter interface for my particular car, 2006 Mazda3, allows the user to control the iPod using the steering wheel controls for the audio. While I can only change tracks up and down, it is a big upgrade compared to previous vehicles I’ve owned with a factory AUX plug that required manual iPod navigation. This feature may or may not be available for your car, so check Grom Audio’s website. Plugging the iPod into the optional iPod cable also charges it. To play the iPod, I just switch my input mode on my car stereo to EX and the iPod starts right where I left off listening to it prior to getting into the car. When I switch the car off or change the car stereo input, the iPod pauses on the song I was last listening to.
I have used the factory and other aftermarket interfaces before, and I have to say that this is a great product. Grom Audio now has additional Bluetooth adapters and kit options, where you can insert a USB memory stick with MP3 music. If you are looking for an audio adapter to connect music to a car stereo at a reasonable price, check out Grom Audio.
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