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Ford sync wont recognize ipod

Ford sync will not recognize ipod will I plug in the USB cable

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Your car may need a software firmware update, contact the local Ford dealer for details.

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The Ford Sync system is mode driven. If you plug in an iPod. Allow a few minutes to pass (your system may be indexing the music files so it can recognize artist name, song title, etc.). Then push the Voice button on the steering wheel and say USB. The system will respond "USB, state your command." Respond by saying, "Play," "Play All," or "Play Artist + (Artist Name)" or "Play Track + (song title)" Or, you can push the Aux button on the center console, and select "USB" as the source, or you can use the Media button on the steering wheel to scroll through all of the media and then stop on the "USB" source. Use the volume controls to adjust sound levels, use the "Seek" arrows to jump track to track.

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