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IPod connection problem with Ford Focus

Hi All, I have a Ford Focus which I got in November last year so it is the latest model. I got the ipod/MP3 player connection option with it but so far have failed to get the ipod to work through the USB port. If I attach through the 'Line In' port I can play songs through the car stereo but if I plug the USB port in (which would allow me to operate the ipod through the car stereo) the ipod seems to simply enter a sync mode which it never comes out of. The stereo simply displays the notice 'No tracks on device'. Has anyone come across this problem before and are you aware of a fix please?
My ipod is reasonably old, it is the 'clickwheel' traditional, 40GB, black and white screen

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  • frankreynhou Jan 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. my ipod won't play any songs over usb, it does work with the line option, but i would like to use the usb.

    I have a new focus and a ipod of 6 moths.


  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Same problem here.
    2008 ford focus.
    5th generation ipod

  • tjwiggs Mar 19, 2009

    Same problem I have a 2008 Edge my 2005 iPod 20GB will not work through UBS connection. iPod goes into sync mode (do not disconnect) and stays there. Display says UBS device empty.  

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    IPOD connection shuts down stereo from time to time

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    IPod use often powers down stereo.

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I think you have to connect both the line-in to the earphone-connector and the USB to the USB-connector on the iPod.
Don't ask me why, but that seems to work (according to another Dutch forum http://www.focusclub.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4201&sid=be5c9f538bd310a274324907aff98513). I haven't tested it yet (don't have a line-in to line-in cable).

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