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How can i still operate my ipod even with the usb cable plug in

The Kenwood KDC-MP438U logo appears in the ipod and i cant operate it, unless i use the receiver control knob, which is a real pain managing my music

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This is an issue with Kenwood radios. Many of the reviews I have read state the same issue as well as the way selectiosn are made from the face plate. I know one person reformatted their entire Ipod Folder setup to better fit his kenwood, and another person said they simply uplug it, selct what they want, and replug.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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