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IPod will not work.

I just installed an Alpine CDA-9883 stereo with a direct connect to an iPod. I plug in my 80gb and the stereo simply says, "Searching," and never changes. My wife's 4gb nano worked perfectly with it. I have read about going back to previous versions of the iPod software by restoring the factory settings. This did not work as my iPod came with version 1.2.1. I am pretty frustrated and do not know what to do, any suggestions?

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  • Paul Harvey
    Paul Harvey Jul 30, 2007

    I spoke with Alpine today. They stated there have been many problems with the 80 gb iPod and their stereos. The customer service guy basically said it will not work unless Apple changes their firmware. I guess I get to hassle them now. Thanks for your help though.

  • endymion Nov 30, 2007

    My 5th Gen Video Ipod (30gb) also does not work! It just shows "searching when I connect it to my Alpine CDA 9883. I have version 1.2.1 on it. I will try to update to 1.2.3. The manual for the Alpine says it won't work for earlier than 1.1.2. It seems crazy that it will not work for newer versions of the firmware.

    Any suggestions?

  • gardog Dec 30, 2007

    i pod 80gb will not work did i hook it up wrong or whar?

  • RAEMAN May 08, 2008

    I have a Alpine CDA-9883 & I'm having the same problems with my ipod which is a 30 gig. I am on my second cable, the first one worked fine until it got bent at the connector. So I bought another one it worked for 5 days & now all say's is it's seaching. If anyone has a cure please let me know. FRUSTRATED!

  • flipsrock May 29, 2008

    i have encountered the same problem with my 60g ipod video. i updated the ipod software and the problem persists. the following seem to work: unplugging and replugging in the ipod, turning the deck on and off, and toggling through the source button. i am going to go back to the dealer and see what they have to say or if anyone else has had this problem and how they fixed it. if i find anything useful i'll post it a.s.a.p.



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This seems like an old, dead thread, but maybe someone else will stumble across it.

I have an Alpine CDA-9883 w/ the KCE-422i ipod cable. Audio was working fine, but I was unable to change playlists, or search music on the iPod (an iPod Photo, 1.2.1 OS).

After experimenting for a while, (disconnecting & reconnecting the cable, resetting the head unit, & resetting the iPod) I finally stumbled across a solution (of sorts.)

I did two things, and I'm not sure which of them actually worked, but it's working properly now. 1) I completely restored the iPod and reloaded all the music using iTunes, 2) I did not allow it to sync album art. I happened to notice in another forum that another one of the newer Alpine head units had problems with album art, so I took it off the ipod. Whether it was this, or the complete restore that worked, I'm not sure. However, neither my nano nor my iphone work properly and they both have album art. So maybe that's the problem.

But here's the odd part. After I got it working, I changed the Sound Check value to "on" and changed the Equalizer on the iPod and it stopped working again. When I turned the equalizer off, it started working again.

Apparently the head unit is very finicky about the settings on the ipod.  

Hope some of that helps someone else. Now it works great, and I'm very happy with the head unit/ipod connection.

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Restoring factory settings won't revert the player back to previous ipod software. Check with the alpine website product support and see which ipod software versions are compatible with the car deck you installed. I would think the latest version would be supported. then go to the apple website and download the most recent version of itunes that alpine says is compatible. connect your pod and open itunes. upgrade the pod to that itunes version and try it again with the car deck.

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    jim fitterer Jul 31, 2007

    A temporary solution would be an FM transmitter. DLO makes a decent one called Transpod. You lose some sound quality, but they work fairly well. Also, Harmon kardon makes a system they call Drive + Play. It can transmit your tunes via FM transmitter or through a direct antenna connection.
    The best thing I've found is a device made by Peripheral called Ipod2Car. It connects in place of your CD changer and you get CD quality sound from your iPod. It's not real expensive but can require a bit of installation. You should be able to find any of these items on Amazon for under $100.
    Good luck!


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Simple solution sued  class action file by everybody that bought cda 9883 or cda 9885 they both have that issue just like apple was sue over there battery issue and i  would bet tell will come up with a response or solution  its there problem not apples they advertise that is compatible with apple there for it should work  because they follow apple  the apple ipod works fine by itself there for its not apples responsibility

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