For those starting from scratch and looking at getting the Vic iPod cable, possibly even an iPod itself, give some thought to swapping out the head unit itself with one of the Kenwoods that several people out there are pre-wiring for simple, plug n' play install and that preserves handlebar control functions. You might be 20%-30% into the cost of a new head unit in getting the stuff you need to end up with a pretty outdated setup. I did the iPod route for a while cause I didn't want to keep connecting and disconnecting my phone in the saddlebag. There are lots of budget friendly options to get music to play but the capability and flexibility on a new head unit is a whole different ballgame. Besides a better signal out to the speakers, there's a ton of control over the sound, digital processing to restore song compression issues, 13 channel EQ, two Bluetooth inputs, two USB inputs, a mic to do calls over thru the stereo, twice the wattage output of the stock XC unit and several more features.
With stock you can get tunes to the head unit a few different ways, some very budget friendly and some not quite so, but all seem to have a compromise with an already outdated setup. If you do one of the Kenwood plug n' play head units you won't be disappointed. If you've ever installed an aftermarket head unit in a car or truck, the Kenwood are even easier, IMO. BTW, some of them had used Pioneers in the past. The reason they all use Kenwoods are because of the digital processing and more control over the sound quality.
Last edited by Diamond Jim; 05-25-2017 at 12:57 PM.