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I was looking forward to having music controlable by the switches. So I researched out whic Ipods worked. I found a used 4th gen NANO and ordered it up. So I got music loaded on it today in about 5 playlists. I hooked up to bike, put it in "AUX" It does not show "Ipod" I can get the Ipod to play, but none of the functions work. Volume works but thats it. So do I have a bad cable? Or possibly a bum Ipod? I know the battery is bad as the unit will not work unless it is plugged in. So any ideas?
 

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Silly question but just to get it out of the way are you connecting the iPod either using a 30 pin (old apple connector) or a lightening connector (new style)? If you are trying to use the headphone jack that won't work.

If you are using one of those try using a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol and cleaning the connector. The battery issue makes me wonder if there isn't an issue with gunk on the contacts.

Another thing to try is borrow a device from somebody else and see if that works. If it doesn't you may have a cable issue. Check the connectors at the saddlebags closely (add some dielectric grease while you're at it).
 

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Silly question but just to get it out of the way are you connecting the iPod either using a 30 pin (old apple connector) or a lightening connector (new style)? If you are trying to use the headphone jack that won't work.

If you are using one of those try using a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol and cleaning the connector. The battery issue makes me wonder if there isn't an issue with gunk on the contacts.

Another thing to try is borrow a device from somebody else and see if that works. If it doesn't you may have a cable issue. Check the connectors at the saddlebags closely (add some dielectric grease while you're at it).
XCT so 30 pin plug in left front leg fairing. I cleaned the plugs on both the Ipod and bike side connector with some CRC contact cleaner today. Still nothing. One of my students says he thinks he has an ipod somewhere and if he finds it he will bring it to class and I can try it. I have heard of the plugs on the Ipods going "bad" before.
 

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My Ipod kept disconnecting when I turned off my bike , I;E; getting fuel and such , I would have to unplug it , and plug it back in then fine until I shut the bike off again , this pissed me off beyond belief . I went with a very early Ipod , generation 3 I think , NOT ONE PROBLEM SINCE . The Vic system is more stone age then media age I'm thinking ....
 

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thank you. didn't bring ipod in to charge over winter. I did now.

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yours is supposed to be one of the best for our system
 

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My Ipod kept disconnecting when I turned off my bike , I;E; getting fuel and such , I would have to unplug it , and plug it back in then fine until I shut the bike off again , this pissed me off beyond belief . I went with a very early Ipod , generation 3 I think , NOT ONE PROBLEM SINCE . The Vic system is more stone age then media age I'm thinking ....
I read some posts, mostly on the Vision but it still helped me figure out I did not want a 1st gen Ipod and nothing after I think 6 as they are fire wire or something. So I went with a Gen 4 Ipod. So I am hoping a friend will have an ipod I can use to troubleshoot this thing a little. See if swapping to a different Ipod will clear it up.
 

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I read some posts, mostly on the Vision but it still helped me figure out I did not want a 1st gen Ipod and nothing after I think 6 as they are fire wire or something. So I went with a Gen 4 Ipod. So I am hoping a friend will have an ipod I can use to troubleshoot this thing a little. See if swapping to a different Ipod will clear it up.
You can get the later gen ipods or iphones with the new lightning connector you just need this adapter. It works perfect Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2 m) - Apple

Or if you can use other means of charging (cheap cable and usb plug since i think the XCT has a 12v in the lower) I just got this and it seems to work for bluetooth and still have handlebar control of track and playlist.

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Also have you tried it both the with the ipod connected before turning the ignition on and after?

I have seen issues where if you plug in after the bike is on for some reason it doesn't recognize the ipod correctly.
 

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You can get the later gen ipods or iphones with the new lightning connector you just need this adapter. It works perfect Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2 m) - Apple

Or if you can use other means of charging (cheap cable and usb plug since i think the XCT has a 12v in the lower) I just got this and it seems to work for bluetooth and still have handlebar control of track and playlist.

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I have a 4th Gen Ipod. So does this adapter thing allow full function of controls? The question in this scenero would be if the 30 pin cable has issues, then your adapter cable probably will too.


The Ipod I have the battery is Ka-put. It will not turn on if not plugged into the 30 pin connector.
 

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When the battery level is low on my iPod I've had it not recognized when plugging into my XCT. Have you tried charging the iPod first?
 

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I have a 4th Gen Ipod. So does this adapter thing allow full function of controls? The question in this scenero would be if the 30 pin cable has issues, then your adapter cable probably will too.


The Ipod I have the battery is Ka-put. It will not turn on if not plugged into the 30 pin connector.
Both adapters allow full control.

When the battery level is low on my iPod I've had it not recognized when plugging into my XCT. Have you tried charging the iPod first?
His battery is shot which could very will cause the issue. I would try with another device.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h53otOBTsI

do you have this cable. There is one for early and late models. Without it you can not change tracks or charge the ipod
I think so. It is a black cable. Maybe I will have to spend the $6 or whatever for a new battery and try that.

2/4/16--Ordered new battery for Ipod today. So hopefully I can install it myself and it fixes the issue. I checked the bike tonight and the cable looks like the one in the pictures as best I can tell. How would one know if it is "old" or "new" type cable. I read on the Vision thread I was using for setting up the ipod that the early cables for those were white I think. And that was like 2007 and 08. That thread said if you had a cable for like 2010 up it had charging capability, which I know mine has or else it wouldn't even turn on.
 

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I leave my iPods on the bike all the time. Many times, it is dead but after a few minutes of the biker on, the iPod comes to life and I have full control . I am not sure what generation I have but I will go look. I know my bike came with the connector vision Johnny showed.

Update.. Mine in 2nd generation and it works just fine with total control
 

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at one point Vic had black ipod cable for early then they had white for lat models. Call dealer and ask him if late model cables are white.
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if you have the right cable you can plug it into your computer by using a usb port and charge your battery. Best buy and walmart sell them.
Looking at the ipod will show you how much charge is in ipod.
If you can get different ipod try that to see if it works. There are some good deals on craigslist

Valor Communication, Inc DMBTIPODDAT1 - Best Buy
 

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Mine looks like this. Its a 4th Gen nano
 

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I think I will try my sons iPod nano to see if it works.
 

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if you plug in headphones do you hear music. or when you scroll threw the ipod do you see the battery life.
Are you sure you sink the music like apple says to do.

you can a charging cord to plug into your computer to keep it charged once ever two months
 
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