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I bet this was asked and answered before but I can't seem to find it using search.

When you plug an iPod in, do you have to use the controls on the iPod to shuffle through songs and albums or do you use the controls on your car stereo and steering wheel? I have the stock pioneer stereo (I think).

I would also like to know the same thing if I use another brand mp3 player using the axillary input. I don't really want to buy an iPod brand mp3 player but would if it interfaces with the stereo controls and a different brand mp3 player would not interface. Hope that makes sense.

I have a HTC Evo phone that has an mp3 player but I have not downloaded any music to it. I don't really want to use my phone for that.

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If you're using the aux cable for the ipod then you control via the ipod. If you use the usb connection then you can control the ipod via the head unit and steering wheel controls.
 

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If you're using the aux cable for the ipod then you control via the ipod. If you use the usb connection then you can control the ipod via the head unit and steering wheel controls.

OK thanks. That answers my question and also tells me something I didn't know - that you could hook an iPod up using an axillary cable instead of the iPod usb. I guess that would be done by plugging an auxiliary cable into the headphone jack on the iPod then connecting it to auxiliary input.

I am assuming that means if I used another brand mp3 player and hooked it up using auxiliary cable, I would not be able to use steering or car stereo controls.

I need an iPod then. Thanks.
 

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I have an 8G Zune and hubby has a 2G iPod. Both work using the AUX cable that came with the car; however, neither of them display on the head unit. I have a 2010 model RS 7.0 now and have a 4G flash drive with my music and the songs, artist, whatever you want display on the head unit. In the '09, the iPod info displayed on the head unit, but the Zune did not. The only thing I could control on the steering wheel was the volume. I had to change songs, etc., on the device. Hope all that makes sense.
 

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Hellen4Wheels' approach is a good way to get where you want to go. 16 gb flash drives will hold a lot of mp3 files and can be had for less than $30.

The owner's manual for the stock Pioneer covers this pretty well. Beginning on page 14. There is also info on folder formats, etc. Beginning on page 40. The manual can be accessed online by following the "owners" tab on the main page of scion.com.
 

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I just had an Sony X-PLOD after market radio with an AUX and USB input. Works great!
 

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I've got the premium 08 headunit, and it displays the song names, I also control it through the headunit. (took me about a year to figure out how though. Haha)
 
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