2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

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2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby FrayedString » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:03 pm

Hey all.

A few months back I picked up a 2013 Titan Pro-4x with the Factory Rocford Fosgate Stereo (No navigation). I'm 100% android, but of course the truck doesn't support Android and its USB connection is specific to Apple.

I'd like to be able to listen to music via Spotify and still use my steering wheel controls to skip songs. My question is, how good is the IPod support with the factory stereo? If I buy an IPod and install Spotify on it, will I be able to skip songs using the steering wheel controls? As much as I dislike Apple, I'd be totally willing to do this if I knew it would work.


Thanks in advance.


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Re: 2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby JB'sTitanXD » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:05 am

Does your radio have the NissanConnect apps installed on it? should have a apps button

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Re: 2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby FrayedString » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:37 pm

JB'sRogue wrote:Does your radio have the NissanConnect apps installed on it? should have a apps button
No, I believe in order to have NIssanConnect you have to also have navigation, which my Titan does not have.

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Re: 2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby FrayedString » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:57 pm

I found an iPad I could use to test with, which I think should function identically to an iPod or iPhone with regards to my Titan's USB port.

I set the iPad up with my old apple account that I haven't used in 5+ years, installed Spotify, and plugged it in to my Titan. My truck saw the iPad immediately and began playing music from my old itunes library.

I opened Spotify and started playing a song from one of my playlists and it played through my stereo, I was ecstatic. My stereo screen updated with the song title, album title, artist, and album art. Everything looked great. Until I tried the next/previous track steering wheel controls and nothing happened. Any song changes had to be made directly on the device... boooooo.

I am crushed and filled with great sorrow, but it looks like my great plan of purchasing an iPod just for Spotify would be pointless; since my goal all along was to retain the use of the steering wheel controls with Spotify.

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Re: 2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby FrayedString » Sun May 08, 2016 4:35 pm

I came up with a cheap, workable, solution that meets my needs well enough thus far. I figure I should update my post with what I'm doing in case anyone else is looking for a passable solution.

Prior to even making this post, I had ordered three different super cheap chinese bluetooth ipod adapters on eBay. Two of them never mentioned anything about working with car stereos, and neither of those options worked at all. They were more intended for using Bluetooth to extend the range of an iPod dock. However, one of the three did have some photos suggesting the device could be plugged into the USB port of a car, that one appears to be the ticket!

When connected to the USB port, it presents to the truck as a storage device with MP3s on it. However it apparently transcodes any Bluetooth audio sent to it to MP3 and sends it to the truck stereo. Sadly, it doesn't present any media information (track name/artist/album) on the screen; however it does correctly translate the next/prev tracks to the appropriate Bluetooth AVRCP commands, which Spotify honors perfectly! I'm much more interested in the next/prev track controls than the media information, so this is definitely something I can live with.

Also, I was able to retain the Bluetooth connection to the truck itself for phone use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201402689914 - eBay item I purchased. I included a pic from their eBay listing in the album below in case the eBay listing is no longer valid. It set me back a whopping $2.99 shipped - though shipping did take almost 3 weeks.


Steps for success. (I'm using a Google Nexus 6p, but should be essentially the same for any Android device)
  1. Your phone has already been paired to your truck's Bluetooth (assuming you want to use the truck's hands-free phone capabilities).
  2. Start your truck, listen to music from some audio source (XM, AM/FM, CD)
  3. Plug the dongle in. Truck will detect is as a thumb drive of MP3s and begin "playing" it. However it will be silent as you are not currently streaming to the dongle.
  4. Pair your phone to the USB dongle. You only want to select "Media audio" as the purpose of the pairing. Do not check "phone audio" or "contact sharing." If there are no check boxes during the pairing process on your phone, you can probably find them by editing the pairing for the dongle after you actually create the connection. Also, check the pairing settings for the truck, make sure you are only using the truck pairing for "phone audio" and "contact sharing."
  5. Begin playing audio on your phone (MP3s, Spotify, Pandora, etc). You should hear the audio playing on your truck Stereo.
  6. The next/prev track controls on your steering wheel and on the head unit should be fully functional!
  7. Enjoy!
For the least headaches, I've found that it's best (most reliable) to unplug the dongle after turning the truck off. When I get in the truck I start it, let my phone pair to the truck (for phone calls), then connect the dongle. My phone automatically pairs to it for media purposes and stays connected to the truck for phone calls.


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Re: 2013 Titan Pro-4x, Factory Rockford Fosgate Stereo. IPod support?

Postby AZhitman » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:57 pm

Awesome writeup! Definitely gonna be following this. Nice work!


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