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post #1 of 205 Old 08-12-2008, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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iPod control on the SL

Picking up my 2009 SL this afternoon and need some iPod help as a newb. Didn't want to spend the $$ for the LE model just to get full iPod integration and want to know if anyone out there knows a workaround or whatever to make the pod work with the factory stereo. I do have the technology package etc. and high-end factory stereo. THanks.
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I'm new to the forum, and Muranos in general, but as someone who's put in an aftermarket iPod interface for a 2000 Accord and a 2006 Accord, it usually takes awhile for a manufacturer to catch up with a new model stereo. If the 09 Murano's entertainment system guts are a lot different than previous models, chances are it will be awhile before anyone comes up with an after-market interface - at least one as nice as the one that comes with the LE. A lot of the interfaces for the Hondas required you to give up something (either NAV, XM, or something).

Anyone know who manufactures the one that comes with the LE? I wonder if they sell it by itself for Murano S and SL owners to put in after the fact.

I just found a site called "yournissanparts.com" that has iPod interfaces that I've read good things about - it sounds like they work almost exactly like the one in the LE with a few minor exceptions - and you can get one that is compatible with the factory XM. The problem is it only lists compatibility up to the 06 Murano - not sure if it would work with the 07 or 09 since I don't know what changes have been made since 06.

Here's the link to the one for radios with Sat:

http://www.yournissanparts.com/catal...80112&detail=1

I'll keep my eyes peeled for you, but initially I think you're going to be stuck using your iPod through the aux jack and controlling it from the iPod screen. Hope someone else has better news for you.
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Oh... one more thing... search the "2nd Gen (2009+)" forum for "ipod interface" - you'll see three other threads started by people looking for an iPod interface for the S or SL. Unfortunately, they haven't had much luck - but at least you're not alone!
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You're definitely not alone. I've been looking into this since I bought my 2009 Murano SL.

I found this site: http://www.factoryipod.com/

It seems to suggest their Ipod adapter interface works on some 2009 models.

I've sent the site admin an e-mail asking which models it works on and am waiting for the response. I will post it the answer when I get it.
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Looks like the 2nd gen MO's don't have a tape player like the 1st gen MO's did. If they did, I'd say get one of those tapes that have a cable that attaches to the iPod's sterio port and call it done.

Oh well...the old technology will eventually die...


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ive been looking since i bout my loaded up sl. and i bought mine when they first csme out early this year. i didnt want to spend anothe 3k and i bought mine cash. i want the interface so bad now, i should have went LE
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Looks like the 2nd gen MO's don't have a tape player like the 1st gen MO's did. If they did, I'd say get one of those tapes that have a cable that attaches to the iPod's sterio port and call it done.

Oh well...the old technology will eventually die...

All muranos have an aux stock- S/SL on prem have analog input - i.e get a male->male headphone wire- turn your system to aux and your good- but you controll it via the actual IPod- on bose system-> the headphone jack aux is replaced with a standard 3 prong RCA - aux- so you can plug in anything that does rca out- DVD player, some Navs etc-- you can get an rca->headphone (female) converter (any radioshack should have one) and then use a male->male headphone wire to plug it up to the ipod like you would on a non bose-

Now to get plug in I pod- use your cars interface to controll it, that requres the LE and or aftermarker adapters that have yet to be made I think :-)

The only stock change I think they should make on the mo at base level is a USB port- on all models- standard or prem pkg- then you just throw a 2.5 inch 20gig usb drive on that thing and your set for the long haul...the 6 disc changer with mp3 compatability at all levels is good tho
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Using the premium package on the SL,
I just plugged a 'Cables To Go' 4-Feet RCA Stereo to Dock Connector Cable for IPOD, ( http://www.amazon.com/Cables-4-Feet-...ref=pd_ys_iyr9 ) into the rear RCA plugs and used the IPOD to control, on the AUX setting.
I guess it would be the AUX home,
because AUX 1 and 2 are XM.
Good work around, even though you can't
use your Murano screen to control the IPOD.
Sounds great compared to an Ipod headphone out or wireless connection.
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http://www.amazon.com/Monster-iEZCli...6468842&sr=8-2

heres a better or rather just 1000x easier and cheaper idea.... just stick this on your dash or steering wheel..... you wont get to see the ipod display on the lcd screen but you can just mount the ipod on the dash if you want to see it......

or maybe this one

http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-IPNRFC...6468680&sr=8-7
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will this work for my iphone 3g? I have 1660 songs on it.

thanks for the tip.


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Using the premium package on the SL,
I just plugged a 'Cables To Go' 4-Feet RCA Stereo to Dock Connector Cable for IPOD, ( http://www.amazon.com/Cables-4-Feet-...ref=pd_ys_iyr9 ) into the rear RCA plugs and used the IPOD to control, on the AUX setting.
I guess it would be the AUX home,
because AUX 1 and 2 are XM.
Good work around, even though you can't
use your Murano screen to control the IPOD.
Sounds great compared to an Ipod headphone out or wireless connection.
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Sigh...

Just traded in my 04 SL with excellent OEM iPod integration for an 09 SL with nav. I knew there was no "real" iPod option for those of us who are loathe to pay an extra $3k for the LE, but I didn't know about the CF / music box option.

With Music Box it looks like you're limited to crappy 132(?) kbit CBR mp3's which it has to slowly rip from pressed (as opposed to burned) CDs. But at least you can search by artist, album, etc. And with the CF option, you can do vbr and 320 kb/s, but you're limited to creating folders for playlists and you can't search in the id3 tags. Garrrr! Whose lame idea was it to make those features mutually exclusive?

I guess I had to wait 3 years for decent iPod integration on my last Murano; hopefully the wait won't be so long for the current iteration. Until then, I'll be patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waiting.

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for those who really really really want a ipod integration and havent bought a 09 yet..... with the current situation you might be able to just talk a dealer down to SL pricing level for a LE.....

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integrated ipod for SL

There has been discussion of this ipod desire on some other forums, but I believe there is a good possibility that an integrated ipod solution like the LE has is, uh, possible.

The 2009 Murano Service Manual (which can be downloaded for a fee from nissanhelp.com) shows an "IPOD Adapter" installed in the center console just forward of the gear selector, presumably on the LE, although the Service Manual does not specify that. It shows it in sections of the service manual for Murano with Nav, and in the sections Without NAV.

Further, the Nissan GTR, which has the same Bose Audio/Music Box/Nav system as that available on the Murano SL and included in the LE, has a "Dealer Installed" factory option for iPod integration. That option is just a small box with some cables, according to a photo on one Nissan dealer's parts site. That is a $400 option (installed) on the GTR.

I would not be at all surprised if there is not already a wiring connector on SLs with the Bose/Music Box/Nav packages at the location shown in the Service Manual, and install of the GTR option might be easy. Maybe...

I have not yet had the courage to remove my new SL's console to look in the location describe in the Service Manual for the IPOD Adapter. And now our new SL (AWD) is on loan to our daughters for a skiing trip, so it will be a few more days before I have to re-examine my fear of taking tools to the perfect console of our perfect new CUV...

Anyone else want to look???

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This is the diagram in the 2009 Murano Service Manual. Item 21 is identified as the "IPOD Adapter"
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Jayhawk, thanks for the info. I like your reasoning. Seems that nobody's taken the time to really go digging to see if it's possible. I have no qualms about taking apart my brand new car but not until I get the service manual. Probably this weekend at the earliest.

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Mike, the 2009 Murano Service Manual can be downloaded from nissanhelp.com. Much of the content there is free, but to download manuals, you must register for an annual membership fee of $10. (there is no further fees or charges to download manuals). It is a nicely done set of pdf files, one for each section, all cross linked and cross referenced.

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