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Retrofit Audi iPod Adapter

Dec 12

The most common accessory requested in the Audi parts department is the adapter for interfacing an iPod with your Audi. With the season of Audi upon us and such high demand for the iPod adapter, we have decided to have a promotion. Sunset Imports parts department is #1 in the area, #1 in the Western Region and currently is #2 in the country for parts sales. Sunset Imports has such a strong record due to the lasting relationships we build with our clients and such competitive pricing. This genuine Audi part works great through your stereo and can be controlled through the switches on your steering wheel. The adapter takes about an hour to install and is conveniently tucked away in your glove box were it can be securely connected to your iPod. For more details on this iPod adapter promotion see Audi Parts Promotions
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Genuine Audi iPod adapter in the box.
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When you open your iPod it should come with four bags plus a “How To Operate” manual.
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The four bags will look like this.
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This is an example of what the part number will look like. Remember not all part numbers will be the same; they will vary depending on application.
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This is what the iPod interface cable will look like. Depending on how the cable is installed and on what model of Audi, this cable will either come out in the glove box or center console.
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When you have the iPod next to the cable you see how the symbol on the cable clearly distinguishes it for an iPod device. (Sorry iPod not included)
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When you have the two mated the music will play in the vehicle like a compact disk. The iPod will rest in the glove box and you will be able to change songs as if you were changing tracks on a compact disk play.

Hi Scott

Thanks for a great post. I have an 2009 A4 without AMI and want to connect up my ipod.

Does this kit (or similar) give you everything that you need to connect an ipod to a Gen 4 symphony? or is there something else that I need to buy to do allow me do this?

What is in each of the 4 bags?


From Neil on March 17th, 2009

This is the complete kit and yes this will work on the U.S. spec vehicle with AMI.

From Scott Mitchell on March 18th, 2009

Does this work with RNS-E ? I have a 2005.5 A4 with Nav and I was told that the Audi Ipod will delete my CD player.
Is it true?

From Octavian on March 27th, 2009


I have just traded in an Audi A3 (2003) and removed the ipod adaptor illustrated within this post.

However; when I removed the adaptor I could not remove the cable that connected the black box to the back of the Audi Concert Radio (the wires were conected into multiple plugs on the back of the radio).

From your diagrams; I think I need the cable with the blue connector on the end. Do you have any idea where I can get one of these cables and how much it would be?

Thanks In Advance

I want to sell the item; but need the cable to be able to sell it as a complete set.

From John on April 2nd, 2009

Hi. Great website. I’m looking at a used RS4 that has the glovebox CD changer but does not have the (far more useful) iPod adapter. How easy/expensive is it to retrofit an adapter to the RS4?


From vin on June 8th, 2009

I have a 2008 Audi A4 with Nav. There is an IPOD connector in the glove compartment. What cable/adapter is required to interface with an Ipod /Touch

From Lous Klein on June 13th, 2009

Will This Kit fit a vw gamma head unit, as i have changed cars. If so does anyone have any drawings

From Paul Hutchinson on June 22nd, 2009

Any chance of forwarding/posting copies of the manuals that come with this adaptor? We are trying to correct an extremely messy installation on a 2001 TT Roadster. Thanks!

From Joel Osserman on October 5th, 2009

Hi, I have a 2005 A6 with XM and CD changer in the glove box. Will this work with my car?

From Chris on October 19th, 2009

No, you must have the Audi Music Interface, it will not work with your 6 disk changer.

From Scott Mitchell on October 21st, 2009

I have a 2007 Q7 4.2 manufactured before November 2006. How can I interface my iPhone 3G to my Q7?

From Stephen on November 15th, 2009

Thanks for the info. I am in a unique situation with my 2007 Audi S4. I have a 2007 with MMI and no AMI. I have the disc changer in the glove box. What Ipod cable do I need and will I get my Iphone menus in my mmi display?

From Ben on January 8th, 2010

I have an 2005, A4, WITH the iPOD adaptor in the glove box. My question is if this adaptor will allow a pass through of the audio … in other words I want to use my Zune and can use the Zune controls. There are a few “universal” iPOD adaptor cables that will take the iPod and power a USB and additionally have an audio in mapped from the iPod cable (to a standard audio in). The Zune can thus get power from the USB and I could plug the audio out into the audio in.

This will work if the Audi iPOD adaptor isn’t looking for signals on all the wires, simply responds to the audio in … wire and the USB power wire…

Any clue?



From Stanislav Fritz on January 24th, 2010

I too have a 2005.5 A4 with the RNS-E nav system and a 6 disc CD changer in the glove box, will this, or something like it work with my setup? My iPod has Bluetooth, will the bluetooth adapter work? Of the the available options, what is the recommended method of connection?


From Chris on June 4th, 2010

Hi all! I think this may be the place for me to find out where AND what to get for me to stream MP3s and Pandora from my iPhone 3G to the MMI system in my 2007 A6 w/Bose, Nav, Sirius & CD Changer. Is there something out there? I saw a post on another message board where the poster wired the factory cradle (inside the arm rest) to an apple cradle though he only had pictures – no wiring diagrams. Thanks in advance to any and all comments/suggestions!

From Pete on July 26th, 2010

Sorry, I also meant just even installing the iphone adapter too before the bluetooth.

From Jeff on August 8th, 2010

Hey all. It doesn’t look like my last post made it and if this becomes a duplicate my apologies. My question is very similar to Pete’s above. It isn’t completely clear whether an additional AMI is required for an existing MMI/Nav/CD/Sirius system like I have in my A6 today in order to use the iPhone adapter or bluetooth adapter. Is the AMI the first step to any of this to use the adapters?

From Jeff on August 8th, 2010

Will this AMI work with an iphone?

From Charl on October 23rd, 2010

Yest this will work with the iPhone.

From Scott Mitchell on October 24th, 2010

And what is the cable to use in an Audi A1 with nav? (asked this question in another post, but cant remember which :p)

From hla on October 29th, 2010

I have a 2007 A3 with Navi so when my Ipod is plugged in to the doc in the glove box I get the 6 cd thing with just “track 01, track 02″ etc. is there any possible upgrade or a different cord, or and update for the computer so that i can plug my ipod in and be able to have track names and artist and everything else on my navi screen? Please help i have tried looking online and have not been able to find a solution anywhere. its 2011 there has to be a way to change this by now!! Thanks

From brendan on March 10th, 2011

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From Christyheavner123 on May 14th, 2011

hello sir here is chhristyheavner i like  these type  ipod it is  very good  i pod and its have  to many   fracture  now  day   people mostly   like


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From Christyheavner123 on May 14th, 2011

Hello sir it is a nice mobile phone. I like the i Pod .
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From Christyheavner123 on May 14th, 2011

Hello sir it is a nice mobile phone. I like the i Pod .
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From Christyheavner123 on May 14th, 2011


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From Trade4Target on May 23rd, 2011

Just picked up a spanking A1 1.6 Tdi S-Line. Silly question, but in my new stuff demo at the showroom, the connection was great. Music played from iPhone. Now appears to be playing, but no sound. Any thoughts?
Radio/Phone both work, just not itunes. Did an hour ago.
What have i done/not done?

From Bumpyfunk on July 15th, 2011

The thing that sucks about the oem ipod adapter is that it wont display the song title.  I pretty much had to keep it on shuffle.  In order to select a specific song without guessing what the track # might be is to unplug the ipod, search the song, and reattach.  Which is not good while driving. 

From avantA4diesel on August 17th, 2011

It seems that this adapter will fit perfectly to my Audi iPod. Now I will be having more fun with my ipod during long journeys.

From iPod in Car on September 19th, 2011

I have a 2006 A8 with the MMI and a 6 CD changer in glove box.  What is the best way to get an Ipod connected?   I dont want to use an fm modulator.

From Bmore on October 10th, 2011

i have 2001 audi a3 hatchback,i would like to know what shape the plug is for a cd changer which would go in the boot please

From Kellylikesstella on November 27th, 2011

If you get this think then you will have to disconect you cd changer, Your changer should have a slot where you can plug in a ipod cable which u can buy from the dealer for 40 dollars.

From Axs5374 on November 29th, 2011

I have a 2008 A4 with satellite radio can i install this and keep my satellite radio ?
i see some people talk about no text  why is that ?  i found a dice Audi adapter from oemautosound  that displays iPod text but i will lose my satellite

need both thank you

From Anonymous on December 5th, 2011

I have an 2008 A4 with cd changer in the dash and the iPod dock in the glovebox. No Bluetooth or nav. Is it possible to use this retro adapter to connect the iPhone to the car and just hold on to the iPhone to see and select the songs. I dont really want to disconnect the cd changer. I wouldn’t mind a cable from the iPhone running into the dash or glove box if I could keep the iPhone in hand.

From Chris on March 2nd, 2012

Thanks for the blog!
I have an Audi S8 and would like to know the compatibility of this adapter with my vehicle.
Please help.

From Nasser on June 12th, 2012

Audi S8 2007

From Nasser on June 12th, 2012

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