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#13 of 29 Bluetooth Compatibilty
May 25, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I have a 2009 Venza, with JBL Synthesis Nav system. I am able to use my iPhone 3g for hands free incoming and outgoing calls, and play all my music. The issue I am running into is controlling the iPhone via the JBL interface.
The only control is pause and play. Nothing else is available.
I checked with my Toyota dealer and discover the compatibility with iPhone, iPod, and Touch series is all based upon version. I asked the dealer if there is a firmware update for the JBL, and they say there is none they know of.
So I'm thinking of a different device for music; a blue tooth MP3 player not made by Apple.
So, does anyone know of a place where I find a listing of players that will allow complete control via the JBL touch screen?
#14 of 29 Re: Bluetooth Compatibilty [tnardozzi]
May 25, 2010 (7:14 pm)
I have also 2009 venza and I use blackberry for bluetooth audio streaming.
It is really cool. I can control the volume and track from the buttons in the steering wheel. Tracks, album, songs also can be displayed in the navigation screen.
#15 of 29 Re: Bluetooth Compatibilty [agie1]
May 26, 2010 (1:35 am)
Thanks for your reply. It's good to know that other phone devices work, such as your Blackberry. While that's one solution, I was hoping to find someone who knows of, or has a separate bluetooth player that is not phone based, but is compatible with the Venza. I don't want to stop using my iPhone.
#18 of 29 iPod integration
Dec 24, 2008 (7:30 pm)
There are several ways to connect an iPod to the Venza's stereo.
(1) You can use the AUX jack, but it has some limitations. For example, you can't skip to the next song via the steering controls, the only control you have is the volume. You have to pick-up the iPod to change songs, etc. which is dangerous when driving.
Since Toyota (and Lexus) will not let you see the phone number from an incoming call when driving (you can only see it when stopped), I'm surprised they let you to use other methods that are not as safe. (This is said tongue-in-cheek since I know you are responsible for driving safely).
(2) I purchased a wireless bluetooth connector for my iPod and initially it worked great. I can skip to the next song using the steering wheel. The drawbacks are: every time you get a call or make a call (with a phone connected via bluetooth) the audio connection is lost. This means you have to re-connect your device each time. When you re-connect, it starts playing from the beginning of the song that was playing.
(3) I know there are companies that make iPod integration kits (DICE, Scosche, etc), but I have not tried them yet.
Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.
Dec 27, 2008 (12:13 am)
After trying a couple different options, I went with the AutoPilot from griffintechnology. The reason being, it allows you to charge your iPod and play music (through the AUX) at the same time using the dock connector. The sound quality is great and my iPod remains charged!
I really wish all vehicles (especially a 2009 Toyota) would have a better solution for connecting an iPod to the stereo that allowed you to control it via the steering wheel controls and view playlists, etc on screen. Maybe I will look further into getting a DICE, Scosche or Neo at some point.
#20 of 29 Factory iPod Connector
Mar 29, 2009 (3:39 pm)
Since you can order a Venza with a factory iPod connector I'm sure it's just a matter of time before it can be purchased on the internet. I would find it hard to believe that Toyota installs a different radio depending on whether you order the iPod connector or not; therefore I assume once the connector is available it's just a matter of hooking it up to the back of your radio.
#21 of 29 Re: Factory iPod Connector [odinala]
Mar 29, 2009 (4:27 pm)
The factory "iPod connector" is the generic AUX input that's standard across all three radios (standard, JBL, and JBL w/NAV).
I think one of the distributors has an actual iPod connector (via the dock cable on an iPod) that gets installed at the port. However, it's not a "factory" option -- it's a port-installed accessory.
Given that the 2010 Camry can be equipped with a factory USB port and an AUX-in jack, maybe the 2010 Venza will have it as well...
For now, I'm satisfied with placing my older iPod in its slot on the dash and using the scroll wheel to move to the next song, if needed. It's not optimal (and would be too inconvenient with an iPhone or iPod touch, which doesn't have a simple click wheel), but it works for me.
#22 of 29 Re: Factory iPod Connector [qs933]
Apr 11, 2009 (7:37 pm)
Not sure where you got your information, but you've been misinformed. The iPod connector I'm referring to is a $375 option and located in the glove box. It's a standard iPod connector that has nothing to do with the AUX input that's on the bottom of the dash and connected with a standard 3.5mm connector in the center console. Not sure why anyone would want to pay $375 for an accessory that's already standard with the base vehicle.