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Dan Hampshire Level 1 (0 points)

I have a ipod nano 6G and a 2010 Ford Fiesta. which for some reason don't get on.


when i plug in the ipod through the aux cable music will play but with a very annoying static noise in the background.


This does not happen when using the ipod through any other speakers/headphones,


Or when i use othe mp3 players/phones in the car.


I've tried swapping the aux cable for a new one and same problem.


Spoke to Ford who said it is nothing to do with them and the ipod is faulty.


Spoke to apple who said as long as the software is up to date (which it is) then it must be a freak fault.


Any ideas?


iPod nano, Windows Vista, 2010 Mk7 Ford Fiesta
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)

    Since your iPod Nano works everywhere else.......


    Call Ford again.  This time ask to speak w/a supervisor/manager & specifically ask them if their dock is compatible with the iPod Nano 6th Generation.  If they say yes, ask them to provided you w/step by step instructions to get rid of the static noise.






  • secret4mula Level 1 (0 points)

    Turn up the volume on the ipod all the way,  and presto the static is gone.

  • Dan Hampshire Level 1 (0 points)

    afraid not, this was my first thought. but no. i even turned al eq on ipod up and eq on car down but its still there. this *****... so bad. spoken to ipod expert who doesnt work within apple and he seems to think its incompatibilty. but a bit of a weird one.

  • Dan Hampshire Level 1 (0 points)

    but then you can say the same about the car it works with all other mp3 players including my mates iphones, ipod touches, shuffles etc. and i am only using an aux cable that plugs directly into part of the centre console. no usb

  • davellll Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have the same problem with a 0959 plate Fiesta Zetec (only aux port available) and the nano 6G just gives a load of static no matter what I do. Works fine with the same lead with a nano 5G. I've tried 5 different leads.


    Just spoke to a dealer and they didn't have a clue.


    Dan - did you get to the bottom of this?




  • Dan Hampshire Level 1 (0 points)

    Amazing... its not just me. No im afraid not, I went into the apple shop in cetral london and spoke to a expert. He told me to wait for the new update and this MIGHT help. That was about 3 months ago and still no update for the ipod nano.

    Bad times.


    Ford have redeemed themselves in my eyes. they got one of their audio technitions to explore and they got in aload of these ipods aswell as a few others to test them out and see what going on. it is only the 6thG that has this problem doesnt matter what settings or cable.

  • uwefromarnsberg Level 1 (0 points)

    You're not alone!


    I realized the problems with the ipod nano 6th generation when i got myself one of these little toys and tried to get it running in my Ford Focus (build 2010) using the AUX-input of the car.

    Same problems with the static noise, no matter which cable i tried. But I ignored it then, because I usually use the iphone 3gs I have in my car for music and navigation (via AUX-input and headphones) without any problems.


    But that forgotten incompatibility-problem between ford aux-port (I have a CDS6000 radio) and iPod nano 6G just reappeared when I tried my new iphone 4s in the car. Just the same **** as with the ipod nano 6g.

    My guess is, that  apple replaced the earphone-sockets with some other components with the newer built devices (2nd half of 2010 and newer).


    So I've just ordered an adapter from apple-dock to AUX. I hope that helps, but I don't understand, why just Ford has this problem. I've tried the same cable with the iPod Nano 6G and iPhone 4S with my logitech speakers (using the headphone-socket) without any problems.


    If anybody has a clue why this happens, or what changed between the ipod/iphone generations regarding the headphone-socket, I'd like to know.


    thanks in advance

  • carl wolf Level 6 (14,625 points)

    The static is caused by the alternator, and the problem reads as if it's a combination of using an improperly grounded aux cable, and using the headphone connector.  The FM radio uses the headphone cord as an antenna and, as such, the aux cable is also an antenna.  Although an inelegant solution, try putting the aux cable in a grounded cable braid.  Ugly, to be sure but, if it works, you can cover the braid with heat shrink tubing.  I'd be interested in knowing the differance in using the 30-pin dock connector. 

  • uwefromarnsberg Level 1 (0 points)

    I've just received my Y-cable with the apple-dock-connector on one side and an USB-connector (for recharging the ipod/iphone) and an aux-cable on the other.

    When connecting the iphone4s to the car using the dock connector and the aux-cable there's at last no static noise any more! So I guess that's the best solution for all of us Ford drivers out there trying to use apple products with the aux-in of the car.

    I tried at least 4 different aux - aux cables with the headphone socket and all of them didn't work with iphone4s / ipod nano 6. All other devices (ipod nano 2nd generation, iphone 3gs, samsung galaxy s and s2) worked with all the cables in the car. So I'm still asking myself if it's this alternator and why did apple change here anything (in comparison to the older ipods/iphones).

  • Hiddus Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there, I just recieved a little portable "hi-fi" speaker which i was going to use with my ipod. there is no ipod dock on it, just a USB port, SD card slot and an AUX input. I used the AUX input and i also had static noise from it. When i used my ipod cable to usb and put in in the usb slot i could just play music without noise, but i couldn't scroll through my music, because the ipod jumps into the charging screen and the speaker uses it as a USB stick.

    I tried my (heavy, pretty high resistance) headset on my ipod and i didn't get any noise. also when i use the AUX on my phone there is no noise either. So i think the problem is the power output from the ipod's 3.5mm jack is too low.

    That's my explaination, but i'm no expert or anything.
    Could you please tell me where i can get one of those Ipod Connector - 3.5mm cables?

  • uwefromarnsberg Level 1 (0 points) 1?s=ce-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1333559413&sr=1-1


    I guess has something similar, just search for dock connector to jack plug.




  • Kronos Level 1 (0 points)

    You could try a USB connector cable. I bet that the static is from the connection. It's funny that Ford blamed it on someone else.

  • julianfrommeridian Level 2 (215 points)

    Hello Dan Hampshire,


    The only thing i could think of is, if the cable has any silver showing where it connects into the ipod. Plugging it all the way in should fix the static.


    Test a different dual aux cable.


    Hope this helps.




    P.s. I agree with Baby Boomer

  • egremont russet Level 1 (0 points)

    my nano 6g has always hissed when playing through my skoda roomster speakers, and thru the hi-fi . just not enough output strength.

    it has now developed a terminal fault (unless someone out there can help!) in the screen which only lights intermittently and momentarily when first touched. I can't help feeling it's a software problem.


    not a good buy at all

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