Now that I have my iPod all set-up how I want it (no thanks to iTunes!) I set about installing my new Alpine iDA-X100.
I was looking for a solution that didn't involve 30+ CD's rattling around in the glove box getting scratched up. I was looking for a solution that meant that I could change what I am listening to quickly without hunting down a particular CD. It was obvious that the solution had to be some kind of digital music management system, either a USB device or a Hard Drive unit, so I set about looking on various websites and forums until I found the Alpine iDA-X100. Looks great and easy to use, I did a bit more research into the unit and everybody is giving it praise. Only one problem - I didn't have an iPod! After some net trawling, I managed to get the Alpine and a new iPod Nano 8GB delivered for around Â£330.
The radio itself features a large control dial on the front which functions in the same way as the iPod wheel, as well as a few buttons on the front. The right-hand side of the unit is dominated by a large colour TFT display used for showing track information and album art.
Once the unit was installed I quickly plugged in my iPod, which the unit found immediately and presented me with a list of the music on it. Using the front wheel (double-action encoder) to scroll and pressing it into select made changing the albums lightning fast. The unit also sounds amazing, clear and undistorted bass with crisp and sharp trebles.
I also tested the unit with a standard USB memory stick (thumb drive) and the unit functions exactly the same as when the iPod is connected except that you do not get album art through a USB stick. Album/Track navigation is just as quick.
So if you are looking for a similar in-car media solution then I can fully recommend the Alpine iDA-X100 iPod USB Digital Media Receiver.