I have the Honda MusicLink
installed in mine.
It does what you want - except for the ID3 info - only displays PLAYLIST# - TRACK#. And it disables the iPod controls whilst connected.
(Charges iPod when car is on, turns iPod on or off as needed, can be controlled from Head Unit and Steering Wheel)
It works for me with the following iPods:
- iPod 4th Generation
- iPod Classic
- iPod Nano 1st Generation
- iPod Nano 3rd Generation (iPod Fatty)
- iPod Touch
...yes I really have that many iPods.... don't get me started....
The biggest problem with it (apart from the rediculous price) is the need to create playlists if you want anything other than random playback, coupled with the limitation of only 7 playlists.
It makes the Head Unit think its an 8-Disc CD Stacker - Discs 1-7 are user defined playlists that you have to set up on your PC prior to connecting the iPod to the car, Disc 8 is entire iPod on Random and Disc 9 is whatever was playing when you plugged it in. You cannot select Disc 9 manually.
If you want to play a specific album you need to either:
a) Give its own playlist - this is not really an option unless you only have 7 albums on your iPod.
b) Detatch the iPod from the system, select and play the album you want, plug it back in. It will then play that album until you change the playback using the Head Unit or Steering Wheel. (Unless that album is a part of playlists 1-7. Then it will continue with that playlist but will display CD9
On the upside the sound quality from any iPod is miles ahead of MP3 Discs. I assume because the iPods have a much better MP3 decoder than the head unit - not really surprising.
Also, the scan/seek times are much faster on the iPods than the MP3 CDs.
On the whole I'm happy enough with it for the moment... I would probably have gone with a different solution but I had mine installed at time of purchase - before I knew there was any other alternative...
...but I plan to replace the entire head unit with a 2-DIN touchscreen with decent iPod control and full ID3 display ability somewhere down the track...