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I enjoyed the music from my Bluetooth linked iPhone this week. However, draining the battery on my company supplied iPhone is not a good long term solution. So I went to Wally World today and bought an iPod Nano with Bluetooth.

I was able to pair it to both bikes. This thing is small enough to fit in any pocket of any of my jackets. I'll start using it tomorrow. I hope the battery will last a whole day. When I used the previous generation iPod Nano with my Etymotic earphones I could run all day and still have plenty of battery left.

When I paired this to my Trophy today, it was the first time I'd ever used the Trophy audio system. I've had that bike since October and have never listened to music while riding.

The controls are easier to use on the CTX because of the size of the buttons. But the sound is much better on the Trophy while sitting in the garage. I'll have to get on the road for a proper test.
 

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Does it work, if we connect the ipod via USB wire to CTX USB slot.?
Can the bike operate ipod function?

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If the iPod can be seen as a storage device on your computer when you do that then it will work for sure. If you need iTunes to even see the iPod on your computer then it *might* work, don't know for sure but the bike USB can read some formats. It does tell in the user manual. I might be able to go out and get that sometime today if I remember.
 

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Does it work, if we connect the ipod via USB wire to CTX USB slot.?
Can the bike operate ipod function?
It worked like that on my 2012 Gold Wing. I'm on the Trophy this morning, but I can test it on the CTX this evening.
 

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Owners manual only states that the USB connection reads devices that are USB 2.0 full speed and are a USB mass-storage class. for audio files: mp3, wma, acc, and wav files (sampling or bit rates are specified- lots). Will not play files protected with DRM (digital rights management) but will sound 4 beeps instead. My Sony Walkman mini mp3 player is rated as a mass storage device and shows up same as a flash drive when I plug it into my laptop. I can copy/paste files to folders on the player using my file manager. Mine should work fine in the bike, but I prefer to use just a flash drive though since that's smaller and simpler for me.
 

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When you just plug in a flash drive, what order does it use for the songs?
 

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Does it work, if we connect the ipod via USB wire to CTX USB slot.?
Can the bike operate ipod function?

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The volume and track controls should work with the iPod the same way that they do with the iPhone, but ONLY if the device is paired to the bike using Bluetooth. As I understand it, the USB port on the bike will only CHARGE an iDevice, not send control signals through that interface. The up/down commands are sent via Bluetooth.

If you plug in a properly-formatted flash drive (Windows FAT or NTFS), the up/down buttons on the bike can skip from track to track. If the drive contains multiple folders, holding down the TRACK button will skip to the first file in the next (up) or previous (down) folder. The songs are played in alphabetical order based on their file names. If you want to play songs in a specific order, you should rename them and put a 2-digit number (01 thru 99) at the beginning of the file name.

You can find a few more details in this article from Honda:

Getting It (Un)Wired: CTX1300 Deluxe with Bluetooth
 
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Regarding the iPhone, I use a short lightening cable and have it plugged in and stowed in the front storage pocket while listening to music. End of the ride, phone is still fully charged.


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It's alright if you have all the modern I phones and I pods,all I want to do is play CDs on the computer and then transfer them on to a memory stick or similar.
And how do I get the radio on Bluetooth
 

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I think Honda is looking to the future here. Music over broadcast radio is not very good in the 21st century. Radio only makes sense if you want to listen to some live event like a football game. If all you want is music you just pair an iPod or load up a memory stick. That way you don't have to listen to all of the annoying commercials. Plus you don't have to listen to any bad songs.

Some of the iPod type devices have AM/FM radios built in. But they use the headphone cable for an antenna. Without the headphones, you have no signal.

My only complaint with the new iPod is that the automatic volume leveling feature does not work over BlueTooth for some reason. One song is too quiet and the next one wakes the whole neighborhood.
 

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It's alright if you have all the modern I phones and I pods,all I want to do is play CDs on the computer and then transfer them on to a memory stick or similar.
And how do I get the radio on Bluetooth

I heart radio app will stream live radio from hundreds of stations.


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I rode all weekend at the rally listening to music I loaded on my microSD card.
For radio, I have that built into my BT headset. Many of the Sena or Scala Rider headsets have FM radio built in. If you don't wear a helmet then you will need something like what was mentioned above (smartphone streaming pandora or i-heart radio) or a BT device that has streaming FM radio built in.
 

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so bob, how was that rally?
 

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so bob, how was that rally?
Rally was great. Very nice area in NE Iowa for riding. Each day I went for a little ride of 150 miles and 183 miles each. 624 total miles. Not a long ways away from home but nice to get out for a few days and camp with others from far away. Some from Texas or Virginia. I think also from Washington state and California. The Rally is not being managed well, however, after the original founder passed away and his sons don't work it the same. Many vendors stopped coming and now also many riders are missing as well. Most of the campers I camp with are still there so I go every year. Sort of a tradition.
 
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