The cable end with the black tape is what goes into my Alpine stereo deck in my truck.
When I got my iPhone5, with the smaller interface "Lightning" port, using it to connect to my deck (There is a standard USB port from the unit- STANDARD) resulted in tons of static over my audio.
Having purchased the #$*ing $30 adapter, the music sounds good.
The third party Lightening cable I bought for $10? Works about 40% of the time.
And you know what? Even with all this I would not trade platforms for anything. As much as it giles me, that’s so.
Paste a sucker sign on my butt and kick me.