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Hoping to start a bit of a following here, some cool tips for iPhone users that get frustrated with the limitations of the MMI system which Audi seems to refuse to update

first of all, if you (like me) run your iPhone through the iPod cable for access to music on the phone in the MMI, here's a really good reason to jailbreak:

once the iPhone is jailbroken, you can install "NoAccessorySplash" from cydia, this effectively allows you to control the iPod app on the phone in stead of through the MMI... REALLY COOL, basically, you get to compose genius playlists etc. on the phone and browse your music there, the MMI interface lags waay to much for my liking, so this is probably the coolest trick you can apply in my opinion... watch out though, once you've changed the current song/playlist or created a genius playlist on the phone, don't go back to the media browser on the MMI, it will show you what it last remembers the iPod doing rather than show you what the iPod app actually is doing.... best to just use the next/skip buttons on the center console to control music with the car, those still work fine. if you just connect the phone and use the car's media interface straight away it makes no difference in the operation, you can still browse and select music the way you did before on the MMI, the difference being, you now have the option to do it on the phone as well

another frustrating thing about the MMI at the moment is the fact that you can't sync your contacts anymore once you've updated your iPhone past iOS 4.1, Audi's official recommendation is to "downgrade" the OS on your phone, which is brilliant, because, on an iPhone 3GS or 4, that's not possible... go figure... to date there's no known fix, but, Apple did release iOS 4.3 today, so I'm hoping someone out there has updated and checked if this is now working? let me know if anyone has any info? I'll keep the thread updated accordingly

some really cool (non Audi related) iPhone/iPod touch tips can be found at:
The iPhone Tips/Tricks/Apps thread

most of the essential info is on the first page, it's a pretty strong community of users
 

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but on your NoAccessorySplash tip, then doesn't that mean you have to open your glove box to get to the iphone?
well... I paid a custom fitment company to run the cable from the glove box to the center console compartment, it cost around 80US$, so in my case, no, also, the usual media interface still works, so, it's not a case of you HAVE to use the phone to navigate your music library, but you now have the option to do so
 

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Can't understand the benefits of doing this at all????

I don't have any lag with my playlists at all. If I create another playlist on the go (on the phone rather than the pc), it's there the next time I connect.

Also the thought of looking down to the centre consol to look at a small screen whilst driving just seems like an accident waiting to happen, and suspect here in the UK the 'old bill' would adopt the same stance as texting whilst driving.

I'm all for new tips and tricks, but improvement needs to be the total experience, not adding a trick, which seriously compromises safety.

Appreciate your have your reason for doing this, but not the route I'd wish to take.

Thanks for the link though, I'll check it out to see what other things might be of interest.

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Can't understand the benefits of doing this at all????

I don't have any lag with my playlists at all. If I create another playlist on the go (on the phone rather than the pc), it's there the next time I connect.

Also the thought of looking down to the centre consol to look at a small screen whilst driving just seems like an accident waiting to happen, and suspect here in the UK the 'old bill' would adopt the same stance as texting whilst driving.

I'm all for new tips and tricks, but improvement needs to be the total experience, not adding a trick, which seriously compromises safety.

Appreciate your have your reason for doing this, but not the route I'd wish to take.

Thanks for the link though, I'll check it out to see what other things might be of interest.

Cheers
again, it gives you the option to do so and doesn't force the use, you can still use the MMI interface as usual

I'm specifically interested in genius playlists, i.e., a song plays that you like, you hit the genius button and the phone composes a playlist with similar music, you cannot do that via the MMI, this is a one button action, double tap home button while the phone is locked, hit the genius button, and, doesn't have to be the driver doing it, it can be the passenger

browsing playlists has never been an issue, it's when you try to browse artists in a library of 4000+ songs, the scrolling gets seriously sticky

most after market stereo's have an option to choose between ipod control and head unit control, I just felt that this was lacking in the Audi MMI, this is a neat way to get it back
 

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So you can change the playlist, but isn't the song selection still done through the MMi? Does that mean you can't switch a different playlist afterward? This seems like more hassle to me. I normally have all my playlists setup and simply go through those with MMi.
 

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So you can change the playlist, but isn't the song selection still done through the MMi? Does that mean you can't switch a different playlist afterward? This seems like more hassle to me. I normally have all my playlists setup and simply go through those with MMi.
you have full control of the iPod app on the phone which is normally locked out when connected to the MMi, you can change song/playlist/compose genius playlist etc.
 

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another frustrating thing about the MMI at the moment is the fact that you can't sync your contacts anymore once you've updated your iPhone past iOS 4.1, Audi's official recommendation is to "downgrade" the OS on your phone, which is brilliant, because, on an iPhone 3GS or 4, that's not possible... go figure... to date there's no known fix, but, Apple did release iOS 4.3 today, so I'm hoping someone out there has updated and checked if this is now working? let me know if anyone has any info? I'll keep the thread updated accordingly
Do you mean your phone contacts or are you talking about something different? I have been syncing my contacts all along, so Im guessing you're talking about something different....Ive been using the latest iOS as soon as they come out and haven't had any issues that I know of !!
 

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Do you mean your phone contacts or are you talking about something different? I have been syncing my contacts all along, so Im guessing you're talking about something different....Ive been using the latest iOS as soon as they come out and haven't had any issues that I know of !!
it's an issue with the 3'rd Gen MMI with built in dvd/nav, anything above iOS 4.1 doesn't sync contacts anymore (audi and apple have acknowledged it, they're just not doing anything about it)

You might have the issue and not know it, the contacts that synced up to the point where you upgraded to iOS 4.2 would still be there..., check to see if any contacts you've added recently are available in the names menu on the car, i didn't notice till quite a while after it started happening and then i made the mistake of deleting the phone from the paired devices and pairing again to try and fix it, result, now i have no contacts vs having had at least my old contacts on there before....

having said that, i still don't know if iOS 4.3 (the latest one) fixes the issue, i'd gladly upgrade and sacrifice my jailbreak if i know the contact sync will work...
 

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it's an issue with the 3'rd Gen MMI with built in dvd/nav, anything above iOS 4.1 doesn't sync contacts anymore (audi and apple have acknowledged it, they're just not doing anything about it)

You might have the issue and not know it, the contacts that synced up to the point where you upgraded to iOS 4.2 would still be there..., check to see if any contacts you've added recently are available in the names menu on the car, i didn't notice till quite a while after it started happening and then i made the mistake of deleting the phone from the paired devices and pairing again to try and fix it, result, now i have no contacts vs having had at least my old contacts on there before....

having said that, i still don't know if iOS 4.3 (the latest one) fixes the issue, i'd gladly upgrade and sacrifice my jailbreak if i know the contact sync will work...
don't sacrifice your JB, 4.3 JB is just around the corner just wait til then.
 

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don't sacrifice your JB, 4.3 JB is just around the corner just wait til then.
I'd happily go without sbsettings and noaccessorysplash for a while if i could get my contacts back onto my names list on the MMI..... I just need to know if contact sync actually works with 4.3, I've not been able to get a definite answer anywhere, anyone who says it does says it's also worked on 4.2, which it certainly did not.... so I can't believe that statement
 

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I just need to know if contact sync actually works with 4.3, I've not been able to get a definite answer anywhere, anyone who says it does says it's also worked on 4.2, which it certainly did not.... so I can't believe that statement
*sigh* confirmed this in your other thread, want a video to prove it?
 

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I'd happily go without sbsettings and noaccessorysplash for a while if i could get my contacts back onto my names list on the MMI..... I just need to know if contact sync actually works with 4.3, I've not been able to get a definite answer anywhere, anyone who says it does says it's also worked on 4.2, which it certainly did not.... so I can't believe that statement
That's the only reason you jailbreak your phone?! You mean any app in the app store for free, iRealSMS, LockInfo, MyWi, MewSeek, FakeOperator, FaceBreak, InfiniFolders, the list goes on and on!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't go with my phone unjailbroken for a day...:no:
 

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it's an issue with the 3'rd Gen MMI with built in dvd/nav, anything above iOS 4.1 doesn't sync contacts anymore (audi and apple have acknowledged it, they're just not doing anything about it)

You might have the issue and not know it, the contacts that synced up to the point where you upgraded to iOS 4.2 would still be there..., check to see if any contacts you've added recently are available in the names menu on the car, i didn't notice till quite a while after it started happening and then i made the mistake of deleting the phone from the paired devices and pairing again to try and fix it, result, now i have no contacts vs having had at least my old contacts on there before....

having said that, i still don't know if iOS 4.3 (the latest one) fixes the issue, i'd gladly upgrade and sacrifice my jailbreak if i know the contact sync will work...
Im not a good test for you as I have the 2G MMI -- but my contacts sync just fine with 4.3 -- hopefully you will get your issue(s) resolved
 

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Is there any jailbreak hack to let me patch di.fm or pandora through the accessory port? 3.5mm AUX jack is lower quality.
iOS 4.0+ will treat the accessory port as a line out. Just pause the music via the MMI and start the app you want to use.


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That's the only reason you jailbreak your phone?! You mean any app in the app store for free, iRealSMS, LockInfo, MyWi, MewSeek, FakeOperator, FaceBreak, InfiniFolders, the list goes on and on!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't go with my phone unjailbroken for a day...:no:
those are the reasons relevant to this thread

i support developers rather than pirating apps, and to be honest, sbsettings and noAccessorySplash are the only reasons why i still want to jailbreak, there are even apps on the app store now that allow file downloads in safari etc. using approved api's from apple... gave up on irealsms a year ago, the rest aren't huge for me, if i wanted to tether i'd just get the att 30$ tether plan
 

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That's the only reason you jailbreak your phone?! You mean any app in the app store for free, iRealSMS, LockInfo, MyWi, MewSeek, FakeOperator, FaceBreak, InfiniFolders, the list goes on and on!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't go with my phone unjailbroken for a day...:no:
So +£30K car and +£400 phone and paying 50p for an app is too much? I suppose you pirate the jailbreak app too!


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*sigh* confirmed this in your other thread, want a video to prove it?
updated to 4.3.1 and i still have the issue, quick question, do you sync your iphone contacts with MS exchange? or do they sync via itunes directly with outlook? I'm beginning to think it's because I have contacts enabled on my exchange account on the phone that causes the problem... this is damn frustrating :(
 
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