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your iPhone/iPod touch and the Audi MMI - some cool tricks

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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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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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what part of the world are you in? I'm starting to suspect the firmware release is slightly different depending on region...
Warren - who hopefully doesn't mind me butting in - is in UK, as am I, and likewise not experiencing any issues at all. Updated to latest version earlier this week and all seems fine.


I turn on the car. When I go to the bluetooth options on my iPhone and select Audi, it fails to pair. I turn bluetooth off on my phone, turn it back on, select Audi, and it pairs successfully. No password required.
Suggest, you first delete any pairing you have currently on both MMI and you phone then follow the steps in the video below. Whilst the car and MMI is different, the process is exactly the same. You must ensure you insert the Pin the first time or else you will need to pair again each time you get in.

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