2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test


2007 Honda Fit: AAC? You might be SOL

July 02, 2007

Most new 2007 and 2008 vehicles have in-dash CD players that can play unprotected digital music files. Though this feature might seem inconsequential if a vehicle has an auxiliary input jack (as our Honda Fit does), it can be refreshing to not have to worry about theft or potential safety issues. Playing a CD's digital audio files allows title and track info to be displayed on the head unit and also allows the use of steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

There's a problem, though...

The iPod is the most popular player out there and its associated software, iTunes, rips files in the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format for its default setting. Almost all factory-installed head units can read MP3 or WMA (Windows Media Audio) files but not necessarily AAC. I tried playing AAC files in our Honda Fit and, sure enough, no go.

A solution for iPod owners is to simply rip one's music collection in iTunes using the (inferior) MP3 format. But look for more cars and trucks to be coming out with enhanced compatibility. The stereo in the 2008 Scion xB, for instance, come standard with AAC compatibility as well as a dedicated iPod input jack.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, 15,233 miles

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