iPod Integration Ain't the Best - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: iPod Integration Ain't the Best

February 15, 2011

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On Saturday I ran some errands in the Outlander. Stopped by the Vitamin Shoppe, spent a fortune at Whole Foods, threw some mail at the Post Office. Had my trusty war horse of an iPod with me to provide the soundtrack to my expedition -- a little Arcade Fire, a shake of Kelis, a barrel of Arctic Monkeys.

Turns out that soundtrack took a heck of a long time to load every time I returned to the car.

Each time I got back from an errand and started up the Outlander, the system took at least a minute and a half to read my already connected iPod. It was like it had Alzheimer's and didn't remember that the two had already met. Not cool, especially from a vehicle that's marketed toward audiophiles.

And it's still taking about five minutes to read my iPod when I first connect, as I mentioned a while back. Aaargh. Not sure what that's about -- a commenter (thanks, ivanz) had suggested that maybe playlist overload is the culprit but I only have two short playlists on my iPod.

Overall, though, I like the sound system. Sounds great and simple to use. But it doesn't seem to play well with iPods, that's for sure.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


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