Idiot iPod Interface - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: Idiot iPod Interface

December 30, 2010

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I like the AC/DC song "Hells Bells" -- really I do. I mean, I wouldn't have it in my iPhone if I didn't.

Yet I may never listen to Hells Bells again after driving our long-term 2009 Audi A4 Avant for the past week. Apparently the Audi's iPod memory skills are akin to the rat that just keeps grabbing the cheese, no matter how many times he's been shocked.

When I get into the A4 Avant I always plug in my iPhone 3GS into the glovebox-mounted iPod cord and within a few seconds I'm hearing the "Bong...Bong...Bong..." beginning of "Hells Bells." This happens every time I get into the car and plug in my iPhone because the iPod interface defaults to the first alphabetical artist in your library and then to the first alphabetical song from that artist.

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Because I like to listen to all of my songs from all of my artists I have to go to the control panel, "up" out of the "AC/DC" folder, "up" out of the "Artists" folder and "up" to the "All" folder. Then I have to go down into the "Songs" folder and click on a song to start it playing.

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Then I have to get back out to the master control screen and click on "Mix" to get the car to shuffle randomly through all of my songs.

I was feeling annoyed by this process every time I got into the car, but last night I had just completed this journey to Suffleland and was beginning to enjoy random songs from all artists when I decided to unplug my iPhone and shoot a picture of the sunset off PCH. Twenty seconds later I plugged the phone back into the iPod cord.

"...Bong...Bong...Bong"

Really??? Even without shutting the car off and/or turning the phone off????

Maybe I should just get some headphones for when I drive this car.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large

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