2009 Audi A4 Avant: Nearly Perfect iPod Integration
December 15, 2010
The iPod interface in our long-term A4 Avant is pretty darned good. The graphics are clear and crisp while the menus are intuitive. One thing that bugs me is really quite minor, but a inconvenience, nonetheless.
I like leaving my iPhone in shuffle mode, letting it randomly play whatever it feels like. Maybe one out of twenty songs I'll let play all the way through, the rest I just skip, skip, skip. The first small complaint is that when you're in the Control menu (pictured above) and you select Mix (shuffle) it doesn't let the current song play out. Instead, it shuffles to the next song. I'd prefer if it stayed on the current track and then shuffled after it ends.
Issue2: If you scroll down the list of songs that will shuffle through next, and select to find a song that you want to hear, it cancels the shuffle mode. Let's say I scroll down and want to hear Porcelain by Moby. Click, and the song plays.
The problem for me is that the playlist switches back to alphabetical order. Now I have to go back to the Control menu to reselect shuffle mode, then it'll skip to the next song. I know, I know, boo hoo. This really is a tiny problem. There's a lot to like about the A4 Avant, and this certainly isn't a dealbreaker. But you know what they say about the squeaky wheel. If we don't point this stuff out, Audi may just keep it this way.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor