2011 Chevy Volt: Eject Your iPod (Alternate Title: And Volt Makes 3)
February 14, 2011
Like our GMC Terrain before it, our 2011 Chevy Volt has this nifty little iPod menu that makes quick work of finding exactly what you want on your iPod/Phone. (Though when you sort by song it sorts alpha instead of by album and I'm not a fan of that...anyway.)
The GM products also have this "Eject iPod" feature buried at the bottom of the list. To my knowledge, they're the only ones who add this step. I've gone into some detail before on how the GMC Terrain lunched my iPod -- probably because eject buttons are dumb, I just tear the thing out every time.
Well, since that time we've had one other i-device divided by zero by a GM interface (an iPhone went 'pop' soon after a hard disconnect) and as of a couple of nights ago, my current-gen iPod Nano (and thankfully not my iPhone) bought the farm after one too many hard ejects. That makes 3.
Here's how it went down: Plug in iPod, drive around. Get home. Remove iPod. Go to bed. Wake up. Go to car. Plug in iPod, drive around. Get home. Remove iPod to play in the house (we were listening to an audio book and wanted to keep listening). Plug iPod into home dock-- nothing. Give up and go to bed. Plug iPod into car next morning forgetting it done broked. Nothing. The screen shows there are files, but attempting to play them resets the iPod. Awesome. Reset iPod via computer. Everything's happy again.
So that's that. I'm going to heed the warning you get when ignoring the eject button (below) when my iPhone is plugged in, but with the Nano...I'm just going to keep yanking it out and then blogging when it deletes my data. I've never used eject on any other car (nor on my iTunes) and I don't plan to start now.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line