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2014 Mini Cooper: Time To Upgrade

June 4, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

I think our 2014 Mini Cooper is trying to tell me to upgrade.

And while I'll admit to owning a (cough) classic iPod, the thing works just fine in any number of other cars we've had in our fleet. And before you ask, yes I checked the cable. I think the Mini just doesn't want to deal.

But before I let the un-burnt hydrocarbons and fumes from all the carburetors and two-strokes in my garage send me into some conspiratorial anti-technology rant, let's use this as a teachable moment.

It would be a damn shame to go and buy the car you really want, only to find that your favorite electronic devices don't play nice with the car's OS (I know some of you still own Zunes). So remember to take that stuff with you to the showroom. Bring your cables, try out the connection, and then try the interface. For many people, as it may be for you, the way a car lets you access your playlists might be just as important as the way it goes down the road.

And on that note, I'm going to go back into my garage and huff some pre-mix.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 13,161 miles


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