“MP3 and iPod integration might just be the Holy Grail on the audio side of the industry. Many solutions are out there, though few offer fully navigable and sensible integration of the most dominant personal MP3 player industry – the Apple iPod,” Fourtitude reports.
Fourtitude reports, “Audi currently offers iPod integration for A3, A4, S4 and RS 4 models. Limited on the number of usable playlists, this current offering makes the most of the system with which it is mated, and is typical of other iPod integration kits available on the market today.”
“With MOST based MMI cars including the A6 and S6 (C6), A8 and S8 (D3) and the new Q7, optical cables are used allowing for better communication within the audio system’s architecture. Additionally, MMI’s own navigation processes with its enter and return functions are much like the iPod’s own play and menu functions, allowing for simply the best iPod navigation via head unit control we’ve seen on the market today in the form of the new Audi Music Interface (AMI),” Fourtitude reports.
Fourtitude reports, “Recently in Montreal, Audi had some of the first S8 and S6 models on hand equipped with their new AMI system. Intrigued, we sat down in a parked Bang & Olufsen and AMI-equipped S8 for some time with Audi of America’s Product Planning Manager Filip Brabec to learn more about the system, then took the S8 and another S6 with the system out for a test drive to get a better handle on the new system.”
Full article with much more, including many photos, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “KenPen” for the heads up.]
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