Once I upgraded from my iPhone 4S to the 5S, I was no longer able to use my factory iPod cable to play music from my phone, since Apple introduced the Lightning connector that isn’t compatible with the old 30 pin connector that the older iPhones and iPods used. I tried buying an adapter, but none of them worked – so for a while, I went without streaming music such as Pandora in my car, but I could only handle so much pop radio before I caved and looked for alternatives…and along comes the $80 ViseeO Tune2Air Bluetooth Adapter, which works perfectly with the OEM iPod cable. You can pick it up on Amazon with free shipping:
The beauty of this product is its simplicity – simply plug it in to the iPod cable and connect to it once, then every time you get in your car it connects automatically. To play music from your iPhone, just fire up your favorite music app such as Pandora, Slacker, Spotify or just the Apple Music/MP3s you have saved to your phone itself – and switch your RNS-E to the CD setting and it plays. This should be compatible with any Audi radio that has the factory 30-pin iPod cable such as the Symphony II and other B6/B7 era head units.
You can then store the cable with the Tune2Air in your glovebox out of the way, so anyone in your car would simply think that the car supported streaming music wirelessly as an OEM feature. There is plenty of signal for the music when the unit is in the glovebox, so all of the wiring stays hidden.
The only downside is that the music is a little quiet, so you need to turn up the volume on either your phone or the RNS-E headunit, or both. Simple fix. You can control the music via your phone or the radio interface, so it is still compatible with your steering wheel controls and easy to use – it does not display the song information on the headunit (just track 1, track 2, etc.) but that’s no big deal, IMO…you can still change the tracks, control volume, and do all of the important features.
For $80, I’d highly recommend this product – it sure beats listening to the radio…be sure to pick up a car charger if you don’t have one already, as streaming music does drain your phone batteries.
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