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iPod & RNSe - where's the logic...?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Blacksheep, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Blacksheep
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    Hi all,

    I've got a 2011 S3 Black Edition with the AMI iPod connection in the glove box.

    One thing is driving me quietly mental and it's this...

    Sometimes the audio system will "remember" what it was playing last from the iPod and continue from where it left off when I next start the car or switch to the iPod.

    Sometimes it won't. Then it defaults to the first entry in the Artists list and plays that. This happens to be, on mine, A. Garfunkel & P. Simon playing "My little town" from a S&G greatest hits album. Nothing wrong with that in itself but now I swear quietly everytime I hear the intro because that means I have to navigate back to what was meant to be on.

    Now, it's not a big deal, I know that. No-one is ill, no-one died, it costs no cash.

    BUT - I can't work out the logic.

    Sometimes I can go for days or even a week and it will remember where it was. I've recently discovered (at the ripe old age of 45) the world of trance mixes and podcasts that can be up to 3 hours long, so when it remembers where it was, that's a Brucie Bonus.

    Sometimes it goes through periods where it defaults back to good old Art Garfunkel. I can, for example, be listening to the iPod as I'm cleaning the car, switch to the radio to get the footy scores and then switch back to music. It's forgotten! I'm in such a period now, hence my asking.

    I always turn everything off before I switch the engine off (old habit) so the climate and audio, along with any anciliaries, go off.

    I've tried switching to radio before killing the power.

    I don't have an audio manual, so can anyone tell me if:

    - the same happens to you or...

    - you know the secret?

    Best of all I'd love to know what the logic is. Either it should remember or default, not vary from one damn day to the next!

    Any help much appreciated.

    Cheers all.
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    ​Im sure one of the boys will be along shortly to advise you on this. :) x
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    Haha! I was in the exact same situation with mine. I used to plug my iPhone 5 into the AMI and it always played the first entry by default which was Bach's Brandenburg Concerto - a piece which I used to love!!

    I now leave my iPod in the glove compartment, and it seems to remember where it left off. But I only put the iPod in a couple of days ago. I'm jar on my way back from London, and I know that the last track I played in my S3 was Massive Attack's 'Angel' so when I get home I'll see if it picks up for there...
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    By the way - have you noticed that hissing sound the RNS-E seems to make?
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    Any variables in this like unplugging of ipod, getting in/out of car at different timed intervals, which thus doesnt shutdown the rns fully?

    Also whats the FW of the rns currently, as there's an update on 2013 dvd to 0220.

    The hiss is being looked into, I know its on factory cars aswell as retrofits & I have a idea on this, which I'm also going to work with audi on hopefully.
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    Hi Nigel, any indictions of the changes/updates with 0220 software?

    Cheers
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    TBH I havnt got my ami rigged up again yet s was doing some work on car so havnt seen anything noticeable on 220 yet, but I did have the impression sd cards seemed quicker, I'll test when back.
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    Does the AMI charge the iPod while the car is off? There are two main reasons that this is happening, and they both have to do with the iPod rather than the head unit. Either the iPod battery is dying, and when you restart the car the iPod boots and forgets where it was, or the iPod is going into deep sleep (typically when not turned on for a long period of time, although I'm not sure if it's hours or days) and when you start the car the iPod has cleared it's memory.
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    Just got back and it did indeed carry on from where it left off. Before turning on the engine I checked whether the iPod was being charged, and it was. Infact when the iPod is plugged in, the iPod displays an Audi logo and I am unable to make any changes on the device itself.

    I doubt this will drain the car battery as once the iPod is fully charged it will basically stay there until it is used...
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    I've noticed the hiss using the aux 3.5 jack.
    Not what I'd expect from a supposedly premium bose audio system.
    What causes it?
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    I suspect the amp is a problem as the bose mic & other kit is same as prefacelift cars, I need to study wiring to see if thats different at all, but we're going to test amps 1st.
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    I dont have the RNSe, i leave my ipod in the glovebox all the time, if i switch off the radio for say 30 mins whilst driving along and then return to my ipod (CD6 on my concert 3) is continues where i left it.

    Do you leave your iPod in the car or are you removing it? I too get the hissing sound that people have mentioned bearing in mind i'm not RNSe. I've never experienced a flat battery through leaving my iPod in the glovebox, which i've done for upto a month.

    I appreciate i'm not on RNSe just thought i'd try an help :)
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    I don't have the rnse, but just the concert & Audi iPod connection in the glovebox - mine does exactly the same - sometimes after a few days it will resume playing where it left off, and other times after a 5 minute stop it goes back to playing the first song on the iPod. There doesn't seem to be any logic as to when it resets and when it doesn't.

    i had an almost identical playlist based/cd changer mimicking iPod interface in my previous Honda and it used to always remember what was last playing.
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    Another question, what generation iPod do you have? I had an Alpine iPod hu in my old 206, it would charge my 4th gen iPod but not my iPhone. It could be related to the iPod itself.
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    My 2012 S3 remembers what was playing on my phone, unless I open or play around with the iPod app while the phone is not connected to the AMI
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    I always used to forget that my iPhone was in there and would leave it in the car for ages...
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    On the same issue is it possible to modify the AMI so that it provides a permanent live? I use an old iphone but don't drive much most days so the battery is always dead.
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    I guess it depends which battery you'd prefer to be dead... the iPod's or the Cars ;)
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    How long would it take for a phone to discharge a car battery? months, years?
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    Hi Blacksheep

    I too have a 2011 S3 Black Ed. and experience the exact same & very annoying 'resume' problem. After much searching of online forums and testing different methods of turning off the iPod/iPhone (i.e. via the ignition only, or via holding down the volume knob on the AMI controls) I still cannot resolve, or even manually manage, the problem.

    What I can say is that I am 99% sure it relates to the AMI and not the apple device, because the same thing manifests whether using an ancient iPod or a brand new iPhone 4 or 5.

    I have raised a support case with Audi themselves, as I suspect they must have come across this issue before. I am sure there'll be an investigation charge if they ask to look at the vehicle!! ; )

    If find a solution, I'll update this thread.

    Next stop Pistonheads...

    Cheers
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