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Hyundai Sonata Audio Questions

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  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    I got the Hyundai iPod cable and it seems to be working great. I have two questions though:

    1) Is there any way to Pause?
    2) How do you get it to default to Random instead of having to select it everytime you turn on the car, use steering wheel controls to change a song, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Merg
  • I have a 2009 Sonata with the standard 1 CD radio. I have purchased the Hyundai cable and it appears to work well other than the IPOD does not always turn off when you turn the car off. It appears that the IPOD goes into the pause mode and goes off in 5 minutes normally but sometime it does not. Is there a trick to make it turn off in 5 minutes every time?

    I am considering using a "Flash-Drive" instead but I do not know how much functionality I lose by doing this. Would I have to place each artist in its own folder so I could just play that artist only? The instructions have warnings about leaving the "Flash-Drive" plugged in when starting the car but I am willing to take a chance versus ruining the IPOD battery by repeatably running the battery down. I have had other IPOD adapters that turn the IPOD off every time so I know it can be done but maybe Hyundai is not that smart. My experience is that the IPOD will turn itself off if left paused when used in the standard place it in your pocket with headphones use. Maybe you have to be under 30 to understand IPOD/ITUNES instructions.
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    I talked to the software developer for the Nav system about the iPod integration. He stated that the iPod should turn off once the car is off. I appear to be having the same issue as you in that the iPod only goes to pause mode and then the battery runs dead. He stated he would look into it and get back to me. It's only been a couple of days though. I have a 30GB Classic, which he said should work correctly and turn itself off.

    As for the flash drive, just make sure that all the files on there are MP3's. When the music is played, it will display the song, artist, and album information. As for creating "Playlists", try setting them up on the flash drive like they would be on your computer (artist subdirectory and then subdirectory for each album). If that doesn't work then you just might need to have every song in the root directory.

    - Merg
  • Thank You for the information.
    I watched my IPOD go to the pause mode and then turn off after 5 minutes 5 times one night and it appeared to be OK. I wounder if you have to be using the IPOD when you turn the car off for the shut down to work. Maybe if you are listening to the radio the IPOD will not go to pause so it just runs the battery down.

    I have tried moving about 20 songs to flash drive. I had to convert them to MP3 format using ITUNES but that leaves two copies in my Library one in the ITUNES format and one in the MP3 format. I then copied the MP3 copies to the Flash Drive.

    I could see how to make a MP3 CD but not how to go directly to a Flash Drive which would be a lot easier.
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    I've only been using the iPod and the Map on mine, but I think a lot of times I have it last on the map when I turn off the car. I'll try switching to the iPod before turning off the car to see if that works.

    As for the MP3 CD, you should be able to specify what drive the "CD" is in that you are creating. Just specify the drive that is actually the flash drive.

    - Merg
  • Itunes does not give me the opportunity to change the drive it defaults to the CD/DVD writer. I will see if it will make a MP3 DVD then I can just copy the DVD to the Flash Drive. But I would still have to make the folders for each artist it would seem.
  • Can anyone tell me what the Hyundai ipod cable cost?
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    $30 from a Hyundai Dealer. I've heard on-line you can get it from $25-$50, but then of course you need to pay shipping.

    - Merg
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    I forgot that iTunes does that. Correct though. Burn a CD or DVD and then just copy the music to the flash drive. Unfortunately, with how iTunes creates the CD, you would need to create the folders yourself.

    - Merg
  • Thanks Merg. At that price I'll let my son pay for it if he wants it bad enough.
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    I just bought a 2009 Limited V6 with nav. I am picking it up tomorrow.

    I have two questions:

    Since it have a standard USB jack that will even take a flash drive, why does the ipode need a special cable?

    I have a Microsoft Zune as well as an iPod. Does anyone know if that will work as well?

    Thanks
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    I just bought a 2009 Sonata Limited V6 with Nav. I asked the dealer about bluetooth, I had thought it was a dealer installed option. He told me that it is factory installed and not available until spring.

    I found this very odd.

    Does anyone know anything about this?
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    It's technically a port installed option, but yes, the dealer can't do it. You need to find one with it already installed. The next year's model is supposedly going to have a Navigation system with an integrated bluetooth function.

    - Merg
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    Thanks. So it's not possible to self install?
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    You'd have to go with an aftermarket setup. I don't believe you can get the one that replaces the sunglass holder that Hyundai uses.

    - Merg
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    I am picking up my sonata today. Can you tell me why the Special Hyundai cable it required?

    Since it's just a USB port, why wont the standard ipod cable work?
  • yysyysyysyys Posts: 51
    I bought mine without Bluetooth. Dealer install it and it will be covered by 5 years warranty. I waited for a week for the part to com in. I paid around $450 (part + installation + tax).
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    Wow! That's an expensive Bluetooh. You got the same one that Hyundai offers? The invoice price for that one is $292. I gotta say, that's some markup when having it installed aftermarket.

    - Merg
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    Okay, I love the iPod hookup, but how come they didn't make the center console big enough to easily store an iPod Classic while hooked up? They could have easily made it about a 1/2 wider or deeper or they could have even included an adjustable holder that could hold any MP3 player. Now my iPod has to sit at an odd angle in the console which creates a lot of dead space.

    - Merg
  • yysyysyysyys Posts: 51
    Yes, it's the same one that Hyundai offers ($292 invoice price). It's matching interior color. Diller did not have 4 cyl LTD with Navigation & Bluetooth. I probably overpaid a bit but it's covered under warranty and works grate. Now my wife wants the same unit in her car.
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    Are you able to use the Voice Command button on the steering wheel to access the Bluetooth or do you need to hit the button on the device itself? My only issue with the current setup is that it is not integrated with the Nav system so you need to make sure the volume is turned down whenever you make the call, it won't show you incoming call info and you can't use the Nav screen to dial out numbers or see your address book.

    - Merg
  • yysyysyysyys Posts: 51
    You have to hit the button on the device itself. Voice Command button on the steering wheel has no connection to Bluetooth unit. The call quality is very good and clear. The unit can recognize multiple phones and support 3 way calling.
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    At least your dealer would do it... Mine said if it's not installed when he gets it, you cant have it.
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    I just got my Limited 3 days ago. I have been playing with the NAV and been very impressed.

    I have two questions. (i guess I could read the manual.. but thats no fun)

    1. When I use the voice command no matter what I say after pressing the button, all it says back is, "you can say help at any time" Does the voice command need to be tuned to you voice? Or maybe my mic doesn't work.

    2. I have put some mp3's on a memory stick and it work great, but it's not reading the id tags. It only displays the file name. I get the files on a PC and all the id info is stored proper on the file. Is anyone else having this issue?
  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    Regarding #1, there is a training feature for the Nav system voice commands. Give that a try, it has worked a bit for me. It is located somewhere on the Setup menu. I think I need to redo it though when I have the car in a quiet place as I think it is affected by ambient noise.

    - Merg
  • dave868dave868 Posts: 64
    Thanks. I'll try it... I have voice command in my honda and it worked right out of the box. The sonata doesn't even acknowledge my spreaking with an error.
  • I have the same problem as you do for #2. I'm taking in 2009 Sonata tonight to get the nav replaced (the XM signal "thingy" is bad), and I hope this resolves the issue. I've also noticed only recognizes about 15% of the songs on my iPod.

    I'll let you know what I find out.
  • I just made duplicates of all of my songs in the MP3 format which end up in the ITUNES library. Moved them do a new directory. Then copied them to the 4 gig USB Flash Drive. It takes the Hyundai about 15 seconds to read the flash drive the first time you access the USB drive after restarting the car. The Hyundai does not need to re-read the drive again unless you turn the car off.
  • gcroftgcroft Posts: 15
    I have the 09 Limited w/ Infinity 6 disc changer, factory amp etc etc. I think the sound is somewhat flat and not all that powerful. After going to several audio stores and hearing 6 different opinions how to upgrade, I opted to replace the speakers and add an amp. This was at a reputable store and a tech with 15 yrs experience. Halfway in the job I get the call that they way the radio and amp are wired now, I would have to replace the HU as well. He got this from the factory tech after a 30 minute discussion. So they put the car back together.

    Has anybody just replaced the speakers? How did that sound?
    Has anyone added an amp and do you know how that was done?
    Thanks
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Because it must have some kind of chip that translates the iPod dock to a standard that the USB port can read it. I highly recommend it and it's only 30 USD. It fully integrates it with the headunit.
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