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Found this on Edmunds. Surprisingly something as easy working USB functions can be complicated on the Fiat 500. I don't own a 500 yet, but I'm wondering if anyone has the same problems as below or a problem with anything else on the car that should be fairly easy.




"Rex," I said to our Vice Chairman of making-sure-people-have-something-to-drive-home, "I won't be around when the board comes around. Sign me out for something. Prioritize iPod! Thanks!" A few hours later the text came in "Fiat 500 is all yours."

::facepalm::

See, I've now spent a few thousand miles behind the wheels of various new Fiat 500s and I have absolutely, positively NO idea how to work the USB functions. And I'm a guy who doesn't go a day without plugging some USB-powered-music-holding-device into something else.

I mean, I get the basics, I plug the device in (the port is in the glove box) and can get the songs to play in random order. I can adjust the volume and get it to switch from one track to some other random track. But that is absolutely all I can do.

"RTFM" you say? Fine.



"The iPod can be controlled using the radio buttons to Play, Browse, and List the iPod or external devices contents. Refer to the Blue&Me Manual on the DVD for details."

What?! Watch the DVD for more? Is this a joke? The process is so complicated that they can't write it in the manual but have to put it on a DVD? Or is the cost-savings of producing a DVD that much higher than including a full manual with the car?

Either way, the manual says that the first original owner of the vehicle can call and get a real manual, I'll be calling on Monday.

But for now, I don't have the time or the patience to watch a DVD about something that should be simple or simply written in a proper manual. I'll try and watch it over the weekend and report back. Until then, though, all music will be completely random.

Oh, and before you anti-Apple folk start rabblerousing, I carry a USB stick with music to test ease of use with -- it's just as impossible.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 8,200 miles
 

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Unintuitive is probably an understatement.
The REAL manual is on the DVD, as a special software manual. Pop that into your PC, not a DVD player, and run the program. I'm pretty sure it's mac or win compatible.
Also, the iOS/Android app is pretty helpful, but not as in-depth as the full manual on the DVD.

You'll find most of the helpful things in the "Advanced USB Options" in Blue&Me. You can press the phone button on the wheel, or use voice commands to get there. Once you press the phone button, you have to use the toggle behind the wheel to scroll through choices, and the center button to choose them. Once you get to Advanced USB Options, by voice or buttons, you can choose songs by artist, album, folder, genre, and playlists... maybe Title as well, but I forget.

I usually just choose a playlist and leave it at that.
 

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So many journalists have a huge bias against certain cars.... The system is different I suppose to many cars I have been in (and I get press cars every few weeks for my site www.theignitionblog.com) But once you figure out that most of the controls are based around the button on the back of the steering wheel then it is simple to sort through artists, playlists, etc. I am one of the few that owns a Microsoft Zune and this is one of two vehicles I have ever been in that can access my Zune like an Ipod... the other was a 2011 Audi A8L.
 

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I'm a total twit when it comes to stuff like this but I had no problem with the interface; go to advanced options as mentioned above and you should be fine...
 

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So many journalists have a huge bias against certain cars.... The system is different I suppose to many cars I have been in (and I get press cars every few weeks for my site www.theignitionblog.com) But once you figure out that most of the controls are based around the button on the back of the steering wheel then it is simple to sort through artists, playlists, etc. I am one of the few that owns a Microsoft Zune and this is one of two vehicles I have ever been in that can access my Zune like an Ipod... the other was a 2011 Audi A8L.
sorry to bring this back from the dead...but I still use a Zune too, when I plugged it in to the USB port all I get is a "no USB media" or something like that displayed on the head unit...am I missing something?

thanks
 
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