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Old 16 Jan 2006, 08:35 pm
fbennett
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Default Acura IPOD Music Link and TTS - Horrible! Don't waste your money.

I had the Acura Music Link Cable installed on my 2006 Acura RL. What a
disappointment. Do not waste your money on this. It is horrible.

The system was installed on Friday, January 13 (a bad sign), for $450
and I spent over 20 hours over the weekend trying to get the Acura
software to work on my computer and to understand the manual. Only
from the manual on the disk did I learn that it only works with 4th
generation or newer IPODS. So I innvested another $300 in a brand new
IPOD. Still the system did not work well. I installed, uninstalled
and tried on several different computers. Finally, I took the car back
to the dealer today, Monday, January 16, 2005..

They could not get the system to work using my IPOD. However, they
demonstrated the unit with their Acura provided Nano IPOD, configured
by Acura. Even that unit worked only part of the time, and the
installer had as much difficulty as I did trying to understand the
manual.

As near as I can tell, when this system is working the way it is
designed, it is still horrible. The sound is great, and if all you
want to do is shift up and down from a shuffle of songs and control the
sound from the audio controls, you will be happy. However, if you want
to actually search for songs, albums or genre, you will be very
unhappy. When connected to the system, your IPOD controls are
disabled. So the only control is from the Acura controls. They only
work with voice (hard to understand Microsoft Mary or Michael or
Michelle). If you can figure out which buttons to push, which is very
difficult, the sytem will start to read you the alphabet, i.e., A, B,
C, D, E, etc. If you remember the exact name of the album or artist
(was that first or last name?), and press the button when that letter
is stated, it will start playing the first album or artist that begins
with that letter. You wait a second and press the button again, and if
you are lucky, it will read the name of the album or song to you.
Let's see, 30 gig drive, 5,000 songs, 500 albums, 35 genres....so I
guess it could take quite a long time to finally stumble over the one
you are looking for.

This is horrible.

I am waiting to hear from the Regonal Acura distributor about getting
my money back. I wouldn't waste yours. Somehow this just doesn't
sound like the Acura press release that caused me to buy this unit.
That press release reads: "Acura today unveiled the Acura Music Link
IPod(R) adaptor, which allows seamless integration between iPod and
Acura audio systems. .... Acura Music Link allows drivers to select
their music by artist, album, genre and play list through the standard
controls on the audio system head unit. Additionaly, the Acura Music
Link adaptor will be the first to include test-to-speech capabilities
or VoiceID, when searching through the iPod music library with the
audio system controls." Nothing I have observed comes even remotely
close to that representation.

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Old 17 Jan 2006, 01:07 pm
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Default Re: Acura IPOD Music Link and TTS--Horrible! Don't waste your money.

Thanks for posting your experience. Let us know how the rep treats you.
MZ
"fbennett" <fbennett01@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:1137461719.978294.226250@o13g2000cwo.googlegr oups.com...
>I had the Acura Music Link Cable installed on my 2006 Acura RL. What a
> disappointment. Do not waste your money on this. It is horrible.
>
> The system was installed on Friday, January 13 (a bad sign), for $450
> and I spent over 20 hours over the weekend trying to get the Acura
> software to work on my computer and to understand the manual. Only
> from the manual on the disk did I learn that it only works with 4th
> generation or newer IPODS. So I innvested another $300 in a brand new
> IPOD. Still the system did not work well. I installed, uninstalled
> and tried on several different computers. Finally, I took the car back
> to the dealer today, Monday, January 16, 2005..
>
> They could not get the system to work using my IPOD. However, they
> demonstrated the unit with their Acura provided Nano IPOD, configured
> by Acura. Even that unit worked only part of the time, and the
> installer had as much difficulty as I did trying to understand the
> manual.
>
> As near as I can tell, when this system is working the way it is
> designed, it is still horrible. The sound is great, and if all you
> want to do is shift up and down from a shuffle of songs and control the
> sound from the audio controls, you will be happy. However, if you want
> to actually search for songs, albums or genre, you will be very
> unhappy. When connected to the system, your IPOD controls are
> disabled. So the only control is from the Acura controls. They only
> work with voice (hard to understand Microsoft Mary or Michael or
> Michelle). If you can figure out which buttons to push, which is very
> difficult, the sytem will start to read you the alphabet, i.e., A, B,
> C, D, E, etc. If you remember the exact name of the album or artist
> (was that first or last name?), and press the button when that letter
> is stated, it will start playing the first album or artist that begins
> with that letter. You wait a second and press the button again, and if
> you are lucky, it will read the name of the album or song to you.
> Let's see, 30 gig drive, 5,000 songs, 500 albums, 35 genres....so I
> guess it could take quite a long time to finally stumble over the one
> you are looking for.
>
> This is horrible.
>
> I am waiting to hear from the Regonal Acura distributor about getting
> my money back. I wouldn't waste yours. Somehow this just doesn't
> sound like the Acura press release that caused me to buy this unit.
> That press release reads: "Acura today unveiled the Acura Music Link
> IPod(R) adaptor, which allows seamless integration between iPod and
> Acura audio systems. .... Acura Music Link allows drivers to select
> their music by artist, album, genre and play list through the standard
> controls on the audio system head unit. Additionaly, the Acura Music
> Link adaptor will be the first to include test-to-speech capabilities
> or VoiceID, when searching through the iPod music library with the
> audio system controls." Nothing I have observed comes even remotely
> close to that representation.
>



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Old 17 Jan 2006, 07:05 pm
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Default Re: Acura IPOD Music Link and TTS--Horrible! Don't waste your money.

I was treated extremely fairly. Acura thanked me for my comments,
indicating that they were taking steps to make sure that new purchasers
of the IPOD Music Link would have the unit's capabilities clearly
explained to them. They then fully refunded the equipment and
installations charges I paid, and did not ask for the return of the
equipment. They indicated that the manual, which identifies how the
system works, but which is currently available only from the disk that
comes with the unit, will be made available before purchase. They
indicated that this is a newly introduced item, first becoming
available on January 3, 2006, and that I was one of the first users.
They indicated in a way that appeared very sincere to me that they
appreciated my comments and expectations from their news release, and
were taking this action in response to it. This was offered from them
without my asking for it.

I am still disappointed that there is not a better mechanism for
integrating the IPOD into the incredible Acura sound system.

However, consistent with what other Acura owners have told me, Acura
certainly went way beyond what anyone should expect in resolving this
matter--and they did so promptly, courtesously, and without being
asked.

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Old 18 Jan 2006, 07:29 pm
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Default Re: Acura IPOD Music Link and TTS--Horrible! Don't waste your money.

Here is a link to a very thorough, and in my view unbiased review of
the Honda/Acura iPod music link and TTS.

http://www.nuxx.net/hondamusiclink.html

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Old 07 May 2006, 11:32 pm
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Default Re: Acura IPOD Music Link and TTS--Horrible! Don't waste your mo

My story is excactly the same as FBennett! I purchased a 2006 RL with
Musiclink. I listen to audiobooks in my car (or I used to listen to
audiobooks in my car!) The Acura musiclink is absolutely horrible. I
went out and purchased a new 5th gen Ipod to try to get the system to
work. It is as bad and worse than described in this thread. Fbennett,
who did you speak with and how do I reach that person? I want my money
back. I appreciate your reponse.

Thanks,

Stephen

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