Last post on May 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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Toyota Sienna, Entertainment System, Van
#3 of 6 Re: Toyota 2011 and 2012 USB/MP3 Player Very Disappointing [daddywagon]
Oct 13, 2011 (8:32 pm)
I learned a long time ago, NEVER BUY the upgraded manufacturers car stereo's because the best ones they carry are as good as the worst ones you can buy at best buy for about an 8th the cost. Just be happy its not the ford one, or the GM one.. The GM one connects to the cars alarm system, which means if your radio breaks your car wont start.. The ford one i have in my mustang, which is really pretty cool, but its a little distracting when you drive.. I wanted to put a regular radio in it, but i was told that you cannot remove the stereo since it is connected to the cars central computer... I would not have gotten the one in my ford if i had to pay for it, but i got it free, since i told them i wouldn't take the car if i had to pay for the radio i didn't want.
#4 of 6 Re: Toyota 2011 and 2012 USB/MP3 Player Very Disappointing [daddywagon]
Oct 18, 2011 (9:57 am)
I agree that audio system is very disappointing, but if you connect your iPhone through the Bluetooth, it allows you to stream music from iPhone to speakers using iPhone interface and bypassing Toyota ones.
The steps are:
1. pair iphone with Toyota using audio option
2. press AUX on the radio (sometimes you have to press twice AUX if you have a USB drive pluged in)
3. select to play any song/playlist on iphone
That's it. You should hear the music playing through the speakers with pretty good quality.
#6 of 6 Re: Toyota 2011 and 2012 USB/MP3 Player Very Disappointing [daddywagon]
May 12, 2013 (12:59 pm)
I have the 2012 Tacoma SR5 with the same mid-upgrade system (no nav).
Most of the time, I download next-day NPR podcasts and listen to them in order, and that works fine.
But it's hit and miss with Amazon purchased MP3 music and PodioBooks (no-DRM involved). Some of them work and some of them don't. Sometimes, diddling with an MP3 tag or (in extreme cases) converting the MP3 to a different sample rate seems to fix the problem.
Anything rip'd from CD works just fine.
In my previous 9 year-old Toyota, I did buy a sub-$100 low-end radio (about 4 years in), with a USB and that worked great, though I did miss using my steering wheel controls.
Not sure why car companies can't just offer a damn radio from Crutchfield and call it a day.