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Audi 3G MMI + iPod Bluetooth Adapter

Aug 21

Everyday I learn something new and today I learned something from a loyal reader of . I will leave the reader anonymous but will thank him greatly for his input and diligent research on this much discussed topic. With such a great response from the original topic of the Bluetooth adapter and the 2G MMI the question has been “Will the Bluetooth adapter work with the 3G MMI?” Read the E-Mail I received and find out! Thank you again for your much appreciated response.

“I used my iPhone 3GS as a media source.”
Audi Blue Tooth Adapter
“You are 100% correct in that it doesn’t work with the 3G MMI system. When you plug it in and navigate through the MMI to “Media” then “Source” it simply reads “not recognized” beside AMI on the MMI screen. The iPhone recognized the Bluetooth adapter and paired with it, but the adapter was not compatible with the 3G system.”
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“It worked quite nicely with the 2G MMI system in a Q7 that we tried afterward. There was just a slight delay of a second or two for the information to transfer via Bluetooth, but sound quality was good. You could also listen to other audio sources from the iPhone such as video or YouTube. I’ve read reports from other users that even Bluetooth compatible portable GPS units will transfer audio to the AMI Bluetooth adapter.”
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“Having tried it now, I think if it had worked in the Q5 I would have decided against it. Directly plugging the iPod (or iPhone) into the AMI gives you all of your song and playlist information, as well as control of the iPod via the MMI controls in the centre console and via the steering wheel. The Bluetooth adapter didn’t offer any of these features. It had very limited controls via the MMI. It seemed to be more of a generic interface, designed for the control to be at the Bluetooth compatible device you are using.”
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“I hope this feedback was helpful.”

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According to this article no dongle required for a2dp, it will be a software update for 3G MMI.

Fourtitude: So if you have an A2DP phone…

Brabec: With the patch that can be downloaded on the Website, the 2G MMI will work. You also have to buy a special “dongle”. On the 3G system, the Bluetooth will be capable of doing this without additional hardware, and the functionality will come in near future.

From Name (required)Peter Ng on August 24th, 2009

I got a Audi A4 2009. The radio has the telephone button on it but the phone is not installed it says. it does not have the bluetooth feature atttached. Any ideas what I can do to get the blue tooth to work? The dealership told me the bluetooth has be putin at the factory and that they can not put in in afterwards.

From Stefan Mende on September 2nd, 2009

That is correct if your A4 did not come from the factory with Bluetooth then this feature is inoperative. Though not a genuine Audi part this could be a solution:

From Scott Mitchell on September 3rd, 2009

Do you think Audi will come out with an option to add the bluetooth since part of the features are there?

From stefan mende on September 16th, 2009

I also have the ipod hook up in my glove box like the cord shown above. I can hook my iphone up to it and acess all of my music on the display. Is there a way to rig it up so that I can use my phone through that same connection? currently if i get a call it does ring through the speakers when plugged into it but no voice will come through…I saw the plug above which looks like the Ipod cord but you can hook a usb into the end..I though maybe I could use that same cord and plug in a bluetooth usb adapter into it and then sync my phone to it and it might go through the speakers? I am trying here 🙂

From stefan mende on September 16th, 2009

@Stefan- I’ve seen a number of posts around the ‘net saying that Audi has promised A2DP support in an update to the MMI 3g software, though a date has not been given. I think that once that update has been released, it will solve your problem. You’ll be able to play music from your iPod in the glove box, and stream music wirelessly from your iPhone over A2DP.

In the meantime, I’d say, just get yourself an iPod that’s large enough to handle all of your music, and leave that in the glove compartment. Excluding video, the new 160GB Classics are large enough for most people’s collections.

From Dj Padzensky on November 29th, 2009

Apologies if I’m asking something you’ve already covered. I have a 2007 Q7 which does not have the ipod interface, but does have the integrated blutetooth phone kit. I am getting an iPhone 3Gs and was considering getting the AMI Audi Music Interface w/iPod – Retrofit from – what I’m wondering is do I need to get this at all? Will it be possible to stream music from the iPhone via the bluetooth without buying any additional kit? If not, on a 2007 Q7, presumably I have 2G MMI??


From Seamus on January 8th, 2010

Scott, I just got an ’09 A4 Quattro Cabriolet. I also have the MMI with the glove box iPod hookup. I have the cord (pictured above), but how the heck do you get the cord attached in that small space? The end of the cord that plugs in has some kind of bump on it–is that on the top or bottom side when attempting to plug it in? Please help. I worked for an hour to get it plugged in w no luck. Please help. (I have a 4G 30GB iPod–do I even need the cord? TIA, Dave

From Dave Beenk/"dabeenk" on March 27th, 2010

I bought a 2010 A4 and i have the blue tooth connected to my Blackberry. I want to know if this new blue tooth AMI would allow me to use the AV mode for my blackberry.

From daina18 on August 18th, 2010

I have a 2008 Q7 and it has the ipod hook up. I paid $80 for the adapter and the Ipod says there is nothing connected? I have the new 4G and an older IPOD and neither work? What can I do?

From Brandon on August 26th, 2010

Where can one buy an AMI Ipod adaptor that will plug into my ^ CD Changer in my glove box for a 2006 Audi A8L ??

From Kevin Misch on September 1st, 2010

plz where to connect usb cable?

From Eng Dilan86 on August 19th, 2011

I just received my adapter today and loaded into my 2012 Q5. The Software update would not load. The message on the MMI said it was not compatible. It did however recognize the adapter. I was able to get it paired but and music playing. The only issue is that it will not show song info or playlists. It will just play whatever song and when you next it plays the next. Any suggestions?  

From Jerry Magliozzi on September 12th, 2011

I have the same exact situation with a 2012 A4. I recently upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 and was excited about the new feature that allows metadata (song info) to transfer over Bluetooth. However, my MMI still shows no info. Any ideas? Is it possible to download an update to that Audi USB stick that came with the Bluetooth Adapter?

From Eric Madrid on October 13th, 2011

I have the same problem and I am disappointed. Hope Audi will bring an update for its Bluetooth adapter!

From Markus Berlin on October 15th, 2011

I called my contact at the Audi dealership I leased my car from and he says they may have a solution. I’m taking it in next week and I’ll post any info. I get.

From Eric Madrid on October 15th, 2011

Any news????

From Derekoberman on October 18th, 2011

Can anyone pull the update off the USB device provided? Can you email it to me.

From Derekoberman on October 18th, 2011

I had an Audi tech check it out without success. However, he said that Audi has had this feature for years on higher end models. Seems unfair seeing how I got a 2012 A4 S-Line Quattro fully loaded and am still except from a simple, existing feature available on other older cars. He also said he would contact Audi to see if there is an update avaialble. I’ll post as soon as I get word.

From Eric Madrid on October 19th, 2011

Just wondering if anyone had suggestions for a 2006 A8L regarding an iPod/iPhone integration adapter.  Is the product photographed above for sale?   And, if so, is it installable without having to bring to dealership – which is 2 hrs away for me.  thanks for any suggestions, input.  Andrew 

From DNR on October 26th, 2011

If I get an update, I’ll email it to you. 

From Eric Madrid on November 1st, 2011

This is freaking terrible.  I have a 2011 A6 and cannot stream bluetooth from my phone.  I thought I purchased a high end vehicle but come to find out it doesn’t have basic features found in a Ford Fiesta.  I have an iPod connection but nobody uses iPods anymore….

From Anonymous on November 19th, 2011

Any luck finding a solution for this for the MMI 3G?  I have a 2010 Audi Q5 and am trying to find a wireless solution to play Pandora. 

From James1UIUC on December 12th, 2011

2011 A4 Avant, no nav/mmi.  just ami.  just plugged in and did not need a software upgrade like Jerry M.  mp3, pandora and youtube stream fine.  sound quality is pretty good too.  

From Steve L. on January 23rd, 2012

Audi MMI 3G owners will be please to know that there is a solution: Audi-A2DP. This is an affordable device that lets you stream music from your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or other Bluetooth device into you car’s speakers. Preorder/Buy here:

From AudiA2DP on April 19th, 2012

 I just ordered one. Anybody else?

From Atljames3 on April 24th, 2012

 I just ordered one… how is yours working out?

From Chad217 on May 5th, 2012

 It sounds like they should be getting some new inventory at the end of May and will then ship to customers who have pre-ordered.  I’m looking forward to getting back to the world of streaming music in my car…

From Chad217 on May 16th, 2012

So anyone got theirs yet, or have they just taken your money ?
Would be keen to hear see your review .

From Snazytec on June 30th, 2012

Hello! A question, can you use the iphone via bluetooth for call & music?

i.e. have the iphone paired as a phone headset with the car as I currently do (phone calls are routed to cars speakers & mic.

But I would also pair it to the MMI via bluetooth & this dongle to hear music via bluetooth.

Is this possible?


From Charles Knoblich on August 15th, 2012

Yes, this is possible with Audi-A2DP, which is for Audis that have MMI 3G. Phone calls go through MMI like before (music is muted) and music is streamed to the speakers as you would expected. Check out

From Audi-A2DP on August 15th, 2012

I purchased this kit and got an error message saying “invalid software.” I unplugged the USB and now the Audi Music Interface is stuck in a loop where it tries to update, then says it was interupted and then tries to update again. I have a 2007 Q7 and the software version is 33.6.0 o632. My dealer is telling my my Nav and Telephone modules have to be replaced. Can you provide any advice?

From Q7 Owner on August 25th, 2012

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