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Audi iPod Adapter Cable – MMI & AMI

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Depending on what Audi and what iPod Or iPhone you have will determine what cable you will use in order to connect the devise with the Audi interface. Above is a Sheet that will help with what cable you require with your Audi and your particular devise. You will have to be aware of the equipment level of the Audi and know if it has AMI with navigation or without. Failing to have the correct cable when interfaced with a iPod device and vehicle will cause your Bluetooth to be inoperative. Having the correct cable is only important if you plan on having the iPhone Bluetooth capable as well as the music interfaced.
iPod Cable
This is what the blue I-Pod adapter cable will look like.
iPod Cable
This is the blue Grommet
iPod Cable
This is what the all black iPod adapter cable will look like
iPod Cable
This is the all black grommet
iPod Cable
When you look into the glove box of the Audi (except the Q7) you will see the iPod Dock.
iPod Cable
In order to connect the I-Pod to the Audi you will need to open the door on the left portion of the iPod dock and pull the shelf out.
iPod Cable
Place the iPod on the shelf and conect the cable to the vehicle and the iPod or iPhone.
iPod Cable
After you have connected the device to the vehicle you can close the glove box and work through the AMI to choose your “Source”, it is in the top right of the screen after pushing the C/D-AUX button.
From here all you have to do is enjoy your music and enjoy your Audi.

I wrote this article to help you set up your iPod in your personal Audi. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Oregon Audi.

I just got a 2012 A5 with the iphone package.  The cord is so short and i cannot reach my phone when it’s connected to it, since its all the way over in the glove compartment.  Is there a longer cord available?

From WVUDenise29 on October 9th, 2011

I was told I could just hook my nano directly into the slot. my dealer rep gave me several different sizes of ‘dock’ adapters and told me I could plug it straight in. Now I’m totally confused and feel ripped off that I have to spend yet more $$ to play my music.

From Audi2008Owner on October 11th, 2011

Hello.  I have a 2012 A4.  Is there any way to play pandora radio through my iphone 4?


From Hugh on October 12th, 2011

Hi Scott, great stuff.

I have a brand new 2011 Audi Q7.  I have been trying to get my iPods to work with the MMI, but they won’t.  The MMI simply says no device is connected, even when one is plugged in.  With one of the iPods, if I physically push the cable really hard into the iPod, it will work, but only if I keep holding it in place.

These are older model iPods, but they worked just fine with my 2009 A6. I even sent one to a repair shop, and they told me it was working fine. The iPods will also charge while connected to the MMI.  The only thing missing is the music.  Any thoughts?

From GothamGator on November 2nd, 2011

So, I have the MMI cable that allows the control of an iPod through the interface, but what I want is a cable I hook up my iPhone so I can stream music from other apps such as 8Tracks, Tune In Radio, Pandora, etc.   Which cable do I need?

From Shamusom on November 3rd, 2011

when i plug in my iPhone, I am unable to see the podcasts Ive downloaded using Downcast, my podcasting program. Does anyone know if I can change the directory that podcasts are searched for using MMI or if there may be some other workaround?

From Kreed1004 on November 13th, 2011

Hey all….anyone else have a 2008 A5 with NO ipod adaptor in the glove box at all? What do you do there?

From Cnttgr on November 21st, 2011

I have an Audi A4 2008 and i don’t think i have that in my glove department box anywhere else where it might be

From D2feeney on November 23rd, 2011

I have an 2008 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 with Premium Package and Audi Navigation Plus (Includes iPod interface and deletes the CD Changer in Premium Package). This iPod interface worked with my original iPhone (2G) and with the iPhone 3GS, but does not work with the latest iPhone 4S. When i push the iPhone 4S into the slot, I notice on the iPhone screen a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark ! in it, but can’t see the message underneath the triangle – I assume it says that this interface is not compatible…
How can i get my iPhone 4S to work with this iPod interface?

From Fred Hottinger on November 24th, 2011

Great site. Hoping you can advise me…I have a an ’08 B7 S4 Avant with NAV, SAT, & 6disc. Have been stuck on how to connect my iPhone via cord for music playback. Have read lots, but found little that is user-friendly and ergonomic (not sure how the brain-trust at Audi failed to address this) given all of the other delights they spoil us with…Also, any suggestions for iPhone holders that keep the unit in plain view but not stuck to a windshield?

From Troy R on November 28th, 2011

Hello! I’m in desperate need of help as a newcomer to this site.  I have a 2008 Audi TT and I would like to know what adapter, cable, etc. is needed to allow me to play my Ipod through the factory radio system. So far I’ve contacted 3 places and 1 place tried installing an FM modulator that would allow the Ipod to play. However, in order to switch back to the radio function, I’d have to turn off and restart the car–NOT AN OPTION!!

Any help anyone can offer me would be GREATLY  appreciated! Many thanks!

From Anonymous on December 4th, 2011

Im about to test the same thing on a 2012 Audi A3 with Nav-Plus. The iPhone 4 (not 4s) works fine with bluetooth in the car, but havent tried using it with an iPod touch hooked up with the blue grommet cable. My 2008 S5 works that way fine – Nokia bluetooth phone with permanently attached iPod touch. But in my gf’s A3 she wants to use her iPhone to play Pandora, and doesnt want it stashed away in the box, since she uses it for other stuff (like GPS redundancy, texting (at red lights) etc.). I’ll let you all know how the pausing iPod app works, and also if there is any new news from the dealer if and when I go back.

From Geoff on December 8th, 2011

Oh, and by the way, supposedly the latest Pandora app for iPhone, released in Oct/Nov2011, has full MMI v3 functionality, so all of these problems should no longer be problems. 🙂  Hopefully also the case for Nav-plus.

From Geoff on December 8th, 2011

I have a 2008 Audi S4 & my i-phone will not sync with the dock in the glove box
Is there an adapter cable or any other solution that will help.  Do I need to go purchase an old school i-pod for this to work?
I’ve got tons of music, but can’t listen to any of it through my i-phone
Very frustrating

From Mike on December 9th, 2011

[…] the cable supplied is the 4F0051510E, and it looks like i should be using the K version. (as per I Am Audi | The Standard for Audi | Articles I Models I Video I Pictures – Audi iPod Adapter C…) NOTE: i do not have navigation. I am new to all this, so I am wondering if I have a compatible […]

question    it wont read my ipod   is a brand new gen4 so i dont know the problem….i saw check ipod or the cable   so im guessing the cable.   any ideas

From Jay2dadil on December 17th, 2011

I Have an A4 with NAVI and an iPod connector in the glove box. I like to drive while hearing Sunday football over an ESPN app. I use a plug to plug extension cable to go from inside the golve box to the iPhone4 eith iOS 5. When I press the play button on the ESPN app, the announcers come through on any track on the Nav screen. All I needed to do was be sure the Music (old iPod) app wasn’t playing.

From Eherb on December 19th, 2011

Same issue – did anyone ever come up with a solution to this?

From Skekuna on December 22nd, 2011

audi q7  how get the door mirrors to fold automaticly with the ignitiopn

From Choice-electrical on December 29th, 2011

hi, I think the problem may be that the ipod files were either 1) copied on to the ipod without the album artwork already embedded or ii) copied to the ipod in a format other than MP3. Try converting your current ipod files to the MP3 format (if they already have the album artwork) and this conversion should embed the artwork files in the file. then when you connect to the ipod you should be able to see the embedded artwork.
I hope that helps – I just found that out and am trying it myself…

From Mav001 on January 6th, 2012

Stephen, did u ever find anything out? Same car, same problem

From Tonymalbrough on January 17th, 2012

i have the same problem do you found a answer?

From Edluisfer on February 8th, 2012

Can 2012 Audi Q5 show iPhone Pandora (internet radio app) screen? Does the Audi Q5 Nav screen mirror the iPhone screen when the iPhone is set to the Pandora app?

From sbj on April 19th, 2012

Mine did the exact same thing.  I ran all the updates for the iphone.  Now it works.

From Ewfwe on April 28th, 2012


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From Click here on July 7th, 2012

Hi, I’m sure I’m not the only asking but what should we do if we have the new iphone 5? It’s possible the new lightning adapter will not allow iPod control of the iPhone or will using a Audi USB cable work? (btw, I have a 2009 A5). Thx.

From Ac on October 24th, 2012

Hi..I have a 2009 A6.. So far none of what has been described even looks like my system. I have a DVD player and a CD Player in my Glove box.. My system does not have the iPOD Cable or socket.. Can I fit one of these? If I can, do I connect it to the back of the CD Player, or the back of the DVD Player? Any help would be appreciated

From David R.Jones on November 12th, 2012

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