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Playing Music VIA Car USB (Particularly via MDI)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by MadHater81, May 26, 2011.

  1. MadHater81

    MadHater81 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi guys, im new to the forum and just joined becuase I am really need some help with my hone.

    I just bought a brand new SGS2 and it is an amazing phone.. but.. to my shock horror, I can not use it with my cars factory head unit. The car is 2011 VW GOLF R, and the headunit cost me $2500. Now I know factory stuff is not always the latest/best stuff out, but my iFail 3gs and iPhone 4 as well as the HTC Desire, have no problems whatsoever playing music through it. The head unit is an RNS-510.

    On my headunit, its advantageous to have it work over the USB port (MDI)(VW speak) instead of just the bluetooth connection (which i do have thank god) because:

    a) you get a charge instead of draining the charge
    b) all the song/artist/album names show up on this head unit.

    So any gurus on here care to explain? Its seems to be a problem, even the iPods work with it.

    thank you for any help!

  2. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    did you try enabling USB debugging or mounting the device? you might need to do both
  3. manmikey

    manmikey Lurker

    I had the same problem.

    In my car I was able to connect to the cars head unit via a usb data cable by going to; Settings; WiFi and Network; USB utilities; and press the "connect storage to PC" button.

    The head unit then recognises the Samsung and pulls the music and playlists from the device and plays them ok.....plus it charges it up too!
  4. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    yep, that's mounting :)
    hope that solved OP's question
  5. Gearu

    Gearu Android Expert

    Make sure you are using the right usb cable, there are 2 that come in the box, one works, and the other one causes a disaster that takes a minute to stop and kill.
  6. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    what :eek:
    are you being serious? i can't tell lol
  7. Tycho

    Tycho Lurker

    That allows we to use the unit to treat my phone like a usb key, personally I was looking to be able to use the player on my phone, or any app for that matter and have the audio play when the usb is connected. Worked like a charm on my iPhone before the gs2.
  8. PHIL_744

    PHIL_744 Lurker

    Thanks Manikey for the advice, i forgot about that setting ! Quick question when i connected the phone to the RCD510 unit it lists all the tracks rather than in the folder name, i.e it lists all the music together.I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 , any idea's?

    Thanks very much

  9. MrCraigC

    MrCraigC Lurker

    I have a Galaxy s3 and the menu doesn't have this option. any idea how to set this on the S3? I have the same problem. I could connect my HTC Desire to my car via USB as a hard drive and play music from it. when i connect my Galaxy S3 to my car, the car does not recognise the device
  10. docmanny

    docmanny Lurker

    I have a similar problem. I have a Galaxy S3 and I can navigate through songs with bluetooth- shows me title info on the RNS 510. I can't see a list.

    When I connect it through MDI, it says there are no music files. Is it looking for files in a certain directory?

    My music is in /mnt/sdcard/Music
  11. m4f1050

    m4f1050 Newbie

    I am having the same issue, but with a Galaxy S2 and Jelly Bean, no PC Mount. ANNOYING! So I guess I am looking for solution like Galaxy S3 and MDI.

    Bluetooth works fine but doesn't sound as good as the Aux input which is an extra cable, I rather use the MDI which does both, charge and sound.

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The Samsung Galaxy S2 release date was April 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4210 Dual processor, and 1650mAh battery.

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