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
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.