Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: New Hampshire
Car: 2012 Outback 2.5i Premium
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Issue playing iPod through USB port
Lately I've been having an issue playing music through the built in USB interface using my iPod. This has been working fine since I bought the car in October, but in the last 2 weeks or so it decided to stop working. Using the bluetooth streaming works fine, but when you plug in the iPod (iPhone 4 w/ IOS5) the screen on the head unit says "ipod" track 1, and the track time is always 0:00. This is on the standard head unit in the 2012 premium. On the iPod, it use to tell me that an accessory was connected, and that you couldn't control the iPod from the touch screen, but now it acts as if nothing is connected. (controls are fully functional on the iPod, and the output is being sent to the dock connector as opposed to the bluetooth stream) I've checked that the iPod is seeing the connection, as the battery does charge when connected. The iPod continues to "play" the track, even though no audio is coming from the speakers (yes the volume is not turned all the way down), and the head unit doesn't seem to think that it's playing anything. None of the head unit controls for track/list/etc... are working.
I have tried resetting the settings on the iPod with no luck (issue is still present). One strange behavior that I did notice before it stopped working all together is when you pressed the track up/down buttons on the steering wheel, the display on the head unit changed to "playlist" and the audio stopped playing. (before it was working properly and changing the track)
Does anybody know of a way to maybe reset the head unit? Seems to me like some kind of firmware issue on the head unit that's persisting when you turn the car off/on.