What Is Acura Music Link™?
Acura Music Link is an accessory adapter that allows you to play the music on your Apple® iPod® on your vehicle's audio system. Designed specifically for Acura vehicles, Acura Music Link connects the iPod® directly to the vehicle's audio system for the best sound-quality results. (It does not broadcast music from the iPod® on a radio frequency.) Your Acura dealer installs the Acura Music Link adapter cable in the glove box (on most models). Once connected, Acura Music Link allows you to use the controls on your vehicle's audio system to play and search for music on your iPod®, and it charges the iPod® battery.
Acura Music Link includes a dealer-installed adapter cable, a Quick Reference Guide, and a CD-ROM for use on your home computer. The Quick Reference Guide contains a general overview of the accessory and information to help you get started quickly. On the Acura Music Link CD-ROM, you'll find a more comprehensive User's Guide and the optional Acura TTS (text-to-speech) software.
How Does Acura Music Link Work?
Acura Music Link has six play modes/categories, or six ways to listen to music: you can search playlists, search artists, search albums, search genres, shuffle all albums, and shuffle all songs. Each disc number (1-6) on your vehicle's audio system corresponds with a play mode/category in Acura Music Link. For example, selecting disc number 1 on your audio system activates the search playlists category in Acura Music Link. NOTE: To use the first four search categories, you must first install and run the Acura TTS software (included on the Acura Music Link CD-ROM) on your home computer (PC or Mac).
What Is Acura TTS?
Acura TTS (text-to-speech) is a software application provided on the Acura Music Link CD-ROM for those who want additional play modes. This optional software installs on the Mac or PC you use with your iPod®. It scans the iPod® library to create text-to-speech files (voice prompts) for the playlists, artists, albums, and genres (but not song titles) on the iPod®. The text-to-speech files are automatically saved in iTunes (the software program used with an iPod®) and copied onto the iPod®. Acura Music Link uses these voice prompts to help you search for music on your iPod® while you're in your vehicle.
Acura TTS is optional. You can choose not to install Acura TTS and still use Acura Music Link. If you do so, however, you will only be able to use the shuffle all albums and shuffle all songs play modes.
Note that Acura Music Link does not have voice recognition. While it does speak (it has voice prompts), it does not recognize voice commands.
Is Music Information Shown on the Audio Display or Navigation Screen? With Acura Music Link, you'll see the track number, elapsed time, and disc number (play mode/category) in your vehicle's audio display or navigation system screen. Acura Music Link does not display iPod® information like song titles or artist names on your vehicle's audio display or navigation system screen.
What Kind of iPod® Do I Need for Acura Music Link?
Acura Music Link works exclusively with applicable Apple® iPod® players; it is not compatible with other MP3 players. To use Acura Music Link, you'll need a 4th-generation or later iPod®, iPod miniŽ, or iPod nanoŽ. Acura Music Link does not work with iPod shuffleŽ or 3rd-generation and earlier iPod®. (See illustration.)