|The RNS-315 VW stereo/navigation|
unit - my new pride and joy.
My previous car, I had a little adapter for an iPod, and in it most of my music library. Nonetheless, I couldn't control the iPod via radio, and it was a bit hazardous to my health to control music playback while driving, so it ended up being playlists or auto-playlists. Not so fun, and I never really liked using iTunes, specially on Windows computers, which I prefer.
Finally, when I got my new car, I discovered that it not only comes with an iPod dongle standard (too bad I don't have an iPod anymore) but it also has a SD card slot for MP3 playback. I believe it can read cards up to 16GB, but right now, using a measly 4GB card, I'm having so much fun, I don't think I could fill up a 16GB card. I can put a folder with just random mixes in them, and separate folders if I want to have the full album experience. Song title and artist information is displayed, I can shuffle within a folder or across the entire disk, go forward, backwards, it's glorious. It even has a single CD slot loading drive and Sirius XM, if you like satellite radio. The clincher is the ability to connect to my phone via Bluetooth, so I can stream Pandora, Tunein Radio, or any other audio source from my phone. In a single word: unbelievable. In a few: welcome to the 21st century. If only it could display album art, I would be a happy camper. I know that aftermarket units can do that, but honestly, I have been using stock stereos for a while now, so I don't think I'm going to change now. Adding a sub-woofer, on the other hand, is tempting enough that I might just do that next year...