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Bluetooth audio problem and 2011 Mazda 3

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brassman1234 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Feb 14, 2011 7:22 AM
There is a great deal of conflicting information in regards to bluetooth audio compatibility and various cars (2011 Mazda 3 in my case) and the iphone 4... So I'm trying to get a straight answer!

Anyway my car (according to Mazda) supports AVRCP 1.3, however when pairing to my Verizon iPhone (4.2.6), the car reports BT Audio (which denotes that the device has less than AVRCP 1.3 support).

So question 1... Does the iphone support AVRCP 1.3 in its entirety or is it some limited incarnation of it or simply just A2DP?

Question 2... The options that I have with BT Audio allow me to skip the track, but won't allow me to pause/stop (I hit the pause/stop and the audio stops for split second and then restarts) So what's the story here?

Question 3... What am I supposed to expect from the iphone 4 in terms of bluetooth support? i.e.
Plays blue tooth audio? (Yes it does that quite well in my car)
Allows Skip, Pause functions from car controls? (It skips track, but NOT Pause)
Shows current playing track? (Ok I'd assume that the most advanced smart phone on the planet would support this simple function, but I don't believe it does and if it doesn't...why not?)

Answers anyone?
iOS 4
  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 9:52 AM (in response to brassman1234)
    if I can be honest with you the iPhone 4 has been terrible with bluetooth since the launch its very buggy doesn't work with a bunch of stuff basically the only way to fix your problem is to wait for a update from either apple or the car manufacturer and hope it fixes the problem
    macbook pro 17 inch - iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to brassman1234)
    It seems like every other time there is a new version of the iPhone firmware or an update in the firmware to my car radio the Bluetooth interface stops working.



    I have since changed to a hardwired dock connector in all my cars. I find it sounds MUCH better than Bluetooth and better than the Audio Jack in the car.

    These ALWAYS work.

 Just about any car audio shop can install these at a low cost.




    They are unaffected by firmware updates, and they charge my iPhone and iPod at the same time. So when I get out of my car I have a fully charged iPhone.



    Go hardwired, it will ALWAYS work. 

  • whatheck Level 5 Level 5 (4,040 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 12:13 PM (in response to brassman1234)
    brassman1234 wrote:
    So question 1... Does the iphone support AVRCP 1.3 in its entirety or is it some limited incarnation of it or simply just A2DP?

    Yes, the iPhone does support AVRCP. The Supported Bluetooth profiles article says that it supports "pause, play, stop, next track and previous track for AVRCP."

    When you look at Wikipedia, the AVRCP profile goes up to 1.4. It looks like the iPhone supports the 1.0 profile.


    Question 2... The options that I have with BT Audio allow me to skip the track, but won't allow me to pause/stop (I hit the pause/stop and the audio stops for split second and then restarts) So what's the story here?

    Thats all that AVRCP 1.0 supports.

    Question 3... What am I supposed to expect from the iphone 4 in terms of bluetooth support? i.e.
    Plays blue tooth audio? (Yes it does that quite well in my car)
    Allows Skip, Pause functions from car controls? (It skips track, but NOT Pause)
    Shows current playing track? (Ok I'd assume that the most advanced smart phone on the planet would support this simple function, but I don't believe it does and if it doesn't...why not?)

    The first article that I linked provides details about what bluetooth profiles are supported by the iPhone and what you can expect it to do.

    To get the most functionality, you'll want to keep your car stereo and your iPhone updated. Previous iOS updates have included support for more bluetooth profiles.

    WTH.
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Feb 14, 2011 6:27 PM (in response to brassman1234)
    I'm just not that crazy about having my dash dismantled to install it.


    There is less dismantling than you think. The car radios are designed to come out. Car audio shops are very familiar with most cars.

    I had this done to three vehicles, no rattling at all. The sound is superb, and when I get out of my car my iPhone is at 100%.

    I tried the Bluetooth route. The car would get its firmware updated, it stopped working. iPhone gets its firmware updated, it stops working. It was a CONSTANT battle.
  • KyleKr Calculating status...
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    Feb 15, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to brassman1234)
    {quote:title=brassman1234 wrote:}Shows current playing track? (Ok I'd assume that the most advanced smart phone on the planet would support this simple function, but I don't believe it does and if it doesn't...why not?){quote}


    Just wanted to comment on this...

    FWIW, I have a 2010 Ford with SYNC in it, and it also does not display current track information over Bluetooth. I've tried this with a Moto Droid, and now, the iPhone 4. Other functions of SYNC, like voice commands (ex: "Play artist xxxx"), also do not work over Bluetooth. Seems like a restriction of the audio systems in these vehicles rather than a phone restriction.
    Dell E1705, Windows 7
  • TonyBony Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2011 8:59 PM (in response to KyleKr)
    Definitely the phone. I paired my VAIO laptop to my car (2011 Mazda3),and track info was displayed when I played tunes throught Windows Media player. When I used iTunes, nothing came up, and of course with my iPhone4, no info is displayed.
  • SpikeFL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 8:26 PM (in response to brassman1234)
    Darn thats bad news for me to see. I was thinking about trading for a new Mazda 3 and hoping that everything was going to work with the radio. Do you have a nav system or not?

    Also, I have an 09 Mazda 6 and all of the functions including next track, previous track, pause, etc all work with my iPhone 4. Just the radio isn't smart in enough to show text, if it was even able to.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.6), ..
  • jstumpalump;150 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:32 PM (in response to brassman1234)

    i have a 2011 mazda 3 and iphone 4 and i figured out if you tap the play button twice quickly it will pause almost every time then tap once to play again.

  • Shareef Yousef Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 27, 2011 7:22 PM (in response to jstumpalump;150)

    Has anyone gotten the track/artist info to show in a Mazda?

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