OK, well, maybe it's not EPIC, but it's stuff to which I give a FAIL, and Chrysler should be embarrassed to do what they have done. I am going to keep updating this 1st post to include every bug, missing feature, missed opportunity, and general disappointment we have with these radios. Please post your additions/corrections below, and I will add them here.
EPIC FAIL #1:
Engineer an extremely complex radio back in 2010, built it into many different car models through 2014, and issue only one bug fix in 2011
! It is ridiculous to suppose that you can get such a complex radio to work right from the start; Uconnect engineers need to iterate and issue bug fixes and feature enhancements on a regular basis.
Edited to add: Tanbam says they're updating the radios all the time, because he has never seen two radios with the same firmware build number. Chrysler just never updates radios in the field. (Mine's a late 2012.) Tanbam also thinks our radios were actually engineered back in 2008.
Edited to add: Tanbaum and Cool_V reminded me of the iPod playlist update.
Edited to add: There is reputedly another flash avaiable that "fixes" the H/K system subwoofer rattle by putting a notch filter in the radios.
If you care about your sound, don't ever flash that!
Edited to add: An update became available c. August 8, 2014 for 2013 and '14 radios!
See post here http://www.300cforums.com/forums/car...ml#post2060210
for what's changed: Short synopsis, nothing notable. Also note this caution regarding Akamai NetSession, which is set to run at startup:
Edited to add: An update became available Sept 15, 2014 for 2011 and '12 radios! None
If you read the EULA, you are agreeing to let it join a peer-to-peer network to reduce the load on Uconnect's servers by allowing other users to download from your hard drive.
of the epic fails in this post have been addressed.
Edited to add: An update became available (released July 14, 2015) for 2012 radios!
of the epic fails in this post have been addressed.
EPIC FAIL #2:
Put a woefully incomplete and outdated database of CDs on board, and never update it even once. How many albums come out every DAY in this old world? It should be obvious to a child that you can't put a CD database on board the car. Just incredible.
EPIC FAIL #3:
Music "cleanup" function powered by Gracenotes is yet another brain-dead idea. Those of us who take the time to tag our MP3s properly, and embed album art in the metadata, obviously care what the tags show. But oh, no, we can't have that! You turn on Music Cleanup and artist names are mysteriously transformed into somebody different. David Pack becomes David Pabon. John Jarvis becomes John Davis. David Wahler becomes Ginger. If you turn off Music Cleanup, you get to see the right artist names, but then you don't get to see any
EPIC FAIL #4:
The radio never displays album art from MP3 metadata. Unbelievable! Are there any other music players anywhere on earth that discard album art already present in the MP3? When there is no match to the munged Album/Artist tags found in the Gracenotes database, you don't get to see album art. The number of popular artists I have which do not display album art is jaw-dropping. Many "best of" albums do not show album art. Many remastered CDs of very popular albums do not show album art. Foreign issues? Forget it! Your own music? Ha! You can buy an MP3 player for less than $50 that displays album art from metadata correctly. Why can't our $1300 radios do the same?
EPIC FAIL #5:
Chrysler never published a list of supported media or playable file formats. Apparently the list is really short (must be FAT32, and MP3, WMA, or AAC). SDXC cards will not work.
EPIC FAIL #6: No support for bluetooth standard avrcp1.3 (or later). This prevents track names from being displayed when playing back songs via bluetooth from any device.
EPIC FAIL #7: No update available for iOS7 devices, including 5th gen iPod Touch, iPhone 4 and up, and iPad 2 and up.
If you dare to plug your iOS7 device into your Uconnect system via USB, you will be amused to find that (1) the media player may get into an infinite loop playing a few seconds of sound and require turning off the car to reset, (2) playing a few seconds of a song and then skipping to another, and (3) displaying the wrong title. See post #83 Uconnect Touch 8.4/N EPIC FAIL
and post #98 Uconnect Touch 8.4/N EPIC FAIL
for a complete list of anomalous behavior when using iOS7 devices.
EPIC FAIL #8: No update available for iOS8 devices, which appear to be completely incompatible.
Reports are showing up that the radio cannot index music on iOS8 devices, even after being plugged in for hours, and therefore cannot play off iOS8 devices at all.
EPIC FAIL #9: No support for Message Access Protocol (text messaging) on any current generation smartphone.
EPIC FAIL #10:
No official map update for Uconnect 8.4N for the 2013-14 model years. 2011-12 hopelessly outdated. Just incredible.
Inability to play tracks in original track order. Alphabetical is all you get.
On skip, player cuts to digital zero, introducing a "tick" sound before the next track is played. We know the radios can fade out (and fade in) because the satellite part of the radio does just that when it suffers loss of signal.
No lossless formats.
No way (after ignition/accessory/start) to acknowledge reading the nag screen so that it goes away permanently
. It shows every time you start your car.
Six title iPod playlist does not automatically scroll when radio advances to 7th title.
No true reset function, e.g. to get the radio to rescan the SD card.
: No gapless playback of ripped CDs with continuous music across tracks.
No scrolling of artist name, album name, or track name. If these names are too long, they get truncated. We get no help from the info screen either; they're truncated there as well.
Compression/limiting and auto-loudness built into amplified systems (and possibly base-model unamplified systems as well), making it difficult to get audiophile quality sound.
A three-band equalizer.
There is also the issue that the equalizer controls have a dead spot
both + and -3 bars, and do precious little beyond that. After applying the mysterious do-nothing update that became available in 2014, this dead spot is gone with base model sound systems, and disabled completely in Beats sound systems.
Shuffle track list is regenerated from scratch every time you start your car. (Also, you can get a different shuffle track list simply by toggling the Shuffle soft key.) When you start your car, the radio resumes playback of the track you were on when you stopped, but if skipping forward or backward quickly, the track you're on is no longer in the list!
SMS message function of our radios has largely been broken with Android phones from Kit Kat on. Some phone manufacturers, e.g. Samsung, fixed it with 4.4.4 and still more worked with 5.0 (Marshmallow). But it remains broken on Nexus phones. See some details here: Messaging Works!
SMS message list (if you can get it to work at all) is limited to 34 entries. Once the 35th (or more) message reaches your phone, you receive notification and you can have Uconnect read it to you. But the 35th (and older) messages are not displayed. See details here: Uconnect Touch 8.4/N EPIC FAIL