If you want to play MP3 files from a flash drive, iPod or your mobile phone, the AMI (Audi Music Interface) is the best way to do that. It’s a relatively easy retrofit that will take you up to an hour depending on your skill level.Here is a list of the items and actions you need for this retrofit:
- The Audi Music Interface Unit (part number 4E0 035 785 B)
- Optic cable splitter (optional)
- Power cable splitter (optional)
- Device cable
- Glove box with space for two units (optional)
- CD Removal Tools
The Audi Music Interface Unit
Here’s how the unit looks. Unfortunately, Audi has discontinued selling this product in their official store mostly because the newer generation cars are now well connected to the Internet and use different system for the in-car entertainment. This is why, you should look for it on eBay or used cars shops.
Optic cable splitter
You need this cable in case you want to keep your CD Changer. Similar to our A6 4F Bluetooth Retrofit article, you have to split the MOST optical circle and add the AMI. It’s best practice to add the AMI before your Changer in the optical circle. Don’t buy cheap cables! This can cause your device sporadicly to stop working. It’s much better to use an optical cable from an old car or to buy a quality new one.
Power cable splitter
Once again, if you want to keep the CD Changer, you need to provide power to the AMI using a splitter cable. The power cable is srandard for all devices of that sort. That cable can be purchased either from an Audi dealership, eBay or other places.
AMI supports multiple devices including iPhone 4 and older, iPhone 5, iPod, Nokia, Samsung and many other phones including a regular AUX and a regular USB interface that you can put a USB memory into. Those cables are still being sold by Audi dealerships. You can find them in eBay too. Just get the one that fits your needs.
Glove box with space for two units (optional)
If you want to keep your CD Changer and don’t feel comfortable cutting your glove box, you can buy a new one with two slots. The correct part number is 4F1857035BF 6PS
CD Removal Tools
In case you want to remove the CD Changer and place the AMI in its slot, you need a set of stereo removal tools. They are very cheap and you should be able to get them from ebay or any Stereo shop around oyu.
There are two ways to do this – you can either replace your CD Changer (much easier), or you can add the AMI and keep the CD Changer.
If you want to replace the CD Changer
I recommend that you do this – there is no use of having a CD Changer when you have an AMI installed on your car. With a $10 USB flash drive you get 8GB or more to store MP3s that equal dozens CDs. Besides, the installation is much easier:
- Remove the glove box, there are three screws under it (stars) and three more when you open the glove box.
- Carefuly remove the cables from the CD Changer
- Use the stereo removal tool to remove the Changer
- Plugi the AMI in the CD Changer spot and connect the cables
- Assemble the glove box back
That’s it! You don’t need to code anything, the AMI will start working in the CD Changer’s place. Connect the device with the preferred cable and start using it
If you want to keep the CD Changer
If you want to keep the CD Changer, the installation is the same but you need to add another device in the MOST optic circle. You can do this with the optic and power cables. The images will help you a lot. However, you need to either cut the back of the glovebox or buy a new one that has two slots for two devices. There’s nothing special about that, just use a soldering device or really good carpet knife to cut the back of the glovebox so the AMI can fit next to the CD Changer. Once you fit in the AMI and connect the cables, you need to make some coding. Go to the CAN Gateway module and press the Installation List button on your VCDS software. Then, check the Media Device N2 to add a second player source to your car and hit Save. That’s it, you can now chose between your CD changer and the AMI.