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Old 06-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Base 130 Radio - can you play via USB flash drive?

I'm planning on buying a 2012 Sahara Unlimited and wondering if the upgraded radio is worth it for me. I'm not really interested in the NAV system, but more focused on the music options. Can I use a flash drive to play music on the base radio option. Does having the connectivity/Bluetooth option matter? Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to my first jeep.

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Old 06-18-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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There is no USB on the 130. Yuo can burn music to a disc in mp3 format and play it that way. Or just get connectivity group which gives you bluetooth, EVIC(electronic vehicle information center) and a usb in the center console under the armrest.

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Old 06-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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There is no USB on the 130. Yuo can burn music to a disc in mp3 format and play it that way. Or just get connectivity group which gives you bluetooth, EVIC(electronic vehicle information center) and a usb in the center console under the armrest.
Thanks Pat - you are all over it. If I understand you correctly, having the connectivity option with the base radio would give me a USB port that I can play music through with a flash drive....? Or does the USB not allow you to play music on the 130?
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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I'm interested in this answer as well. I ordered a '12 Sport S with the base radio (130) and Connectivity Group. Can I use the head unit to control the USB drive plugged into the USB port in the center console?
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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I'm interested in this answer as well. I ordered a '12 Sport S with the base radio (130) and Connectivity Group. Can I use the head unit to control the USB drive plugged into the USB port in the center console?
I'm no expert, but I don't think you can use the head unit to control the USB drive. I 'think' I tried it in my '11, and it wouldn't work...I'm probably wrong though...
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USB/Ipod

I just got my 2011 Sahara with the connectivity group. I keep my ipod in the console connected via the console USB port. On the (non-nav) radio, you can choose AM/FM/Satellite/USB and control the Ipod via the radio (menus, playlists, and all). The coolest thing is that with the voice recognition, you just hit the VR button and say "USB" to switch to the Ipod. Then hit VR and say "play-artist-Jimmy Buffett"....and it goes right to it! Or VR then "play-song-Knee Deep". You don't even have to scroll through all 6 bajillion songs on the Ipod to find the one you want! I didn't need the touch screen nav radio either, but I really like being able to use my Ipod through the radio (instead of just the AUX in jack and having to fiddle with the Ipod itself). Just my $.02.
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Sweet - thanks.

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I just got my 2011 Sahara with the connectivity group. I keep my ipod in the console connected via the console USB port. On the (non-nav) radio, you can choose AM/FM/Satellite/USB and control the Ipod via the radio (menus, playlists, and all). The coolest thing is that with the voice recognition, you just hit the VR button and say "USB" to switch to the Ipod. Then hit VR and say "play-artist-Jimmy Buffett"....and it goes right to it! Or VR then "play-song-Knee Deep". You don't even have to scroll through all 6 bajillion songs on the Ipod to find the one you want! I didn't need the touch screen nav radio either, but I really like being able to use my Ipod through the radio (instead of just the AUX in jack and having to fiddle with the Ipod itself). Just my $.02.
This is great news - thank you. It's amazing how much technical b.s. about the radio options is on these threads, but this simple answer was nowhere to be found. Don't get me wrong, I've learned a ton from reading through posts here. But, I think I've finally confirmed that the 430 and 730 upgrades are not worth it (for me anyway). I'm ordering asap!!
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On my last Jeep, I used the 130 and saved $400+ by plugging into the media port/headphone jack on my iPod and just scrolling the iPod...always worked fine for me and the $8.00 aux jack cord was a lot more cost effective than a $400 package...just my .02 cents...

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On my last Jeep, I used the 130 and saved $400+ by plugging into the media port/headphone jack on my iPod and just scrolling the iPod...always worked fine for me and the $8.00 aux jack cord was a lot more cost effective than a $400 package...just my .02 cents...

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Agreed...if the $400 package included only the USB port for Ipod connectivity, it would not be worth it to me either...the $8 aux cord would work just fine. Voice recognition and the Uconnect phone was also part of the connectivity package and is worth the price of the connectivity group to me. I use it all the time. It's more comfortable and easier to use than a bluetooth earphone and certainly safer than dialing by hand and holding the phone to talk. With the voice recognition and Uconnect, I never touch the phone to make or receive calls....it's as easy as talking to someone sitting in the passenger seat.

I would have never spent the money on such a "luxury" item...kinda a simple girl at heart...but I had the Uconnect feature on a previously owned used car (just happened to have it when we got it), and I really enjoyed the convenience. I guess I got spoiled! Since it was available on the Jeep, I figured I might as well enjoy it! Same thing happened with heated seats...they just happened to be on a used car we bought one time. I used to think they were so frivolous until I had 'em....they're really nice on sore backs and they extend the comfort of top down driving in cooler weather! OK...hooked again!
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On my last Jeep, I used the 130 and saved $400+ by plugging into the media port/headphone jack on my iPod and just scrolling the iPod...always worked fine for me and the $8.00 aux jack cord was a lot more cost effective than a $400 package...just my .02 cents...

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With the aux cord do you still get stereo?
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I'm planning on buying a 2012 Sahara Unlimited and wondering if the upgraded radio is worth it for me. I'm not really interested in the NAV system, but more focused on the music options. Can I use a flash drive to play music on the base radio option. Does having the connectivity/Bluetooth option matter? Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to my first jeep.
FWIW: I just ordered a 2012 Rubicon Unlimited with the Connectivity group. While you can play music with Bluetooth, your quality will be fairly/severely impacted. What I plan on doing is replacing factory unit with an aftermarket Alipine head-unit... You can get their top-line head-units for <$300, which includes Bluetooth & iBS (Pad, Phone, Tampon, etc.). If you need DVD & Navigation... you're probably looking around $1000.

I will first check out the factory speakers... my experience is that factory speakers will still give much improved quality with a good head unit. If not, get some Alpine Type-R speakers. Not planning on an amp because of possible interior water hazards... unless I can find a place to mount other than floor.

Just my .02.
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FWIW: I just ordered a 2012 Rubicon Unlimited with the Connectivity group. While you can play music with Bluetooth, your quality will be fairly/severely impacted. What I plan on doing is replacing factory unit with an aftermarket Alipine head-unit... You can get their top-line head-units for <$300, which includes Bluetooth & iBS (Pad, Phone, Tampon, etc.). If you need DVD & Navigation... you're probably looking around $1000.

I will first check out the factory speakers... my experience is that factory speakers will still give much improved quality with a good head unit. If not, get some Alpine Type-R speakers. Not planning on an amp because of possible interior water hazards... unless I can find a place to mount other than floor.

Just my .02.
With the connectivity group, I will use the USB port to hard wire an ipod (or some other music player) - not bluetooth. I think that will have decent quality, at least as good as allowed by the stock head unit and speakers. I will probably upgrade the head unit and speakers at some point but I'll wait to see how this goes.
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There is no USB connector on the radio itself, however if you have the Uconnect system, you can play music, audio books etc that are recorded onto a flash drive and place the flash drive in the USB connecto that you would plug the Ipod into. You will be able to use the radio to change tracks, FF, REW & selections of songs, artist etc.


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I'm planning on buying a 2012 Sahara Unlimited and wondering if the upgraded radio is worth it for me. I'm not really interested in the NAV system, but more focused on the music options. Can I use a flash drive to play music on the base radio option. Does having the connectivity/Bluetooth option matter? Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to my first jeep.

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