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I was thrilled to find out I could control my ipod connected via USB by voice commands.

For example:
- ipod search
- Play genre rock
or
- Play artist Billy Joel
etc.

The downside I'm seeing is that every time I turn on the car it needs to rebuild the voice recognition database for the ipod. So if I'm 2 minutes into a trip and I say "ipod search" I get a message that say something like "Generating voice recognition...." Eventually it will tell me it's done and I can use voice commands, but I don't want to wait 5-10 minutes to be able to do it. That's the length of most of the trips I take in the car right now.

I could probably understand if I was unplugging the unit or taking it out of the car, but I leave it in there all the time. I would expect it to retain whatever database it had built previously.

Has anyone else used the feature and found this to be an issue?
 

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That happens sometimes on my MDX. Sometimes the iPod doesn't turn off when you turn off the car, then it will stay on until the battery drains. So essentially, when the iPod charges up again when you start your next trip, it thinks its a new iPod and start the whole process again. Try resetting your iPod by pressing the play and menu button at the same time for a few seconds or make sure you have the latest firmware for your iPod.

But I agree, its a killer way to navigate your music library.
 

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I bet that's what is going on. This morning my ipod was actually frozen. I had to reset it, and then it took it's customary 10 minutes before I could do a voice search.

It's a cool feature, but I wish it was a little more stable in terms of powering off the unit properly.
 

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Sorry to state the obvious, but have you considered only synching smaller playlists?

You probably don't need 500 hours of music for the 10 minute trips you describe.
 

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Right now we mostly only use it to run around on the weekends. But we do take longer (hour plus) trips. We don't _need_ that much music, but we already sync smaller sets to go on our iPhones.

We have an iPod that holds our entire collection, so we can listen to whatever we want to without having to 'manage' it. I just want to leave it in the car and listen to whatever I'm in the mood for, rather then what I've remembered to put into playlists.
 

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+1. I have my entire library in my MDX and its awesome to just do a voice search for whatever song/genre you want to fit my mood.
 

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Right now we mostly only use it to run around on the weekends. But we do take longer (hour plus) trips. We don't _need_ that much music, but we already sync smaller sets to go on our iPhones.
I agree with you about wanting the system to work the ideal way. I'm hoping for a firmware update eventually (especially to fix the A2DP audio delay), so finger crossed that it comes and fixes a lot of the electronics issues.

In the meantime, though, what happens if you use the iPhones for short trips and the iPod Classic for the hour+ journeys?
 

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We'll probably just stick with the iPod classic. Fortunately it doesn't prevent us to listening to music as long as we want to listen to whatever we were listening to when the car was last shut off.

It takes a few minutes to build the search index to to the search by dial and around 10 minutes for the voice recognition to be ready. I, too, hope they get this straightened out, but from what OdyDudy says it's happening on the MDX so it's been around a while and has not been addressed yet.
 
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