The 2015 Kia Sportage can play MP3 and WMA digital audio files using either a USB flash drive or a digital audio player, such as an Apple iPod. Audio files in other formats, though -- such as AFF, WAV and FLAC -- will not work with the Sportage's system. Bluetooth-enabled players can connect wirelessly.
Things You'll Need
- Audio player with Bluetooth or USB output.
Enjoying Your Music Collection in Your Sportage
Connect your device to the Sportage's USB interface. If you are using a USB flash drive, simply insert it into the port marked "USB." It is located near the middle of the dashboard, below the audio system controls and alongside the cigarette lighter. If you have an iPod or other music player, use a USB cable to plug it into the port. Once it is plugged in, turn on the device if it doesn't turn on automatically.
Press the MEDIA button on the audio system's control panel until "USB(iPod)" is selected. The current audio source is shown at the top of the display screen. The Sportage will quickly detect your device and the first track in the top-level directory will automatically begin playing. The current folder and file name will be shown on the screen.
To change folders on your device, press either the "Cat Folder ^" or "Cat Folder v" buttons. The latter will move to the next available folder and the former will move up to the parent folder. Once the desired folder is displayed on the audio system's screen, press down on the "Tune" knob to open the folder. The first audio file will automatically begin to play. To change songs, use the "Seek Track ^" and "Seek Track v" buttons. To scan all songs in the currently selected folder, press the "Scan" key. This will play the first 10 seconds of each track. To stop scanning, simply press the button again. To repeat a song, press the "1 Rpt" button once while the song is playing. To repeat all of the songs in the current folder, press the "1 Rpt" button twice in quick succession. To play songs in random order, press the "2 Rdm" key. You can choose between standard random -- which randomly plays all the songs on the device -- and folder random -- which randomly plays only the songs in the currently selected folder. Cycle between the two by pressing the "2 Rdm" key. The chosen mode will be displayed on the audio system's screen.
Connecting Via Bluetooth
Turn on your device's Bluetooth function and set it to "Pair" or "Discoverable."
Set the Sportage's audio input mode to "BT Audio" by pressing the "Mode" key. The current input mode is shown on the display screen. Wait a moment for the car's audio system to detect and connect to your iPod. Once it is connected, the first music track will automatically begin playing.
Press down on the "Tune" knob to alternate between playing and pausing the current track. Press the the "Seek Track ^" and "Seek Track v" buttons to move between songs.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also set the random, repeat and folder repeat functions via the audio system's menu screen. Simply press the "Menu" button and use the tune knob to scroll through the options.
- The Sportage's sound system may not be able to play unauthenticated MP3 and WMA audio files. So if you find that certain tracks don't seem to be playing, this may be the issue.
- Do not plug in your USB drive or music player until after the vehicle has been started. The storage media inside these devices is very sensitive to electric shocks and there is some possibility that the initial surge of electricity when the car starts up could damage them.
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