• Oct 7, 2007


There is a 2008 Scion xB in the Autoblog Garage right now that you'll be hearing all about soon. One of the cool features of the new xB is a standard iPod interface that you can control from the head unit. Just plug in the iPod and the ID3 tag information displays on the radio. The knob on the lower right acts as a joystick so you can navigate the standard menus and you can even fast forward, reverse, and toggle shuffle or repeat modes. For all that cool stuff, there is one major fly in the ointment. After reading the manual and pressing all the buttons, there appears to be no way to pause the iPod. Once the iPod is plugged in, the click wheel is disabled so you can't even reach down and manually pause the unit yourself. You can mute it but it keeps playing. Why can you navigate playlists, artists and genres but not pause? If anyone out there knows of a way, please chime in via the comments.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I have the 2008 xB with the Premium Audio upgrade. Like the base stereo there is no 'pause' button. Not quite a fix but I have noticed that the iPod pauses when you switch modes from ipod to: (fm tuner, am tuner, compact disc) I believe the Scion Navigation System upgrade have a 'pause' feature though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an '06 xB and that problem has annoyed me since the day I bought the car...maybe Autoblog can change this for future Scions!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 2006 $70,000 Merc cannot pause with the extra ipod interface installed... At least Scion comes with the free interface. It must be a slow news day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you guys complain too much... i got an aftermarket stereo and yes i can pause the ipod, but good look trying to see it... there is a reason the stereo is so big and bulky... so you can damn see it... the stock ones are really good at being seen and working ok, the aftermarket they have a alot of features but try to see it in the sun, the small buttons... etc... not a good idea...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just turn the radio off. This pauses the iPod. When you want to start listening again, just turn the radiop back on and the music will start playing right where you left off, just like using pause. They've basically eliminated a completely redundant feature, but probably didn't mean to!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Newer car audio don't have pause, you turn the volume to zero and it will pause. Switching to different source will also cause it to pause (where applicable).
        • 7 Years Ago
        My 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and my 2007 Pontiac G6 GT both have pause features...
      • 7 Years Ago
      On the few car stereos I've used, when you turn the stereo off it pauses the ipod.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The power button is the pause button!

      Just turn off the power, when you turn it back on, the stereo will pick it up from where it left off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      haha! i just got the xD and it has the same pioneer system and the other day i was looking for the pause button!!! i couldn't find it! cuz there isn't one! just mute. or pwr. ....
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's no "pause" button on a car-stereo CD player either. You simply push the ol "power" button.
      • 7 Years Ago
      owner of several toyotas, currently 07 fj cruiser 08 is250 and 07 tc, my solution is and always has been don't buy an ipod they suck and for dumb people who buy german cars built by uneducated people so do yourself the favor buy a Zune they are so much better than any ipod or iphone buying anything APPLE is like buying a Jetta or Passat why would someone do something as dumb as that???
        • 7 Years Ago
        So, while listening to your iPod, you want to pause it - which basically means you don't want to hear music. Doesn't turning it off do the same thing? I have a 08 TC with the same head unit. It took me two seconds to search to the pause button, realize there wasn't one, and so I went for the power button. Done. The 08 that I have (not sure if other years had it) you can control the stereo through the steering wheel. If your xB has this, you can turn the stereo off by holding down the Mode button.

        Enjoy the xB.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You still have your Zune? Is it brown? LOL! Gotta love it - Zune users can't figure out how to turn off a stereo - mental Blue Screen of Death ensues. Technophones everywhere go deaf! Love, a happy lifetime iPod user.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks bad but at least that head unit isn't as bad as the previous xB's head unit. I remember going to the NAIAS a few years ago and sitting in an xB and I was playing with the stereo and was puzzled at how cheap it was. Plus, if my memory serves me correctly, the sound was horrible.
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