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from what I read in the manual it will only play Ipod not a performer hope that helps.
classic 64 g I had an 11 Optima Hybrid I never tried doing a song but artist played when asked
Just purchased a lovely 2017 Niro hybrid, and upscaled to a Touring edition for mainly one reason: 8" Voice Recognition UVO Nav / Entertainment unit.
Based on available material (online manuals, videos and dealerships reps), we carefully examined whether it was a worthwhile expense. Because of voice commands, and how they increased safety when choosing media, etc., we decided to pay the extra for the Touring model to get this UVO Voice unit.
Then we got the car home, and guess what? KIA has revamped the voice-controls, removing nearly every, useful command with regards to media devices such as USB, Aux and iPod architectures.
Before purchase, one KIA rep suggested the many Youtube videos to help with education.
One of those videos, titled "07 UVO Control Overview", clearly indicates things like album, artist and song selection are voice-selectable, and for different sources as mentioned. There are nearly a dozen videos on Youtube, spread over a seven-year period, many by KIA companies also backing up the use of these features. Go to the 4:30 mark of this video and watch:
WELL GUESS WHAT? KIA has eliminated ALL of those commands. It is not possible to now say "Play artist The Beatles", or "play song" or "play album". Essentially, all you can do is say "play ipod". You can't even say "play next track".
The ONLY way it's sometimes possible is when using Android Auto or Apple Car Play, using ONLY CLOUD apps.
It appears KIA has crippled the UVO for the 2017 models, likely so they can pay Microsoft less money, instead relying on third party apps via your cell phone. And you know what that means: KIA will take little responsibility going forward on operational defects, instead blaming phone manufacturers, Google or Apple.
What if I don't want to use my precious cell bandwidth for music, or I don't want Google to know everything I listen to and market to me, or I'm in a lousy, 2g cell service area and cant get decent cell reception. What if I'd just like to use my trusty iPod Classic with 160gb of tunes, as KIA Corporate pretty clearly said I'd be able to do by sending me to read and watch these sources?
So if you're thinking of buying a new KIA, and are wondering if spending the extra dough on the Voice Recognition UVO system is worth it, I'd say it isn't. Why KIA thinks it is a good idea to be pressing lcd touch screen buttons at 70mph as opposed to simple voice commands is a mystery, not to mention a safety hazard. More importantly, the UVO system has included these basic, common, expected commands for eight years now - why make the UVO less useful?
Bad move KIA. The real crime is that none of the truthful, accurate info was available, pre-sale, for the consumer to study, even after they were specifically asked, and they either stupidly or fraudulently led consumers to believe the commands still functioned.
If all you use is pre-defined, cloud apps determined by Google and Apple, and you have unlimited bandwidth, and live where at least 3G service is constant, you're golden. Otherwise, KIA's overly expensive UVO system is a rip-off.
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