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Media Hub &
iPod® Interface

Media Hub

The Subaru Media Hub, along with the iPod® Interface accessory, lets you browse through your music library from any USB storage device. It also can be upgraded to include satellite radio and wireless streaming audio. The head unit or NAVI screen displays the artist, album, track and mode, giving you extensive control through the unit and steering controls (if equipped).

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Media Hub FAQ

  • 2012 Impreza
  • 2011 Forester w/ navigation (except TomTom®)
  • 2011 Impreza 2.5i
  • 2011 WRX w/ navigation
  • 2011 Legacy 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium
  • 2011 Outback w/o navigation
  • 2010 Outback without NAVI: H621SAJ200, H621SAJ300 w/Streaming Audio
  • 2010 Legacy without NAVI: H621SAJ200, H621SAJ300 w/Streaming Audio

The kit includes: Media Hub module, USB + Aux jack, wiring harnesses, mounting bracket, hardware, user guide, installation instructions, and quick reference card. Installation by your Subaru dealer is recommended.

Media Hub USB Operation

The USB flash drive must contain a FAT16 (16 bit file allocation table) or FAT32 type partition (used by Windows) as the first partition. Other file systems, including NTFS (used by Windows), or other types used by variations of Unix are not supported.

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Memory cards such as SD, CF, MS, and xD are not directly supported, however certain memory card readers may be used to convert a memory card into a USB flash drive, thereby enabling playback. Single card converters without a driver may work, however compatibility s not guaranteed. Hot swapping is not supported as the memory card must be installed into the reader before connecting the reader to the Media Hub.

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Type MP3 having an .MP3 extension, WMA (without DRM) having .WMA or .ASF extension, AAC (without DRM) having an .M4A extension. More detail is available by downloading the complete Media Hub User Guide.

A USB drive of 4 GB or less is best; however the Media Hub can support drives up to 64 GB. USB flash drives are not optimized for music playback like iPod®s, and the Media Hub must analyze the entire directory structure of the drive one file at a time. If there are too many files, certain operations like "shuffle" will exhibit decreased performance.

Songs will play in the order in which they were stored on the USB drive. So, the first song stored on the drive will playback first. The songs will not play back alphabetically, unless you specifically sort them that way on your computer and then copy them to the USB in that same order.

Each folder can contain up to 1000 songs and 200 sub-folders. The Media Hub will read down through up to 8 levels of sub-folders. Songs in excess of 1000 in any single folder will be ignored by the Media Hub. Sub-folders in excess of 200 will also be ignored by the Media Hub.

In general, the more content that is stored on the USB drive the longer it will take the Media Hub to complete its analysis of the drive. Even though files that are not of the supported music type will be ignored, having lots of files and folders can decrease performance. Also, frequent use of a drive can create fragmentation within the file system which is not improved as files are erased. This situation must be dealt with by running a defragmentation program on the USB drive, or by reformatting it.

Please download the complete Media Hub User's Guide. It contains more detailed descriptions and troubleshooting.

Media Hub Wireless Audio Streaming

The Media Hub with Wireless Audio Streaming uses Bluetooth® technology. Bluetooth® technology allows two electronic devices to transfer data between them over relatively short distances. It's similar to a Wi-Fi system for your computer, but with fewer authentication protocols.

No, only music streaming.

The Media Hub will disconnect upon detecting an incoming phone call. You should hear the phone ring.

Bluetooth® only works when two devices are paired. Having two devices attempting to pair with a third device can often cause connection issues and unreliable performance.

Bluetooth® A2DP profile is required to stream music into the Media Hub. In order to have limited control of streaming music using the vehicle's head unit and steering wheel controls, the portable music device must have the Bluetooth® AVRCP profile. Not all Bluetooth® enabled phones support these profiles. Please check your phone/device user manual for details on what profiles its supports.

Media Hub with Streaming Audio will recognize that last 4 paired devices. When multiple previously paired devices are present, Media Hub will automatically attempt to connect with the device that was most recently paired.

Please download the complete Media Hub User's Guide. It contains more detailed descriptions and troubleshooting.

Media Hub iPod® Operation

iPod® functionality of the iPhone® is supported, however the Media hub is not officially recognized by Apple as "works with iPhone®".

  • Text display (Artist, Album, and Song information)
  • Support for Podcasts
  • Support for Audiobooks
  • Browsing by Playlist, Artist, and Album
  • Fast Forward and Rewind

Supported iPod® models are shown below. Please note that some early generations of iPod®s are not supported by Media Hub.

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You can contact our Customer Service department at the number below, or submit your question through our Contact Us form.

Customer Service: 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783)
Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST) Friday
iPod® is a trademark of Apple, Inc.