MINI did a great thing when they added the USB input under the toggles in the 2008 and newer MINI's. First, it allows a way to play music from your Ipod through the stereo and second, it allows for charging AND it even pulls the meta data from the Ipod so you can view it on the radio interface. Having this cable will allow to use your Ipod while charging it. Please note, meta data on the radio display has been spotty at best as some ipods will send that info while others do not, and some software updates help but we have not figured out which work 100% and which do not but at the VERY least you will be able to listen to the content on your Ipod through your radio...it's the artist name, track name, etc that is not always 100%.
Fits these MINI models:
*R55: 2008-xxxx Clubman: Cooper and Cooper S
*R56: 2007-xxxx Hatchback: Cooper and Cooper S
*R57: 2009-xxxx Convertible: Cooper and Cooper S
*R58: 2011-xxxx Roadster: Cooper and Cooper S
*R59: 2011-xxxx Coupe: Cooper and Cooper S
*R60: 2010-xxxx Countryman: Cooper and Cooper S