iPod- what are my options?

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iPod- what are my options?

Post by 130girl » Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:35 am

How do I connect my iPod to its best accessory: a BMW 1 series :lol:

To assist forum users identify useful information on the board, here is a summary aimed at covering how to iPod your 1er.

Basically you have 4 options depending on budget, desired functionality and whether you have a facelifted model or not.
  • 1. Single connection to "Aux In" port under the centre armrest.

    Use a standard stereo audio cable with 2 male to male 3.5mm audio jacks. Connect one end to the "Aux In" under the centre armrest. Connect the other end to either (a) the headphone output of the iPod to access it's amplified signal OR (b) the docking port using an adapter to access the line out signal of the iPod. Although an extra adapter is needed, sound quality through the line out will be better than the amplified headphone signal. See here. As connection is ultimately to the 1er Aux In port, your 1er controls will only effect the volume- all iPod functions will need to be selected through your iPod. However, there are some adapters that provide an extra controller and display which can be mounted to the dashboard that replicate your ipod controls and screen to make it easier to select and view your music choices, see here.

    2. Double connection to "Aux In" and "USB" ports under the centre armrest (facelifted models only- cannot be retrofitted).

    Use BMW's double cable that connects to the "USB" and "aux in" ports on your 1er to the docking port on your iPod. As with option 1, iPod output will be through the "aux in" port plus, the additional USB connection will allow control and display of your iPod functions by your 1er. See here together with the link to bimmerforums.

    3. Replace CD changer connection (pre facelift models)

    Use BMW's special iPod kit that lets your iPod replace the CD changer connection to your radio. While this means you will lose your CD changer, the kit uses the iPod's line out signal and you can control and display your iPod functions through your 1er. Beware, there are 2 BMW kits- be sure to get the right one. See here.

    4. Wireless connection using FM modulator

    Use a FM modulator connected to your iPod like an iTrip or get a kit which can also bring up the song names via RDS on the dash display- see here. As connection is ultimately through the FM receiver of your radio, your 1er controls will only effect the volume- all iPod functions will need to be selected through your iPod. However, there are some adapters that provide an extra controller and display which can be mounted to the dashboard that replicate your ipod controls and screen to make it easier to select and view your music choices, see here.
    There maybe some sound quality issues with this method.
Any questions or wish to share your experiences with what adapters you used, prices or mounting suggestions? Please feel free to post below.

Please note, all care has been taken to prepare the above summary of the posts on BabyBMW but it is a guide only. No responsibility is accepted for inaccuracies but if you spot one, please let me know and I will amend accordingly.

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Post by filao.org » Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:49 am

How about if you have a CD changer and you want a proper iPod connector (3 above). Is this possible and will BMW do it using a switch in the dash that could allow selection?

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Post by Matt EHR1 » Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:19 pm

How abouts an FM modulator kit from http://www.Connects2.com?

Thats what i have in my works car, it communicates via FM station on Radio, and brings up the song names via RDS on the dash display, and you change sons on the ipod.

You ipod plugs into the ipod lead/socket on the kit wherever you fit it, or in an optional cradle.

About £60-£80 GBP

Alternative a Dension IceLink for a bit more money connects into the CD port i think

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Post by Pilsbury » Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:23 pm

Dension Gateway 500 is listed as E87 compatible and allows you to retain the CD changer, have your iPod and use a USB stick as well...
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Post by vicodin25mg » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:38 pm

Just plug the iPod into the audio-in slot. it works perfectly and you don't have to re-arrange the audio system. the only thing to take care about is not to look at the ipod when you skip through the songs...it's dangerous, especially in a congestion.

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Post by 130girl » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:09 pm

Matt EHR1 wrote:How abouts an FM modulator kit from http://www.Connects2.com?
Hi Matt EHR1
Excellent suggestion. Some members have commented on the sound quality but definitely an option. I'll add it.
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Post by Slackworth » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:40 pm

Pilsbury wrote:Dension Gateway 500 is listed as E87 compatible and allows you to retain the CD changer, have your iPod and use a USB stick as well...
I've spoken to some of the UK suppliers and according to them it is not compatible. I was going to buy one myself but am a bit concerned. I've contacted Dension but they haven't bothered replying which is really handy and there is no way I am prepared to fork out £300 to find out it will not work and the supplier will not take it back as the kit has been installed.

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Post by 130girl » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:40 pm

Pilsbury wrote:Dension Gateway 500 is listed as E87 compatible and allows you to retain the CD changer, have your iPod and use a USB stick as well...
Hi Pilsbury
Looks like an excellent option :thumbs:
I haven't been able to find anyone who has tried it though.
Has anyone tried this option and done a write up?
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Post by Pilsbury » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:05 pm

I had a Dension in my 7, and it gave me nothing but problems until I got it replaced.
The exact unit you get seems to be an issue, as other people with identical setups had theirs working perfectly from day 1.
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Post by 130girl » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:47 pm

Hi Pilsbury and Slackworth,

Hmmm... as there seems to be some question over compatibility and reliability, I will leave it off the list until at least one member can come back with a positive experience to recommend it.

In the meantime, forum users can read your posts above if they want to pursue this kind of aftermarket BUS connection further and hopefully, let us know how it goes!!!

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Post by 120deman » Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:35 am

Another option is the Harmon Kardon iDrice kit.

I have this in my car and it works great.
It consists of a "Brain", controller which mimics the iPod wheel and screen.

The good thing about this system is that you can hide the Ipod in the glovebox or centre console as you dont need it to control the Ipod.
The songs are displayed on a separata LCD screen similar to a small sat-nav display.
The whole system is plug and play and works very well.
I have this fitted to my car as i didn't want to have the Ipod out or control the music from it whilst driving.
Cost me £90......fitted myself.
Silver 120d Sport Auto. 210BHP ChippedUK Remap (B&W Chiptune) - Now on STEROIDS!!!, Black Leather, 18" AC Schnitzer Alloys, Xenons, Parrot CK3200, Harmon Kardon Drive+Play.

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Post by 130girl » Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:27 am

120deman wrote:Another option is the Harmon Kardon iDrice kit.
Thanks 120deman :thumbs:

I just did a quick google. Is it this one that connects to the headunit unit using an FM transmitter but also has a seperate screen and controller? I couldn't find an "HK iDrive kit" but this looks like it but called "Harmon Kardon Drive + Play"??

In that case, it would be sort of a deluxe version of option 4 but with extra display and controller? Looks cool and I see they have a version 2 as well.

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Post by 120deman » Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:34 am

Hi 130 girl

That'll be the one.
You have 2 options of connecting it.
1. Aux input
2 FM Transmitter.

I've used the Aux input to avoid any outside / radio interference.

I've got version 1. Version 2 wasn't around when i got mine.
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Post by 130girl » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:31 pm

Hi plb67,

Yep, a good suggestion- this is like an aftermarket version of the OEM bmw connection in option#3 with some of these aftermarket versions also allowing the cd changer to be kept and other media like usb stick to be used.

However, have you tried it? It appears that no one on the forum has posted a review on their installation of this option in a 1er so I do not want to add it to the summary until we have some comments.

In the meantime, people can read your suggestion above if they want to try it.

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Post by Slackworth » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:20 pm

Dension compatibility on the 1 Series seems to be a bit flakey at the moment. The French site definitely has a BMW version but UK suppliers seem to think otherwise and Dension's English website couldn't be bothered to reply. :roll: :evil:

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