iPod- what are my options?

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by spl23 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:56 pm

markfranklin wrote:The one option I use is CD3 (“Albums”) so at least you can actually have an A-Z of your albums by name and listen to them normally. Note however the list is vertical and with only a 2-line display it can take a very long time indeed to reach ZZTop – Best Of.
Out of interest, have they fixed the 255 item limit? On the version of the iPod interface I had fitted to my 1er when I bough it in 2006, the browsing is as you describe, but there is a nasty catch that you can only see up to 255 items in each category - so 255 artists, 255 albums, 255 playlists etc. I have 255 artists exactly on my iPod, so I can use that menu option fine, but I have well over 1000 albums, so the albums menu only shows the first 255 of them, and is therefore basically useless.

Also, there is a 16,000 song limit on the interface I have - probably not an issue for most people, but I have a pretty much full 160GB iPod classic, and I have to keep the number of songs I sync to it down as a result. The trouble with this is that in the Playlist menu, the first playlist is "all songs", and the 16,000 song limit applies across a category; so if you have 15,000 songs on your iPod, you can only have 1000 of them in playlists before you hit this limit in that menu.
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by markfranklin » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:15 am

The iPod I bought to use with this adapter is a Nano with a small memory in comparison to your 160GB device. Hence I haven't got anywhere near 255 albums on the unit.

However, in the user guide very clearly states that there is a 255 entry limitation in each 'list', so I would strongly suggest that this kit is precisely the same as the version you describe.

And on that basis, I would imagine that it applies to the 'All Songs' playlist in CD1 folder.

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Rick Draper » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:55 pm

Can anyone confirm on the latest 1's the BMW Y cable is still needed to use a iPod via the USB port?

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by chall5 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:07 pm

anyone had the iPod kit fitted to their 2008 with iDrive ? If so I'd be interested to see a video of how it works

This is the one I mean

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by AndrewCowley » Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:51 am

Does the Harman Kardon fitted to the 2012 models offer a simple aux-in capability via a 3.5mm stereo connector?

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by markfranklin » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:51 am

chall5 - if you see a few posts back, I wrote quite a lengthy piece about how this interface works with my 58 plate 123d (non-iDrive).

For this age of car, the integration interface will seem to work in exactly the same way, whether iDrive or not. I looked in the user guide book for you, and there is indeed a separate section detailing what you see / what buttons you press and so on for iDrive - but the actual usability and functionality would appear to be identical to non iDrive. You won't be getting anything more intuitive or comprehensive I'm afraid.

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by chall5 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Thanks for the response. I think I'm going to leave this, according to a quote I got from Cotswold it's gonna be £243 just for the parts and even though I think my experience would be slightly better than yours as I have the iDrive screen I may well hit the 255 album limit and I'm sure the slowness would irk me. I'll just stick with the AUX in for the moment

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by markfranklin » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:02 pm

Sounds like a sensible decision. Having used this for a couple of months, I would say yes it does come in useful sometimes, but on balance given the cost I would have been better sticking with just my CD player and putting 10 albums at a time onto CDs in mp3 files.

Incidentally, sometimes it fails to connect to the iPod and says "CD Error". You then have to re-boot the iPod (which is frozen) and reconnect, meaning you have lost what album you were last listening to anyway. I have experimented and cannot get the iPod to fail when it is NOT connected to the car.

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Spud1 » Wed May 16, 2012 1:39 pm

It's probably worth updating this thread to cover the F20 now - particularly as we're starting to see the E series phased out over the next few years, and those of us with F20's are growing in number ;D

The main change as I can see it is that if you specify the Enhanced Bluetooth option (6NK), you can use your iPhone/iPod with the standard Apple Cable - no BMW Y-cable required :)

The downside is that this doesn't appear to work with my old iPod 4g (pushing 8 years old now and still going strong!) - the iPod says connected but the car just ignores it :( It works great with any of the iOS based iPods though, and i'll try with a "classic" model this weekend when I visit my parents. I'll end up just using my work iphone for it though I think, it works well with track browsing, album art, voice control..really nice. Hopefully BMW will release a snap-in adaptor for the iPhone 5 when it's released..will get that then too. Anyway going a bit OT..

the "standard" F20's still only seem to work via the Y-Cable though, so it appears that 6NK is required - it's an expensive option but it's the best way to get good sound quality from your iPod.

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by 125i-ross » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:18 am

So what cable do i need to use for the ipod line out to aux? Would any major highstreet shops sell them?

The link in the first post is dead :(

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by DB118D » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:44 pm

125i-ross wrote:So what cable do i need to use for the ipod line out to aux? Would any major highstreet shops sell them?

The link in the first post is dead :(
Is it not just. 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo jack cable?
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Falmouthboy » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:48 am

To just get music from an iPod (or any other music player for that matter) yes, any lead with a 3.5mm jack plug on each end. However for full control of your iPod you need a car with USB and a generic splitter cable that runs of the connection at the bottom of the iPod.
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Locoblade » Mon May 06, 2013 11:02 am

You can use the iPod line out (part of the multi pin connector on the bottom) rather than the headphone jack, its a better quality feed and if you gat the right lead, can also charge the iPod at the same time. They're just generic iPod Y leads with aux plug and USB connector, you can get them on Amazon or EBay for under a fiver

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Just plug the aux into the cars aux port and the USB port into a 12v USB car charger or if you want a more integrated look, my install here uses the same basic idea but hides it all
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by M444GHE » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:37 pm

Ive just got a new E82 what cable do i need for my ipod to work the standard ipod one doesnt work and i have an iphone 5 and the new ipod touch,do bmw sell a compatible cable for the newer iphone's/ipods ?

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by stokedrich » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:05 pm

As a newbie, so new that I haven't even picked up my 07 (facelift £30 a year tax) 118d SE yet (2 sleeps) I just wanted to say thanks for all the info about iPhone connectivity. I have an iPhone 5 and playing my tunes through the audio is a big priority for me so the guide has been a god send and has also prevented an unnecessary thread. Nice work and thanks again


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