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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Hackney » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:15 am

Spud1 wrote: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.
Looking at the latest brochure Enhance Bluetooth now appears to be option 6NS
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Neutron » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:15 pm

I have an F20 and was thinking about buying a new ipod which now has the lightning cable. I do not have enhanced bluetooth so what do I need to play music seen as the BMW Y cables have the 30 pin connectors which will not fit the new ipod. Can you just plug the USB connector of the lightning cable into the cars port to get the full functionality ie same as with the Y cable or have BMW still to bring something out ?

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by mark33 » Thu May 15, 2014 3:13 pm

I have Android! :spotman:

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Scotty » Fri May 23, 2014 6:39 am

Neutron wrote:I have an F20 and was thinking about buying a new ipod which now has the lightning cable. I do not have enhanced bluetooth so what do I need to play music seen as the BMW Y cables have the 30 pin connectors which will not fit the new ipod. Can you just plug the USB connector of the lightning cable into the cars port to get the full functionality ie same as with the Y cable or have BMW still to bring something out ?
Anyone know the answer to this question as I'm in the same situation with an iPod touch 5th gen with lightning connector?
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Wibbles » Fri May 23, 2014 7:27 am

BMW do a new Y cable with lightning connector, it's £60 from your local dealer.
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Scotty » Fri May 23, 2014 7:57 am

Wibbles wrote:BMW do a new Y cable with lightning connector, it's £60 from your local dealer.
Thanks for the info. £60 bargain! I wonder how much it costs to make?
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Scotty » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:42 am

Scotty wrote:
Wibbles wrote:BMW do a new Y cable with lightning connector, it's £60 from your local dealer.
Thanks for the info. £60 bargain! I wonder how much it costs to make?
Bought a "y" cable from BMW for my no nav new M135i so I can get my iPod touch working. £57! Official title is "Music/media adapter for Apple iPod/iPhone" part number 61 12 2 287 642. Still no album artwork on the screen. Is that normal? I don't have any sat nav if that makes any difference.

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Post by Wibbles » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:45 am

You won't get album artwork on the basic idrive - my car is the same.
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Andykg » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:59 pm

Can anyone recommend a good quality USB lightening cable with 3.5mm jack so I can charge my phone using a USB lighter adapter under arm rest and play music through the phone jack.

Y cable is not long enough as phone is mounted on air vent. Don't like running 2 cables as looks messy.

There are so many cheap nasty cables out there I'm not paying for another one that breaks after a day or iPhone 5s complains of dodgy cable :(

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Retaining steering controls

Post by Jez » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:20 am

My 2009 E82 only has an aux in under the centre armrest.

Does anyone know any options to connect an ipod and have the steering controls functional?

I've done this on quite a few cars using adapters from connects2, but on this car it seems much trickier.

I've spoken to my local dealer and they've given me a quote to retrofit fit an ipod connection (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do ... g=65&fg=95) - £500 :shock:

I've normally done it myself for less than £50 (and retained steering controls)!

Does anyone know any other options?

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Post by Sonic1506 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:51 am

Jez wrote:My 2009 E82 only has an aux in under the centre armrest.

Does anyone know any options to connect an ipod and have the steering controls functional?

I've done this on quite a few cars using adapters from connects2, but on this car it seems much trickier.

I've spoken to my local dealer and they've given me a quote to retrofit fit an ipod connection (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do ... g=65&fg=95) - £500 :shock:

I've normally done it myself for less than £50 (and retained steering controls)!

Does anyone know any other options?
To my knowledge you can't control anything via the steering controls when going through aux in the E8x series. If you change to aftermarket there is a steering control part available. What connects2 modules did you use before?
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Jez » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:29 pm

Controlling through aux is not possible with any car, it's just an audio output. The only way to control it is via the data connection.

I've done it on other cars with adapters like this:

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... deo-fiesta

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... eries-mini

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... -1998-2006

I wonder if there's a kit for the 3 series that just isn't tested on the 1 series but will work. hmmmm. I'm not paying £500 just for steering controls! Would rather buy a better headunit instead.

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Sonic1506 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:05 am

Jez wrote:Controlling through aux is not possible with any car, it's just an audio output. The only way to control it is via the data connection.

I've done it on other cars with adapters like this:

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... deo-fiesta

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... eries-mini

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ipod-us ... -1998-2006

I wonder if there's a kit for the 3 series that just isn't tested on the 1 series but will work. hmmmm. I'm not paying £500 just for steering controls! Would rather buy a better headunit instead.
That's an iPod interface. Pretty sure there is one available for the 1 Series. Quick search find this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Connects2-ICONN ... B005JF0SFI.

Have a look on Dynamic Sounds/Car Audio Security/Sound Evo/Car Audio Direct, etc.
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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Jez » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:51 am

Hi Sonic,

I had seen that one from connects2 on the dynamic sounds website (http://www.dynamicsounds.co.uk/connects ... input.html) but it looks like it uses an aux in to the headunit (which isn't terrible though for £30). The let down though is I don't think I would be able to use the steering controls ("Control iPod from iPods own control wheel / buttons"). I'm trying to avoid a setup where I'm fumbling around to pick up the ipod and click next track.

What do you think about one of these?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Connects2-CTABM ... B005JF0XSK
http://www.connects2.co.uk/ProductInfor ... MIPOD009.2

It's listed as having a 40 flat pin connector and on the connects2 website says it fits a lot of different cars but it doesn't say the 1 series.

Apparently the 1 series has a 40 flat pin connector as well - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Connects2-CT20B ... B002VJJNII

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Re: iPod- what are my options?

Post by Jez » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:34 pm

Found this!

http://www.carcommunications.co.uk/oem- ... dio-2-rad2

Under compatability it lists the E87 but it's the same BMW professional stereo in the E82 so I think it would be fine.

£200 cheaper than what BMW quoted :)

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