USB Port Product guide

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby Scampy » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:53 am

russed wrote:Unfortunately not! The higher bit rate of your music means that it will sound better, however the size of the file will also be larger.

THe head unit can only take an 8gb hard drive, so by changing the bit rate, all you will get is less (but better sounding) music.


Hi Russed.

Thanks for reply but am I right in thinking the head unit only downloads the song data i.e. information about the songs but not the actual mp3 - in which case if you have less songs on the stick as each is recorded at a higher bit rate there is less song data!

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby theashman » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:36 am

Has anyone had any experience of using the USB Interface with the Apple iPhone at all?
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby wegras » Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:18 pm

Yes the iphone and 3G works with the special cable as an ipod but needs to be unplugged for BT to work if I remember correctly .
BMW have just updated their BT compatibility which now includes the 3G .
http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/bluetooth/ov ... iteID=1312
should explain all ,looks as if the new cable now allows music and BT and old cable is still available
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby MarkW » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:03 pm

Hi

Just arranged to purchase a 123d, and tried my Iphone 3G in the USB interface port. It shows up on the Nav screen as 'not supported'. The car has the latest idrive. The Sales guy connected his ipod nano and it worked fine. This was using my regular apple USB lead.

Having checked it out, the sales guy said I would need the BMW lead (what is the difference?), and I would also need to download something from itunes onto my iphone to allow the iphone to play music via USB, and answer calls at the same time (??)

I assume I still have to pair the phone via bluetooth to use the phone functions, but should it work for audio via USB at the same time?

Anyone else had the same issue, or know the solution?

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby MarkW » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:18 pm

MarkW wrote:Hi

Just arranged to purchase a 123d, and tried my Iphone 3G in the USB interface port. It shows up on the Nav screen as 'not supported'. The car has the latest idrive. The Sales guy connected his ipod nano and it worked fine. This was using my regular apple USB lead.

Having checked it out, the sales guy said I would need the BMW lead (what is the difference?), and I would also need to download something from itunes onto my iphone to allow the iphone to play music via USB, and answer calls at the same time (??)

I assume I still have to pair the phone via bluetooth to use the phone functions, but should it work for audio via USB at the same time?

Anyone else had the same issue, or know the solution?


Just in case anyone else needs to know, you do need the BMW lead for the Iphone 3G. There is nothing extra you need on the iphone. The lead uses the USB interface AND the AUX-in port to connect to the iphone. RRP is £39.99 :shock: but they threw it in with the car.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby m6569 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:35 pm

MarkW wrote:Hi

Just arranged to purchase a 123d, and tried my Iphone 3G in the USB interface port. It shows up on the Nav screen as 'not supported'. The car has the latest idrive. The Sales guy connected his ipod nano and it worked fine. This was using my regular apple USB lead.

Having checked it out, the sales guy said I would need the BMW lead (what is the difference?), and I would also need to download something from itunes onto my iphone to allow the iphone to play music via USB, and answer calls at the same time (??)

I assume I still have to pair the phone via bluetooth to use the phone functions, but should it work for audio via USB at the same time?

Anyone else had the same issue, or know the solution?


you will need the special lead as the iPhone can't be used as a disk (without jail-breaking it) unlike the rest of the iPod line-up.

When I put my iPhone into the dock at home (not connected to the Mac, just the hi-fi) it says that the telphone function will be disabled so it might not work for music and phone at the same time...
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby darrenpearce » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:14 pm

Anybody thinking of getting the USB port (6FL) on the 1 series 2010 onwards????

I have just picked my car up today and it is amazing, the first thing i did was try my USB memory stick in the USB socket, within a couple of seconds i had access to all the contents, i just wanted to let you all know the memory stick im using is a "16GB Supertalent PICO 'E'", as there does seem to be info saying that 8GB is the biggest usable size flash drive, the Audio manual that came with my car also details that the USB interface will download the track information and remember upto 4 USB flash drives and upto 20000 songs.

If anybody would like any further details just ask and i will try and give you an answer.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby Superman » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:17 pm

darrenpearce wrote:Anybody thinking of getting the USB port (6FL) on the 1 series 2010 onwards????

I have just picked my car up today and it is amazing, the first thing i did was try my USB memory stick in the USB socket, within a couple of seconds i had access to all the contents, i just wanted to let you all know the memory stick im using is a "16GB Supertalent PICO 'E'", as there does seem to be info saying that 8GB is the biggest usable size flash drive, the Audio manual that came with my car also details that the USB interface will download the track information and remember upto 4 USB flash drives and upto 20000 songs.

If anybody would like any further details just ask and i will try and give you an answer.

Cheers Darren


Only two weeks ago, I took delivery of a 1 Series Coupé with the UCB port in it. I think it's great as I use a 1GB UCB memory stick with MP3s on. It works a treat.

However, I'm planning to start using my iPod nano in there but haven't tried it in there yet as I need to find the iPod! Hoping that I don't need to buy the Y-lead thing.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby mt120 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:02 pm

Does anyone else find that their memory stick is not recognised if left in the uSB socket following a restart? I'm finding I need to remove the stick from the socket and then replace. It is then detected by the radio.
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby marklemac » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:42 pm

mt120 wrote:Does anyone else find that their memory stick is not recognised if left in the uSB socket following a restart? I'm finding I need to remove the stick from the socket and then replace. It is then detected by the radio.
PS I'm new here.


Nope, mine is recognised within a few seconds of starting the car.

And I've just sussed out exporting playlists from iTunes to work on the business pro stereo :)
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby mt120 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:52 pm

Nope, mine is recognised within a few seconds of starting the car

ty - I Tried a different usb stick and it works fine. Odd that the first stick would work, but needed to be plugged in while the radio was live.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby chilled » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:02 pm

I'm successfully using a 32Gb Stick that I've filled with 320kbps mp3's (about 3000 tracks).

I also have an 160Gb iPod classic and the BMW y-cable as well. But I'd suggest people thinking of spending £40 on the y-cable, just spend it on a USB stick instead. I find the sound quality of the USB is superior to the aux-out of the iPod. I have the Harmon Kardon + BMW Professional CD. YMMV with the business unit though.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby csmith319 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:07 am

Some of this compatibility stuff is weird - I just use the iPOD cable with an old 4th gen ipod, no audio cable and it works great. Took me a while to find the right nav manu for the music (at first could only find one that shows all tracks as a 4 letter combo) but sorted all that now and its perfect.

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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby srhutch » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:41 am

Is there a random option with USB devices and if so is it all tracks or can you ask to select random albums.

I'm thinking that USB is the way to go but I prefer to listen to random albums which I'm guessing will still work if I use an iPod as I can set this function on the iPod.
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Re: USB Port Product guide

Postby SteveM » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:07 am

srhutch wrote:Is there a random option with USB devices and if so is it all tracks or can you ask to select random albums.

I'm thinking that USB is the way to go but I prefer to listen to random albums which I'm guessing will still work if I use an iPod as I can set this function on the iPod.


There is a random option, but it will only select all tracks if you have it set up correctly.......I think!

When I hit the 'Random' button it only plays the tracks randomly within the sub-folder I am listening to, in my case, an album.

All my albums are filed by artist, the artist folders are filed by A-Z. Originally I just threw all of my albums on the stick and plugged it in..........mistake.........taking ten minutes to search for a particular album was useless. Filing them by A-Z seems to suit quick searching, with any given album findable within a few seconds.

To get the 'Random' feature to work with all tracks you will need to add all of your tracks to a playlist on your stick using your PC, then select the playlist when in your car and BINGO!

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