No experience but the info tells you that it connects via the CD player inputs
so if you fit the iPOD unit then you cannot use the CD player (6 pack unit on
later E65 cars that is)
You can get a belkin transmitter unit that will allow your iPOD to be connected
via any FM radio receiver - such as the one in your car and with a bit of
ingenuity you could hide the power connectors too. In this case iPOD, CD unit
and Radio all at once - all this and we get paid too..................
Sir Hugh of Bognor
The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
On Oct 16, 11:54 am, email@example.com wrote:
Yeah, no worries about that, I don't need a cd player, all the music I
want is in my iPod. :)
I don't have any experience, but friends tell me they don't like FM
transmitters for their iPods, something about the sound quality not
being up to snuff. I currently connect via the auxiliary inpout, and
while the sound quality is acceptable, I don't like having to reach
down to change what is playing. That's why I want the official BMW
adapter, so that I get to navigate my iPod using the iDrive system.
In general, I do not like after-market add-ins in my cars.
I have a 2007 X3 and use the aux input for my MP3 player (Not an ipod). I
have used the FM transmitters and they are marginal at best. Here in New
York City, there are precious few empty FM stations so the tranmitter is
constantly interupted by broadcast stations. The AUX input works fine
although I have to have the MP3 player up quite loud for it to be heard on
the stereo. Work pretty good but I have to remember to turn the mp3 player
off when I stop the car (I listen to audiobooks and don't want to lose my
place int he story).
I have also found that the CD player will work with mp3 format CDs so you
can fit a whole lot more music on a "data" cd and the stereo will play it
just fine as opposed to burning the music as an "Traditional" audio CD.
On Mon, 15 Oct 2007 22:08:32 -0000, Victor Martinez
In 6 months I'll order mine with the USD interface which the dealer
says is intelligent in that you can control the ipod from the car.
Cost is high because of extra features...so I was told.
I have the iPod interface on my E46. The interface was installed by the
dealer in January of 2005.
I like it. I like it a lot. Sound quality is excellent. I've played
some high-bitrate uncompressed music, and I was quite surprised at the
quality of the sound the H/K sound system could provide.
The iPod interface uses the CD-changer inputs and controls. So you get
control of five playlists on your iPod. You name those playlists BMW1
through BMW5 (anything after the first four characters is ignored, and can
be used for further identification. I have a playlist "BMW2 - Pink
Floyd"). The sixth "CD" in the "changer" is "all the songs on the iPod".
The radio does not display the song info on the radio display (I think the
radio in the current 3-series does).
The ability to change songs and volume from the steering wheel is nice
(though the steering wheel controls on my E46 have all but died).
The interface plug is in the glove box, so the iPod stays out of sight.
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