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      06-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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Ipod Playlists on E90

Hi all. Let me begin with an apology if my question has already been covered in another post.

I've purchased a BMW 318D (used) which came with a USB/AUX connection in the armrest; for Ipod integration. Selecting the USB option (in Audio) with my Ipod nano connected (I purchased a Y-cable from Amazon which has an Ipod connection on one end that plugs into my Ipod, and a USB+AUX on the other which goes into the respective USB and AUX ports under the armrest. The vehicle did not come with a cable - I've purchased it from a car dealer).

While I'm able to view and play songs on the Ipod, I'm unable to view any playlists saved on it. I've tried renaming playlists following the "BMW1 ..." format without any success. I'm really stumped! I'm able to select genres and play individual tracks this way, but I get "Empty List" displayed when I try and display playlists saved on my Ipod. The car is an 2008 registration (58REG), new shape and I'm using an Ipod Nano 8GB

Any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong? I'd be most grateful

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Try limiting the number of songs to 1000. See if the playlists come back.
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2008 E90 318D - Ipod Playlists problem

Hi mv57. Thanks for the reply. The total number of songs on the Ipod is 495. I've also reset the Ipod but still get "Empty List" when I try and get the playlists displayed in the car.
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I think it depends on what system you have. I looked into this before I purchased the USB/Aux for iPod lead and I'm pretty sure that if like me, you have the prof. radio and no iDrive/Nav then it does not support playlists. I've been trying to find where I read it but can't.

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Thanks for your reply Dave. I have prof Audio but not the iDrive/Nav and I've tried just about everything to get playlists to show without any success.

If it's a system limitation as you say then that makes sense; although it seems a bit silly when it can see the tracks anyway! Oh well, it was worth a try
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Sounds like a problem with the car, I use my iPod and iPhone with my USB interface and have no problems with even large playlists.
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Thanks for that feedback BMW-Power. I suppose I should get in touch with BMW and see what they have to say. It helps to hear from somebody who's got it working - helps me narrow down what the issue is here.

Like I said before, it seems a little pointless that BMW would have a USB/AUX interface without providing the full software functionality of an Ipod!
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