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      07-16-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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More info on IPOD connector

Do you guys remember me saying BMW was testing its forst iPOD kit for the E90 ?

Well my connection had a close look at the production version that will be available in the next few months

Unfortunately this one is NOT for cars with Bluetooth or Bluetooth preparation or cars with Logic 7( they are apparently still working on that one ), and you must have multifunction buttons on the steering wheel


Now the retrofit iPOD kit puts a iPOD connector under the armrest, so the iPOD lies in the llittle tray

A little screen is addded between the 2 vents on the centre of the dashboard ( logic 7 has a speaker here, thats why this doesnt work for it )

You can then controll the iPOD from the steering wheel and read on the screen what you normally read on the iPOD. The sound is then played over the stereo through the new cable that connects to the radio through the AUX IN ( all you see is a small plug in the Aux IN, the IPOD connecor and the new screen )

He says it all looks and sounds very good



AND software is comming to play DVD Mp3's one of these days if you have navigation.

Sorry no pics yet, but kit is ready and should be available soon

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      07-16-2005, 05:43 PM   #2
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Little screen? sounds DAMN expensive!

interesting though, and sounds better than the E46 ipod "integration"
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      07-16-2005, 05:46 PM   #3
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Little screen? sounds DAMN expensive!

interesting though, and sounds better than the E46 ipod "integration"
Just a 1 line LCD screen , shouldnt be much more expensive than E46 kit
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      07-16-2005, 07:29 PM   #4
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AND software is comming to play DVD Mp3's one days if you have navigation.

Sorry no pics yet, but kit is ready and should be available soon
Whoa! That's big.
Almost enough to make me want to change my order to add NAV.
Hmm, $300-$500 for an IPOD + say $250 for the upcoming integration kit (just a guess) vs.$2000 for NAV, plus you get several other benefits...
decisions decisions...
you just made my life a lot more difficult.
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      07-16-2005, 07:31 PM   #5
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thanks e90fleet, awesome awesome info as always.
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      07-16-2005, 09:09 PM   #6
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Does DVD mp3 capability also mean CD mp3 capability is inevitable?
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      07-16-2005, 09:53 PM   #7
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Does DVD mp3 capability also mean CD mp3 capability is inevitable?
I think the word you're looking for is irrelevant. Maybe that's just for techno geeks like me who'd love to burn my 30 mp3 CDs onto 4 DVDs which I could have in the center console at all times. :rocks:
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      07-17-2005, 05:01 AM   #8
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i burned all my albums to mp3's and have just mp3 cd's freakin awesome!
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      07-17-2005, 06:02 PM   #9
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Do you think this will work with the E90?

http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-1/default.asp
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Do you think this will work with the E90?

http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-1/default.asp
That looks really promising....still not as nice as having the idrive do all the work...
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True, an mp3 DVD would be just as good as an IPOD, better in fact in the instance that you don't have to pay for the IPOD kit for integration. However, I imagine you would need the iDrive/Nav option so that you can get the DVD slot. And while using a mp3 DVD, you couldn't use the Nav DVD. Unless of course the CD slot in our radios are also DVD slots, but I find this doubtful.

So hopefully, they will give us mp3 capability across the board.

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I think the word you're looking for is irrelevant. Maybe that's just for techno geeks like me who'd love to burn my 30 mp3 CDs onto 4 DVDs which I could have in the center console at all times. :rocks:
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      07-19-2005, 12:42 PM   #12
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Sounds interesting but rather expensive. My guess is BMW will charge 500+. Dension's ice link seems like a much more reasonable alternative, although there is no version for the e90 yet.
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I think Amil mentioned he has all his CDs burned to MP3s, which I also agree is a good way to go. I've had my iPod in the centre console (non-iDrive) and its a pain in the rear to change playlist etc. Not very elegant.

With a pile of CDs burned onto one MP3 CD, I've got hours and hours of all the tunes I want, and the CD player lists the artist, album and song on the stock CD player. Good enough for me !
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Does anyone know why itunes wont let me burn any mp3 cds?
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Does anyone know why itunes wont let me burn any mp3 cds?
It will. Change the option in Preferences/Burning to MP3 CD, then create a playlist and click on Burn Disc on the top right of the iTunes window while having the playlist selected. You may want to convert ID tags to version 1.1. I could not get all my MP3's to show tags on the BMW pro audio head unit.
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I think Amil mentioned he has all his CDs burned to MP3s, which I also agree is a good way to go. I've had my iPod in the centre console (non-iDrive) and its a pain in the rear to change playlist etc. Not very elegant.

With a pile of CDs burned onto one MP3 CD, I've got hours and hours of all the tunes I want, and the CD player lists the artist, album and song on the stock CD player. Good enough for me !
What's really annoying is that every time you start the car, you have to press 2 buttons to get this info to display, because it only shows the track number by default and then it won't remember your settings.
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I think Amil mentioned he has all his CDs burned to MP3s, which I also agree is a good way to go. I've had my iPod in the centre console (non-iDrive) and its a pain in the rear to change playlist etc. Not very elegant.

With a pile of CDs burned onto one MP3 CD, I've got hours and hours of all the tunes I want, and the CD player lists the artist, album and song on the stock CD player. Good enough for me !
Oh, and as for the iPod, you could get this:
http://store.sik.com/merchant.mv?Scr...egory_Code=AAi
which will charge the ipod and connect to AUX from the dock connector, so you don't have a cable in the top of the ipod, then route the cable through the hand rest compartment to the little opening behind the shifter and drop your ipod in there at an angle. That's what I do and have perfect control of the click wheel and view of the screen. It's not the most elegant solution but works better than the handrest and the line out audio is much much better than what you get from the headphones output.
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Oh, and as for the iPod, you could get this:
http://store.sik.com/merchant.mv?Scr...egory_Code=AAi
which will charge the ipod and connect to AUX from the dock connector, so you don't have a cable in the top of the ipod, then route the cable through the hand rest compartment to the little opening behind the shifter and drop your ipod in there at an angle. That's what I do and have perfect control of the click wheel and view of the screen. It's not the most elegant solution but works better than the handrest and the line out audio is much much better than what you get from the headphones output.
SOB! :mad:

If I only had known about this before wasting $ on this new Belkin charger that fits under the armrest.

I already have that IAirPlay on ebay since that didn't fit. I can't imagine putting the Belkin on ebay and getting this one now.
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SOB! :mad:

If I only had known about this before wasting $ on this new Belkin charger that fits under the armrest.

I already have that IAirPlay on ebay since that didn't fit. I can't imagine putting the Belkin on ebay and getting this one now.
Sorry I was late, man. If it makes you feel any better I have a charger, a Roadtrip, a Newport radio transmitter that combines the charger and the FM transmitter (because it had better quality than the Roadtrip) and now I just got what I posted above as well, because of the much better quality (I didn't have AUX in in my previous cars).
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hay itznin
the airclick didnt fit in the armrest?
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Hi George Chronis,

Are you referring to the "imp"?

Thanks

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Oh, and as for the iPod, you could get this:
http://store.sik.com/merchant.mv?Scr...egory_Code=AAi
which will charge the ipod and connect to AUX from the dock connector, so you don't have a cable in the top of the ipod, then route the cable through the hand rest compartment to the little opening behind the shifter and drop your ipod in there at an angle. That's what I do and have perfect control of the click wheel and view of the screen. It's not the most elegant solution but works better than the handrest and the line out audio is much much better than what you get from the headphones output.
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Hi George Chronis,

Are you referring to the "imp"?

Thanks

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Yes, that's right. That thing works great. And price is pretty good.
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