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      01-30-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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For my purposes, this is a good solution - with a few drawbacks.

1) There is a upper limit to the number of Artists / Albums that can be displayed. I only get to the P's for artists...

2) Using iDrive to navigate Artists / Albums is painfully slow.

3) The "random" function is not preserved when you turn the car off. This is easily fixed by pressing the voice command button and saying "Random"... All other settings seem to be preserved - current playlist and track.

4) When you select the "next" track, it goes to the next track in the current list - regardless of the random setting.

So, if all you want is to listen to playlists, it is a pretty good solution. As this is all I ever do anyway, I like the solution better that the AUX cable. If you want to use iDrive to navigate anything but playlists, you will probably be disappointed. It is annoying to have to reset the random function. I was pretty ticked about this until I figured out I could use the voice command...
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For my purposes, this is a good solution - with a few drawbacks.

1) There is a upper limit to the number of Artists / Albums that can be displayed. I only get to the P's for artists...

2) Using iDrive to navigate Artists / Albums is painfully slow.

3) The "random" function is not preserved when you turn the car off. This is easily fixed by pressing the voice command button and saying "Random"... All other settings seem to be preserved - current playlist and track.

4) When you select the "next" track, it goes to the next track in the current list - regardless of the random setting.

So, if all you want is to listen to playlists, it is a pretty good solution. As this is all I ever do anyway, I like the solution better that the AUX cable. If you want to use iDrive to navigate anything but playlists, you will probably be disappointed. It is annoying to have to reset the random function. I was pretty ticked about this until I figured out I could use the voice command...
The iPod interface has been the only disappointment on my E92. Sound quality is great, but I have about 1900 songs on my iPod, and it's completely unusable except for playlists. (And I only have a few playlists defined.) Genres are borderline. Artist, album, or song are just hopeless.

I wonder if the issue is the iPod, the car, or the features exposed in the Apple interface. Whichever, I'm pretty disappointed in its lousy UI when the iPod has a lot on it.
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Why dont you just create a few playlists of the artists you have after the letter P??? That way you can access the artists listed later...

I also have a bunch of songs (about 2,400), but I have a few 'artists' where the artist name is actually 'alternative' or 'hip hop' and the song title is the artist name and song title. So its basically a playlist within the artist menu, and it significantly cuts down on the number of artists listed when I use that menu.

I dont have my E92 yet, but it will have the ipod integration. I hope that the steps I have taken will make it much more enjoyable...
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aux port 4 me i guess
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The ipod kit is not worth it for people without idrive. How slow it is to search with idrive then times that by 2 for the people w/o idrive. One thing I'll prolly never use.
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The ipod kit is not worth it for people without idrive. How slow it is to search with idrive then times that by 2 for the people w/o idrive. One thing I'll prolly never use.

It shouldn't take more time to browse external drive (Ipod) that MP3 play list on CD w/o Idrive.
Do I miss anything?

Anyway, I will wait for USB to EOM interface to connect external 250 GB USB drive
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