E90Post
 


GTB Performance
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > AUDIO/VIDEO + BLUETOOTH + Electronics/Alarm/Software > Ipod connector problems?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-18-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
BawssStylez
New Member
 
Drives: 2011 323i
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Quebec

Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)

Ipod connector problems?

Im new to this so bare with me, after i plug my iphone 4 into the car my car doesent play the songs but displays the title and the system gets jammed?

Anyone having the same problem? It works only sometimes.
BawssStylez is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 12:13 PM   #2
jsunma
Private First Class
 
jsunma's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 328iT
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Massachusetts

Posts: 153
iTrader: (0)

Welcome!

You probably should go search the threads over on the Audio forum (which is where this thread will get moved once the Mods get around to it). Various info over there.

But suffice to say that your problem is likely due to the OS version on your iPhone. The current version of iOS doesn't play well (as an iPod) with the BMW headunit. It's possible that the iOS update due out any day now might fix the problem...or it might not.

Anyhow, more info on the Audio forum. Good luck!
jsunma is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
IancoleTX
Dillo boxers
 
IancoleTX's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: USA

Posts: 3,041
iTrader: (13)

Let me help you:

1. buy this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=320611200724 and this: http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Car-So.../dp/B001HZI2ZC

2. Plug the USB adapter into your glovebox power outlet.

3. Plug the usb cable into the adapter, plug the audio into your aux out.

4. Either run the cable under your console (simple diy) and drill a hole in the ashtray bottom for a clean install - OR - just run the cable out of your console as is.

5. Enjoy clean sound from your iPhone and have it charge while it's plugged in. Total cost - about $10

Good luck!

edit>> this setup works great with my iPhone 4
__________________
2011 135i 6MT - Alpine White / Savannah Beige
IancoleTX is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 12:59 PM   #4
Deltari09
Second Lieutenant
 
Deltari09's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 3-Series Coupe
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hawaii, USA

Posts: 291
iTrader: (0)

+1
Deltari09 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 01:01 PM   #5
Thud
Throbbing Member
 
Drives:
Join Date: Jan 2008

Posts: 1,431
iTrader: (0)

I sometimes have a similar problem with my latest-gen iPod Nano. Sometimes it just seems like it's not communicating with the iPod.
__________________
2011 335d / Deep Sea Blue / Saddle brown / sport / premium

Previous cars:
2008 BMW 135i / 6MT
2002 Z06 Corvette
Thud is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 01:22 PM   #6
WWONG
Banned
 
Drives: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, TX

Posts: 1,833
iTrader: (14)

It happens sometimes. Just restart the device. Works immediately after. It usually happens after you sync the device to iTunes. Afterward, it seems to stop communicating with the car, but a restart fixes it every time for me.
WWONG is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 03:48 PM   #7
jsunma
Private First Class
 
jsunma's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 328iT
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Massachusetts

Posts: 153
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by IancoleTX View Post
Let me help you:

1. buy this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=320611200724 and this: http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Car-So.../dp/B001HZI2ZC

2. Plug the USB adapter into your glovebox power outlet.

3. Plug the usb cable into the adapter, plug the audio into your aux out.

4. Either run the cable under your console (simple diy) and drill a hole in the ashtray bottom for a clean install - OR - just run the cable out of your console as is.

5. Enjoy clean sound from your iPhone and have it charge while it's plugged in. Total cost - about $10

Good luck!

edit>> this setup works great with my iPhone 4
I have to admit to having gone to a similar solution so that I can control the iPod (touch) from the iPod's native interface. While I have the 6FL cable/option, I hate the iPod interface on the (non-iDrive 2008) headunit. Plus, the BMW interface currently has known problems with iOS 4.X. This AUX solution gets around all of that even if I have to look at the rather blank AUX display on the headunit and do not get digital audio input. The analog AUX input seems to sound pretty good, as others have noted.

The device I have is this:

http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-AutoPi...0112443&sr=1-5

It costs a little more than the ebay/amazon devices mentioned above, but it is all one piece and seems high quality. The only real downside that I have found is that I get a nasty-sounding static crunch when I turn off the car with the iPod still playing. That's because the console power port simply shuts off when you power down the car. It's a shame that BMW didn't build a delay into that power port. The 6FL option DOES keep the iPod playing through the stereo for a while after powering down the car.

FWIW, there's a DIY on the Audio forum where someone used one of these and ran the cables beneath the console-shifter trim to send the plug out into the ashtray. No drilling required and looks very clean. I didn't opt for doing that as I like having the cable "free" (i.e., just running out under the closed console cover) so that I can pick up and control the iPod (which isn't do-able if it's plugged into the plug that you'd make exit the ashtray.).
jsunma is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-18-2010, 10:32 PM   #8
Mywifes335
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2010 335i sport | SSTT | BMS C
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New York

Posts: 43
iTrader: (1)

Does your iPod sound like crap when connected to the stock stereo?

I noticed that regardless of the quality and equalizer setting on my iPod (I turn it off mostly since it seems to reduce distortion), the sound quality is pretty much CRAP.

I tried wiggling the USB and TRS connector that came with the car (OEM BMW part) and sometimes it helps a little- especially when the low frequencies cut out. I mean, sometimes, it just crackles.

This is crazy. Plus, I don't have the iDrive either. It seems like a very simple connection but the quality is just so bad.

I'm not sure if anyone else out there has had this problem. If so, any suggestions on how to remedy this issue will be greatly appreciated!
Mywifes335 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-19-2010, 05:42 AM   #9
jsunma
Private First Class
 
jsunma's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 328iT
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Massachusetts

Posts: 153
iTrader: (0)

The sound quality using the 6FL cable/OEM iPod interface shouldn't be that bad.

I found on mine that the OEM cable is very stiff and short and is prone to making a poor connection at all places where it plugs into the car (usb and aux) and the iPod (dock connector). This is only exacerbated if you end up moving the iPod when trying to unlock the screen/choose an app. Any of those poor connections can cause the sound quality issues you describe...but in my case, this has been only temporary. I think that putting the iPod into the little "pouch" supplied on the underside of the console lid, and leaving it alone, will result in the best connections....but then of course you're totally at the victim of the BMW interface....which I personally find crappy. All in all, the 6FL interface with iPod Touch/iPhone and no iDrive is not exactly an ideal situation.

But as just for sound quality, I'd check your connections. You might have a bad AUX port, like seems to be the case with the OP. Or maybe your cable's just loose.
jsunma is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-19-2010, 09:31 PM   #10
Mywifes335
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2010 335i sport | SSTT | BMS C
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New York

Posts: 43
iTrader: (1)

Exactly, even driving over pock-marked roads sometimes make the connections crackle. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this as well? Any feedback from the dealer?
__________________
My Wife's 335
Mywifes335 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-22-2010, 03:10 AM   #11
WWONG
Banned
 
Drives: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, TX

Posts: 1,833
iTrader: (14)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mywifes335 View Post
I noticed that regardless of the quality and equalizer setting on my iPod (I turn it off mostly since it seems to reduce distortion), the sound quality is pretty much CRAP.

I tried wiggling the USB and TRS connector that came with the car (OEM BMW part) and sometimes it helps a little- especially when the low frequencies cut out. I mean, sometimes, it just crackles.

This is crazy. Plus, I don't have the iDrive either. It seems like a very simple connection but the quality is just so bad.

I'm not sure if anyone else out there has had this problem. If so, any suggestions on how to remedy this issue will be greatly appreciated!
Change the input levels on iDrive to standard. Sounds like you have it boosted.
WWONG is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #12
Mywifes335
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2010 335i sport | SSTT | BMS C
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New York

Posts: 43
iTrader: (1)

What if I don't have iDrive?
__________________
My Wife's 335
Mywifes335 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-29-2010, 01:35 AM   #13
WWONG
Banned
 
Drives: 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, TX

Posts: 1,833
iTrader: (14)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mywifes335 View Post
What if I don't have iDrive?
You can do it on the main menu in the radio. I think it's LEV or something.
WWONG is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST