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      01-17-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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I-drive - Streaming music from the mobile phone via blue tooth

Hi, wondering if anyone managed to stream music from a paired mobile phone on the new I-drive (the one w hard drive storage for music)? My paired phone works perfectly for calls, but I can not have my music collection in the phone to be played via blue tooth (yes I can use the aux port and also export through the usb port but wanted to be able to stream via blue tooth if possible). Txs in advance for any answers or thoughts you may have.
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      01-17-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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I use it all the time with my iPhone 4, works great. The only issue is you need to use the iPhone's iPod controls as far as picking a playlist goes (cannot use I-Drive controls). You can use the steering wheel controls to advance or replay a song though.
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Most of the cars you can not stream from your phone to your car for music, just calls. Just depends what year your car is.
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I noticed with my 3g you cant use bluetooth but with my wives Iphone4 bluetooth music works great.
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Does streaming with BT drain the battery of the phone quicker?
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Thanks for the replies. I have a nokia n8 and my car is 2009, w the latest idrive and software. Maybe it only works w iphones?
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Our cars have A2DP support? WAT
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Does streaming with BT drain the battery of the phone quicker?
Quicker than what? If you are saying quicker than the audio in then most likely, yes it will use a little more battery. Though when I use either I generally have my phone charging so I can't say for sure.
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never knew it would work...gotta try it now. Wonder if I can stream Pandora?
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I use it all the time with my iPhone 4, works great. The only issue is you need to use the iPhone's iPod controls as far as picking a playlist goes (cannot use I-Drive controls). You can use the steering wheel controls to advance or replay a song though.
And how does one select the phone from which music is being streamed on idrive? Where does the phone show as an option (such as radio, cd, music collection, aux)? Or does it just play automatically once music is being played (like idrive switches to a call once someone calls the paired phone)?
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      01-17-2011, 04:26 PM   #11
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Bluetooth audio streaming is only available on cars with the combox which started production September 2010. So you need a 2011.5 for this function.
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thanks for all the answers!
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it's so sad that a $17k mazda 3 has bluetooth streaming as a standard feature while a bmw starting at $30k does not
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And how does one select the phone from which music is being streamed on idrive? Where does the phone show as an option (such as radio, cd, music collection, aux)? Or does it just play automatically once music is being played (like idrive switches to a call once someone calls the paired phone)?
If I recall, if the iPhone wasn't already playing, I would hit the CD button on the I-Drive controller which would bring up a screen to choose the iPhone.
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wonder if this would work...there's a stereo model as well for wireless mp3 streaming

http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/1919
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it's so sad that a $17k mazda 3 has bluetooth streaming as a standard feature while a bmw starting at $30k does not
Couldnt agree more!
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blackberry music gateway

get a blackberry music gateway. hooks up to usb and audio jack in center console. I have an Iphone 4 and it syncs flawlessly. When a phone call comes through it automatically switches to phone mode using bluetooth.
This device costs about $30 - $35 at Amazon. And you can hook it up to your stereo at home so you have music streaming from your smartphone.
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get a blackberry music gateway. hooks up to usb and audio jack in center console. I have an Iphone 4 and it syncs flawlessly. When a phone call comes through it automatically switches to phone mode using bluetooth.
This device costs about $30 - $35 at Amazon. And you can hook it up to your stereo at home so you have music streaming from your smartphone.
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I have done this too. It is awesome, it hooks up faster then oe BT and it is flawless!

edit: and any noise that comes out of your iphone/ipad or whatever will go through the car's sound system, streaming podcasts, pandora (I have not done this specifically), movies etc
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Will this work with phones other than blackberry, like incredible
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Will this work with phones other than blackberry, like incredible
bump...want to know this as well

edit: nvm, just read it and it does and I ordered it paired with the USB cable. The question is, would the USB input on the center console power the unit or do I need a cigarette USB adapter?
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Any bluetooth, I use my iPhone and iPad with it.
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I just got my Blackberry gateway yesterday and it's awesome. I'm using a Evo 4g and was streaming from the Grooveshark app. It should work with any audio, my phone thinks bluetooth headphones are attached so any music that would go to headphones are getting routed through the car's speakers
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