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      11-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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What can you do with Aux input jack?

I am looking at E90s and thinking I may not need Bluetooth as much as I thought because of the Aux input jack. My Droid2 has a 3.5mm output jack. I presume that can just be run into the Aux in jack on E90s, right? If I am listening to some other source and a call comes in that way, will the Aux (phone call) override whatever else is playing?

I will need to figure out how the mic would work in that case. That would depend on the Droid. Once the 3.5mm jack is plugged in, that would probably override the mic in the Droid. An external earbud/mic kit could probably be converted to do the job.

Does anyone use a phone through the Aux input? What features does it give you?
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      11-16-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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The Aux jack will do one thing and one thing only... play music. Do not plan on using it for telephone, it will suck, and quite impractical.
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      11-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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I think Bluetooth is standard on E9Xs or it is standard with Premium Pckg'd cars, which almost everyone is. Ask the dealer when you go to look. You will be surprised about what is standard on bimmers compared to PT Losers. Like electric windows, A/C, etc.
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      11-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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I think Bluetooth is standard on E9Xs or it is standard with Premium Pckg'd cars, which almost everyone is. Ask the dealer when you go to look. You will be surprised about what is standard on bimmers compared to PT Losers. Like electric windows, A/C, etc.
Bluetooth is not standard on these cars.
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Bluetooth will become standard on F30 cars, but is not standard on e9x cars.

It is true that Bluetooth is a part of Premium package and that most cars on dealers' lots have it. (Which means that in order to get a normal driver's car one have to special-order it. Ordering Bluetooth is a very good idea nevertheless.)

Aux jack will not work well as a replacement for hands free phone. Aux jack will not override anything by itself. In order to make the radio to use aux input one has to switch it manually.

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      11-16-2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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i plug my ipod through that.
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      11-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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OP, I suggest you get a car that has bluetooth already on it. Don't be stuck hating yourself for not getting it like some of us.
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You live in CA, get a car with bluetooth.
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      11-16-2011, 08:29 PM   #9
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Uh I can't think straight now sorry if my post ^ made little sense (I deleted it)

Edit: Just plug in standard earbuds and see how they react to a phone call.
I'm guessing the music will cut out and you'll hear the call but have to hold the phone for the mic. Bluetooth is nice because it allows you to pick up the call via the steering wheel and it has a hands free mic. With the aux input you will have to accept the call on the phone and then hold it anyways. Might as well accept the call, put it on speaker and set the phone down. You risk an accident and/or getting a distracted driving ticket for about 5 seconds/call.
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I got one of these cheap little bluetooth receivers, I plug it into my Aux in.

Works great for the music. Has no mic provisions, so you will need to manually answer your phone.

Can't beat it for the money.
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Eh, I started answering this question, and realized you're trying to get away without bluetooth at all. Think about this for a second, no bluetooth means no mic (I think) which means no input. So your side of the conversation won't exist. Not great for a phone a conversation!

Get bluetooth. The real downer is the e9x doesn't support bluetooth music steaming. I'll miss that. No cables, no fuss.
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      11-16-2011, 09:28 PM   #12
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Bluetooth will become standard on F30 cars, but is not standard on e9x cars.

It is true that Bluetooth is a part of Premium package and that most cars on dealers' lots have it. (Which means that in order to get a normal driver's car one have to special-order it. Ordering Bluetooth is a very good idea nevertheless.)

Aux jack will not work well as a replacement for hands free phone. Aux jack will not override anything by itself. In order to make the radio to use aux input one has to switch it manually.
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
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Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
No. My car has no premium, only sport package. But I also have bluetooth.
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buy a gps with bluetooth, it will act as a handsfree for calls.
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Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
Mine has the sport package but not premium and has BT like the guy above.
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buy a gps with bluetooth, it will act as a handsfree for calls.
There are no doubt solutions to this problem, but if you're buying new or looking, just get one with bluetooth. Car never supported steaming anyway, so the aux/ipod/usb is a must anyway.

And I've found unless the system integrates completely with the stock radio, it won't do a great job. A lot of can you hear me will be coming.
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Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
Mine has no Premium, yet has Sport. Which means that I have power seats and no Bluetooth. No arguing though, not ordering Bluetooth was a mistake on my part.
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Mine has the sport package but not premium and has BT like the guy above.
I have no packages but have BMW Assist which includes Bluetooth. IMO it's a must have option.
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I use my aux cable quite frequently. I have the Droid Incredible 2 cell phone which I frequently use to play music via the aux cable. When a call comes through, the music player stops (I use winamp, but the standard HTC player stops as well) to ring the phone. You can then answer, and if you do, you will hear the caller with your speakers. If you hold the phone within a foot and a half of your mouth, the caller should hear you just fine. I do this almost every day...
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Having BT does not mean you will be able to stream audio over BT.
That is a separate package that costs a lot.

Stupid BMW. Even Kia's have proper audio over BT included.
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Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
3 out of the 4 E90s I looked at before I bought my car did not have bluetooth or premium.
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There are several solutions

Blackberry gateway plugged in the aux.
gives you a2dp not sure if it works the phone.

Denison.com makes some stuff

Get a new head unit that has bluetooth and more but there are side
effects that have to be taken into account.
Dynavin is a pretty popular head unit replacement now.
its made specifically for BMW's(or Euro Cars) and looks like it belongs in them.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=27

Go to the above link and do some searches.

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