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#1 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 04:39 PM
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I am planning on installing the BMW Ipod Interface adapter kit into my 2002 325I. Does anyone have any suggestions and tips? Also, how do you remove the radio and also getting behind the glove box?
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I assume you have a stock system with no cassette deck? If so buy an iTrip or similar, it is much easier and does not sound too bad if you use it correctly. It is also quite useful at home as it transmits any can be picked up by any FM radio within is small transmit radius.
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I had the dealer install it in the "sunglasses compartment" (the one right below the radio). I'm happy with that location, and have had no issues at all.

Even the best FM ones sound poor in comparison, ESPECIALLY if you have the upgraded sound system.

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Even the best FM ones sound poor in comparison, ESPECIALLY if you have the upgraded sound system.
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Yes, but the iPod sounds poor whether you have upgraded the sound system or not.
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Yes, but the iPod sounds poor whether you have upgraded the sound system or not.
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I beg to differ. My iPod sounds great. In my home stereo system and in my car. I use a good ole tape cassette adapter for my car. It doens't look great and I can't control the thing from the steering wheel controls but it sounds fine and gets me by.
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Thats great, I am glad you enjoy your iPod.
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Even the best FM ones sound poor in comparison, ESPECIALLY if you have the upgraded sound system.
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I can't tell the difference between my IPOD with the direct connect and a CD player. The sound quality is the same. However, my fiancé has one of the FM transmitters (one of the highest ranked in sound quality), and there is a HUGE degradation in quality when I tried it in my car. Granted, it's honestly not bad for the casual listener, but not for me.

Take it or leave it. In my opinion, it looks like you just hate the IPOD regardless :P

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I can usually tell when a radio station is playing a MP3 rather than a CD, let alone when whether I am playing a CD or my iPod. Mind you that is what being used to a $30,000 home system will do for you.

All of the iPods formats are lossy, as is CD. Even on WMA it misses the space and detail of a CD. On Apple Lossless (my favourite format) it sounds as good as WMA for day to day purposes.

No, I don't hate the iPod. It is very clever for what it is, an average quality hard drive player, that is very much limited by a computer's poor software and mechanical abilities.

However, convenience over quality seems to be the norm these days.
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I can usually tell when a radio station is playing a MP3 rather than a CD, let alone when whether I am playing a CD or my iPod. Mind you that is what being used to a $30,000 home system will do for you.

All of the iPods formats are lossy, as is CD. Even on WMA it misses the space and detail of a CD. On Apple Lossless (my favourite format) it sounds as good as WMA for day to day purposes.

No, I don't hate the iPod. It is very clever for what it is, an average quality hard drive player, that is very much limited by a computer's poor software and mechanical abilities.

However, convenience over quality seems to be the norm these days.
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I follow and agree with some of what you're saying, but still disagree on the FM vs hard connect. We'll just agree to disagree, such is life

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I have the Icelink Plus and it is a great adapter. I had an FM transmitter and it was horrible, which is why I got the Icelink. I recommend you check out http://www.densionusa.com/icelink_info.htm and at least look at the Icelink before you purchase the BMW one. I just use the iPod's interface on the Icelink because I like to scroll through all kinds of playlists or search for songs, something you can't do with the BMW interface or even the Icelink's own interface, which is why I am so happy there are two mode on the Icelink. Installation was easy. I installed it and have never installed a radio before.

For what it is, though, the iPod is a great thing for holding lots of songs, being small, and having a good quality. Granted, audiophiles have argued that everything past vinyl isn't worth listening to, it is all personal preference. If you absolutely have to have the best audio that you can, then spend tons of money on getting it. Most people, myself included, would rather have lots of their songs with a good quality, which is why the iPod is such a success. I have listened to a few other mp3 players (MuVo, Nomad, etc) and they didn't sound good at all, like it was encoded in the lowest quality setting possible in order to fit more songs.

Yeah, convenience is kind of the norm these days. I still like listening to vinyl every now and then, but I listen to my iPod on my stereo and in my car almost all the time because it is so easy to do. CDs and AAC are still a lot better than tape, those were crappy. Everyone knew tapes were crappy, but they sold really well because they were cheap, small, and did their job.

The way I go about getting the full experience of music is by going to concerts. It gets expensive, but well worth it. Eh, just my two cents...
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