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Old 11-04-2005, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question iPod Hookup

Anyone know of a way to hookup the i-Pod with an '01 330i? The kit BMW offers only works with '02 and newer.
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Crutchfield and Bavarian Auto both sell one by 'USA Spec' that does the exact same thing for 60% of the cost.

I have one in my 99 323 that works great. Plays through the factory stereo exactly as if it were a 6 disk changer (only one that has 5 days of songs in it!)

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If you replace the factory deck with a high-enough-end head unit, the iPod will connect to it. I replaced the "Business CD" factory deck on my '02 325i with a new Alpine CDA-9855. The iPod now sits in the glove box and is only taken out when I want to update it on my PC. All the functionality of the iPod screen works on the head unit's screen. (Much more user-friendly than the setup in my '01 Cadillac DTS where I used the Icelink hooked to the factory deck, replacing the 6-disk changer in the process.)

By the way, the Alpine head unit makes the whole system sound MUCH better than the factory "Business CD" -- especially with an Alpine amp powering a 10" subwoofer in the trunk!
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True, with the USA Spec, you have to create 5 playlists that are labled as BMW_1, and so forth. These correspond to disks 1-5. "disk 6" is your entire library...

You are not able to see a readout of the time elapsed, song name, etc. Nor are you able to fast forward within a song. It acts exactly like it were a factory 6 disk changer.

The Advantage is that it is much cheaper, and the sound quality is 100% as if from CD...
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If you replace the factory deck with a high-enough-end head unit, the iPod will connect to it. I replaced the "Business CD" factory deck on my '02 325i with a new Alpine CDA-9855. The iPod now sits in the glove box and is only taken out when I want to update it on my PC. All the functionality of the iPod screen works on the head unit's screen. (Much more user-friendly than the setup in my '01 Cadillac DTS where I used the Icelink hooked to the factory deck, replacing the 6-disk changer in the process.)

By the way, the Alpine head unit makes the whole system sound MUCH better than the factory "Business CD" -- especially with an Alpine amp powering a 10" subwoofer in the trunk!
did u have any problems with the wiring for the subwoofer in the trunk ... i was thinking about a sub and a new amp but have no clue how it will effect the electrical stuff in the car

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