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Old 12-10-2004, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Am I reading this right? I saw an ad at ipodyourbmw.com that said ipod is only available for bimmers w/o nav? I just purchased an 05 325xi and am picking it up next week. Coincidentally, I just got an ipod as a gift. Thought it would be cool to have it in the car. Does anyone know if there is a way around this? Is it true? Anyone have the ipod adapter and NAV. Thanks.
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I just got a 2005 330 Cic - and was also dissapointed to learn from the dealer that Ipod wasn't very well supported - even though advertized on the ipodmybmw site.

Anyway, from reviews i've read it doesn't work that great anyway - you can only create 6 bmw playlists and it doesn't show the song title or any info other than track number on your display.

However, I did learn something interesting. The new CD player that it came with (Harmon Kardon) can read cd's with mp3 files. So basically you can load up a cd with a couple of hundred songs in mp3 format (or windows media I believe), and it works pretty well - although it still only display's track information.

So for now even though I have an Ipod - I'm not ipoding my bmw.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-11-2004, 07:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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BTW that Icelink looks interesting. Anyone with experience in using this? How does it connect into the audio and power system, and does the song information show up on the radio display?
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I got my Icelink Plus yesterday in the mail and took about an hour and a half to install in my 2002 325i. The hardest part of the whole process is fitting everything behind the radio since there isn't much room back there to begin with. All I did was disconnect the battery, pull out the radio and disconnect it, connect the Icelink cable (which is like an extension cable with a smaller cable for the iPod adapter), connect the iPod adapter cable, then put it back in.

The sound is so much better. You see the song info on the iPod (my mount is beside my radio), the steering wheel controls do work, but no, you can't see the song info on the radio BMW radio. You can only do that with a few aftermarket radios, like Alpine and Pioneer. The manual said there are some adapters for OEM radios that will make the song info appear, but haven't had a chance to look into that.

I do like the Icelink, though, it fits what I needed. I want easy access to my iPod since I take it out of the car when I get home and plug it into my home stereo. I haven't had a chance to mess with all the features, like the playlists and stuff, but I will be doing that today. I highly recommend it if you want to have a clear sound, access to the iPod, and steering wheel and radio controls.
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