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Apologies for the confusion I am experiencing, but this is all new to me.

Took delivery of my 2008 318iSE E90 the other day. Comes with BMW Professional Stereo, with single CD changer. Has 3.5mm jack socket for iPod/MP3 player. I have my MP3 player playing through the stereo, but head unit will not control the MP3 player. Would it do so with a pukka iPod player ie volume, display tracks on the iDrive, skip tracks etc etc?

Also, bluetooth. Sorry, don't get this. I thought bluetooth was to allow you to send images between mobile phones. What is the significance of this in a car???!!!!

One other thing. Do some BMW stereos have a USB connection instead/as well as the 3.5mm jack socket?

Sorry guys, go easy on me.
 

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Apologies for the confusion I am experiencing, but this is all new to me.

Took delivery of my 2008 318iSE E90 the other day. Comes with BMW Professional Stereo, with single CD changer. Has 3.5mm jack socket for iPod/MP3 player. I have my MP3 player playing through the stereo, but head unit will not control the MP3 player. Would it do so with a pukka iPod player ie volume, display tracks on the iDrive, skip tracks etc etc?

Also, bluetooth. Sorry, don't get this. I thought bluetooth was to allow you to send images between mobile phones. What is the significance of this in a car???!!!!

One other thing. Do some BMW stereos have a USB connection instead/as well as the 3.5mm jack socket?

Sorry guys, go easy on me.
The AUX will not control the ipod

The Blutooth enables you to make handsfree calls

The USB socket is a cost option
 

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Hi afc69
As far as i know you have no control through the 3.5 jack its just plug and play.
Bluetooth is for recieving and calling people on the move handsfree
haven't got it on my bm but had it on my leon displayed myphone book on
instrument panel.
and i believe its possible to have 3.5 and usb as your radio manual shows
a example of both my e90 maunal does
if i wrong some one wil correct me
cheers ian
 

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So, even if I went for a top of the range iPod Nano, the BMW head unit still wouldn't control the Ipod, as regards switching tracks etc on the iPod?

Thanks for the replies, lads
 

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Hi afc69

In answer to your latest question, no your latest ipod nano would not be controlled by your stock / professional bmw stereo.

Just to confirm what the guys are saying:

Bluetooth - it's a standard protocol that allows the transfer of "data". Whether that data be voice, images, text or music both sending and recieving devices have to be capable of dealing with them. Unfortunately your BMW bluetooth is only setup to understand and deal with voice. So you don't need to touch your phone (and break the law) whilst driving.

MP3s - you should be able to read MP3 CDs in your single slot player, have you tried it? BMW only do a special IPOD interface which only works with 4th gen ipods. You have to pay to get this fitted IIRC it's around 375 all in - but it guarantees you compatibility with track and ablum listing and navigation etc. That's the only way you can get an ipod to work on a standard bmw (apart from aux)

USB I think was a horrendously expensive retrofit and too much work invlolved.

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask :) Red :)
 

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I asked BMW how much it would be to retrofit an ipod connector to my BMW professional stereo.........over £600!! Im sticking with making a playlist for the car needless to say!
 

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Still looking at connecting my iPod Classic (bought a new one the other day) to my E90 (1 year down the line)

As mentioned, no CD changer in boot, just the Professional head unit with single CD. But, can you make use of the CD prep wiring in the boot, and fit either the Dice gateway 500, or the Intravee unit, to this model of car (318iSE E90)

With either of those, does it need to go to a BMW garage in order for them to carry out a software update, as I have read elsewhere?
 

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I asked BMW how much it would be to retrofit an ipod connector to my BMW professional stereo.........over £600!! Im sticking with making a playlist for the car needless to say!
I was quoted around 400 mark, but i had the 6 cd changer already installed. Not sure if that makes a difference on price. Shop around mate.

afc dude - you know your 2008 CD player can play MP3s right? Burn your own music collections to some CDs maybe? In ref to your 3rd party unit (denison etc) question, go to a reputable car audio specialist. He will prob ask for your chassis or VIN and know exactly what is installed on your car and what bits he needs to put into yours etc.

Then sit back and wait for the price. Good luck! Red :)
 

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afc69

I was quoted ~£450 for the Dension gateway 500 supplied and fitted. That is on a E91 with professional head unit.

I was told that once fitted, the head unit (and steering wheel but only certain functions) would be able to fully control the ipod and the screen would display track, album info, etc. The gateway would be fitted in the glove box so that the ipod can be connected/disconnected easily. It is hooked up through the 6 disc cable (so this function wuold be lost) but the aux port can still be utilised.

Hope that helps.

Iain
 
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