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Yeah I know its a bit cheap and nasty but my m8 uses one and it works fine:thumbsup
So long as it works, i'm sure there are members pulling their hair out because of this issue. It seems to be a very common question being asked. It would be nice to save having to write the same post over and over again. This way we can just point members in the right direction and let them make the decision:D
 

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Even cheaper integration

Here is my Saga on getting IPOD video into Big Bertha, I am still waiting for that elusive creature that has a dension gateway 100/300 with a bluetooth adapter that has full functionality via the steering wheel but hey untill then I will be sticking to the dangly wires :hihi

Clickyhttp://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/f9/01-e38-phone-ipod-question-t888/
 
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I've gone for the DICE Silverline mentioned in the first post. one thing I saw on am American forum is that the spec dock for the ashtray si not good for your ipod as it can move around too much and damage it. Haven't had a chance to install yet as it came yesterday and don't want to chance it in the dark. Saturday is D-Day. With delivery it came to just under £95 but promises full integration with the radio including steering wheel control. I'll let you know the outcome once I've done the install.
Fingers crossed :jaw-dropping
 

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Dear All,

I know I have said this in other posts, but I have the Dension 300, without the bluetooth and cd integration. It works fine and have it installed at the rear of the HU in the dash board, withe the Ipod and USB lead sitting in the glove box. Bit of a tight squeeze, but all fits. The only thing that I had to do in order for it to fit is to remove the socket that sits in-line with the OEM socket and splice the cables into that (keeping the original OEM socket). It all works and functions with the steering wheel controls, volume, track change etc. Although I do find it easier to use the buttons on the head unit!

The only fault I do have (again mentioned in other posts) is the text display on the HU. As it is supposed to display the artist and track name, although an issue but not vital!

The USB workls fine also dropping tracks on a pen drive, i have not tried an external HDD as I dont own one that does not require external power!

Hope this helps in members making a decision!

I purchased mine here and delivered the next day!
http://www.ipodcarkitdirect.co.uk/BMW
Densions site:
http://www.dension.com

Cheers all!
 

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I've gone for the DICE Silverline mentioned in the first post. one thing I saw on am American forum is that the spec dock for the ashtray si not good for your ipod as it can move around too much and damage it. Haven't had a chance to install yet as it came yesterday and don't want to chance it in the dark. Saturday is D-Day. With delivery it came to just under £95 but promises full integration with the radio including steering wheel control. I'll let you know the outcome once I've done the install.
Fingers crossed :jaw-dropping
I just fitted the DICE Car integration kit I bought myself off ebay for chrimbo yesterday.
Fited in about an hour and no wires to be seen anywhere and absolutely no tools required or drilling!

I managed to fit the control module inside the handbrake/storage tray/coin box area by lifting the coin box and storage tray out.
The ipod itself is hidden away in the tray with the sliding cover with the wire for that going through a gap that was already there into the control module.
The control module then connects to the CD changer cable that was pre wired in the boot area. I ran it under the handbrake/centre console under the passanger seat then alont the lining under the rear door, under the rear seat then just tucked it under the trim in the boot and to the cd changer wires.

In Summary:

Sounds great - Cost £90 off ebay - Can control everything from the steering wheel or head unit - No wires to be seen - artist & track details on head unit.
 

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I have been told Autoleads do a cable (p\n:pc7-bmw-01) that works straight in to the back of the standard head unit!

i have just sold my 325 as now got a 330 cab with the sat nav and tv so if anyone could help me with connecting my ipod touch to this? that would be sooooooooo great :)

cheers

stu
 

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There are several devices that will integrate your iPod touch for audio, giveing control and text display, but not video. For video you'll need an AV input to the TV tuner or a video source module that goes between the Nav computer and monitor. I don;t know of any devices that give control of video through the head unit.

For Audio integration check out devices like the DICE, Dension Gateway 100 and 300 and the Intravee, all are plug and play into the CD changer connections in the boot when you have Nav. The Dice and Gateway give similar functionality with a single line of text, the Intravee gives more info and menus on the Nav screen.

Not sure where you are in the South West, but I regularly travel down to the Bath/Swindon area, if you'd like to see the DICE or Intravee then your're welcome to have a look at mine.
 

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I thought I'd post a link to a web site offering another option to the Dice kit

http://www.xcarlink.co.uk/product.php?productid=73&cat=0&page=1

I had this kit in my last car (VW Golf) and it works really well, with a bonus. Tbs kit allows you to use the iPod clicker wheel to pick tracks and navigate as usual when using an iPod. I am looking to buy a kit for my new BMW and after looking on line the Dice kIt was in the running, with it displaying text etc but I watched a video tutorial and it said the the clicker wheel was locked out during operation-is that right??

I find the clicker wheel so much quicker to find artists etc than using the steering wheel or stereo controls needing to flick through one at a time. Due t the amount of material I have on my iPod it takes ages.

Oh and the other plus point for an additional £38 you get an intergrated bluetooth kit for your phone including microphone etc. This stops the music if you recieved a call.
So Dice Kit is £100 and this kit is £80+ the extra if ou want the Bluetooth.
 
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