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Old 08-11-2008, 02:26 PM
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ipod inteface

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is thera anybody outhere who has e70 , 2007 model dosent have usb interface..cause decided to get this ipod interface and my dealer asking including parts and labour gbp555.00 (Cd player will be no no longers used, which is fine with me.) prices looks bit high for me if you can tell me if anyone who had smilliar work done.cheers
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:46 PM
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I got quoted a similar price. But didn't go for it in the end because of bad reviews of the kit. Slow etc. If you get it and it's any good, PM me please.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:14 PM
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many thanks. i have spoken with BMW they say new sotware is much better, i ll see then will let you know.
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:16 PM
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What new software?

I have the Ipod interface. My dealer offered to give it to me for free in exchange of my 6disc changer. I still get to keep my changer though.

It is quite slow. I see a lot of "CD content is loading" and the names won't show up on the screen. A couple of restart engine help to fix it but cmon its a hassle.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:21 PM
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hi
thanks for your reply, BMW says ipod performance depends on ipod software and memory size..anyway I decided go a head but i will let you know how its works, car boooked for 18 aug 08 ( I am keeping m 6 cd player incase.)
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I have a 2007 X5 without the USB kit (was not available when I ordered the car)...as it has been hashed out many times here, no possible way to retrofit (which I personally think is BS)... Either case, I did have my dealer install the iPod kit, which eliminates the 6-Disc glove compartment changer (I won't miss that piece of shit, so painful to eject/load CDs). Now in place - a lonesome iPod connector cable which works with all three of my iPods (40GB Photo, 8GB Nano and iPhone). Here are my Pros/Cons on the solution:

Pros:
* Works directly with iDrive
* Displays text / directory structure / song details
* Navigation simple

Cons:
* Works directly with iDrive...meaning, a little slow.
* Must spin wheel like mad to move through directories, etc...
* Navigation is retarded. If I pick a playlist beginning /w the letter L (for example, Led Zepplin) and now I want to go play The Doors (starts with T), it puts you back at the top (A) and makes you work your way back down...EACH TIME. Frustrating.
* Directly browsing Artist names is STUPID SLOW.
* Directory browsing song titles is BEYOND STUPID SLOW.

If you stick to Playlists, you're good...but navigation sucks. If you try Artists browse...you will wait. And wait you will! With BMW iPod interface, less information on the iPod will vastly improve your experience. I have a 40GB Photo on mine, it's mostly full... I probably should really scrape that down a bit and keep on there what I *really* want to hear.

All in all, I still like it. CDs suck and we all know that changer bites the big one. There's very little option if you're stuck with a pre-USB X5...

Scott
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:27 AM
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Unless you have the factory installed option of iPod interface, the dealer installed version will not only look different but will cost you significant money. it's a different way of connecting the iPod if it's the dealer installed kit. My understanding is that it will also connect and work with the iDrive system differently. I have the factory installed option and it pretty well integrated with iDrive. Sorry couldn't really tell you how the dealer version functions. Should work just fine though. Good luck. I also think it's worth it.

I have the 4.8i space grey with 214 wheels and it looks very similar to yours. However, yours looks stunning with the angle and the lights in the picture. great photo.
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Unless you have the factory installed option of iPod interface, the dealer installed version will not only look different but will cost you significant money. it's a different way of connecting the iPod if it's the dealer installed kit. My understanding is that it will also connect and work with the iDrive system differently. I have the factory installed option and it pretty well integrated with iDrive. Sorry couldn't really tell you how the dealer version functions. Should work just fine though. Good luck. I also think it's worth it.

I have the 4.8i space grey with 214 wheels and it looks very similar to yours. However, yours looks stunning with the angle and the lights in the picture. great photo.
many thanks for your info..really appricated..
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I have a 2007 X5 without the USB kit (was not available when I ordered the car)...as it has been hashed out many times here, no possible way to retrofit (which I personally think is BS)... Either case, I did have my dealer install the iPod kit, which eliminates the 6-Disc glove compartment changer (I won't miss that piece of shit, so painful to eject/load CDs). Now in place - a lonesome iPod connector cable which works with all three of my iPods (40GB Photo, 8GB Nano and iPhone). Here are my Pros/Cons on the solution:

Pros:
* Works directly with iDrive
* Displays text / directory structure / song details
* Navigation simple

Cons:
* Works directly with iDrive...meaning, a little slow.
* Must spin wheel like mad to move through directories, etc...
* Navigation is retarded. If I pick a playlist beginning /w the letter L (for example, Led Zepplin) and now I want to go play The Doors (starts with T), it puts you back at the top (A) and makes you work your way back down...EACH TIME. Frustrating.
* Directly browsing Artist names is STUPID SLOW.
* Directory browsing song titles is BEYOND STUPID SLOW.

If you stick to Playlists, you're good...but navigation sucks. If you try Artists browse...you will wait. And wait you will! With BMW iPod interface, less information on the iPod will vastly improve your experience. I have a 40GB Photo on mine, it's mostly full... I probably should really scrape that down a bit and keep on there what I *really* want to hear.

All in all, I still like it. CDs suck and we all know that changer bites the big one. There's very little option if you're stuck with a pre-USB X5...

Scott
scott, its a big thanks , now i know how its works.cheers..
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:46 AM
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Well, mines getting done on friday. If it sucks it sucks. The CD Changer is tosh so can't be much worse than that.
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