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Old 12-01-2016, 04:50 AM   #1
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Factory BMW IPOD Connection

Hi all,

I did a search but didnt really pick up any answers to my question.

I have the below cable which was ordered with the car. I've found a cable which will connect IPOD connection to Iphone 6 but I dont know if the headunit will still recognise?

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Old 12-01-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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What year is your car? Model year 2003 and later have an auxiliary port on the back if the head unit. Pre-2003 cars use the CD changer cables and an adapter to interface the iPhone and the head unit.
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:17 AM   #3
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Hi, the car is '51' late 2001 with a factory fitted Nav unit and factory supplied IPOD Cable as seen in the picture. The question is whether the IPOD to lightning/aux as seen will still work with the headunit?
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:28 AM   #4
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I don't think E46 was ever equipped from factory with ipod cable. Likely you have something in your trunk tied into CD changer wiring. I have a different, but similar, adapter from old ipod to new lightning that works with my iphone. Likely it will work for you as well. One easy way to find out. If it does not work return the adapter cable.

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Old 12-01-2016, 08:29 AM   #5
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Ok many thanks I will find a cable. Do you have the function of using the phone to skip tracks?

Should I be able to access the AUX control without having the phone plugged in?
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:32 AM   #6
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Also did you get old ipod to lightning AND the AUX? or just ipod to lightning?
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:37 AM   #7
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On mine (2002 with business cd) the ipod (or iphone) shows up as one big disc in the CD changer. I can control tracks from ipod. Steering wheel controls also work to skip tracks. The CD changer input does not show up unless there is an ipod or phone attached. Unfortunately it does not display track info in display. Otherwise it works pretty well (sometimes/often I have to turn stereo off and on again before it will see ipod). You might have a different module in trunk, so yours might work differently
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:38 AM   #8
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I got the genuine apple ipod to lightning adapter. No aux out.
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:46 AM   #9
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Ok right, maplin here in the uk do the 30 pin to lightning but they want 29!!! I think I'll just order one from eBay tbh!
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Old 12-01-2016, 09:21 AM   #10
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I think I paid $20 for that silly little adapter cable. Crazy, but I've had bad luck with cheap aftermarket cables. If I was going to try a cheap cable I'd try the monoprice ones. I have not used them for apple stuff, but they offer them, and their other cables seem to be fine. If I was you I'd goto http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/theoracle/ buy the cable. Tell them you'll bring it back if it does not work. Carefully open the package. If it does not work take it back and think about a plan B.

Edit: I don't actually use the adapter much in my car. I have an old ipod that sits under my seat and provides me with music. I tested the adapter a couple of times. It worked, and, I have other uses for it

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Old 12-01-2016, 09:27 AM   #11
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Hi all,

I did a search but didnt really pick up any answers to my question.

I have the below cable which was ordered with the car. I've found a cable which will connect IPOD connection to Iphone 6 but I dont know if the headunit will still recognise?

Please see attachments.
The cable in your photo is micro USB, not Lightning.
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Old 12-01-2016, 09:44 AM   #12
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The cable in your photo is micro USB, not Lightning.

Nice spot mate.

I called BMW re the cable. They told me that people had called saying that the 30 pin to lightning cables didnt work with the BMW supplied cables and he adviced no one had tried the 30 pin to lightning plus aux cable and so I have one being delivered tomorrow!
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Old 12-01-2016, 10:15 AM   #13
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@Bates1 - you'll need to be a bit careful about charging too -- might need a 12v-5v adapter in the middle there. I have a Intravee in my 2004 and thus a 30-pin->(12v-5v adapter)->30pin-lightning adapter.. it's a little comical; but works.
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Old 12-01-2016, 10:33 AM   #14
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I'm not sure if this is an option you're interested in, but my friend just got this AUX cable and is quite happy with it: http://quidzel.com

$15 with free shipping. (Not sure about shipping to the UK.)

The $15 AUX cable only works with 2003+ models. The other models use a CD changer interface, and are a bit more expensive.

In my experience, it's quite difficult to control the iPod--or any similar device--through the head unit. Even the 2016 iDrive BMWs have a a slight delay. Actually, the iDrive is the first system I've used in which is works acceptably. The older options are so slow and confusing that they're actually a bit dangerous.
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Old 12-01-2016, 11:10 AM   #15
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I wanted to hook an MP3 player through my car. It's a 2001 330ci. It already has an iPod connection under the drivers seat. I was hoping I could just buy a conversion cable and convert that connection to 3.5mm.

Anyone done this? I can get a cable for $5 I just happened on this thread and thought I would ask.

And I don't want to control I just want to input into the head unit from the MP3 player on shuffle.

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Old 12-03-2016, 01:59 PM   #16
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Nevermind

I just realized I still have a 3rd generation 32GB iPod tucked away. It won't run almost any new software. Basically a brick

Except

I have Filemaster loaded on it. I put it on when I updated to iOS 5.1 It allows me to WiFi any of my MP3 files to it and I will just use the connector that is in the car. Just loaded 8 GB of MP3 files for a test.

Works like a champ. I just set it for shuffle and it plays tunes I want.
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Old 12-03-2016, 03:01 PM   #17
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I'm not sure if this is an option you're interested in, but my friend just got this AUX cable and is quite happy with it: http://quidzel.com

$15 with free shipping. (Not sure about shipping to the UK.)

The $15 AUX cable only works with 2003+ models. The other models use a CD changer interface, and are a bit more expensive.

In my experience, it's quite difficult to control the iPod--or any similar device--through the head unit. Even the 2016 iDrive BMWs have a a slight delay. Actually, the iDrive is the first system I've used in which is works acceptably. The older options are so slow and confusing that they're actually a bit dangerous.
My favorite AUX mod ever! I have a 2002 so I needed to do the CD changer 'hack'. The coolest part of the Quidzel is that it changes your display and ADDS a new AUX I mode, so you can still play CDs and Radio.
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:07 PM   #18
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I'm going to do a bluetooth audio DIY soon. If you're interested
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