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Old 05-10-2017, 12:00 PM   #1
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Playing songs from USB thumb drive?

Hey guys, is there any way I can play songs from USB flash drive using the factory BMW Business CD radio? Don't really care much from bluetooth or iPod control. I just want to be able to play my songs from a USB drive.

Please let me know.

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Old 05-11-2017, 08:33 AM   #2
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The head unit in your car doesn't have an auxiliary port at the rear of the unit. So, any option will have to use the CD cables located in the left side of the trunk. Basically, any device has to emulate the CD changer.

The real problem is song selection. The head unit can send out only a couple of "commands" to the CD changer.

I think you'll have to buy a head unit with a USB input.
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:20 AM   #3
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The head unit in your car doesn't have an auxiliary port at the rear of the unit. So, any option will have to use the CD cables located in the left side of the trunk. Basically, any device has to emulate the CD changer.

The real problem is song selection. The head unit can send out only a couple of "commands" to the CD changer.

I think you'll have to buy a head unit with a USB input.


Yeah I bought an Alpine tried to install it last night. I think the CD player itself is defective and I couldn't slide the unit all the way in because the factory harness is so big it gets in the way. I may have to take this to the professional


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See if you can put the car's harness on top of the head unit as you're sliding it in. Several folks have solved the same issue by doing so.
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See if you can put the car's harness on top of the head unit as you're sliding it in. Several folks have solved the same issue by doing so.


Good idea! Thanks for that info. I will try that.


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Old 05-14-2017, 06:37 PM   #6
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If the radio does not work out we have what you are looking for but its not on the site.
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:39 PM   #7
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If the radio does not work out we have what you are looking for but its not on the site.


What is it? Do you have pictures?


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Old 05-14-2017, 07:12 PM   #8
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Its pretty much this part for BMW but this is the audi version.

http://enfigcarstereo.com/DENSION_GW33AC1.html

I completely forgot that I made a video.


The ipod port is low charging so its useless unless you plan on leaving one in the glove box.
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