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BMW-iPod adapter works, but in a \'pretty crude way\'

updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu August 5, 2004

BMW-iPod adapter review

In his review, technology guru Walter Mossberg says " that will likely leave the iPod cult hungering for more. It's a decent first step, but that's all.... The adapter takes the form of a white iPod cable that protrudes from the inside wall of the glove compartment. You just plug in your iPod (it has to be a newer model that uses the so-called dock connector) and close the glove box door. From then on, you can control the device from the dashboard audio dials and buttons, or the audio control buttons on the steering wheel." The review notes that the system caused a few iPod freezes and other minor anomalies that were solved relatively easily.




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  1. Donny

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    For the love of God!

    Could we please get bluetooth functionability in the iPod. It would take care of all these problems. Perhaps it is the iPod "secret"??

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: for the love of god

    And don't expect more than an hour of battery life with Bluetooth.

  1. Awimoway

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: for the love of god

    or sufficient bandwidth to carry a tune to your car stereo.

  1. SomeToast

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Still a way to go

    Mossberg nailed the BMW solution as the CD changer hack that it is. I'll be interested in a follow-up when the Alpine system hits the market.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bluetooh and WIFI...

    Why? There's geeky and then there is the notion that WIFI and Bluetooh are mainstream implementations for a portable misic player.

    Pull up.

  1. datkinso

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah that's what we need

    Gee, he is unimpressed because he can't read all of the track information WHILE HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING WHERE HE IS DRIVING. Idiot.

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    datkinso

    Not exactly, datkinso. Walt Mossberg's no idiot.
    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.05/mossberg.html

    That said, I agree with Walt (and have a "compatible BMW" so am in a position to compare products.) I want to know what chapter I'm on in my audio book. I want access to all of my playlists, not have to "predetermine" a subset of 5. If shuffle introduces me to a new tune, I want to look at my dash and see who the band is. This isn't a "safety" issue, we're talking about seamless technology. And BMW's current solution is a hack, plain and simple. So even though I have a compatible BMW, I'm getting a new Alpine radio with iPod connection (and XM Satellite while I'm at it.)

    I can tune my radio while I drive just fine, thankyouverymuch. Take your preaching elsewhere.

    Someone's an idiot, and it isn't Walt...

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: datkinso

    woohoo, a fellow Columbian. Thanks for the link.

  1. heyriddle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ice Link

    I have and ice Link in my Honda Accord and I love it. This is where Apple got the idea for their BMW kit. The difference is that the ice Link has a dock and you can mount it in various locations depending on your car. I have mine pretty close to my stereo and I love being able to see what the name of a track is. The old version of the ice Link was like Apples with a plug and I hated it. It was an anoyance pluging it in an stashing it or placing it somewhere. The dock is awesome, fast and convenient. The other huge benefit is that it will work in almost every car! You buy the specific kit for your make and model vehicle. The price ranges from $179 - $219. It doesn't have the multiple playlist option though. If you want to switch playlists just do it on the iPod. It doesn't bother me. 99% of the time I do not need to swich playlists anyway. Check it out.

    http://icelink.densionusa.com/

  1. iManCE3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Other options

    BMW used to offer (and I got mine a week or two before the Apple/BMW soln came out) an "Auxiliary Audio Input" that could be installed in the same location, that simply used a mini-jack connection, so basically anything headphones could be used with (e.g. my iPod mini) could be used with the car. Though I haven't found it on the BMW website recently, they used to have a picture showing the car hooked up with an older iPod.

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