Originally Posted by kscarrol
Starting w/ Sept '10 production the cars came w/ the combox and the "Y" cable was no longer needed. I know on my car ('11) I connect my iPod w/ the standard white Apple cable that came with the iPod...
Not completely true. There's been much confusion about this. My car was produced 9/11. No iDrive, no assist, no blue tooth. NO Combox. If you don't have assist and blue tooth, then you most likely don't have a combox. I can't speak for iDrive, but the Y cable provides artist and album information for non-iDrive.
For what it's worth, I've found that a HP 32GB thumb drive to be a much nicer solution. (HP only because I tried several, and it was the cheapest for me) It took several minutes for the car to "import" all the artist information after plugging it in, but I've had no issues with it so far. It will hold MUCH more than I'd like to put on my phone. Album art, dunno though.