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      09-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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iPod, iPhone, USB, Oh My!

I just bought the iPhone snap-in adapter from my local dealer. I previously had my iPod connected via the y-cable in the armrest.

However, the iPhone does not show up under external devices, unless I disconnect the iPod. Is this to be expected? Is it possible to have both listed?

I plan to buy a 64GB USB drive to replace the ipod. How do load times compare with an iPod? I am going to this so that I can load loseless music.

What is the purpose of the USB port in the glove box? USB drives do not appear to be recognized in it.

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I just bought the iPhone snap-in adapter from my local dealer. I previously had my iPod connected via the y-cable in the armrest.

However, the iPhone does not show up under external devices, unless I disconnect the iPod. Is this to be expected? Is it possible to have both listed?

I plan to buy a 64GB USB drive to replace the ipod. How do load times compare with an iPod? I am going to this so that I can load loseless music.

What is the purpose of the USB port in the glove box? USB drives do not appear to be recognized in it.

Thanks,
Dan
You still can't play lossless from a USB drive. The iDrive system just doesn't recognize the file. The only lossless file type you can play through the USB is .wav. I don't think its possible to have more than one external device active at one time. The USB port in the glove box is for uploading files to the iDrive internal hard drive. All files get converted to 128kbps WMA when uploaded.
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      09-10-2009, 03:02 PM   #3
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The best way to do lossless is to continue to use your iPod and rip everything as Apple Lossless.

No, you can not have both your iPod and your iPhone show up as iPods in iDrive. If the iPod is still connected then the iPhone will do the phone duties and that's it.
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I actually have a couple of loseless WMAs on a 4GB USB drive, it works great.

I am also considering a small external hard drive, although I wonder if powering it/space would be an issue.
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WMA lossless works fine with iDrive. In fact that's the only way to listen to HQ audio - thru USB. Absolutely stunning clarity and details.
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I actually have a couple of loseless WMAs on a 4GB USB drive, it works great.

I am also considering a small external hard drive, although I wonder if powering it/space would be an issue.
The HDD issue has been discussed in great length on this site as well as E90post. Unless, its a flash memory based drive, the results will be hit or miss. The max power available on a USB port is less than or equal to the start up current draw of an external hard drive. The drive will see power but might not have enough to start spinning the platter.
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      09-13-2009, 11:37 PM   #7
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Dan,
Does the cradle charge your iPhone? Did you have any charging problems with y-cable before? I'm considering the snap-in cradle for solving a charging issue. Thanks, Ed.
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Im not sure if the 2009 USB differs to the 2008 but I have a 32gig USB in my armrest and it works fine.. It uploads all my Mp3s very swiftly and sound quality is great.
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When you order the snap-in adapter/charger make sure to get the right one for the iphone. Because they have one for the old model and one for the latest iphone. I have the 2nd generation iphone and it works fine and chrages.
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I use verbatim tuff-'n'-tiny to play mp3 and plug in usb socket (without extension cable; save space!)usb drive
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I actually have a couple of loseless WMAs on a 4GB USB drive, it works great.

I am also considering a small external hard drive, although I wonder if powering it/space would be an issue.
According to BMW:

1. 6FL does not support files larger than 256kbps
2. WAV files are not supported in Playlists
3. Synchronization time (up to 10 minutes on an 8GB flash drive)

I have not yet had time to confirm on my end as the M3 is out at fabrication.
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well that sucks. All of mine are Apple Lossless, AAC or 320kbps.
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According to BMW:

1. 6FL does not support files larger than 256kbps
2. WAV files are not supported in Playlists
3. Synchronization time (up to 10 minutes on an 8GB flash drive)

I have not yet had time to confirm on my end as the M3 is out at fabrication.
6FL does support 320kps thru USB stick, I tested it.
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6FL does support 320kps thru USB stick, I tested it.
Much appreciated. How about the other 2?
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