How do I listen to my iPod, or other MP3 player, through my cars stereo system?
BMW offers an Auxilary Audio Input option which your dealer can install for you. Once this is installed you'll have a new screen in iDrive and be
able to plug in any mp3 player, cd player, etc.. and play it through the cars stereo system.
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I have the Belkin and am not happy with it. Plugging it in to the 12v adapter does not give it power. You either have to use batteries or plug it in with the 12v adapter issued with the Belkin. I am going to return it. The nice thing about the Belkin is the unit can be adjusted to any FM frequency and hold 4 presets in its memory.
__________________ 2/26/05: 2005 545i SMG, Everything below plus HUD, sun shade, and folding seats. Titanium Grey vs Titanium Silver. [color=green]Modifications: 5 window Huber Optic 40% tint, and red rear reflectors. See my gallery for photos.
HAD: 10/21/04: 2005 545i SMG, Titanium Silver, Dakota Grey interior with Anthracite Maple wood, Cold Weather, Premium Sound, Sports Package, Navigation, Satellite Radio and PDC. 2/21/05: BMW Buy back due to unavailable parts.
Purchasing Suggestions: Have Kids = Folding Seats and Sun Shades a must, PM for reason. Cold Weater = love the thick steering wheel. SP & Logic 7 = a must. SMG = Great!. Fun but Not necessary = HUD, Nav, & Sirius. 545i for sale
Belkin works okay with me, I just have to put my mp3 player in the back seat for good reception. All 4 of my presets have a radio staion over here.
Built 28 May 04. US Spec. BMW 530i, Orient Blue, Grey leather, Titan II trim, SMG (modified M5 paddles Thanks to Hobi), Nav, HUD, Sat. prep, Cold, Premium, Prem. sound, and Sport Pack, rear elec. sunshade, fold rear seats, xenon lights, rear seat heating, PDC, euroflectors, sliding arm rest, 12mm wheel spacers, and spoiler. Delivered 12 June 04
Added the M5 SMG Shifter thanks again to Hobi!
Add auxilary input to your E60. The connection is better, sound quality is improved.
2004 BMW 545i (Born 5/2004), Olivin Green, w/Sports Package, basic stereo, chrome wheels, tinted windows, red rear reflectors, IPod (1st Gen) and JVC PNP Sirius Satellite Radio via Auxillary Input connector, Bluetooth Enable Phone-Verizon/Moto V710, Park Distance Control
I am becoming mroe interested in this topic.. When you select the AUX on the iDrive what appears then?? Do song names come up? Does it show full directories? or does it just play what evers coming through the sound?
2008 535i Alpine White on Black in Manual
Cold Weather Package
Mods: All from my previous 525
Mods to come: Active Autowerke XEDE Chip, Active Autowerke Blow off Valve, H&R Sway Bars, Dinan Carbon Strut Brace, HID fogs, RD Sport Roof Wing, Hamann Shift Knob
Mods in the Feature: BBS LM Reps with Black Time Attack, Front Spliter for Hamann Bumper, M5 Rep Mirrors
Gone But Definatly Not Forgoten:
2004 525i Jet Black on Grey Interior---
Tint: Sides 20% Rear Windshield 5% Front Windshield 35%
Wheels: Zenetti Five's 20" by 8.5(front) 20" by 10(rear)--
Tires: Pirelli Asimmetrico 245/35/20(front) 285/30/20(rear)--
Body: Hamann Full Front Spoiler, Rieger Side Skirts, Rieger Rear Apron, AC Schnitzer Trunk Wing
Interior: AC Schnitzer Pedal Set and E-Break
Springs: H&R Sport Springs--
What year is your E60? I ordered the Auxilary Audio input from my dealer and took the car in today to have it installed -- which turned out to be a waste of time when the dealer "determined" that the Auxilary Audio input is not compatible with the 2005 5 series.
Did the dealer screw up and possibly order the wrong part and not realize there's a compatible Aux input part for the 2005? Or am I just out of luck and stuck with the FM modulator solution?
i have an aux in my gmc sierra (will soon be an owner of a 5 series) and it sounds much better than any fm transmitter. The sound is great and consistent. You have a 40k-68k car dont skimp on the sound system guys.