Well, better than iDriving it i suppose. . .

As someone who is driving a car with an ever closing end of lease and someone who fights to suppress his Apple obsession I was rather disturbed to hear rumors that the iPod and BMW were going to be integrated by professionals. There have, of course, been amateur attempts, and clunky proprietary systems, but I long for a slot in my car to stick an iPod and have my music whenever. (or really that’s true of my living room as well).

But worry no more. . . um, shall. . . I. Cough.

As someone who is driving a car with an ever closing end of lease and someone who fights to suppress his Apple obsession I was rather disturbed to hear rumors that the iPod and BMW were going to be integrated by professionals. There have, of course, been amateur attempts, and clunky proprietary systems, but I long for a slot in my car to stick an iPod and have my music whenever. (or really that’s true of my living room as well).

But worry no more. . . um, shall. . . I. Cough. The actual implementation (flash-tastic site, if you prefer) is worse than burning 6 cds. You have access to a total of 5 playlists which must be dedicated for this purpose (looks for the name BMW1, BMW2. . . ) whereas a CD changer would give you access to 6. But, you say, why not have both? surly that would make for a better solution: 11 rather than 6!

Well, no. See, BMW designed their radio to only have one AUX port on the back which is the reason for this fine print:
Not available on vehicles with navigation system, CD changer, DSP cassette player or satellite radio.
Nice.

And of course, what amounts to a readily available adaptor plus a software upgrade (maybe) costs $150 plus installation ONLY by an authorized service center (lest your 40G car warranty become questioned)

But this gives you access to all your music!, you say. Well, yes. In the way that lining up all the books in a library side by side gives you access to the words in the library. The only way to access everything is to chose the entire library (including non-music things like audible books and stand-up) and then blindly go through them. The BMW will not display any file information, only a track number. Numerologists, rejoice; rational people, wait for the Alpine system or invoke the geist of August Horch by chanting “Vorsprung Durich Technik”

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