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Apple and BMW partner on iPod adapter

Update: MacMinute reports that “Gizmodo has uncovered further details on the adapter. The gadget site says it will cost around $235 installed and will only work on 2002 or later models. Any BMW with a built-in Navigation system, cassette deck, satellite radio or CD changer will reportedly not be able to use the adapter. Gizmodo also says that the iPod sits in a dock located in the glove compartment.”

MacMinute has obtained a two-page joint advertisement from Apple and BMW for a new iPod car adapter. The ad reads: ‘The first seamless integration of iPod and automobile. Connect with your music like never before. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by BMW and Apple—now available for the BMW 3 Series, X3 and Z4—you can control your iPod through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. And no loss of control.’ The ad also directs consumers to, which as of this posting, is not yet live.”

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Can’t believe no one spotted this…maybe I’m the only one prepared to say it….

So the jog wheel is replaced by the steering wheel, for total hands free operation of your iPod :P

Posted by SoloMalee on June 17, 2004 at 12:01 AM (CDT)


thanks for the mini info!

Posted by mini owner on June 17, 2004 at 7:08 AM (CDT)


I have this in my 92 Jeep Cherokee. So much for working in post 2002 Beamers only.

Posted by Carl on June 17, 2004 at 1:58 PM (CDT)


Too bad they’re not integrating straight into that iDrive system.  Maybe with time.  The knob could be a direct translation from the iPod’s dial.  License the Pod’s UI form Apple and display it on the iDrive’s screen.  Such an obvious choice.

Now affording one

Posted by mp3monkey on June 17, 2004 at 8:17 PM (CDT)


With regard to iPod your BMW

I just interfaced my 40gb iPod with my new BMW X5 using the Dension Icelink system and I can control it from the steering wheel.

The dension unit has a cradle dock that holds and charges the iPod and you mount it using a pro-clip so that you can see and use the iPod native controls as well.

They have a web site just do a search for Icelink!

Posted by Mike on June 17, 2004 at 8:59 PM (CDT)


ooh..pretty car.  I’m still holding out for the Alpine iPod headunit.  It’ll be awesome once that thing finally makes it into stores.  Or on the web.  Whichever.

“Any BMW with a built-in Navigation system, cassette deck, satellite radio or CD changer will reportedly not be able to use the adapter.”  So..which BMWs do not have one of those?

Posted by dethbrakr on June 17, 2004 at 9:47 PM (CDT)


sounds like its gonna be a pile of .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Perhaps creating playlists numbered 1 to 6 might replicate a 6 cd changer?? Best solution still the Dension ICE>Liml

Posted by urabnmac on June 18, 2004 at 6:31 AM (CDT)


  Any radio with an aux input can be hooked up.
  most are in the reaer of the unit, though I’ve    
  seen them in the front on some minivans.

Posted by arno on June 18, 2004 at 7:08 AM (CDT)


Here in Australia you get a free iPod with every Volkswagen Polo purchase. No inbuild iPod adapter though :(

Posted by DG on June 18, 2004 at 8:09 AM (CDT)


Get an iTrip for pete’s sake!!

so much easier and simpler…plus it costs next to nothing… then u get an in car holder and your sorted!! u could even get both of them and an in car charger and still have a few quid in your pocket.

and it works in any car on any radio in any place in the world!! YEAH!!!

Posted by Me on June 18, 2004 at 8:54 AM (CDT)


You can do this on your own with a small kit, a drill and a bit of manual dexterity. The best part is it costs a hell of a lot less than the amount BMW will charge!

Posted by RockStarNewYork on June 18, 2004 at 9:30 PM (CDT)


To Mike:

With our ‘04 BMW M3 purchase, we got the upgraded Harmon Kardon (not Alpine) system. It does NOT include a CD changer, so there are many BMWS that can benefit from this.

Many people have stated that they can do this on there own, with an itrip or something, etc. but keeping the iPod hidden is a key factor in our decision on if we want to integrate the iPod or not. Most people with BMWs want to keep the interior the same without an iPod in view.

Posted by Mark on June 20, 2004 at 11:08 AM (CDT)


a few remarks,

#1 - icelink is great, if you have a car it can work in, i have an 2003 acura rsx type s(honda integra type r for you outside North America), won’t work since its cd changer is built into the dash(part of the radio). my friend has icelink on his jetta and its a great device and can controll it from his steering wheel.

#2 iTrip is a great idea, if you don’t live in a major city area, i live in new york city and even 30 miles outside, there are so many radio stations that any kind of radio transmitter has interference. very bad interference. i gave up on that and sold mine on e-bay.

#3 at the moment i am stuck using a belkin adaptor and cassette adaptor if i want good, LOUD and clear sound without static.

IMO, i think they should mess around more with the bluetooth idea. since its digital transmission there should be no audio loss or static. and since you would be well within the 10 meter range it should have noooo probs with signal strength. maybe a bluetooth cassette reciever? just slip the tape in and it gets power from a battery inside it or it uses a micro generator rotated by the tape reels. hmmm. maybe i should say no more, go and get this idea patented. lol

Posted by Kristian on June 20, 2004 at 7:00 PM (CDT)


The new iPOD interface on an X3 and it’s the COOLEST thing I ever seen! I can control my iPOD from my steering wheel and call my favorite playlists “BMWs” what else can I ask for. Well, probably a reasonable price.

Posted by Mr.Luiggi on June 21, 2004 at 10:33 PM (CDT)


So Kristian… is there an AUX in to just have a hard wire on the RSX Type S?  I wouldn’t mind the “fully integrated” option, but if I can just get away from a tape adaptor I’ll be happy.


Posted by Andrew on June 13, 2005 at 5:57 PM (CDT)

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