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Old 04-13-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Connect your iPod to Your BMW for $12

If you're like me and don't want to shell out $50-$60 for a AUX cable to connect your iPod to your car (which will probably kill your battery after an hour or two) than this is a the perfect product.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

I'm sure FM transmittors have been around forever, but I never bothered with them. Tried this out, only $12 and it charges your iPod at the same time. Not to mention, the sound quality is comparable to your CD's .

Thought some of you Max members might like to know. It's a good way to connect your iPod and at a cheap price .

Only downside is (on my e46), the lighter door is constantly open and access to the other compartment on top of that is limited (but still do-able).
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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I dunno. These things that are not apple made sometimes scare me away. I've heard horror stories of these things bricking your ipod or iphone and you can't get anything fixed because it is an aftermarket item and apple puts the responsibility on you. Also, the items normally have a warranty like this one, but only on the item itself, they could care less about your ipod.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:56 PM   #3
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=422239 + http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en =win minus the part it doesn't charge your ipod.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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i have one it sounds ok to be honest it sounds better through me tape deck adapter
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:27 PM   #5
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My friend got one of those on ebay a while back for $5 and all its good for is holding and charging an ipod. FM transmitters are terrible no matter how you put it, and hard wiring is cheaper and sounds a million times better.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:59 PM   #6
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I've used one of these for 3+ years (not the same brand, but who cares). The only complaints I have are that the volume is not adjustable via the ipod itself. As a result the volume caps out quite low. And that the sound quality is about the same as the radio, at the best of times. It charges the ipod fine, and has never caused any issues with my ipod at all.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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fm transmitters won't sound as good as cd's. fm transmitters will sound as good as clear radio. i had an fm transmitter once...when ever i went downtown toronto i'd lose reception.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:07 AM   #8
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It's really worth the $120 bucks to put in a real ipod interface so you have playlist control from the HU & steering wheel. You also get text on the HU.

I tried a Dice first then when the second one (warantee) stopped working I bought a USA-Spec. I have had it for almost a year & I'm very happy with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D_a9G8Mac0
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:45 AM   #9
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Can you do the AUX input to a stock E36 deck?

And I have tried those FM transmitters. They are shit.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:50 AM   #10
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Don't see how this can really harm your iPod.

In terms of sound, I think its really good for what it is. I was comparing it to my cd (switching back and foruth between the 2) and the sound is not that much better...it more so depends on the song...but than again, this thing is $12 lol.

I don't know, I'm personally happy with it. It holds my iPhone, I have a good view of it (can use it for GPS), I have easy accessabiliy to it (to change songs), and the sound quality is comparable to cds (but not better).

I would've bought the AUX cable but $60 (shipped from the states) or $120 (bought locally) is not worth it. I'd rather spend the extra money on the USA Spec steve.325i mentioned. Thanks for the link there btw, seems like a really good product. I might upgrade it to that in the summer, but for now I'm happy with this little $12 thing .
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