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      12-19-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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F20 usb

Can anyone tell me if the usb socket in the centre console can play music directly from a usb stick , and can it be controlled from the i drive , and /or steering wheel buttons ? just ordered F20 118d sport auto
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      12-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #2
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Yes to all with no additional options. Well at least on my 120d Sport
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      12-20-2011, 05:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info, my dealer \" thought it could\"

Can the track names / album covers be shown on the screen?
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      12-20-2011, 06:07 AM   #4
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Yes it does. However, at least the way I have the folders in my USB stick, it does mess up the order of the songs. I have a problem with the iPod, it does not work since it needs the special BMW cable.
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      12-20-2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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Thanks again, i have seen the cables

(Y leads) on E bay for around £10 better than the £42 BMW want
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      12-20-2011, 01:21 PM   #6
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I ordered a Splitter from Amazon for 13, it arrived within 2 days and works perfectly. The I-Drive is a bit fiddly to start with but once you understand how it works it's a dawdle.
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Personally I think the sound quality is better with a USB stick over an iPod with Y cable which basically is an analogue cable from the iPod.

Fanis, are your tracks playing in alphabetical order rather than album order?
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      12-21-2011, 03:27 AM   #8
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Fanis, are your tracks playing in alphabetical order rather than album order?
Yes. But the weird thing is that each track has the correct number (as per album order) before the name of the track but it seems that the system ignores them! Even more weird, when I open the folder album it displays the tracks alphabetically but when I chose a track based on what it shows on the display, it actually plays that track that is in that slot instead of the track selected!!

To give an example

I have the tracks displayed like this:
04 Track X4
02 Track X2
07 Track X7
05 Track X5
etc.

When I select track 05 Track X5 (which is the 4th in the display order), instead of playing this track it actually plays the track which is number 4 in the album, i.e. 04 Track X4.
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Oh that is weird!

What I had been noticing is, if you:

New Search -> All Artiists-> All Albums -> All Tracks

You get the tracks form the album in alphabetical order

But if you:

New Search -> All Artiists-> All Albums -> Start Playback

You get the album but with the tracks in the correct order

One issue I have been having is some tracks when selected (or albums) i get a *cannot playback track* message - but if I go back a level in the GUI and reselect start playback the album plays just fine...very odd!
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      12-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #10
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What file formats can be played, is it just mp3 or will wav and m4r play as well
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      12-21-2011, 11:31 AM   #11
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What file formats can be played, is it just mp3 or will wav and m4r play as well
I have tried mp3, wav and m4a (not m4r, r is for ringtones) and they work fine. All through USB stick.
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      12-21-2011, 12:12 PM   #12
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Great thanks for the info Fannis
Of course m4r are ringtones I forgot just one other thing, is there any limit to the capacity of the memory stick
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      12-21-2011, 04:37 PM   #13
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....is there any limit to the capacity of the memory stick
Probably not...I have tried 8gb, 32gb and 64gb and all 3 work fine. Anything else I can help, let me know.
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      12-22-2011, 03:48 AM   #14
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Thanks again fanis can't think of anything else, just trying to get all the Info as I won't get my car until March 1st
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Oh that is weird!

What I had been noticing is, if you:

New Search -> All Artiists-> All Albums -> All Tracks

You get the tracks form the album in alphabetical order

But if you:

New Search -> All Artiists-> All Albums -> Start Playback

You get the album but with the tracks in the correct order

One issue I have been having is some tracks when selected (or albums) i get a *cannot playback track* message - but if I go back a level in the GUI and reselect start playback the album plays just fine...very odd!

I also have the same issue where once i am listening to a track through usb I am unable to select next track.

I have flip between radio and external device and then it lets me change.

Strange to say the least!!

As for the Y cable, apparently this does not work in my vehicle although I have a usb and aux slot??!!?!

Needed some other option?

Bmw have never been able to explain this to me successfully sadly!!
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I also have the same issue where once i am listening to a track through usb I am unable to select next track.

I have flip between radio and external device and then it lets me change.

Strange to say the least!!

As for the Y cable, apparently this does not work in my vehicle although I have a usb and aux slot??!!?!

Needed some other option?

Bmw have never been able to explain this to me successfully sadly!!

Very Strange.....

BMW Y cable works perfect in my 116i sport , full control of ipod or iphone system ???
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Very Strange.....

BMW Y cable works perfect in my 116i sport , full control of ipod or iphone system ???
Doesnt work for anything other than charging my iphone 4s.

I have the orginal bmw y cable for this and own a 116D sport.

I do not have either of the options 6NR or 6NF. Not really sure if this has anything to do with it.*

No one at BMW seems to understand it?? :-/
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      01-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #18
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Doesnt work for anything other than charging my iphone 4s.

I have the orginal bmw y cable for this and own a 116D sport.

I do not have either of the options 6NR or 6NF. Not really sure if this has anything to do with it.*

No one at BMW seems to understand it?? :-/
Probably a faulty cable try a different one?
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Probably a faulty cable try a different one?
Thanks - I will have to go back to the dealer to try another cable as I do not have another.

May try to order one of the cheap alternatives too :-/
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must be a faulty cable
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Cliveywolves/aussman - after reading the blogs here I decided to try cheap alternative and this worked which is good, so just need to advise bmw of this and possibly get a new one.

Cant believe bmw told me the cables dont work for my vehicle unless I had one of the options. There must be some product training issues or something!!
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Cliveywolves/aussman - after reading the blogs here I decided to try cheap alternative and this worked which is good, so just need to advise bmw of this and possibly get a new one.

Cant believe bmw told me the cables dont work for my vehicle unless I had one of the options. There must be some product training issues or something!!
Typical BMW .. Some of there sales people and Parts dept staff, have less knowledge then US who actually buy there cars.. !!!!
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