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Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:51 PM   #76
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Those who want better sound quality.
Oh right, better sound quality from a sub par car audio system playing uber compressed and frequency poor mp3's (or equivalent). Right, I get it you're an audiophile.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:52 PM   #77
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I have the connected drive pkg too... Uses a regular dock connector. They must have changed it for 2012. Bizarre.
Interesting. Does it also have the iPod out feature?



I'm thinking that it's only the BMW-specific iPod out feature that won't work (as it's actually called 'iPod out', rather than iPod connectivity or the like).

I can't remember whether or not the music playback feature works with just the white Apple cable connected, but I do know that for the ConnectedDrive features/BMW Apps/video playback I need the Y cable connected.

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Oh right, better sound quality from a sub par car audio system playing uber compressed and frequency poor mp3's (or equivalent). Right, I get it you're an audiophile.
Way to generalize.

Subpar car audio system, yeah, not in my cars.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:52 PM   #78
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Oh right, better sound quality from a sub par car audio system playing uber compressed and frequency poor mp3's (or equivalent). Right, I get it you're an audiophile.
I'm not but the sound is clearly better with a direct wired connection over bluetooth. Compare the two sometime. It isn't hard to hear the difference.

Also, FCC regs apply that the device must accept any and all interference from surrounding sources and with bluetooth, it does.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 06:47 PM   #79
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Does ixodes think that we leave our phones in our car all day long in the heat of the day or something? I really hope it was a troll post.
I know you don't, I was responding to another poster... see for yourself.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...4&postcount=57
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:03 PM   #80
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It's not just older BMW's. I've got a 2012 3 series, and that uses the same "splitter" cable.
Does it have idrive? You should be able to use a standard 30-pin cable.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:10 PM   #81
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Mine goes to 11....



This is for the true audiophile who also uses cable feet to keep all cables elevated off any surface, and "room harmonizers" using specific resonance material to offset any conflicting standing waves which might alter the audio quality.
I plan to burn in my new Lightning cable for a min of 200hrs prior to use sending digital pink noise through it utilizing "Dave's special all natural green full spectrum pink noise break-in cd" which guarantees to "lift the veil" from your digital audio!


Take a deep breath
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I don't have much time. This connection isn't sound. If my calculations are correct, it should be--
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:26 PM   #82
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Time to sell my BMW I guess.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:51 PM   #83
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Interesting. Does it also have the iPod out feature?
Off hand I'm not sure. I never hook up my phone b/c I then forget to take it out. I have a shuffle hooked up & I know that does not have the iPod interface, just the BMW one. I'll have to hook up my iPhone and see what happens. I'll let you know.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 08:01 PM   #84
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According to PC World: ipod out not supported.

Unfortunately, there's also a second frustration with the adapters themselves, and it has to do with Apple's changeover to an all-digital 8-pin port. With both adapters, Apple says you'll get analog audio output, USB audio output, iPhone/iPod syncing, and iPhone/iPod charging. But—and this is important—neither adapter supports iPod Video Out or its iPod Out protocol.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 08:33 PM   #85
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And...the adapter is $30 bucks....
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 08:34 PM   #86
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And...the adapter is $30 bucks....
And the adaptor does NOT support iPod out.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 09:52 PM   #87
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It's not just older BMW's. I've got a 2012 3 series, and that uses the same "splitter" cable.
You do not have to use that splitter cable....

My 2009 BMW 335 had that cable, they transferred it to my new 2012 when I bought it but they said you can use the regular USB that comes with the phone. I had never done it because I always use the snap in dock for my phone but you freaked me out so I just went and used a standard Apple iPod cable and the stereo gets music, allows control, playlists and even still will do album art and BMW Apps. Only 2 things I didn't see available via the regular USB cable VS the Snap in dock is Video and that weird iPod Interface (pictured above) that I think is what we now know to be called ipod out. No problem for me though because I always use the ipod interface in the regular media section anyways.

Based on this I'm guessing the iPhone 5 will work fine via cable until they come out with a new snap in dock.

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Old Sep 14, 2012, 09:58 PM   #88
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Well....for playing movies and music its not always the best or best quality option to BlueTooth it for my car...
op you say you have a new audi yet don't use BT audio or even think the quality isn't as good as plug in over BT? lol i have a 2011 VW gti and use BT audio every can't even tell the difference when i plug in and use it through MMI
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 10:01 PM   #89
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Bluetooth that sucker... Cable connections were so 2011.
If sound quality is no big deal to you then ya, "bluetooth that sucka all day, yo."

But if you are an audiophile, you are gonna want to usb that sucka all day...yo.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:04 PM   #90
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If sound quality is no big deal to you then ya, "bluetooth that sucka all day, yo."

But if you are an audiophile, you are gonna want to usb that sucka all day...yo.
lol if you really were an "audiophile" you probably would use CDs. BTA sounds fantastic in modern cars,it's music coming out of an iPhone it does the job.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:15 PM   #91
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I'm wicked confused. If my car has a head unit with USB input and I buy this new iPhone, will I be able to get audio via the USB - Lightning cable or will I have to use a 30 pin cable with an adapter?
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:15 PM   #92
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I'm in the same boat... Ford with MS Sync. Guess I'll find out next week when I get the device.

Ugh, I dread having to either buy all new cables everywhere I sit my phone down.
Great news for you and Chris. Ford sync systems use USB connect that is digital - no analog is required. So the iPhone will work with a Lightning to USB cable. The newer cars also support bluetooth connect. I have a Edge with MyFord Touch and have been using iOS 6 in it for the entire time of the beta without any problem, in fact iOS 6 adds support for the Bluetooth MAP protocol allowing Sync to read you your texts.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:19 PM   #93
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Great news for you and Chris. Ford sync systems use USB connect that is digital - no analog is required. So the iPhone will work with a Lightning to USB cable.
Does this mean playback control over the head unit will remain intact?
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Great news for you and Chris. Ford sync systems use USB connect that is digital - no analog is required. So the iPhone will work with a Lightning to USB cable. The newer cars also support bluetooth connect. I have a Edge with MyFord Touch and have been using iOS 6 in it for the entire time of the beta without any problem, in fact iOS 6 adds support for the Bluetooth MAP protocol allowing Sync to read you your texts.
That indeed is great news. Thanks for that scoop for us SYNC users.
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I'm wicked confused. If my car has a head unit with USB input and I buy this new iPhone, will I be able to get audio via the USB - Lightning cable or will I have to use a 30 pin cable with an adapter?
You should be good to go.
No adapter needed.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:42 PM   #96
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I believe this is what I have installed in my Celica:

http://www.gtacarkits.com/toyota_cel...05_car_kit.php

Anyone know if the adaptor will work with this for controlling the songs?
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:43 PM   #97
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The adapter has a DAC. (it converts digital audio to analog, that article you posted is pure BS)
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And...the adapter is $30 bucks....
The OP drives an Audi so that is likely not a concern.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:48 PM   #99
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usb adapter for my car to charge, and bluetooth for my stereo
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 11:51 PM   #100
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I just bought a 2012 Civic LX in June--no bluetooth, just a USB connector in the armrest.

This will work, since I'd be able to plug my Lightning USB directly into the USB slot--right?

I have only hooked up my iPhone 4 via USB with the car so far, but it's worked flawlessly. I'm not too familiar with the compatibility with other devices.
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