2014 BMW 320i USB Bluetooth question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by toddsimon, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. toddsimon macrumors member


    Feb 14, 2014
    I just bought a 2014 320i and it has a bluetooth for my phone buy not A2DP for music streaming. There is a USB port if I buy a usb bluetooth adapter will I be able to stream music to my car stereo?
  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    You have to get enhanced BT to have A2DP on the lower-end BMW models.

    If there is a USB port, you can just plug in with your white iPhone cable. That is the better option.
  3. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    I'm not sure you can go through the USB port. You could certainly go through the 3.5mm aux port though with a BT adapter. You wouldn't be able to use dashboard controls though.

    Personally USB is the best choice IMO. BT streaming kills your battery as it is and you'll probably find yourself plugging your phone in anyways.
  4. Alphazoid, Dec 8, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016

    Alphazoid macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2014
    This is one of my pet peeves with the German car manufacturers. Mind boggling that a 2014 BMW doesn't include BT streaming as standard. Ugh.

    As others have said USB connection is your best bet.
  5. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Even better is to just get an iPod classic and dock it permanently in the car, out of sight. Not sure if BMW puts the USB ports in the glovebox or the center console, but either one is a hassle to deal with to plug your phone into every single time you get in and out of the car. No cables hanging all over the place, and no pulling your phone out of pocket over and over (haven't we just finally started ditching pulling our keys out of our pockets to get in and out of our car, why replace that with your phone? GPS is a different story, but most people aren't going to need that every single time they get in and out of the car like they would music)

    Manufacturers keep trying to reinvent the wheel, when a permanently docked iPod is the best option for music, bar none.

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