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Old 07-15-2010, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Funf Dreisig View Post
More accurately.... if you don't pay the $400, you don't get a USB port to control music from at all.

I agree that the $400 iPod/USB option probably improves the sound quality (less analog amplification) but it really is more about controlling an iPod (or iPod app) via the iDrive. For some people controlling their iPod is a very big deal. All I'm trying to do is make sure folks in the process of deciding on X5 options, understand what the $400 iPod/USB option actually does and does not do when used with an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Funf Dresig
Understood - The USB does only control the music when using an iPod tradtionally through the Y-cable - however, that USB port can also serve to play music via a USB flash drive instead of an iPod. My 335i came with a 6" USB extension cable to use with a flash drive, which was not included with the new X5d.

I really can't imagine not being able to control the iPod via iDrive - I had an old jeep for winter use prior to the X5, and I only had an aux-in... and it was a pain to charge the phone and control the iPhone. The USB/iPod connection also charges my phone (iPhone 3Gs)
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