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Old 04-13-2010, 08:27 PM
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Bluetooth Streaming With iPod Connector

I picked up my 2008 335xi today. It has the iPod connector in the armrest and it works quite well with my iPhone 3GS. I don't like that these iPod connectors hide the iPod player on the phone so I prefer to use Bluetooth streaming to the head unit. Then I can see the album art and control the player from the phone. It's also nice because I can just get in the car and it will connect automatically in just a few seconds without having to plug in.

I've had an Anycom FIPO bluetooth receiver for iPod for a while and decided to give it a try. It has been hit and miss with other devices that expect to see an iPod attached but it worked like a charm here. Even better, I've not experienced any skipping which was a problem with my Kenwood BT838U.

If you're interested they sell for $34.95 on eBay. I purchased mine over a year ago so I'm not sure if these are the exact same as mine. They look alike. YMMV.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:10 AM
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binary this reads your iphone3gs? I like that idea, I too don't like having to connect and reconnect each time I leave the car. And this will take care of that problem and sound is still good too?
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:30 AM
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My BMW iPod connector does work with my iPhone 3GS and it also charges. I've read reports of people having trouble with the 3GS and charging.

With the Anycom bluetooth adapter attached you can stream from any bluetooth streaming phone. I use A2DP streaming with my car and a couple different pairs of headphones. The sound quality is retained in the bluetooth stream. I've never noticed any degradation of the stereo sound signal over bluetooth.

With my previous Windows Mobile phones you had to initiate the bluetooth connection each time but with the iPhone it connects automatically.

Hopefully Apple will add AVRCP to the iPhone at some point and then we'll be able to navigate tracks from the head unit also.

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Old 10-26-2010, 02:16 PM
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Hi - I just purchased an '08 550i with the ipod option. I was wondering if it is possible to use use the anycom bluetooth connection for music, and still have the car's bluetooth phone system work when making or receiving calls?

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Old 10-26-2010, 05:27 PM
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What about phone calls? Do they come through the adapter also?
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:25 PM
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Most mobile phones with bluetooth connectivity can maintain both an HFP and an A2DP connection at once. In this case the phone will establish a Hands Free Profile (HFP) connection with the OEM BMW bluetooth system and it will also hold an Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) connection to the Anycom bluetooth adapter. Phone calls will use HFP and the music player on the phone will use A2DP.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:42 PM
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Great! Does an iPhone 3GS have the capability to do both connections at the same time?
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:49 PM
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Great! Does an iPhone 3GS have the capability to do both connections at the same time?
Yes, it does.

Note that I had some trouble with iOS 4.01. It would drop connections and then show a message that the phone needed to be paired. I've not tested with iOS 4.1. They supposedly introduced a new bluetooth stack in 4.01 that caused lots of reported troubles and with 4.1 it was going to be fixed. 4.01 also introduced some skipping with the Anycom. That might have had more to do with the increased CPU requirements of 4.01.

Also, I've recently switched to an Android phone (AT&T Captivate) and it is unable to pair with the BMW bluetooth system. I still use the Anycom adapter with the Android to stream music.

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Old 10-27-2010, 07:03 AM
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Ok wait.. So when your ipod is connected via bluetooth, you can stream music through the system? How is the quality? I heard that bluetooth suppresses quality a good bit?

My main question, is there a way to do this with a Droid??

I don't like having to connect my phone to the wire.. When a call comes in, i have to unhook the wire to be able to answer the call. Annoying.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:24 AM
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I've been using A2DP bluetooth streaming from different Windows Mobile, iPhone, & Android devices to JBL, Motorola, Kenwood, and Anycom bluetooth receivers for years and I've never noticed any degradation of the quality. If you're an audiophile listening in a studio quality environment then you'll probably notice a difference.

Android and any A2DP enabled phone can stream music to the Anycom.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:35 AM
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Ok sorry,, this is my first bmw.. what is anycom? i connect my phone via bluetooth and it works great for phone calls and my address book etc. but i havent see where it will play my music.. i have the new verizon samsung fascinate galaxy s (greaaattt phone!) and a 2008 335i with idrive.

so, yes i can connect for phone use, but how do i do it for music streaming via bluetooth? am i missing a key component here? thanks!
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:54 PM
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Hi - I picked up the Anycom FIPO adapter, but I am having trouble getting it to work in the car. I have an iPhone 3Gs with iOS 4.1. I am able to connect to the device, but the car does not recognize the iPhone. It allows me to stream music through the bluetooth from the iPhone, but it seems like it is only streaming through the AUX connection. The sound quality is horrible and the car does not recognize that there is an iPod/iPhone connected. I also am not able to control the iPhone from iDrive.

Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:06 PM
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Any thoughts on my question above? Thanks.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:56 AM
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Having trouble with this too. I have an iPhone 4 on iOS 4.2.1 and my car's a 2006 530xi with ipod connection through a CD changer. I'm thinking maybe I just need to upgrade my iDrive or something because I know the newer model Bimmers support A2DP now. But if there's a cheaper alternative like this Anycom FIPO adapter (which I got on eBay for just $25 by the way), I'd like to make it work. I've tried different ways of doing it:

1 - plug fipo in; open iPod app; nada
2 - open iPod app; plug fipo in; nada
3 - plug fipo in; put car key in; open iPod app; nada
4 - open iPod app; plug fipo in; put car key in; nada

anyone have their iDrive upgraded yet? how much would it cost to add A2DP streaming to the iDrive?
any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:56 AM
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You have to pair the iPhone with the Anycom. You did that right?

Plug the Anycom in and then scan for new bluetooth devices with the iPhone and then pair. Afterward your phone should automatically connect to the Anycom after you start your car. I programmed one of my radio buttons to jump to the AUX input for quick access.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:32 AM
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of course, I use the Anycom on a radio with a dock and it works just fine
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:48 AM
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Anycom - does this work with a '09 535i?

Hey guys, first post here.

I'm interested in possibility of having a bluetooth adapter connected to my iPhone usb connection.

Is Anycom solution the way to go?

I have iDrive, along with the iPhone cable.

Thanks.
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