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Old 03-16-2011, 04:06 PM
Babbage Babbage is offline
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Unhappy Bluetooth audio streaming problem A2DP

Car: 2011 BMW X3 35i, Tech pack, Executive pack, etc.
Phone: Google Nexus One running Android Gingerbread v. 2.3.3 and Google Listen podcast service
Problem: Bluetooth audio streaming A2DP

OK, I'm having the toughest time with this. I've paired the phone to the car, and it worked fine the first time. Then stopped working. I tried unpairing, and pairing again. It worked again, once. But when I leave the car and come back, it stops working again.

I just cannot consistently stream music or podcasts. I press "play", but the player on the phone just sits there. Twice now it has caused my phone to reboot.

Also, when it worked those two times, it had a strange side effect: it activated the music app on my phone by itself. (I don't want this, I wanted to use the podcasting app)

I know it's not the phone's fault, since it worked really well with my two year old Pioneer aftermarket stereo in my old car.

I hope a patch is issued soon for BMW's software...
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:25 PM
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Not to be mean, but I have the highest disrespect for BMW audio electronics. They are usually ages behind everyone else, their stereos are made from sub standard components, and they almost never work consistently with any other up to date technology.

The first thing I did with my X3 was to tear out the stereo system and put in an Alpine HU and components.

I stream Sirius/XM and Pandora from either my wife's iPhone or my Droid X.

Good Luck as they are very slow to respond with updates that will interface current tech.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:23 PM
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I cannot be as mean, but I won't disagree with you. I am on my 3rd BMW and I will admit that the audio electronics in each of them have had a mind of their own. In my last one, an E93, every once in a while, I would get a loud buzzing out of the rear speakers even if the radio was turned off. I'd let the car sit overnight and in the morning, no problem. The BMW Service guy's response "Oh, it must have reset itself". Great.

I have not been too disappointed with the sound quality and my Iphone streams Pandora perfectly in my F25 via BT. The overall radio/CD/Multimedia/user interface could use a little work though.

My hats off to you for replacing the stereo, though. My experience with BMW's electronics is that everything is tied together with a wide bandwidth electronics bus that is very sensitive when you touch the wrong wire.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:56 PM
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OK, this seems to work: I make sure Bluetooth is disabled from the Power Control bar on my Android phone. I get in the car, and start the engine. Then turn on Bluetooth on the phone.

At that point the car recognizes the phone and all seems to work well.

So I seems to have found a kludge. It works for now, but it's disappointing that my ~$70,000 car doesn't interface with my phone as well as my 2 year old aftermarket Pioneer unit, or my Altec Lansing Soundblade portable Bluetooth speaker.

Good news is that almost everything else about the car is great, so it's hard to complain.

Hope this helps someone in the future.
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