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The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 03-10-2011, 12:21 PM
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IPod tricks?

I just started playing with my IPod in the car and have noticed some annoying things.
1. The same song restarts from the beginning whenever you restart the car instead of picking up where it left off. One trick I've learned is to jump to the next song before turning the car off.
2. The directories always start at the top meaning A first and you have to scroll to the bottom if you want something there even after listening to something towards the bottom.

Other than that it sounds awesome.
I guess I will be using play lists more in order to access songs easier.
Anyone else have ideas?
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:58 PM
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All of that sounds correct based on my experience with the IPOD in the 6. Very annoying interface, but it was trick at the time - 2006. Keep in mind that you can only have a certain number of playlists as the interface will only show a certain number of entries. I forget if it is 200 or 250 or what. All I know is that they cut off after the letter T in my car! That is a bummer when you spend 2 minutes scrolling to the bottom and want to listen to Van Halen and they are not available!
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:50 PM
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Yes, that is about the same experience I have in my car with the OEM iPod MOST interface.

One thing to note - I have found that it is a timed occurrence when the song restarts after turning off the car: If I turn off the car in the middle of a song, usually if I get back in within a few minutes and turn it on, it is right where I left it. I have noticed this on about 5 occasions and noted it because this also annoyed me.

One thing that really drives me nuts is the fact that 1) the RANDOM ALL setting only randomly selects songs after they have finished all the way though. If you press FWD or next song, it actually goes to the next song on the list, and does not stay random.

Also, I cannot believe there is not a better way to scroll through artists/songs by perhaps first letter, much like the contacts ability via bluetooth for my phone. Seems it would have made a lot of sense...
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:50 AM
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Yes, that is about the same experience I have in my car with the OEM iPod MOST interface.

One thing to note - I have found that it is a timed occurrence when the song restarts after turning off the car: If I turn off the car in the middle of a song, usually if I get back in within a few minutes and turn it on, it is right where I left it. I have noticed this on about 5 occasions and noted it because this also annoyed me.
I had the same experience in my 645.

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One thing that really drives me nuts is the fact that 1) the RANDOM ALL setting only randomly selects songs after they have finished all the way though. If you press FWD or next song, it actually goes to the next song on the list, and does not stay random.
BMW Fixed that in the 650 - now with the random turned on, pressing the channel up/down buttons on the steering wheel randomly take you to a new song.

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Also, I cannot believe there is not a better way to scroll through artists/songs by perhaps first letter, much like the contacts ability via bluetooth for my phone. Seems it would have made a lot of sense...
You need to change to the other "CDs" to see it by artist, album or genre.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:30 AM
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You need to change to the other "CDs" to see it by artist, album or genre.
For the other two issues, too bad for me, eh? As far as the other CDs, I tried that - but it doesn't load for some reason - gives me an error. I think I can only use CD1 and CD2 so far. I will have to look into why they others aren't loading correctly.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:14 PM
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I would change to a random track by deselecting Random and then re-selecting it. Two clicks down on the iDrive knob. A bit of work, yes, but it's what I had to do to skip the current track.
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Yes... this interface drives me nuts' since it is so archaic.
CD1 are the playlists, CD2 are the songs, CD3 are my podcasts, CD4 more podcast, CD5 genre, CD6 ... I forgot! I think is artists.

I usually go to where all the songs are and say "Random" or track 1000!
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but my 6 was made March 2004, am I able to configure the ipod adapter to my idrive? TIA
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:48 AM
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but my 6 was made March 2004, am I able to configure the ipod adapter to my idrive? TIA
Yes. The dealer and update your CCC software for usually around $150.

You have to also buy the iPod kit though.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:34 AM
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Got my OEM iPod interface in my '04 645CI installed last week. The only thing that annoys me is the haptic feedback / resistance of the iDrive controller knob when I want to scroll down a list. Is there any fix for this?
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:51 AM
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Got my OEM iPod interface in my '04 645CI installed last week. The only thing that annoys me is the haptic feedback / resistance of the iDrive controller knob when I want to scroll down a list. Is there any fix for this?
No, not unless you upgrade your CIC to the CCC - essentially by buying a newer car.
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:00 AM
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Ok, thanks for your quick reply. I'll just have to live with it, but I hope I don't break the controller when I force it for scrolling up and down the list.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:13 PM
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Sorry to bumb an old thread (again), im gettin geared up to do this and i was wondering if anyone knew anywhere to buy the adapter for an 04 645ci for less than $350. Thats the dealership price here locally and was wonderin if theres a cheaper place online to buy it (not installed, just the interface) and is the 04 and 05 the same part? Thanks for the help guys
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:46 PM
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On eBay. Otherwise, that is the going rate - I got mine from tischer @ getbmwparts.com and it was close to that.
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