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Old 04-30-2013, 06:10 AM
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iPhone song list

I tried searching for this here and on Google and was unsuccessful.

I have a 2013 335xi with Tech package and do not use the cradle accessory. I plug the phone into the center USB with a white Apple cord.

I am disappointed with the iphone interface in how to navigate to a song. I am sure I must be doing something wrong.

I have all the songs in one playlist (maybe this is one problem).

When I use the search feature to find an artist for example. I choose the artist and then can choose a song. After that song is finished, it doesn't play the next song. It repeats that same song.

I was thinking I would be able to see a list of artists or albums (like it is on the iPhone) and be able to play a song and stay on that list so I could choose another song or play the next song.

I don't know if I am doing something wrong on the iDrive or if I have set up the songs incorrectly in iTunes or both.

I was really looking forward to this feature in my new car because the iPhone integration in my previous car (Lexus) was terrible and I'm disappointed. Please help.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:26 AM
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Does this thread help explain the behavior?
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:34 AM
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Does this thread help explain the behavior?
It explains the behavior of one of the examples I gave but it doesn't help me with the functionality but thanks for the reply.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:46 AM
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iPhone song list

I have a USB plugged in from iTunes and found it does the same thing, even though I have a ton of songs by the same artist, when I searched by artist it just played 1 song... I did find searching by album gave me the whole song list. I would recommend organizing your playlist to how you like it. I bought the thumb drive to avoid paying $150 for an iPod, but now that I don't have "my playlists" it kinda sucks...


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Old 04-30-2013, 08:25 AM
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I tried searching for this here and on Google and was unsuccessful.

I have a 2013 335xi with Tech package and do not use the cradle accessory. I plug the phone into the center USB with a white Apple cord.

I am disappointed with the iphone interface in how to navigate to a song. I am sure I must be doing something wrong.

I have all the songs in one playlist (maybe this is one problem).

When I use the search feature to find an artist for example. I choose the artist and then can choose a song. After that song is finished, it doesn't play the next song. It repeats that same song.

I was thinking I would be able to see a list of artists or albums (like it is on the iPhone) and be able to play a song and stay on that list so I could choose another song or play the next song.

I don't know if I am doing something wrong on the iDrive or if I have set up the songs incorrectly in iTunes or both.

I was really looking forward to this feature in my new car because the iPhone integration in my previous car (Lexus) was terrible and I'm disappointed. Please help.

Thanks in advance.
Your issue is that you are choosing a song.

Use the search feature, navigate to an artist, and then scroll down one click to where it says 'play all'. It will then play all of the songs by that artist in alphabetical order.

Same thing if you navigate to an album. If you navigate to album and then select a song you will not get the result you're looking for. You must select an album and then go one click down to 'play album'. Once you understand this little nuance it becomes very easy to use.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:32 AM
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Your issue is that you are choosing a song.

Use the search feature, navigate to an artist, and then scroll down one click to where it says 'play all'. It will then play all of the songs by that artist in alphabetical order.

Same thing if you navigate to an album. If you navigate to album and then select a song you will not get the result you're looking for. You must select an album and then go one click down to 'play album'. Once you understand this little nuance it becomes very easy to use.

BJ
Thanks BJ. I was hoping you would respond. Is there something I should be doing in iTunes to improve the functionality? What about playlists?
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Thanks BJ. I was hoping you would respond. Is there something I should be doing in iTunes to improve the functionality? What about playlists?
Yes.

Playlists are like mixed-tapes, allow you to take a group of songs and pull them together for fast access. Try this:

Create a new Playlist called "Best of Classic Rock".
Pick your 10 favorite bands. Doors, Stones, Floyd, Led Zep, etc.
Pick your top 5 songs from each.
Drag those songs into the Playlist you created.

You now have your 50 favorite songs and 3 hours of music in a simple Playlist you can put on random and every song is a must-listen. "Best of New Wave", "Best of the Beatles", etc.

I only listen to Playlists, have 100's of them.

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You need to make Playlists in iTunes and transfer them to the iP.
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