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Old 07-30-2009, 04:14 PM
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mp3's on DVD

I was just driving along (and singing along) and was wondering if I could load a dvd full of MP3 files and play it through the player in the car. Has anyone tried this? It seems the DVD player should be good for more then just reading a map.

I went to the dealer but forgot to ask after they told me the Ipod to glove box module would cost $1000. Which makes satallite a bargain at $700.

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:15 PM
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Ummm...I know with the 2009s you can play a DVD....
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In our 2006 330i with HiFi you can play MP3 DVDs. The problem is that of course the navigation maps won't function simultaneously
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:30 PM
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Thank you very much,
So I can listen to a good selection if I know where I'm going.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:19 PM
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CD player

Assuming you have a CD slot in the dash, can you not burn a load of MP3s to a CD-R and use that?

I know it will hold several times fewer songs than a DVD, but it will still hold several hundred. Plus you can still use your sat nav map disk.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:34 PM
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Yup it should work fine
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:36 PM
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It works super fine on my 09 e92. In fact I took 3 DVDs full of MP3s on our ED. Works very well! And since Navi is on the HDD, it does not interfere. HTH.
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You can also stream radio if you access your iPhone through the aux selection. I live in West Palm Beach and sometimes listen to KMHD from the Portland Oregon when driving to work. Of course you have to have an app that allows you to stream radio.

A note about mp3 DVD discs. Sometimes the players does not read or recognize all the songs on the disc. I made one with 84 songs (84 songs readable by my wife's computer as well as mine) but the player in the car only reads 57. No rhyme or reason, some are purchased from iTunes and some downloaded from CD's, but 24 of the songs are not listed on the disc and it will skip the numbers, song 67 followed by 70 with songs 68 and 69 missing.

I have a 2009 (March) wagon with Navigation.

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You guys think the mp3 drive on my 530xi (non-navi) would read a DVD full of MP3?
Currently I am using CD-R to make mp3 CD.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:52 AM
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A note about mp3 DVD discs. Sometimes the players does not read or recognize all the songs on the disc. I made one with 84 songs (84 songs readable by my wife's computer as well as mine) but the player in the car only reads 57. No rhyme or reason, some are purchased from iTunes and some downloaded from CD's, but 24 of the songs are not listed on the disc and it will skip the numbers, song 67 followed by 70 with songs 68 and 69 missing.
Uh, going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing the songs being skipped are the iTunes purchased songs.

Songs/Files purchased from iTunes are not MP3 format... they are m4p songs. And they are (or used to be) chock full of digital rights management code (DRM) which means only an iPod/iPhone or iTunes can play them. Your car's stereo doesn't know how to decode the DRM and, even if it could, it doesn't have any ties back to your apple user ID to authenticate you as the rightful owner of the song.

There are tools out there to remove DRM from your purchased files. All they really do is play the m4p file and re-record it as an mp3. Then you could use those on your DVDs. Another option is to burn the file to a CD as an audio track (not as a file) and then re-rip the track to your computer as an MP3. Either way can result in loss of quality.

iTunes recently changed to a DRM-Free environment. However, the files are still apples format m4p and still contain information which ties the files back to your account. I am not sure if using these "iTunes plus" files on a DVD will work as you still have the incorrect file extension (m4p, not mp3). If the car's CD/DVD player firmware is looking for MP3 specific file names, then they will not work.

Hope I haven't confused you too much...
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In the iTunes Store, you can convert all your already-purchased music to the DRM-free format, which is actually AAC, and no, your car can't play those files. However, you can convert the ACC to MP3 right inside the iTunes program.
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In the iTunes Store, you can convert all your already-purchased music to the DRM-free format
At a cost. This is not a free option. You have to upgrade those songs and pay an amount for each track/album.

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Assuming you have a CD slot in the dash, can you not burn a load of MP3s to a CD-R and use that?

I know it will hold several times fewer songs than a DVD, but it will still hold several hundred. Plus you can still use your sat nav map disk.
I just made an mp3 cd, and in my iDrive window, when I would select between, 'fm' 'am' 'aux' 'cd' 'sat', the 'cd' is greyed out, as if there is no cd inserted. I'm suspicious my '07 cd doesn't read .mp3 format, or maybe I did something else wrong?
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