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Old 11-06-2013, 12:17 PM
SDMoose SDMoose is offline
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Question about Satellite Radio Display Options

Hi, Everyone. New here, and from what I can tell this question hasn't been posted anywhere else yet. Last Fall, I switched from a 2010 X5 diesel to a 2013 535i. On the X5, I seem to remember that when my satellite radio was in channel list mode and I had chosen "title" as the view mode, once I had chosen a song, the artist name would also appear at the top. In the 535i, no matter which view mode I'm using (title, channel, or artist), the "Fav. alert deactivated" or "Fav. alert: none" shows up at the top instead, and when in title mode, for example, the only way I can see the artist is to drill down into the idrive or bump right over to the options. I've activated and deactivated my favorites, added songs and artists to the favorites list, completely emptied my favorites list, but regardless, I always get one of the two Fav. alert messages I mention above. During my first service recently, after inquiring whether this may be a programming glitch, I received the car back with a note from the tech (albeit helpful and thorough) just explaining how the Favorites function works, not really addressing my concern. Is this merely a quirk of the newer radio design, or is there in fact a way to have the satellite radio in title mode, while also getting to see the artist name? Clearly not a life-threatening situation, but commuting between two cities once a week, it's something I'd like to fix if it's fixable.

Thanks for your time.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:33 AM
pzanga pzanga is offline
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Hate to bump, but only found one other post regarding this issue, and the OP here gives a good description of the issue. I just switched to a 2015 X5 from my 2011 and my daughter immediately noticed this. Seems like it was a conscious design change and I am probably stuck with it, but wondering if anyone has found a fix/workaround? We frequently switch between stations and always liked having the station list up since it is pretty easy to switch using iDrive without taking my eyes off the road. Not having the artist/title info makes it harder to determine where to stop and is more of a distraction. I like to use the split screen for the map view, and seems redundant to use that for entertainment info along with the main screen, but thinking that may be the only option to give similar functionality.
And just to add my 2 cents, as someone who does some UI design as part of hos job, this change makes no sense - replacing dynamic information that aids in decision making with a static message about the status of a feature adds no value whatsoever. If anything, show the Favorites Alert status as a one time message when I start the car, then make it go away.
Any thoughts/help appreciated. Thanks.
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