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Old 03-14-2011, 12:52 AM
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IPOD....how do I get album cover to show on the IDrive?

I looked and can't find the option to display this.....it displays on my IPOD but not on the IDrive.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:21 AM
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Are you using your iPod's white cable to connect it to the USB port in your 7? If so, then select your iPod from the multimedia screen in your iDrive system and that should do it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:48 AM
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I have the integrated IPOD option so I just plug it into the cord that is in the center console. I can play the IPOD just fine....title, etc. all show up......but no album cover.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:02 AM
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Hmm...have you tried synching your iPod with iTunes to make sure you have the latest iPod software? On your iDrive, when you go into the selection for multimedia it should take you to a screen where the USB connection is displayed and highlighted...make sure the USB connection is highlighted and that you've "checked" it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:10 AM
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What year is your car, i have a 2009, album covers dont show up. I think that only works on 2010 and up
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:50 AM
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What year is your car, i have a 2009, album covers dont show up. I think that only works on 2010 and up
According to the sig, "mjr" has an `11.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:38 PM
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i have an 11 that doesnt do it. Its 11's after a certain build date
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:08 PM
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i have an 11 that doesnt do it. Its 11's after a certain build date
Mine works. November build. Sep onwards had combox and apple only cable required for iPod. Maybe that's it?
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:22 PM
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Where can I find the manufacturer date of my car? I will look and report back...it is indeed a 2011.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:33 PM
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Looks like it's only on September or October and after 2010 build dates and is not retrofittable.....seriously. Nothing in this damn car is retrofittable.....it's a joke.

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Old 03-15-2011, 12:23 AM
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Can anyone take a pic of what the album cover screen looks like? I have an 09 unfortunately...
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:03 PM
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:44 PM
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It doesn't work on my 2011 either. Have you confirmed this with BMW?
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:02 PM
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It doesn't work on my 2011 either. Have you confirmed this with BMW?
Hi,
Check the manufacturer date on your car. pre September 2010 and u wont have the the Apple cable only integration and likely the album art. Do u need both the USB and headphone jack type cable to get the iPod to work? If so, then it is the older integration and u r SOL...

Perhaps someone else on the board can confirm or correct my understanding...

BTW, I use apple lossless as the crappy premium stereo makes the MP3/AAC sound even worse... not that the lossless sounds that great either. Otherwise its a great driving car!
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:41 PM
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Hi,
Check the manufacturer date on your car. pre September 2010 and u wont have the the Apple cable only integration and likely the album art. Do u need both the USB and headphone jack type cable to get the iPod to work? If so, then it is the older integration and u r SOL...

Perhaps someone else on the board can confirm or correct my understanding...

BTW, I use apple lossless as the crappy premium stereo makes the MP3/AAC sound even worse... not that the lossless sounds that great either. Otherwise its a great driving car!
Yea my car was built in Sept '10. I assume any retrofit is gonna cost $500+. This blows...
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:45 AM
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My car is a November '10 build and integrates with album art with the iPod cable. Opposite problem, if you use the BMW integration cable, you lose the album art. $70 for less than nothing. Anyone want a BMW cable?
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:00 PM
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My car is a November '10 build and integrates with album art with the iPod cable. Opposite problem, if you use the BMW integration cable, you lose the album art. $70 for less than nothing. Anyone want a BMW cable?
I gather u had a leftover bmw cable from previous car? As one was not provided to me I just assumed any old apple iPod cable would work and it did.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:49 PM
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Comboxes for a F01 retrofit will be available in June!!! I'm considering doing it so I will let everyone know when I get more info.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:00 AM
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Am not sure if this has been answered but here goes. I have cracked the problem.

I have a new 550i (April 2011 build) and connected my iPod via the Apple supplied cable to the center console USB. Some artwork displayed on the iDrive but most didn't and yet all artwork displayed on the iPod screen. After about an hour of frustration, I found the problem:

If you use your own artwork files, that is album cover images that you found on the internet and drag them into the artwork tab in iTunes, it will NOT display that artwork in the iDrive. If you tell iTunes to go and find the artwork for you, it will ALWAYS display the artwork in the iDrive.

I have tested this up-hill and down-dale and I know for sure this is correct.
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:38 PM
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I gather u had a leftover bmw cable from previous car? As one was not provided to me I just assumed any old apple iPod cable would work and it did.
Yup, I just picked up my car on Friday (built end of March/beginning of April). I kept the ipod cable I got with my old car (2010 E60) but my CA said I didn't need it as now you just use a "regular" iPod cable. I didn't know what he was talking about, my center console still has the old USB plus audio jack setup and my Nano plays fine, just no album art. Are you saying that you need a standard "Apple" cable? What is that? Is that the one you use to sync with iTunes on a computer; i.e. the iPod male jack on one end and just the USB on the other? Do you then just use the USB jack in the center console and ignore the audio one?

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Old 05-08-2011, 03:28 PM
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The regular Apple cable is that white cable that comes with the Apple iPod. Stick one end in the Apple iPod and the other (USB) end into the USB slot in the center console. Ignore the audio plug socket in the center console.

All will be well.

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Old 05-08-2011, 03:37 PM
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The regular Apple cable is that white cable that comes with the Apple iPod. Stick one end in the Apple iPod and the other (USB) end into the USB slot in the center console. Ignore the audio plug socket in the center console.

All will be well.
Thank You. Now I can give the old cable back to my CA to include with my trade-in when he sells it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:02 AM
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Have you found out and info about the retrofit for the 2012 7 series? I didn't get the BMW Apps for a big $250 option but spend 98K for the car and can't get Pandora or Album Art work!!!! Would love to hear if you have any suggestions.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:45 PM
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If I may ask how did you get the split screen like that??
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:18 PM
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I have a 09 135i I got a Y cable from ebay. When I connected my Gen 2 Itouch it says not compatible. When I connected mt 5th Gen Ipod classic (windows format) after a long time of reading it treated it like a drive and only showed to songs I happen to have on the root.

What models of Ipod are supported. Do I need a new IPOD?

If so can I get a 6th Generation Nano?

Thanks for any help.
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