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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-18-2015, 05:37 PM
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HD Quality Music for Your Ultimate Driving Machine

All, after upgrading my 530i sound system with the Dynavin N6 Nav Unit, a 10" Subwoofer, and the Bavsound Stage 1 speaker upgrade only one thing remained that stood between me and great sounding music. That was the compressed audio file formats that I had been streaming through, or playing from my iPhone.

So I went online to find some high-quality audio tracks for downloading and for streaming. Here is what I am using now (or intend to use soon).

HD/Hi-res Music Sources:

Purchase and Download

HDTracks ----------> https://www.hdtracks.com/
(purchase individual tracks and albums pay-as-you-go) I have downloaded two albums ths far and they both sound amazing. I can hear every nuance in the songs. I even had to adjust my fader toward the center. I normally fade my sound moreso to the rear speakers. High quality audio utilizes all of the speakers much better than the compressed stuff so I am currently one fade "notch" to the rear versus four.

Magnatune ----------> http://magnatune.com/
(one time $300 subscription. Download albums, or their entire library in various formats to include FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF. Independent artists. Excellent music selection.) I paid the $299 and have discovered some amazing artists. I downloaded the music in FLAC format and saved the albums to a Micro-SD card. I play the Micro-SD card through my Dyanavin N6 Nav Unit. I hear every high and every beat. The website encourages you to share up to three copies of what you download with friends. The artists receive 50% of the cash and are still free to sign contracts with anyone they choose.

About - http://magnatune.com/info/whynotevil
Legal Sharing - http://magnatune.com/info/give


Tidal HD Music streaming - http://tidal.com/us
($25/month. Highest audio streaming quality available today.) I still own an iPhone 4. My ios stopped at rev 7. Tidal requires ios of 8 or higher to run. When I upgrade my phone I will try out this service. The audio quality is suppose to be exceptional.

Lossless Streaming Explained - http://tidal.com/us/video/lossless-explained
Review - http://www.whathifi.com/tidal/review

Spotify High Resolution Music Streaming - https://www.spotify.com/us/
(free or $10/month for hi-resolution audio. 30 million song library. Feature rich. Second best streaming audio quality available today)
Review - http://www.whathifi.com/spotify/review

apt-X Lossless (Hi-Fi Bluetooth Streaming between devices) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AptX

HD Download Audio File Types

Popular Compressed Lossless
Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLAC
Apple Lossless (ALAC - Apple Lossless Audio Codec) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Lossless
WMA Lossless (Windows Media Lossless) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media_Audio

Popular and Not compressed (very large files)

Waveform Audio File Format WAV https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAV
Audio Interchange File Format AIFF https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_...ge_File_Format

If you have other good sources for lossless audio download or streaming let me know.


Last edited by seemyad; 11-18-2015 at 09:01 PM.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:26 PM
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Thanks for the info.

The Millennials have no idea what they're missing in their music.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by edjack View Post
Thanks for the info.

The Millennials have no idea what they're missing in their music.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:26 PM
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Mein Auto: 1999 740iS, 2001 330xi
Creek, rattle, squeak, squeak, rev(M62TUB44@4000RPM)...

With music like ^^^, who needs a radio? Seriously, if I'm alone in the car (clarify: BMW) the only time I even turn the radio on is if the Red Wings are playing.

But about the music...I have a few hundred CD's but I've only bought about 5 MP3's to download. At work for 10 hours I play MP3's (ripped from my CD's) because the laptop speakers suck and I don't "listen" to it anyway, it is just background noise. At home or in the car though (clarify: Chevy) it is cassette's or CD's because I am "listening". There is a reason vinyl is making a comeback, and it ain't just nostalgia.

After...(this may take a few years, it's my DD and I have bigger projects)

2005 Venture Extended LT - what else you gonna drive when you have 6 kids, cargo and still want better than 10MPG
2000 Impala LS - because you need something to beat the snot out of in a Michigan winter
1999 BMW 740i - why do I have Chevy's again?
2001 BMW 330xi - father/son project time!
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:37 AM
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You bloomers and Xers with your harmonica and americana music. Shakespeare can't even compete with Katy Perry,justin bieber and kanye west.

Anywho. For android users (though I think you can download Google play services on iOS) Google play music is awesome. 10 bucks a month for unlimited streaming and they have almost everything indie rock americana classical hop hop etc. Or buy individual tracks for like 50c each.

Best feature I like about it is the radio feature. Basically on any song you are listening too hit the radio button and it'll create a playlist with similar songs. They also have other user compiled playlists
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:21 AM
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Shake Spear. Wasn't he the original guitarist in The Animals?
1995 525i 5 speed - sold at 225,000 miles
2002 530i 5 speed - 187,000 miles
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