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Old 07-24-2015, 07:38 AM
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iPod / iPhone interface - Enabling Random / Shuffle

Hello all -

We've connected the audio/video Y-cable (BMW 61122344300) between our 2012 F25 and an older iPod Classic, and now have both album art and audio - great!

But I'm a little confused as to how to enable RANDOM through the iDrive system - so that the songs queue up randomly. I searched the manual and it seems ambiguous, directing us to an Options menu that I cannot seem to find under the External Devices menu.

I simply enabled the "Shuffle" feature on the iPod itself and that worked (I even noticed that hovering the iDrive cursor over the track advance >> showed "Random" on the iDrive screen.

But it now seems to have reverted back to sequential play on its own, and short of disconnecting the iPod and re-enabling Shuffle again, it seems there must be a RANDOM option within iDrive for this external device that I am simply missing.

Can anyone enlighten me please?
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:42 PM
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Push the iDrive knob to the right while the song or artist listing is displayed. In that sub-menu to the right you'll find RANDOM play.
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