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My car is a BMW E38 750iL, year 1999 (10/98). The car has MkIV navigation, 16/9 widescreen, original CD changer, DSP plus latest generation BM54 radio. The BM54 radio has a great advantage when looking for an upgrade since the radio has AUX. My car is an ibus car.
When upgrading my system I made these changes:
Replaced the original CD changer with the digital mp3-changer CP600BMW. This upgrade gave me a lot more music stored on SD cards plus ID3-tags. This was a very easy upgrade since it was pure plug & play:



In addition I also installed a c.Logic interface. The interface allow two other units to be installed plus a reverse camera. I installed all of them. I chose an aftermarked reverse camera that fits and replaces the license number lamp.
The other two units I installed is a DAB+ unit with OSB and USB plus a multimedia USB player (usbLink3) which support both movies, music and photos.



Above is the DAB+ shown. This unit requires a phantom powered DAB+ antenna and I chose the Funke ADSC 710 which I installed in the rear window. I have very good reception and a very strong signal.
Please notice the two IR sensors mounted at each side of the widescreen. These are for the remote controls for both the DAB+ unit and the usbLink3 unit. Both these units supports a USB external hard discs to be installed. I've only installed an external USB harddisc with the usbLink3, The USB external hard disc has 2TB storage and is sufficient for my use.
The usbLink3 menu looks like this:



Music: I have ripped many hundred CD's and LP's in 320 kbps and stored it on the external hard disc.



What about making your own photo album?



Or movies?



I have stored a lot of BMW E38 photos plus various data spec photos (such as what bulbs the car use etc.) plus various movies. Movies starring a BMW E38 is an obvious choice…



I also stored some movies of fireplaces. On very cold days I play fireplace movies and listen to the crackling sound from the speakers. Very odd choice perhaps … but very cosy as well.



I have several fireplace movies, with both small and large flames.



Everything I did work splendid. I'm extremely satisfied with the CP600BMW mp3 changer. If my home country Norway had not been the very first country to close down the FM band the replacement of the CD changer would have been my only upgrade. Since the Norwegian government decided to go for DAB+ radio decided I needed the DAB+ as well. The unit I chose works splendid. There is no "buffering" breaks when changing channels (as some other DAB+ solutions produces). The radio is instant and I get ID3 tags with information regarding what song is playing, who the artist is and which song/artist is next in line. I also get photos of the artist plus the radio channel host.
The installation of the usbLINK3 gave me the possibility to store all my music (plus various photos and movies) on a USB hard disc making it available for in-car listening and viewing. All my music (CD's, LP's and reel to reels) is ripped in 320 kbps. Each time I buy new music I only need to disconnect the external hard disc and rip the new music for storage on the hard disc.
If you also own a BMW E38 equipped with the BM54 radio (with support of AUX) and the MkIV navigation you can install DAB+, usbLINK3 and reverse camera. If your E38 is equipped with an original CD changer and ibus you can replace the CD changer with the CP600BMW mp3 changer. I recommend all these upgrades. After all the E38 isn't the easiest car to find good solutions for. If your E38 also have DSP (like mine) it is often even more difficult.
 

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This is a fantastic upgrade. Very well done! Hats off to you. I have a 2001 740i Sport that needs this upgrade package desperately. Can you install it for me? I can leave the car with you. Thank you.

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Thank you for your kind words. I live in Norway so I guess it will be difficult for me to perform the same upgrade in your car. If you like I can provide you with links to the products I bought plus some guidelines how to perform the upgrade. All wiring is done back in the trunk. The most challenging job is to remove all the equipment to get access to the radio. It's not difficult but time consuming. You need to re-pin three pin connectors in the wire harness to the BM54 radio to allow the c.Logic interface into your system. Other than that it is pure plug & play. Once the c.Logic Interface is connected you can connect two additional units (plug & play) such as a DAB+ radio, a usbLink audio-video player or even a TV decoder. Additionally it holds a dedicated reverse camera port. I chose the Dab+ radio (Norway decided to close down the FM band) and the usbLink3 audio-video player. Both of these units have the possibility of connecting an external USB hard disc. I connected a 2TB hard disc to my usbLink and have alle the storage I need. The CP600BMW mp3-changer is also plug & play but will not work if you don't set up your SD-card correctly. I have however made a setup for this and can provide you with the correct file to store on the SD card. Once this is done you can store mp3 files on the SD card.
If you would like me to help you as far as I can please send me an email. My email address is: [email protected]
Making this upgrade is well worth it, but you need to have a radio with aux, such as the BM54. A widescreen is also a preference.
While considering what to do please study these links from Navlinkz.de:

c.Logic Interface: https://www.navlinkz.de/c2-mk-aux
Dab+ radio: https://www.navlinkz.de/dab100
usbLINK3: https://www.navlinkz.de/usb-link3

CP600BMW mp3 changer: https://maintronic.de/en/lifestyle/cp600-bmw-mp3-player

The service at both navlinkz.de and maintronic.de was both excellent. The manuals provided with the items are all great and easy to understand. But if you want to I can help you by scanning these and send them to you. Just send me an email:)
 

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Thank you for your kind words. I live in Norway so I guess it will be difficult for me to perform the same upgrade in your car. If you like I can provide you with links to the products I bought plus some guidelines how to perform the upgrade. All wiring is done back in the trunk. The most challenging job is to remove all the equipment to get access to the radio. It's not difficult but time consuming. You need to re-pin three pin connectors in the wire harness to the BM54 radio to allow the c.Logic interface into your system. Other than that it is pure plug & play. Once the c.Logic Interface is connected you can connect two additional units (plug & play) such as a DAB+ radio, a usbLink audio-video player or even a TV decoder. Additionally it holds a dedicated reverse camera port. I chose the Dab+ radio (Norway decided to close down the FM band) and the usbLink3 audio-video player. Both of these units have the possibility of connecting an external USB hard disc. I connected a 2TB hard disc to my usbLink and have alle the storage I need. The CP600BMW mp3-changer is also plug & play but will not work if you don't set up your SD-card correctly. I have however made a setup for this and can provide you with the correct file to store on the SD card. Once this is done you can store mp3 files on the SD card.
If you would like me to help you as far as I can please send me an email. My email address is: [email protected]
Making this upgrade is well worth it, but you need to have a radio with aux, such as the BM54. A widescreen is also a preference.
While considering what to do please study these links from Navlinkz.de:

c.Logic Interface: https://www.navlinkz.de/c2-mk-aux
Dab+ radio: https://www.navlinkz.de/dab100
usbLINK3: https://www.navlinkz.de/usb-link3

CP600BMW mp3 changer: https://maintronic.de/en/lifestyle/cp600-bmw-mp3-player

The service at both navlinkz.de and maintronic.de was both excellent. The manuals provided with the items are all great and easy to understand. But if you want to I can help you by scanning these and send them to you. Just send me an email:)
 
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