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#1 of 46 MarkHastings

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Posted July 15 2004 - 02:03 PM

Ok, so I've been hemming and hawing about upgrading my Creative Jukebox to an iPod because the iPod doesn't have a line out (only headphone out), but now I stumble onto this!!!!
http://www.ipodyourbmw.com/

Has anyone tried this???? It looks like I just got in on the minimum requirements with a 2002 "3 series". - Whew!

#2 of 46 Andrew_Sch

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Posted July 15 2004 - 02:44 PM

Well hell, you've already got the most expensive part of the equation, go for it!
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Posted July 15 2004 - 05:07 PM

iPod also doesn't have a direct, traditional line out (headphones include volume information and tend to distort when played through speaker), but the dock connector on the bottom can carry sound information just fine. The dock does have a normal line out, and there are several other, smaller accessories that also convert the connector to an 1/8" miniplug stereo line out, with no volume info.

#4 of 46 Angelo.M

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Posted July 16 2004 - 01:26 AM

Alpine will be introducing a line of iPod-ready head units which will connect to the iPod and allow for total control and playback.

#5 of 46 MarkHastings

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Posted July 16 2004 - 02:30 AM

I like the fact that you can use the controls (on the BMW steering wheel) to control the iPod.

#6 of 46 Angelo.M

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Posted July 16 2004 - 04:39 AM

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#7 of 46 Julio H

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Posted July 17 2004 - 04:45 AM

new iPods!

w w w.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=393
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#8 of 46 MarkHastings

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Posted July 17 2004 - 05:10 AM

I just ordered a 40GB iPod, but it looks like I'll have to cancel it and wait to see if that 50GB comes out soon. They say it will have a color screen and video outs. Posted Image

#9 of 46 MikeH1

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Posted July 17 2004 - 09:06 AM

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iPod also doesn't have a direct, traditional line out


What? Are you serious? The iRivers have a line out and its even optical!

I already have my new iRiver hooked up to my car deck through the aux. inputs and run the remote close to the shifter. Its mounted on the passenger side dashboard using velcro. Its no professional job but hey I love having 20 GB of music at my fingertips. Posted Image

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Posted July 17 2004 - 09:41 AM

I have a 40GB Creative Jukebox plugged into the Aux on my stereo. Yes, it is a definite shame and gross oversight that Apple didn't add a line out to the iPod. Posted Image

#11 of 46 Peter Kim

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Posted July 18 2004 - 04:52 AM

The latest generation of the iPod is on the cover of next weeks Newsweek and discussed online here.
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#12 of 46 MarkHastings

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Posted July 18 2004 - 06:13 AM

Julio H, thank you for posting that link!!!!!!! I had JUST ordered a 40GB model when I saw your post and QUICKLY cancelled my order.

I was wondering if I really should have cancelled due to a rumor, but after seeing Peter Kim's link, I am glad I cancelled the order.

I'll be getting my hands on that 50GB one and having installed in my car. I'll try to update everyone when it happens.

#13 of 46 Julio H

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Posted July 18 2004 - 06:49 AM

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#14 of 46 Leila Dougan

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Posted July 18 2004 - 07:49 AM

As already has been said, the ipod DOES have a line out!! Whoever says it doesn't is smoking crack.

You need either the Sendstation PocketDock or the Sik Din. Or, if you really want to mod your car, you can use the standard cradle and incorporate that into your car.

I've got the Din and it's wonderful! Just hooked up to my Aux port on my Kenwood headunit and now I can listen to unadulterated music from my ipod.

#15 of 46 MarkHastings

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Posted July 18 2004 - 08:31 AM

Leila, are you saying that if I buy an iPod, I can take my mini plug audio cable (where one end is already plugged into my car stereo) and plug it directly into the iPod without additional hardware???

p.s. I don't want to buy 3rd party products to get a mini plug/line out port. There should be no reason to do so.

#16 of 46 Marc Colella

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Posted July 18 2004 - 09:22 AM

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...the ipod DOES have a line out!!


If you have to purchase a 3rd party device to get line-out, then that would mean the iPod does NOT have a line-out.

#17 of 46 Aurel Savin

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Posted July 18 2004 - 09:32 AM

I have been holding out on getting an iPod also, but this new 20gb version for $299 has me sold.

+ this iPodyourBMW adapter works on the MINI as well so looking forward to adding this in (however I hear the adapter already has a long wait at dealers)

#18 of 46 Julio H

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Posted July 18 2004 - 09:38 AM

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I have been holding out on getting an iPod also, but this new 20gb version for $299 has me sold.


It's about time Apple lowered the prices.
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#19 of 46 Leila Dougan

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Posted July 18 2004 - 09:55 AM

Well considering the ipod comes with a dock already, you don't have to purchase anything additional if you don't want to.

But just because the lineout isn't a miniplug doesn't mean it isn't a lineout, either. The cable I had to buy to connect a cable to the aux port of my headunit had RCA plugs. I could complain that I had to purchase a "3rd party" RCA to miniplug adapter, right? Because after all, there's no RCA jacks on the ipod or any other MP3 player I know of.

I guess if you don't like the dock connector then don't buy an ipod. But to say that it's an oversight is quite misleading. It's intentional and it allows you to do more things with the ipod, in a far more convenient manner, than many other MP3 player.

But to each his own. The ipod is not for you then.

#20 of 46 Ken Chan

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Posted July 18 2004 - 10:13 AM

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It's about time Apple lowered the prices.
Seems like they had trouble keeping up with demand anyway, so the price was just fine. And the price hasn't really gone down. The low-end model is still $299. You now get 20GB instead of 15GB, and they are not making the 15GB anymore. They've increased capacity with each generation, so the value has gone up.

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If you have to purchase a 3rd party device to get line-out, then that would mean the iPod does NOT have a line-out.
If you get the Apple iPod Dock, that has line out. That's not 3rd party, but it is a separate gizmo, which is bundled with certain models. Remote control and headphones are separate too. While the iPod obviously has the necessary pins, I suppose Apple figured most people wouldn't use line out, so they didn't add a second jack (confusing, bulky). If a 3rd party decides to use the same pins to provide line out in a different form factor, that's a good thing.

So it's not "built-in", but certainly that's different than say an old cassette Walkman, which has no line out capability at all.


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