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      09-16-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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usb for music....

I'm still quite new to the bmw thing, but iv only just discovered i have a HDD in the car for music. i have a USB too in the glove box too but won't recognise the iPhone i connect to it.....
i have a aux port in centre console and this seems the only way i can connect, is there any retro fits i can do to make it more user friendly?
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      09-17-2016, 02:40 AM   #2
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You can import music from a USB stick in most formats directly into your HDD. I take a clean USB stick (say 4 GB) and use a very simple folder structure, copy music to the stick, take it to car and import it. If you have m4a audio format it will also display album artwork.

The other way is to use an iPod or iphone : just connect it directly from centre console USB (or glove box on my F31) and you will see the music in Media under external devices. With iphone/iPod, all your same music folders appear...

Spotify also works excellently for me on iphone.

If all that fails, you've got Bluetooth....
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      09-21-2016, 12:03 AM   #3
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Many audio formats (flac, mp3, wma, etc) will all display artwork if tagged correctly. It is best to keep artwork to 500x500 pixels.

Internal hard drive is on 20 GB and importing will compress higher quality audio files, so it is not recommended. I have used up to a 2TB external and it reads fine.
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      09-22-2016, 04:29 PM   #4
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thanks for getting back to me on this, but iv also asked the local bmw dealer for detail on my car including the stereo..... they have nothing on file or systems!

how do you add music , if i can to mine as i don't have no options in the menus when using the dial, i have the usb in the glove box, and tried using it.... but nothing! I'm starting to wonder if my car can't do it.......
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      09-22-2016, 07:12 PM   #5
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I just have usb next to auxiliary input in my center storage. I just plug usb in there and select the media button around idrive controller. Then, there is an input option. You could try reformatting usb drive and making sure there are no hidden directories to confuse vehicle.
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      09-23-2016, 11:04 AM   #6
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I also use the usb socket in the armrest with a usb flash drive. I found many 32G drives worked but 64GB were more picky. After trying a few 64G I now have one that works and am loading it with my favourite mp3. I don't have nav so suspect I don't have the hard drive or even the usb in glovebox - couldn't see it when I looked anyway
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      09-23-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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There are so many drives on the market that BMW cannot be expected to test all of them. Some cars are picky with some flash drives. Usually 64gb and upwards.
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Indeed you do need a 32meg USB for it to work - if you dont have one in your glove box look in your centre console....
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