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      10-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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Is it possible to Retrofit A2DP/Bluetooth streaming from an audio device?

As the title says, is there a unit that I would need to upgrade? (Software,hardware or otherwise to use A2DP?)
08 135i (no Nav) I have BT and iPod in.

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      10-07-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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It's pretty dumb if you don't get iDrive you don't get A2DP.. I was quite surprised when I found that out after I got my 2012 home.. I want to imagine there's a anyway to get it..
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Just someone post this in another thread. You can just plug this in to the Y cable and get bluetooth audio that way if you really want it over using the cable.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bluetooth-A2...item4168ee7bc9
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Just someone post this in another thread. You can just plug this in to the Y cable and get bluetooth audio that way if you really want it over using the cable.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bluetooth-A2...item4168ee7bc9
Thanks! Would this work with the steering wheel controls if I paired an android device with it?
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Just someone post this in another thread. You can just plug this in to the Y cable and get bluetooth audio that way if you really want it over using the cable.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bluetooth-A2...item4168ee7bc9
Thanks! Would this work with the steering wheel controls if I paired an android device with it?

My guess is no since the steering wheel controls are only compatible with iPhones and iPods as far as I know.
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      10-15-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
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Hi Venom,

Since your car is "year one of the 1" it would definitely have the older generation of the Bluetooth hardware (TCU). Bluetooth audio streaming was introduced fall of 2010 when the TCU's were replaced with the Combox.

I'm not aware of any retrofit solutions... be aware that the wiring harnesses are different for each.

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Hi Venom,

Since your car is "year one of the 1" it would definitely have the older generation of the Bluetooth hardware (TCU). Bluetooth audio streaming was introduced fall of 2010 when the TCU's were replaced with the Combox.

I'm not aware of any retrofit solutions... be aware that the wiring harnesses are different for each.

Cheers,
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Has anyone found a solution to this?
or is the Y-Cable the only way?

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      05-23-2016, 10:54 AM   #9
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I'm also interested in a better solution. I've used a Bluetooth module that plugs into the aux port before, but I wasn't impressed with the sound quality. Now I just load lossless music on a usb stick and listen to music that way. I'd much rather be able to stream though.
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      05-24-2016, 12:39 AM   #10
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The only other one I have seen is this: http://www.amazon.com/ViseeO-Tune2Ai...words=bmw+a2dp

It says you can use the steering wheel controls but I haven't tried it.
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The only other one I have seen is this: http://www.amazon.com/ViseeO-Tune2Ai...words=bmw+a2dp

It says you can use the steering wheel controls but I haven't tried it.
The reviews seem pretty good. I'm going to buy one and report back.
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Reporting back. I bought the above device. Sounds quality is acceptable to me. It works with my android phone just fine as well.
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Reporting back. I bought the above device. Sounds quality is acceptable to me. It works with my android phone just fine as well.
Would you say it's worth the $65? Does it show the name of the song/artist on the radio screen?
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Do the steering wheel controls (song skip) work with that bluetooth adapter?
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Would you say it's worth the $65? Does it show the name of the song/artist on the radio screen?
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Do the steering wheel controls (song skip) work with that bluetooth adapter?
1) Not for android
2) Yes

I don't think it's worth the $65 I paid for it over the $18 iphone bluetooth interface I had been using. I may sell it & switch back.
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      07-12-2016, 11:39 AM   #16
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Has anyone found a solution to this?
or is the Y-Cable the only way?

Thanks
My ride came with the Y cable, but didn't use it for 2 years because it was for the iphone 4 or ipods. Then got me a one of this https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Lightni...DRW5C1CHV3DAto to make it work. The sound is 100% better than using the auxiliary cable and you can control it front the steering wheel.
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I have '09 with no nav. I followed the instructions here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...=356638&page=5

It gives me Bluetooth connection for phone use and I can use the buttons on the steering wheel for that. It also gives me Bluetooth connection for google maps turn-by-turn or apple maps turn-by-turn. But it does NOT give me Bluetooth connection to stream music. I had to get a Bluetooth receiver that I hooked up to the Y-cable (e.g. mpow streambot idock for ~$20).

But now, it's seamless. Only limitation is that I cannot skip tracks via the steering wheel buttons. Otherwise, it's perfect.
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What if one has a Bluetooth retrofit that utilized the MULF?
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      09-11-2016, 10:10 AM   #19
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The only other one I have seen is this: http://www.amazon.com/ViseeO-Tune2Ai...words=bmw+a2dp

It says you can use the steering wheel controls but I haven't tried it.
I have one. It works great with iPhone and sound quality is FAR better than a cheap $18 one. It has a far better codec and the sound actually is better with it vs plugging my iPhone into the usb connection.

Plugs in under the armrest. Depending on what options you have there are 2 different models. I have the hi-fi 676 + combox so mine only has the sub. The other model replaces the Y cable (usb & aux-in). I have that one too for my wife's Mini Cooper. Both work great.
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I have one. It works great with iPhone and sound quality is FAR better than a cheap $18 one. It has a far better codec and the sound actually is better with it vs plugging my iPhone into the usb connection.

Plugs in under the armrest. Depending on what options you have there are 2 different models. I have the hi-fi 676 + combox so mine only has the sub. The other model replaces the Y cable (usb & aux-in). I have that one too for my wife's Mini Cooper. Both work great.
Looks cool. How do I know if I have the combo box?

Will this route phone call audio to the speakers?
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Run your vin through any one of the online vin decoders for BMWs. It will list out all the options installed.

It streams music. Phone calls are handled separately by the bmw BT.
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Run your vin through any one of the online vin decoders for BMWs. It will list out all the options installed.

It streams music. Phone calls are handled separately by the bmw BT.
My 128i does not have the BMW BT.
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