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anyone with a car had success using Spotify or any other music streaming sites? Also what's the internet radio like?
 

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I don't use it, but my son plugged his iphone into my armrest cradle and I can confirm he was able to stream from spotify ;-)
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I don't use it, but my son plugged his iphone into my armrest cradle and I can confirm he was able to stream from spotify ;-)
Texy

You don't have to plug the phone into the car it should work on bluetooth like mine does
 

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I'm sure you are right, I'm just saying what we tried. As he wanted to charge his iphone as well, we plugged it into the armrest.
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Problems via bluetooth:

Metadata (cover art, artist, album, title) is only transferred to central display for the first song only, if you skip to the next song, it will play the song but the metadata stuck forever at the displaying the first song. Might be spotify's bug that certain bluetooth protocol is not implemented correctly.

http://community.spotify.com/t5/Bugs/Android-Bluetooth-Metadata-is-not-transmitted/td-p/650386
http://community.spotify.com/t5/Bugs/iOS-Spotify-on-car-stereo/td-p/538260

I think this issue should be seen on other infotainment system as well.
 

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And just to add that the Web radio works brilliantly! You can search by location or genre - literally 1000's to choose from. And you can save your favourites. I love listening to stations in other countries like Australia, sounds most odd to be listening to their accents and weather reports!!
 

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What ray says is correct, It's very annoying to be honest. Spotify is one of the largest streaming services, the BMW group has to catch up with this and dialogue with Spotify in order to provide a better user experience. I'm pretty sure it'd take a couple days work to fix it if either of them bothered...

For anyone still wondering... yes it works through bluetooth and via usb cable, however the album artowork and track metadata wont update as songs change. I've found out that If you return to the external media source selection screen and re-select you mobile device, it sometimes updates to the latest playing song. Do you want to be doing that?.... No

Ontop of that skipping songs wont work well, it's moody... at times it'll change fine, others it doesn't from the steering wheel but yes from the central console, others it wont at all. Sometimes sound won't come up and it will depend on the connection sequence of your device... when you activated bluetooth, when you started the Spotify app, when you choose the external device as your sound source.... These all seem to have an effect on how well it'll work. You're not able to see the next track in your queue from the HUD.
 

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the biggest thing for me is coverage... 3g in essex is so random!

good streaming without buffering needs 3g or better... else forget it!
i dont think my phone can even keep a basic phone call going between my place of work and home without dropping a call....

#frustrated with 02, vodaphone & ee... each offer very poor coverage in my usual places...

also remember... streaming audio will munch thru your data bundles if you are unlimited, happy day... else watch out before you get some crazy bill drop thru the door at end of month!
 

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It's not always streaming with Spotify for example... I have hundreds of tracks available offline (you sync/download them over wifi on your device) which corrects the problems with actual streaming. It's a great service, just doesn't work properly in any car made by the BMW group.
 

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It's not always streaming with Spotify for example... I have hundreds of tracks available offline (you sync/download them over wifi on your device) which corrects the problems with actual streaming. It's a great service, just doesn't work properly in any car made by the BMW group.
usb stick... much easier!
 

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Yeah USB stick works... I'm in the process of ripping some of my favourite music from Spotify to a USB stick. Find it hard to find the time to do it though. Oh well... c'est la vie.
 

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It is indeed easier with USB sticks but not without some big trade offs.

Flat usb mp3s is really from dinosaur time :) On the other hand Spotify has very dynamic content discovery capability, limitless number of stations and shared playlist, default album art (metadata) and most importantly: NO NEED TO UPDATE SONGS, millions of songs available at fingertips, thousands added daily.

Car companies are usually not software company, they should do one thing really good that is building cars and also work on very good integration with other services. For example, whatever stock GPS in your car will look hopeless compare with google map.

BMW probably has one of the better infotainment system but this is by no means a match of apple IOS/android. Car companies are adopting them though.

So at the mean time, while we are buying "in the middle" generation of cars, we also asking questions on forums like this to learn tricks and hacks to make fully use of what we currently have.
 

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bluetooth allows audio and some track info but iPhone must be used to change playlists
usb allows full integration including steering wheel for songs but iDrive must be used for playlists

song info is "spoty" :)
sometimes it will update when changing tracks but when it freezes it stays that way.
 

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There are so many ways to play Spotify in the car. You can stream Spotify music to your car audio system via Bluetooth. You can connect Spotify to your car via a cable. You can stream Spotify to the car via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Besides, you can transfer Spotify to USB Drive and burn them into CD for playing in the car.
But by using the last two ways, you need to use a Spotify Converter. It allows you to convert Spotify to MP3 and then you can transfer them to USB or burn into CD without a problem.
 

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There are lots of ways for you to listen to Spotify in car. You can use Bluetooth to enjoy Spotify in the car or play Spotify in the car by connecting Spotify to car stereo with aux-in cable. Besides, you can stream Spotify to the car via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. However, the best method is to copy your favorite Spotify music tracks to CDs or a USB. Here you would need the help of Spotify Music Converter Mac to save Spotify music to plain audio formats and transfer them to CDs or a USB.
 

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anyone with a car had success using Spotify or any other music streaming sites? Also what's the internet radio like?
It plays thru your mini audio entertainment system via BT. Just pair your phone and spotify app will show on the screen
 

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anyone with a car had success using Spotify or any other music streaming sites? Also what's the internet radio like?
Yes, I have a car and successfully use Spotify and Tidal.
Internet radio is as good as your Internet connection.
 
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