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Offline Sawbomartin

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Using my iTunes library in my 500A
« on: May 15, 2009, 02:14:47 pm »
Just a quick question on the fundamentals of this system. I will find out and play with phone connectivity when I get my car but in the meantime I would like to get a head start with my music collection (reformatting / loading to sticks etc).

I have itunes. I have an ipod. I have songs on itunes imported from CD's and also bought through itunes. itunes and my ipod are set to the factory settings.

Do I re-format all my songs in itunes into MP3 format, set up my itunes preferences so everything I add from now on is MP3 and then simply plug my ipod into the USB Port? I would then use the ipod as I do at the moment (connected through the aux jack input on the front of my Kenwood), controlling the music from the ipod. It would be nice to control it through steering wheel controls but not 100% necessary. This maybe where everyone struggles.
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Have I got to somehow drag and drop songs from itunes onto a memory stick and reformat them into MP3 and sort them into folders and this and that and the other?

I can see lots of posts on memory sticks and ipods not working but not a simple definition of the basics.

Many thanks in advance.
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    Offline Alex_gregory_uk

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    Using my iTunes library in my 500A
    « Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 02:34:51 pm »
    First things first, B&M will not support any tracks which you have bought from Itunes as they are encrypted.
    Itouches, Iphones etc seem to have trouble with B&M due to the hard drive format on them and I'm unsure if anyone has sorted this yet.
    If you have an older Ipod then music which you have copied from CD's should work fine and be able to be controlled through the steering wheel. All your music will need converting to MP3 or WMA (windows media format).
    I use a usb stick as it's less expensive to leave in the car, can stay in the car all the time, and does not need removing when you leave the car, where as an IPOD would need to be hidden away each time you leave the car.

    Hope that helps a little. Any further questions feel free to ask.
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    Using my iTunes library in my 500A
    « Reply #2 on: May 15, 2009, 02:40:41 pm »
    First thing to note is ITunes will only convert non-DRMd files so that will be ones you ripped yourself or Itunes+ files. Personally I updated my collection to + format and then slowly turned them all into mp3s stored on a seprate drive (selecting files in itunes then right clicking to get the convert to mp3 option). once that done you go into the original itunes album folder and copy the mp3s to a seperate location for ease of organisation.

    Other half has a Panda with a simple mp3 compatible CD player so it was worth my time. I then simply moved the folders representing each album to a mem stick and Robert is your father's brother.

    I only had a few tunes in mp3 on the ipod so didn't use it in the 500 as I know that B&M is less than happy with them.

    Alex beat me to the punch :-[ but I have included a more long winded reason to Itunes weirdness and can't be bother to re-type the rest

     

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