Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: East Coast, USA
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Re: Is it possible to switch from Nav w/cassette over to Nav w/CD player ?
I think you cant put the E46 nav in an E39 because of the way the HVAC vents are situated- the E46 system is too deep.
As to CD-RW. I dont know. I do know that CD-Rs play fine. But they must be CD-Redbook complaint- translation: regular CDs with regular CD tracks (WAV or AIFF files). CD-Yellbook- translation: CD-ROMs which can contain MP3 files- cannot be read by the CD readers BMW is using. Then there is the issue of decoding the files to PCM. In short, if you want MP3 playback with the stock head unit, you cant use the OEM hardware. I think youre not out of luck though because I think blitzsafe and someone else make an interface that allow you to swap the standard CD changer with another Alpine one thats the same size and then you can play CD-Rs (recorded as data cds) that have MP3 files on them.....
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