Originally Posted by drossel
it could be highly possible that i heard wrong, and/or the person i was talking to didn't know what he was talking about.
You were taliking to someone at the dealership right? Then, the answer is obvious as most of them couldn't find a fortune in a fortune cookie.
I have the interface installed in my '07 and here are my answeres to the questions -- based on reality and not the never-never-world some dealership employees live in.
having to put all songs into 5 albums
--Wrong: I have over 50 playlists. Since this does make it a bit of a PITA to scroll through them, I start my 6 or 7 favorites with a "*" (e,g,. *Classic Rock or *Alternative) so they show up at the top ot the list of Playlists.
names of songs not showing up on idrive
--Wrong again. If the name shows up on your iPod it will show up on your iDrive screen. If you haven't downloaded the song info onto your iPod then the screen will be blank as well. After all it is a car, not Nostradamus.
255 album limit
--I think this refers to the 255 song limit per playlist. Although this may limit how many will names will be displayed when you scroll on the screen (I don't know, I have never had the patience or need to scroll down so far), it does not limit how many songs can be included (and will play) in any given playlist. Many of my playlists have over 300 songs.
--This is correct. There is a "Random" feature, but it only selects the next song randomly and then plays in order from there. I sort my songs randomly on iTunes before downloading them and then I start at a random point in the playlist. It is not ideal, but if your playlists have enough songs, it will suffice.
Sorry for the negativity towards the dealers (okay, not really sorry -- maybe kinda sorta sorry at best), but it really gets my goat when these guys speak out of school. If I had relied solely on them and hadn't gotten so much information from the members on this board, my enjoyment
of the beast would have been significantly diminished.