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How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

If I get a "smart phone" that has bluetooth capability, how does the audio get to my BMW's intercom? I have a K1600GTL with the Schuberth helmet.


Am I going in the wrong direction.

Looking for the best/easiest way to listen to Pandora on the bike.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

Dan All you have to do in get a 3.5 MM male cable. Plug one end into the phone & the other end into the Aux port in the right side pocket. Then set the bike audio to Aux. I would route the cable up away from the motor to an area that will be easy to get to & keep it away from the heat in that pocket.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

I wonder if you could BT from your phone to the Schuberth. That would be the most direct route. I don't know how many devices the helmet will let you connect to.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

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Dan All you have to do in get a 3.5 MM male cable. Plug one end into the phone & the other end into the Aux port in the right side pocket. Then set the bike audio to Aux. I would route the cable up away from the motor to an area that will be easy to get to & keep it away from the heat in that pocket.

Sounds simple enough - Thanks.....


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I wonder if you could BT from your phone to the Schuberth. That would be the most direct route. I don't know how many devices the helmet will let you connect to.

A2dp app takes care of the bluetooth issue from phone to helmet.

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I wonder if you could BT from your phone to the Schuberth. That would be the most direct route. I don't know how many devices the helmet will let you connect to.
I'm planning to use the BT function of the GPS for the cell phone function. I don't think that it would be possible to use the BT for Pandora as it comes over the Internet, but I will try it and see. Starting to sound complicated.

I do like the idea of plugging the cell devise directly to the 3.5mm audio jack. Seems simple enough. Not sure if the cell phone would still function though!

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I'm planning to use the BT function of the GPS for the cell phone function. I don't think that it would be possible to use the BT for Pandora as it comes over the Internet, but I will try it and see. Starting to sound complicated.

I do like the idea of plugging the cell devise directly to the 3.5mm audio jack. Seems simple enough. Not sure if the cell phone would still function though!
I stream my Pandora from my HTC Evo to my Scala? You should be able to the same with your set up. For LD rides, then yes a patch cord would be a practical solution.

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I stream Pandora from my iPhone 3GS into my Sena BT unit. Also, iHeart radio. Love the Bluetooth system - hate cords. Good luck on your set up Dan; I got faith in ya.
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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

Just to make sure I understand you guys. If I hardwire my Droid vis 3.5 mm to audio input - music will come through the bike's audio system. Will I still be able use phone via bluetooth thru NAV IV or will the phone think there is a headset attached and shut off the phone's bluetooth?

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Just to make sure I understand you guys. If I hardwire my Droid vis 3.5 mm to audio input - music will come through the bike's audio system. Will I still be able use phone via bluetooth thru NAV IV or will the phone think there is a headset attached and shut off the phone's bluetooth?
Only of the bike has a 3.5 mm port. If it does, the BT helmet/GPS unit should be unaffected. Directions will come to you via the helmet not through the bike's audio system.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

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I'm planning to use the BT function of the GPS for the cell phone function. I don't think that it would be possible to use the BT for Pandora as it comes over the Internet, but I will try it and see. Starting to sound complicated.

I do like the idea of plugging the cell devise directly to the 3.5mm audio jack. Seems simple enough. Not sure if the cell phone would still function though!

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If you are going to use a bluetooth headset you should be able to stream Pandora over BT. I can do it in my Jeep Cherokee. If you want it to play through the bike's speakers, you need to pipe it into the Aux connector as mentioned above.

I just got back from a trip to the smokies on my GSA and i used Pandora. It works great. I have my droid going into my J&M CB/intercom unit.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

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A2dp app takes care of the bluetooth issue from phone to helmet.

Yes, but...only 1 A2DP link can be made to the headset at a time. If you have the headset paired to the bike's audio system, that uses the only available A2DP link. You should still be able to pair the phone to the headset simultaneously, but that link will use the "handsfree" profile for use with the phone function.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

I have the Schuberth C3 with the BMW bluetooth unit and an iPhone 4S. To answer the questions, if you use a 3 pole 3.5mm connector/cable between the iPhone and the Aux input in the right cubby, you can both listen to music via the hard connection and make/accept calls via bluetooth (helmet speakers & microphone). When the call ends, the music returns.

I want to be able to hear and use the NavIV, so pairing the iPhone to the helmet won't work as desired (helmet unit doesn't support 2 A2DP connections at once and no way to easily cycle between them).

Here is my setup. I got tired of using a ziplock bag over the iPhone when it rained, so I modified a Think Biologic bike mount for the iPhone. The thing I like about it is it's essentially waterproof (tested in a few deluges), even with the 3.5mm cable plugged in. The mount did require some modification, which you can see here.

(I would post pictures, but the retarded way this forum requires text to be entered for a links, makes posting thumbnails with links to the larger images a pain in the @$$ - Rant Off).

The 3.5mm 3 pole cable is routed under the seat to a MixIt2, which allows for me to add other sound inputs like a radar detector, etc. For $159 it's a lot cheaper than an autocom.



I then route a 3.5mm 3 pole cable from under the seat to the right cubby and the Aux connector. Works like a charm. With the bike audio set to AUX, I get any audio out of the iPhone (music and Navigon GPS routing), along with radar beeps set to override the iPhone output, along with NavIV audio overriding the AUX.

For long trips where I use the Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors, I can plug those into the MixIt2, forgoing the AUX input and still have the bluetooth helmet connection for the NavIV and phone calls.

So far, it's been pretty reliable and I'm happy with the results.

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Re: How do you get the music (Pandora) from a cell phone to the BMW's intercom audio?

A lot of great suggestions and all of my questions have been answered. I haven't decided yet on a/the new "smart" phone, but I tried a new BT cell phone out last week that seemed to work well with the bike's BT. From the showroom to the bike and working as a demo in about 2-3 minutes. Real simple!

As much as I like Pandora, I might just live with the built in Sirius Radio. I don't like clutter on my bike and the less wires, patch cables, items hanging on the bars and shelves, in my opinion, the better.

I'm just not sold yet on the need for a smart phone. All of the aps would be fun to play with, but not yet necessary. My 10" net book solves the email on the road and browsing need.

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I recently got the nerve to take off the tupperware and start an install Ive been thinking about since I bought the bike (a little over 2 mo. ago - very noob).

I removed the original Nav III and replaced it with a Motorola Bionic cell phone (android).
Extra equip. needed;
- Car Dock (about $30 - has a mini-usb connector for charging and audio)
- Motorola aux. usb charging and audio cord (about $25)
- J&M ipod to BMW phone patch cord (about $25 - 2.5mm to 3.5mm)

I mounted the car dock on a Ram mount conversion and ran the Moto cord down to the cubby box, where the J&M patch cord connects it into the phone port on the Voice II and the usb plugs into a 12V power plug installed in the cubby.

It streams net music, does Nav (Google maps are great for route info from "My Maps" on Google), will recieve calls through the headset (Im on wired J&M) and best of all, the phone locks in and I can take it out when Im stopped. Only one wire and its barely visible.

I havent tried placing calls, but assume with apps like vlingo it would be very do-able (hands-free of course)

Will post picts if anyone is interested in seeing the current setup.
Not sure how this would work through BT, but would wager it shouldn't be to difficult.

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