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Mini Cooper Ipod G3 Interface Kit - R50/52/53 Cooper & S

Mini Cooper Ipod G3 Interface Kit - R50/52/53 Cooper & S

Mini Cooper Ipod G3 Interface Kit - R50/52/53 Cooper & S
Created exclusively for MINI Cooper & MINI Cooper S, this Apple iPodĀ® adapter lets you play uncompromised audio right from your iPod using your MINI Cooper's stereo controls. On top of that, your MINI Cooper or MINI Cooper S powers your iPod and recharges the iPod batteries while you're driving. Device connector can be located in the glovebox.

Allows Apple iPods to be controlled through the factory MINI Cooper radio and steering wheel mounted controls. Does not work if factory MINI Cooper CD changer, satellite radio, or hands free phone system is installed as it connects through the same port on the back of the radio. If this factory option adaptor was not ordered on your car, you can add it now. This item fits MINIs built March '02 and later (September '04 and later for convertibles) thru the 2006 models. Installation is somewhat involved, so be sure to view the factory instructions at the link below.

Provides better sound quality compared to playback through the AUX port. The iPod interface will work with Nano, Mini, 3G, 4G or 5G video (G = generation). Not compatible with 5G (video) Nano.

For US Market MINIs

Fits the following:

2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper Hatchback with production date of 01/2002 - on
2002-2006 R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchback with Production date of 03/2002 - on
2005-2008 R52 MINI Convertibles from 09/2004 - on
2006 R53 JCW GP with production dates of 06/2006 - 09/2006

Download Installation Instructions (PDF)

Make sure the BMW p/n matches the p/n on the instruction sheet before you begin!

NOTE: Navigation, Ipod Interface, Harman Kardon, and Auxiiary Input components are all compatible. However, Ipod is not compatible with the 6-disc CD changer, Sirius Satellite radio, or hands-free phone.

For a replacement interface cable, see NMI4406.

Technical Information:
MINI USA Announces Pandora Integration

Pandora® internet radio named as the first MINI Connected Approved App

• MINI USA and Pandora® collaborate to enable Pandora service through MINI Connected on MY 2011 MINI vehicles
• Customers will be able to operate Pandora using existing vehicle controls
• Additional third-party apps to be announced soon

Las Vegas – January 5, 2011… MINI USA announced today that the company is collaborating with Pandora to develop the first third party app for MINI Connected. Upon completion, Pandora internet radio will be available at no charge and allow customers to access and control Pandora through the existing MINI Connected system.

All 2011 MINIs equipped with MINI Connected will be able to stream Pandora, enabling access to personalized internet radio across the entire vehicle lineup. Unique features to the MINI Connected app will include popular Pandora features, such as: easy access to existing stations, the ability to create new ones using the car interface and high-resolution, color display of album art.

“Integration of Pandora has been highly requested by our existing owners and potential new customers,” said Stephan Durach, Director of the BMW Group Technology Office Palo Alto. “We are pleased that we are able to partner with Pandora and look forward to offering this function across the MINI product range in a way that is simple to access and safer to operate.”

Once development is complete, MINI customers will be able to download Pandora, which will immediately work with their existing MINI Connected systems. The Pandora internet radio integration, like the existing MINI Connected functions, will be seamless.

"We're thrilled that MINI is making Pandora available to customers across its full range of vehicles, thereby enabling people to enjoy their personalized radio stations while on-the-go,” said Jessica Steel, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Pandora.

Demonstrations of the forthcoming app and its functionality in MINI vehicles will be offered this week during the Consumer Telematics Show and Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Added future-proofing with MINI-specific apps.
The functional repertoire of MINI Connected can be extended easily by dipping into the MINI Connected Approved iPhone Apps. Any changes that are made to the apps are automatically updated through the Apple App Store. This allows MINI Connected customers to continue to benefit from technical advances and creative developments in the field of in-car entertainment into the future without the hassle of service calls to ensure the latest updates are incorporated.

“We look forward to bringing additional premium partners into the world of MINI Connected Approved iPhone Apps,” said Robert Passaro, Senior Project Manager at the BMW Group. “Expect more exciting announcements in the future.”

The flexible design of MINI Connected allows unprecedented integration of smartphone functions, taking the in-car integration of iPhone, entertainment and online functions to a whole new level. MINI Connected adopts the familiar MINI display and controls to ensure that all functions can be operated comfortably, simply, safely and intuitively while minimizing driver distraction.

The MINI Connected iPhone App is available for free right now from the Apple App store, and offers drivers access to their favorite entertainment and online functions of the iPhone in the car – Web Radio, News, Twitter, Google Send to Car, Google Local Search, and MINIMALISM Analyser.

The iPhone is linked to the car either via a USB cable, supplied with MINI Connected, or through the center armrest with an available snap-in adapter. Once connected, the phone can be stored and all functions are operated using the vehicle’s joystick, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

Another MINI first: the MINI Connected PlugIn.
MINI Connected also offers MINI Connected PlugIn – the Apple designed, automotive- grade iPod interface that supports Apple’s iPod Out. This function is unique to MINI as it enables MINI Connected to display the familiar iPod navigation menu in the vehicle’s display screen. It also allows control of the music playback features with an iPhone, iPod touch or the latest-generation iPod nano, using the vehicle’s controls. This promotes a safer driving experience, as all of the vehicle’s infotainment controls have been designed to minimize distraction while driving. This newly developed interface technology requires iOS 4.2.1 with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (second and third generation).

In addition, the display screen gives MINI drivers direct access to the latest iPod functions, such as a custom playlist and Genius Mixes, which lets you automatically create playlists from songs in your music library that go great together.

Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora's personalization using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love.

Pandora MINI

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I have a 2004 Mini Cooper S (R53) bought this so I could use my iPod/iPhone for tunes. Install is crap. Instructions are horrible. Requires buying extra tools. I trusted mini mania for a good part this one is really a loser. Waste of money, and very expensive. You'll never be able to connect your iPod, and there are much easier kits out there. I ended up breaking wires whilst attempting to install it. Doesn't come with all the required tools and parts for installation. STAY AWAY -------------------Comment from Mini Mania. This is an OEM part, with instructions provided by MINI. It's the same product you would get from a MINI dealership. As our product description states, "Installation is somewhat involved", so you should download the installation instructions before purchase to see what's involved. The installation instructions state,"The target group of these installation instructions are technical personnel trained on MINI vehicles with corresponding technical know-how. All work is to be carried out with the aid of currently valid MINI repair instructions, schematic circuit diagrams, maintenance manuals and working instructions in rational order with the specified tools (special tools) while paying particular attention to valid safety regulations"
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