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Peripheral Electronics®, 

a division of AAMP of America™

13160 56th Court Clearwater, Florida 33760

866-788-4237 in the US or 727-572-9255 ext.262 for international calls  

 support@peripheralelectronics.com

©2005 AAMP™ of Florida, Inc.

TOP VIEW

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DIP

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DIN CONNECTOR / DIP SWITCH VIEW

22-PIN HARNESS VIEW

 

IMPORTANT NOTE 

iPod Firmware MUST be updated BEFORE any other step is taken. 

Otherwise, the iPod will not operate properly. See page 1 for further details.

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION 

STRONGLY ADVISED

ISBM

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iPod Interface for BMW

Instruction Manual

 


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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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CHAPTER 1-

Getting Started

 

1.1 Introduction  

 

 

 

 

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1.2 Precautions  

 

 

 

 

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1.3 Programming the iSimple BMW Interface 

 

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CHAPTER 2-

General Installation

2.1 Installation at CD Changer   

 

 

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2.2 Pre-Installation Checklist 

 

 

 

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2.3 Installation at CD Changer Location   

 

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CHAPTER 3 -

Operation

 

   

 

       

3.1 Operation   

 

 

 

 

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3.2 Troubleshooting 

 

 

 

 

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3.3 Warranty   

 

 

 

 

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3.4 Warning 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.5 FCC Statement 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 1- 

Getting Started

1.1 Introduction

Thank you for purchasing Peripheral Electronics’® iSimple BMW interface. The 

iSimple BMW interface is designed to provide endless hours of listening pleasure 

through your vehicles’ factory radios. To ensure that your iPod performs correctly 

in  your  car,  we  recommend  that  you  read  this  entire  manual  before  attempting 

installation of the iSimple BMW interface.

The iSimple BMW interface will allow you to connect your iPod to a factory radio 

that has the ability to control a CD changer. The iSimple BMW is designed to be 

used with Generation 3, 4, Mini and Photo iPods. 

1.2 Precautions

 

(Important, Please Read)

 UPDATING iPod FIRMWARE 

For proper operation of the iSimple BMW interface, your iPod must be updated 

with the most recent version of Firmware from Apple.

 This is done on your com-

puter. To Update the software on the iPod go to http://www.apple.com/ipod/down-

load/. Follow the directions on the website to complete the download. There is no 

charge for this update.

PREVENTING DAMAGE TO YOUR VEHICLE OR iPod.

To eliminate the risk of an electrical short, we recommend disconnecting the car 

battery in most vehicles, except in the following situations:

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 Vehicles equipped with on-board navigation should not have the car’s battery          

   disconnected. Doing so may cause loss of memory settings. These settings         

   would then have to be reprogrammed by an authorized car dealer for a fee to    

   be paid by the vehicle’s owner. For these vehicles, we recommend extreme 

   caution when handling exposed 12V power or ground wires/connectors. 

 

Vehicles that incorporate a security-code protecting the radio. If the car’s battery  

  or the radio’s power plugs are disconnected, the radio will not operate without         

  re-entering the security-code. If you have access to the security-code, feel 

  comfortable disconnecting the battery and the radio’s power connectors. Other    

  wise, do not disconnect the battery and exercise extreme caution while handling     

  exposed 12V power or ground wires/connectors.

PROPER MOUNTING LOCATION

Securely install the interface in a location free from; heat, humidity, moving parts or 

direct sunlight.  Beware of hot-air flow from your vehicle’s climate control system.  

We recommend securing the interface to a suitable location, free of sharp metal 

edges, using; double sided tape, Velcro or wire ties.

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TOP VIEW

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DIP

ON

DIN CONNECTOR / DIP SWITCH VIEW

22-PIN HARNESS VIEW

1.3

 

Programming the iSimple BMW Interface

Now that you have identified the correct harness and dip-switch configuration us-

ing the application guide, it is now time to program the interface.

To program the interface, set the dip-switches located on the side of the interface 

(see Fig.1 below) to the congfiguration listed below. Switches are in their default 

setting of “off” in the up position and are turned “on” when switched down. Refer to 

the chart on the bottom of this page.

This programs the iSimple BMW interface to the vehicle it is being installed in. The 

dip-switches MUST be set before the interface is plugged into the vehicle. Otherwise 

the iSimple BMW interface will not work correctly. 

 Dip Switch Configuration Chart

Fig.1  Side view of Interface with dip switches

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iSimple BMW interface

Docking cable

Vehicle specific harness

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BMW

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harness

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2.1 Installation at CD Changer

The location of these CD changer cables will vary by vehicle. Some common locations of 

these cables are in the trunk, behind the glove box, and in or under a center console.

2.2 Pre-Installation Checklist

At this time and before beginning the installation:

 • Your iPod’s Firmware should have been updated. (section 1.2)

 • You should have your radio’s security code.(when applicable, see section 1.2)

 • The dip-switches on the interface should have been set with the proper configuration.   

    (see section 1.3)

 • You should have in your possession the correct harness for your vehicle. (see sec. 1.3)

 • You have determined your installation location. (see section 2.1)

If any of these steps has not been taken, STOP. Only when ALL of these steps have been 

taken should you proceed with the rest of the installation.

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Chapter 2- General Installation

2.3 Installation at the CD Changer Location

In this section you will learn how to install the iSimple BMW interface in the factory CD changer 

location. If your vehicle is equipped with a factory CD changer you will need to disconnect it from 

the factory pre-run harness in order to connect the iSimple BMW interface. If your vehicle is not 

equipped with a factory CD changer, you will need to locate the factory pre-run harness. This may 

involve the removal of the; center console, glove box, or carpeted side panels in the trunk.  Please 

consult your vehicle’s dealership or a local car audio professional for instruction or assistance with 

locating the factory CD changer connection if necessary. 
1. Connect your vehicle specific Harness to the factory pre-run CD changer harness in the vehicle. 
2. Make any necessary wiring connections on your vehicle specific harness.
3. Now that the interface is connected to the radio, you will need to test the operation of the interface 

before permanently running the iPod docking cable or re-assembling the dash. First, connect the 

iPod cable to the iPod. The iPod should indicate that it is being charged. Turn on the factory radio 

and press the button that would activate the factory CD changer to select the iPod. It may take up 

to three minutes for the interface to initialize to the radio (this only happens the very first time you 

select the iPod). Once the iPod has been selected, press Play on the iPod. You should be able to 

hear the music on your iPod through your factory radio. Now press the “Next Track” button on the 

radio. The iPod should change to the next song on the iPod. By pressing the “Previous Track” but-

ton on the radio the iPod should change to the previous song. With the operation of the interface 

confirmed, you may continue with the installation.  If you experience difficulties in operation, please 

see our troubleshooting chart in section 3.2.
4. Decide on a convenient location to mount your iPod.  
5. Run the docking cable from the interface to the desired mounting location. Use caution to not cut, 

pinch, or crimp the cable during this step.  Avoid moving parts, vehicle wiring harnesses and areas 

of excessive heat when routing the cable.
6. Secure the interface in the vehicle using; double sided tape, Velcro or wire ties. Make sure to 

check for proper clearance and avoid moving parts. Take into account the size of the interface and 

the wire harness and do not force the interface and harness into a space that is too tight, damage 

to the harness may result.
7. Now that the interface is secured and the docking cable has been run, you are ready to enjoy 

your iPod in your vehicle!

 


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3.1 Operation

SELECTING THE IPOD

To select the iPod from the radio, press the button that would normally activate 

the factory CD changer. The iSimple BMW interface is accessed like a BMW CD 

changer, In these cases you will press the appropriate activation button. Some 

radio models require pressing the “Seek >” button once, after pressing the CD 

button. Yet, it may also be necessary to press Play on the iPod itself to begin 

playback. In some cases, if it is the first time selecting the iPod from the radio it 

may take up to three minutes for the iSimple BMW interface to initialize.

CONTROLLING THE IPOD FROM THE RADIO

With the iSimple BMW interface, the radio will control the iPod as if it were a fac-

tory CD changer.  Therefore, operation will be done by using the same buttons 

you would use to control a factory CD changer.  For more details on your particu-

lar radio, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. 

 

The iSimple BMW interface allows you to skip songs forward and backwards and 

also to fast forward and rewind through a particular song.  In general, most radios 

will utilize “seek” or “track” buttons to control these functions.

CONTROLING THE IPOD FROM THE IPOD

The iSimple BMW interface allows you to keep full control of the iPod from the 

click wheel. You can browse files and change playlist on the iPod. You can also 

skip songs forward and backwards from the iPod. The iSimple BMW interface 

does not disable any functionality of the iPod! 

RADIO DISPLAY DURING IPOD OPERTION

Some factory radio’s may show DISC and TRACK numbers on the display of the 

radio. The iSimple BMW interface does not send any information from the iPod to 

the radio. This means that the DISC and TRACK numbers shown on the display 

will not and can not reflect the song number on the iPod due to the complex 

nature of the music library. Some factory radio’s may flash zero’s on the display 

of the radio, or toggle back and forth between 1:00 and 2:00. All these are normal 

behaviors and do not represent a malfunction.

CONTROLING THE IPOD FROM THE STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS  

If your vehicle’s steering wheel controls have the ability to select track and control 

the forward and rewind functions of your factory CD changer, then they will also 

control these same functions on the iPod. 

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Chapter 3- Operation

 


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Symptom

Cause

Remedy

No Power

Blown fuse in vehicle fuse 

block.

Replace fuse with same 

amp rating. If the fuse 

blows again, call tech 

support. 

No Power

Bad connection

Check cable and wiring 

connection.

Alternator noise is heard 

(Changes with Engine RPM)

Improper wiring creates a 

ground loop

Install a Ground loop isola-

tor or seek professional 

service from a local car 

audio shop.

You can hear music from 

the iPod but you cant con-

trol it from the radio.

The Firmware on the iPod 

may not be updated.

Update the Firmware on 

the iPod. See section 1.2 

of this manual.

Radio is not recognizing 

iSimple BMW interface

Bad cables or cables are 

not connected properly 

between converter box and 

car radio

Check connection and 

cables, push in firmly.

Radio is not recognizing 

iSimple BMW interface

Wrong configuration on the 

interface

Select the right pconfigu-

ration for your car. (See 

section 1.5)

iPod Audio is Low or 

Distorted

iSimple BMW interface is 

connected with an external 

CD changer or other exter-

nal factory audio source

Disconnect the factory 

external audio source.

For consumer technical support call:

 866-788-4237 in the US or 727-572-9255 ext.262 for international calls  

Hours: 9:30 am-6:00 pm E.S.T. MON - FRI

3.2 Trouble Shooting

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3.3 Warranty 

One Year Limited Warranty

The quality controls used in the manufacture of this product will ensure your satisfaction. 

This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of this product from an authorized 

Peripheral Elecronics dealer.

This warranty covers any supplied or manufactured parts of this product that, upon inspec-

tion by Peripheral Electronics authorized personnel, is found to have failed in normal use 

due to defects in material or workmanship. This warranty does not apply to installation 

expenses.

Attempting to service or modify this unit, operating this unit under conditions other than the 

recommended voltage  will render this WARRANTY VOID.

Unless otherwise prescribed by law, Peripheral Electronics shall not be liable for any per-

sonal injury, property damage and or any incidental or consequential damages of any kind 

(including water damage) resulting from malfunctions, defects, misuse, improper installation 

or alteration of this product.

All parts of this Peripheral Electronics product are guaranteed for a period of 1 year as 

follows:

Within the first 12 months from date of purchase, subject to the conditions above, Peripher-

al Electronics will repair or replace the product at their discretion, if it is defective in material 

or workmanship providing it is returned to an Authorized Peripheral Electronic’s Dealer, with 

PROOF OF PURCHASE from an authorized Peripheral Elecronics dealer.

 

 

 

3.4 Warning:

This equipment may be reset by unintentional electrostatic discharge during operation. 

Exposure to direct sunlight or extreme heat may cause damage or malfunction.

3.5 FCC Class B Radio Frequency 

      Interference Statement 

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital 

device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reason-

able protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment 

generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in 

accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. 

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If 

this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television recption, which can 

be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct 

the interference by one or more of the following measures:

                1. Reorientate or relocate the receiving antenna.

                2. Increase the separation between the equipment and reciever.

                3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit differant from that of which     

                     the reciever is connected. 

                4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio / television technical for help

Notice : The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for 

compliance could void the user authority to operate the equipment.

 


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Peripheral Electronics®, 

a division of AAMP of America™

13160 56th Court Clearwater, Florida 33760

866-788-4237 in the US or 727-572-9255 ext.262 for international calls

www.peripheralelectronics.com  

 support@peripheralelectronics.com

©2005 AAMP™ of Florida, Inc.