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      01-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Voice Commands - Any favorites?

It just occurred to me that I have given no attention to the voice command feature and was wondering if anyone else has been using it. If so, what are some of your favorites?
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      01-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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Put a USB stick in the center console loaded up with your music - copy your iTunes folder to it assuming you're content is mp3

USB, new search, artist, <artist name>, album, <album name>, start playback

The only way to navigate when you've got 10k songs on a usb stick

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Other favorite, navigation address entering - you can tell it the entire address like you were reading the address off a letter

Navigation, enter address, <address>
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I don't use voice commands all that much (it's annoying to passengers), but I do occasionally say "stop guidance" when I don't need it anymore and "display off" at night when I don't need the iDrive display showing as I want the interior dark at night. I didn't want to burn a button for those commands.
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      01-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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I don't use voice commands all that much (it's annoying to passengers), but I do occasionally say "stop guidance" when I don't need it anymore and "display off" at night when I don't need the iDrive display showing as I want the interior dark at night. I didn't want to burn a button for those commands.
Display Off? wow, i need to test this ASAP, didnt know you could turn it off
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Put a USB stick in the center console loaded up with your music - copy your iTunes folder to it assuming you're content is mp3

USB, new search, artist, <artist name>, album, <album name>, start playback

The only way to navigate when you've got 10k songs on a usb stick

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Other favorite, navigation address entering - you can tell it the entire address like you were reading the address off a letter

Navigation, enter address, <address>
you can search for artist names by voice?! guess I need to read the manual...
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      01-03-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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you can search for artist names by voice?!...
You sure can.

But there are some very subtle things you might want to know about this functionality.

First, saying "music search" will search the ripped-to-disk songs.

Say "new search" when you have either a USB-connected or snap-in adapter connected device. (I use an iPhone 4S.)

There appears to be a significant difference when using a USB-connected device between saying "play" versus "start playback" after using voice commands to select tracks.

If you say "start playback," iDrive will continue playing anything it might have been playing from a playlist or previous selection. If you instead say "play," iDrive will begin with the selection you have just made from the menus.

The prompt only tells you to "...select a menu item or say start playback." It doesn't mention the ability to say "play" after selecting menu items.

This is a big difference in functionality and is (apparently) undocumented.

Siri is easier to use, especially over Bluetooth. But it's easier to use iDrive when you prefer to keep your hands on the wheel.
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