2009 BMW 7 Series Long Term Road Test


2009 BMW 750i: Better Database Than Other On-Board Hard Drives?

April 06, 2009

toolon750iharddrive.jpg Here's something interesting I've noticed about our long-term 2009 BMW 750i. Its on-board hard drive is able to recognize a lot more CDs than any other in-car hard drive I've ever used. Here's an example: Tool's Vicarious album. (Editor's note: Ooops, 10,000 Days...)

I've never before been able to impose my Tool fanaticism on my coworkers, because other cars (Infinitis, Mitsubishis) don't pick up the track titles so there's point in ripping the CD to the hard drive. But the BMW 750i knew which CD I'd popped in, so now everyone gets to enjoy Vicarious for the next year.

During the 2,000 miles I just spent with the 7 Series, I only encountered one CD (Faithless/No Roots) whose album information the car couldn't pick up. Now I'm curious to find out if our BMW has some uber version of Gracenote.

Of course, if you're not all old-school and don't have a big collection of CDs as I do, this might not be a big deal to you. That's fine, but with only an aux jack (and no USB port) in our car, using the on-board hard drive to store music is the easier, more ergonomic option.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,445 miles

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