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Picking up a new IS350 in a week or so...Have a few questions...With the release of the new IS, I am sure that many others will have these same questions...

First...Looking for an mp3 player to work with the car. Not looking for something to carry around with me and use with earphones. Primary function will be to use in the car. Important factors are storage, ease of use, and ease of adding/removing music. That being said, does anyone have any recommendations???

Next...I plan on subscribing to satellite radio...primarily for sports stations, but alternative music stations will be a big bonus. Anyone know if both Sirius and XM work with Lexus? Assuming they do, do any of you have a preference?


Lastly...Looking for a Bluetooth phone that will work with the car. I have heard that there are some serious compatibility issues with Lexus and Bluetooth phones. Supposedly most phones will work for making and receiving calls, but there are issues with importing phone/contact address lists. I already have 2 Bluetooth phones...A Motorola V710 (thru Verizon) and a Treo 650 (thru Sprint). Should I be covered, or do I need a fucking new one?


Any help/suggestions are much appreciated...
 

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Next...I plan on subscribing to satellite radio...primarily for sports stations, but alternative music stations will be a big bonus. Anyone know if both Sirius and XM work with Lexus? Assuming they do, do any of you have a preference?
With satellite radio you could get either service because they all sell receivers that have embedded FM modulators. Quality, of course, would be lacking. You could also hard wire either receiver. I would decide which sat company to use based on content.

I personally have XM and like it a lot, but I can't say I've spent a considerable amount of time with Sirius to make an informed comparison. Some of the pros of XM is that they are constantly upgrading and modifying their content to reflect the listeners tastes. In fact, I just got a call from Arbitron about a week ago regarding my XM usage, so they are obviously doing their research.
XM has a decent selection of alterantive/rock stations.

Since you wanted sports, it really just depends on what sports are most important to you. Sirius has the NFL and some college football. XM has all baseball, NHL, golf and some college football.

Another plus to XM is their traffic channels, which when I lived in DC and NYC/NJ area I used constantly.

My advice would be to log on to each website and take their free online usage trial period so you can listen to their content online for 2-3 days and decide which you like best.

Hope that helps.
 

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With satellite radio you could get either service because they all sell receivers that have embedded FM modulators. Quality, of course, would be lacking. You could also hard wire either receiver. I would decide which sat company to use based on content.

I personally have XM and like it a lot, but I can't say I've spent a considerable amount of time with Sirius to make an informed comparison. Some of the pros of XM is that they are constantly upgrading and modifying their content to reflect the listeners tastes. In fact, I just got a call from Arbitron about a week ago regarding my XM usage, so they are obviously doing their research.
XM has a decent selection of alterantive/rock stations.

Since you wanted sports, it really just depends on what sports are most important to you. Sirius has the NFL and some college football. XM has all baseball, NHL, golf and some college football.

Another plus to XM is their traffic channels, which when I lived in DC and NYC/NJ area I used constantly.

My advice would be to log on to each website and take their free online usage trial period so you can listen to their content online for 2-3 days and decide which you like best.

Hope that helps.
Thanks for the info. I believe the new IS comes hardwired for sat radio. Primary sport I want is MLB; so if Sirius does not offer that, my decision is made.

Thanks again.
 

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Thanks for the info. I believe the new IS comes hardwired for sat radio. Primary sport I want is MLB; so if Sirius does not offer that, my decision is made.

Thanks again.
MLB contract is exclusive to XM, so yes, your decision is made. I've only listened for college FB and feel that the downside is that they use local broadcasting... kinda sucks to listen to the opposing team commentators talking smack about your team.
 

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I HATE the Audi factory SAT tuner... I have Sirius in the S4 and there's like a 3 sec delay between changing stations. It's so annoying that I'm reluctant to change stations because of that..
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Can you sell me your Maseratti for $100?

Wanna meet up in NYC for hot monkey ass sex sometime?
I'm in.
 

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Get the treo650 phone. Its faulking awesome, I just got one. I bought a 1 gig card for it and I got tons of videos, mp3s and its bluetooth.
 

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LexArkana said:
Picking up a new IS350 in a week or so...Have a few questions...With the release of the new IS, I am sure that many others will have these same questions...

First...Looking for an mp3 player to work with the car. Not looking for something to carry around with me and use with earphones. Primary function will be to use in the car. Important factors are storage, ease of use, and ease of adding/removing music. That being said, does anyone have any recommendations???

Next...I plan on subscribing to satellite radio...primarily for sports stations, but alternative music stations will be a big bonus. Anyone know if both Sirius and XM work with Lexus? Assuming they do, do any of you have a preference?


Lastly...Looking for a Bluetooth phone that will work with the car. I have heard that there are some serious compatibility issues with Lexus and Bluetooth phones. Supposedly most phones will work for making and receiving calls, but there are issues with importing phone/contact address lists. I already have 2 Bluetooth phones...A Motorola V710 (thru Verizon) and a Treo 650 (thru Sprint). Should I be covered, or do I need a fucking new one?


Any help/suggestions are much appreciated...
Motorola e815 and a Mac Mini in the glovebox.

Can't beat that. The e815 is the replacement for the V710, I just replaced my 710 with it, and I can't believe the difference. The bluetooth features work MUCH better, everything runs faster, and it looks better.

The Mac mini thing is just a joke. I'd recommend an iPod, but I'm unoriginal.
 

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Get the treo650 phone. Its faulking awesome, I just got one. I bought a 1 gig card for it and I got tons of videos, mp3s and its bluetooth.

I have a treo650. I am questioning it's compatibilty with the Lexus system...
 

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UPDATE: Verizon bluetooth phones (specifically the V710) do work to make, receive, and transfer calls. Have not tried to import the address book yet. I will update once I do. I will also test out the Treo 650 (Sprint) tomorow and give an update.

Also, both XM and Sirius work on the car.

Have not received my iPod yet. Will update with that info once I get it.
 

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I have an Audiovox SMT 5600. I had it in the house, about 20' away, and it synched with my IS 350. I was really suprised. I have had no issues with this phone and the '06 IS.

As for Ipod, this looks sweet: :)

http://www.vaistech.com/aic100i.html

I'm waiting for the Siruis kit because I'm a corrupted Howard Stern fan. :bigSmile:
 

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Having trouble getting the Treo to connect. Not sure if it is an isssue with the phone (Treo650) or the service provider (Sprint). I can get to the point where I enter the passkey on the phone, then it just hangs. The phone is able to find the car and says it is ready, but no connection is made. Trying to see if there are any ways around this. Will update when I find out.
 
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