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I'm an owner of a 2007 Brera, with Blue&Me (without nav).
Recently I started looking into a way to play music from Spotify, since using mp3s was getting inconvenient.
I uploaded my BMConf.xml file
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<BlueAndMeInfo>
<CarType>Brera/Spider</CarType>
<Configuration>3AA42</Configuration>
<BDaddr>52711_20_2447</BDaddr>
</BlueAndMeInfo>
to the blue&me flash website http://www.blueandme.net/blueandme/index.aspx?brand=alfa romeo&lang=en#/support/download
It showed that I have Blue&me first generation and displayed the link for 5.6 update.
However installing it, as well as 5.5, always resulted in "USB data configuration error" (and I tried 5 different USB sticks).
But being certain I have the 1st gen, I ordered the Blue&Me Media Player iPod/iPhone Adaptor. I tested it with an iPhone and iPad - it didn't work.

Then I stumbled upon information that if "Image ID" entry is present in Blue&Me's Advanced settings then it means it's 2nd gen. Mine displayed:
Image ID: 4021P
Device ID: 8fcde7
So turns out I do have 2nd gen!
So then I attached my iPad directly to the car's USB port, and lo and behold, playing from Spotify worked! :lol: (so now I have an Adaptor for sale :cheeky:)

I like having the latest software, and seeing that the download page identifies my generation wrong, I tried looking for direct links for Blue&Me updates.
I did manage to extract them from their website, so I'm attaching the list below in case anyone else needs it.
But I had no luck with updating. Tried 7.0, 8.0 and 10.0. Getting UAnotAl error in the log every time, which means "versionCheck::CarNotAllowed".
I still can't find a direct link to 6.0. Does anyone have it?
Blue & Me 5.5
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/download/AGGIORNAMENTI/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_5.5_06.03.2012.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...I/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_NAV_5.5_06.02.2012.zip

Blue & Me 5.6
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...52012/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_5.6_11.05.2012.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...2/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_NAV_5.6_11.05.2012.zip

Blue & Me 7.0
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_BR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_DE_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_DE_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_FR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_FR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_IT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_IT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_NL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_PL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_PL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_PT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_SP_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_SP_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_TR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_TR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_UK_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2013/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_13_6_UK_B.zip

Blue & Me 8.0
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_BR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_DE_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_DE_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_FR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_FR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_IT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_IT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_NL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_PL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_PL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_PT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_SP_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_SP_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_TR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_TR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_UK_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...ation_2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_14_6_UK_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_14_6_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_14_6_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_14_6_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...2015/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_14_6_TR_A.zip

Blue & Me 10.0
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_BR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_DE_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_DE_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_FR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_FR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_IT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_IT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_NL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_PL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_PL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_PT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_SP_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_SP_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_TR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_TR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_UK_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...tion_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMe_15_10_UK_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_BR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_DE_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_DE_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_FR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_FR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_IT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_IT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_NL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_PL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_PL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_PT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_SP_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_SP_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_TR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_TR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_UK_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...n_2016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeMap_15_10_UK_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_BR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_BR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_DE_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_DE_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_FR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_FR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_IT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_IT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_NL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_NL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_PL_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_PL_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_PT_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_PT_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_SP_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_SP_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_TR_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_TR_B.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_UK_A.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...016/Aggiornamento_BlueMeTomTom_15_10_UK_B.zip

MISC FILES
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/...alcuni_modelli_di_cellulari_Sony_Ericsson.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/download/APPLICATIVI/BlueMe_MAP_2009.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/download/APPLICATIVI/Musa_Lingua_NL.zip
http://www.blueandme.net/resources/download/ISTRUZIONI/new_models/IstruzioniNewYpsilon.zip
 

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The 159 never came with Blue&Me 2nd Gen hence why you can't update it any higher than 5.6.

The iPad working through the USB is unexpected though! What IOS version is it running?
 

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Should reinstalling 5.6 be possible while already on 5.6? If yes, then it would confirm my theory that I don't have 1st Gen, since I'm getting "USB data configuration error" when attempting it.
My iPad is up to date, on iOS 12.3.1.
I also just bought an old iPhone 5s to use it solely for Blue&me, haven't tested it yet though.
 

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Should reinstalling 5.6 be possible while already on 5.6? If yes, then it would confirm my theory that I don't have 1st Gen, since I'm getting "USB data configuration error" when attempting it.
My iPad is up to date, on iOS 12.3.1.
I also just bought an old iPhone 5s to use it solely for Blue&me, haven't tested it yet though.
I doubt it. Gen 2 wasn't released until late 2010/ early 2011. Even the very last 159s only had gen 1. So unless it's been retrofitted which I'm not even sure is possible you are most certainly on Gen 1.

Is there an aux port next to the USB port? This is a sure sign it's Gen 2 if there is.
 

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I doubt it. Gen 2 wasn't released until late 2010/ early 2011. Even the very last 159s only had gen 1. So unless it's been retrofitted which I'm not even sure is possible you are most certainly on Gen 1.

Is there an aux port next to the USB port? This is a sure sign it's Gen 2 if there is.
No aux port.
Maybe it's some rare Gen 1.5 we don't know about :)
A few years ago an authorized service center fixed Blue&Me for me after it stopped working. Maybe they installed some some special software version?
My BMConf.xml should give a clue: "<Configuration>3AA42</Configuration>", but I don't know which version the "3AA42" signifies.
 

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I use a tecknet Bluetooth FM transmitter for playing Spotify from my phone. It fits well into the centre console cigar lighter in the 159. The sound quality is surprisingly good and I get very little interference. They are about £15.
 

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I have a 2010 159 with a V1 B&M, latest version I can get on is 5.6.
Isn't 6.0 already V2 B&M?

Really curious what your head unit displays when you are playing spotify?
Does it display artist/song kind of information?
Can you skip tracks through the steering wheel/headunit controls?
Can you control playback from you ipad/phone?

Whenever I plug in my android phone or iphone, ipod or USB stick, it just reads it like it would any storage device with music on it.
I can only play local DRM free music (no streaming). I can control playback from the HU/steering wheel, but not the device itself.
Also when I plug in my modern device (e.g. my phone with 128gb of storage, and about 60gb of music) it takes ages to "index" and start playing.

P.s. I don't use any kind of adaptor, also not for the Ipod or Iphone.
 

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Really curious what your head unit displays when you are playing spotify?
nothing
Does it display artist/song kind of information?
no
Can you skip tracks through the steering wheel/headunit controls?
no
Can you control playback from you ipad/phone?
yes

So very limited support.
I'm getting a Bluetooth remote for the iPhone, so I can at least skip tracks without fiddling with the iPhone.
 

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nothing
no
no
yes

So very limited support.
I'm getting a Bluetooth remote for the iPhone, so I can at least skip tracks without fiddling with the iPhone.
Cool, that sounds like an AUX in to me more than anything else.
By displaying nothing, do you mean literally nothing (blank) or something like "AUX" or "CD" "TUNER" "MEDIA" etc.
 

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Cool, that sounds like an AUX in to me more than anything else.
By displaying nothing, do you mean literally nothing (blank) or something like "AUX" or "CD" "TUNER" "MEDIA" etc.
Oh, I meant no artist/song name on the dashboard screen. This is the only place I get song info when playing MP3s.
Head unit displays "MEDIA".
 

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Oh, I meant no artist/song name on the dashboard screen. This is the only place I get song info when playing MP3s.
Head unit displays "MEDIA".
And you only connect he USB cable?
That's really weird, since a normal USB cable does not support any analog audio signal transfer, suggesting the decoding is done in the B&M, however that would not clarify why you would be able to control playback from the device side, and not from the B&M side.
You really do have a weird B&M.
 

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Yes, only using a regular USB to lightning cable.

Is there song info displayed when using B&M gen 1 with the adaptor? And is control with steering wheel buttons possible?
 

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Yes, only using a regular USB to lightning cable.

Is there song info displayed when using B&M gen 1 with the adaptor? And is control with steering wheel buttons possible?
Well I don't have an adapter, but my IPOD mini just acts as a 8gb usb drive when connected. Playback is controlled through the headunit and it displays ID3 tags or filename
 

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Not sure if this will be of help to any, but I bought a Bluetooth receiver off eBay that plugs into the back of the CD changer connector on the head unit.

I was dubious it would work properly as it was cheap compared to the Connects 2 devices many were recommending but not getting much change from £100 for those I thought I would take a punt on the eBay one for £20.

Long story short, it works really well and the music quality is excellent with no interference. I'm able to stream anything over bluetooth and all of the steering wheel controls work as well. It also works simultaneously with B&M and doesn't affect any of the phone features. It works for me and was a bargain IMO!
 

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Not sure if this will be of help to any, but I bought a Bluetooth receiver off eBay that plugs into the back of the CD changer connector on the head unit.

I was dubious it would work properly as it was cheap compared to the Connects 2 devices many were recommending but not getting much change from £100 for those I thought I would take a punt on the eBay one for £20.

Long story short, it works really well and the music quality is excellent with no interference. I'm able to stream anything over bluetooth and all of the steering wheel controls work as well. It also works simultaneously with B&M and doesn't affect any of the phone features. It works for me and was a bargain IMO!
Link or it didn't happen! (jk, but I want this magic thing you are talking about)
All of the steering wheel controls work, as in, you can skip/rewind tracks?

What head unit do you have?
 

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Not sure if this will be of help to any, but I bought a Bluetooth receiver off eBay that plugs into the back of the CD changer connector on the head unit.

I was dubious it would work properly as it was cheap compared to the Connects 2 devices many were recommending but not getting much change from £100 for those I thought I would take a punt on the eBay one for £20.

Long story short, it works really well and the music quality is excellent with no interference. I'm able to stream anything over bluetooth and all of the steering wheel controls work as well. It also works simultaneously with B&M and doesn't affect any of the phone features. It works for me and was a bargain IMO!
Link or it didn't happen! (jk, but I want this magic thing you are talking about)
All of the steering wheel controls work, as in, you can skip/rewind tracks?

What head unit do you have?
I've got the standard Blaupunkt head unit without the nav. It has to have a cd changer connection for the Bluetooth device to connect to.

I've had a little look and it was Amazon where I got it but there are actually similar cheaper ones on eBay which I obviously can't vouch for. Will link both. The reviews aren't great on the one I have but maybe people have got Friday afternoon builds and they are made for Alfa after all ?

Bluetooth Audio Interface for Alfa Romeo 147 156 159 No Navi G3 Mito 08-16 Giulietta CD radio GT Spider - Fiat 500 Bravo 198 Doblo 00-14 Panda 169 Punto 188/199 Stilo - Blaupunkt CD Changer https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CJKY1MR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cqjeDb4BXKYMC

This is the eBay one. They're from Hong Kong/China so a bit of a gamble. As I say, haven't been down this route so can't recommend or rubbish it...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Ster...Adapter-For-Alfa-Romeo-159-Fiat-/254203611100
 

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I've got the standard Blaupunkt head unit without the nav. It has to have a cd changer connection for the Bluetooth device to connect to.

I've had a little look and it was Amazon where I got it but there are actually similar cheaper ones on eBay which I obviously can't vouch for. Will link both. The reviews aren't great on the one I have but maybe people have got Friday afternoon builds and they are made for Alfa after all ?

Bluetooth Audio Interface for Alfa Romeo 147 156 159 No Navi G3 Mito 08-16 Giulietta CD radio GT Spider - Fiat 500 Bravo 198 Doblo 00-14 Panda 169 Punto 188/199 Stilo - Blaupunkt CD Changer https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CJKY1MR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cqjeDb4BXKYMC

This is the eBay one. They're from Hong Kong/China so a bit of a gamble. As I say, haven't been down this route so can't recommend or rubbish it...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Ster...Adapter-For-Alfa-Romeo-159-Fiat-/254203611100
Ah ok! Thanks for the links! Too bad I have a gen-3 headunit. But it might help some others on here!
Also do mind the differences, there are two types out there.

1 (6pin) cheap type that just transfers the audio to the headunit and requires external power (functioning as an AUX input)
2 (8pin) "expensive" type that acts as a CD changer, and also receives the steering wheel controls.

You can check the amount of wires and the need for external power. Be mindful of the differences.
 
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