BMW 5 Series: USB audio interface/mobile phone 
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At a glance

It is possible to connect external audio devices.

They can be operated via iDrive. The sound is output on the vehicle loudspeakers.

Connectors for external devices

▷ Connection via USB audio interface: Apple iPod/iPhone, USB devices, e.g., MP3 players players
USB flash drives, or mobile phones that are supported by the USB audio interface.
▷ Connection via snap-in adapter when equipped with extended connectivity of the music player in the mobile phone: Apple iPhone or mobile phones.

Due to the large number of different audio devices available on the market, it cannot be ensured that every audio device/mobile phone is operable on the vehicle.

Ask your service center about suitable audio devices/ mobile phones.

Audio files

Standard audio files can be played back:

▷ MP3.
▷ WMA.
▷ WAV (PCM).
▷ AAC, M4A.
▷ Playback lists: M3U, WPL, PLS.

Connection of Apple iPod/iPhone via USB audio interface

USB audio interface is located in the center armrest.

USB audio interface is located in the center armrest.

Connect using a flexible adapter cable.

to the USB interface. Connect the Apple iPod/iPhone to the USB interface.

The Apple iPod/iPhone menu structure is supported by the USB audio interface.

Connection of a USB device via the USB audio interface

USB audio interface is located in the center armrest.

USB audio interface is located in the center armrest.

Connect using a flexible adapter cable to protect the USB audio interface and the USB device against physical damage.

USB interface Connect the USB device to the USB interface

After connecting for the first time

Information on all music tracks, e.g. artist or type of music, as well as playback lists are transmitted into the vehicle. This may take some time, depending on the USB device and the number of tracks.

During transmission, the tracks can be called up via the file directory.

Number of tracks

Information from up to four USB devices or for approx. 36,000 tracks can be stored in the vehicle.

If a fifth device is connected or if more than 36,000 tracks are stored, information on existing music tracks may be deleted.

Copy protection

Music tracks with integrated Digital Rights Management (DRM) cannot be played.

Playback

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. Select the symbol or symbol

The playback starts with the first track.

The playback starts with the first track.

On the split screen, the CD cover for the music track might be displayed after a few seconds.

Track search

Selection is possible via:

▷ Playback lists.
▷ Information: type of music, artist, and, if available, composer, album, track.
▷ In addition, for USB devices: file directory and, if available, composer.
Tracks are displayed if they have been saved in the Latin alphabet.

Starting the track search

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. Select the or symbol.
4. "Search"
5. Select the desired category, e.g., "Genre" or "Artist".

All entries are displayed in a list.

▷ Open "A-Z search" and input the desired entry. When a letter is entered, the results are filtered using this letter as the first letter. If multiple letters are entered, all results that contain that sequence are displayed.
▷ Select the desired entry from the list.

6. Select other categories if you wish.

6. Select other categories if you wish.

Not all categories need to be selected. For example, if all of the tracks by a certain artist are to be displayed, call up that artist only.

All of the tracks by that artist are then displayed.
7. "Start play"

Restarting a track search

"New search"

Playback lists

Calling up playback lists.

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. Select the symbol. or 4.  "Playlists" symbol.
4. Current playback "Playlists"

Current playback

List of tracks currently being played.

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. Select the symbol. or 4.  "Current playback" symbol.
4. Random playback "Current playback"

Random playback

The current list of tracks is played back in random order.

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. "Options" Open.
4. "Random"

Fast forward/reverse

Video playback Press and hold the button.

Video playback

At a glance

Video playback via snap-in adapter is possible.

Operation can be performed via iDrive. The sound is output on the vehicle loudspeakers.

Playback

The video image is displayed on the front Control Display up to a speed of approx. 2 mph/3 km/ h; in some countries, it is only displayed if the parking brake is set or if the automatic transmission is in position P.

1. "CD/Multimedia"
2. "External devices"
3. 4.  "Video" Select the symbol.
4. 5. Select the directory if necessary. "Video"
5. Select the directory if necessary.
To go up a level in the directory: move the controller to the left.
6. Select the desired video file to begin playback.

Video menu

Notes

Notes

Do not expose the audio device to extreme environmental conditions, such as very high temperatures; refer to the audio device operating instructions.

Depending on the configuration of the audio files, e.g., bit rates greater than 256 kbit/s, the files may not play back correctly in each case.

Information on connection

▷ The connected audio device is supplied with a max. power of 500 mA if supported by the device. Therefore, do not additionally connect the device to a socket in the vehicle; otherwise, playback may be compromised.
▷ Do not use force when plugging the connector into the USB interface.v ▷ Do not connect devices such as fans or lamps to the USB audio interface.
▷ Do not connect USB hard drives.
▷ Do not use the USB audio interface to recharge external devices.

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