BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: General information

Music tracks, audio books, and podcasts can be played back. Sound is played back through the vehicle loudspeakers.

Settings are stored for the driver profile currently used.

Depending on the vehicle equipment, the following audio sources can be used:

Music hard disk.

USB storage device.

Bluetooth audio.

Depending on the equipment: audio CD.

With rear entertainment: audio CD.

With external CD drive: audio CD.

Connected Music.

Audio CD

General information


This product contains copyrighted technology that is based on multiple registered US patents and the intellectual property of the Macrovision Corporation and other manufacturers. The use of this copy protection must be approved by Macrovision.

Media protected by this product unless otherwise agreed with Macrovision may only be used for private purposes. Copying of this technology is prohibited.

Safety information

CD/DVD player


The CD/DVD players are officially designated Class 1 laser products. Lasers can damage the retina of the eye. There is a risk of injury. Do not use the CD/DVD player if the cover is damaged.

CDs and DVDs


With use of non-compatible CD sizes, the CD can get jammed and it may not be possible to pull it out again. Adhesive labels applied after the fact can loosen during playback. There is a risk of damage to property.

  • Do not use any CDs with adhesive labels applied after the fact.
  • Only use round CDs with a standard diameter of 4.7 in/12 cm and do not play back any CDs with adapters, for instance single CDs.
  • Do not use any combined CD/DVDs, for instance DVD Plus.

Playable formats

  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • CD-DA

Inserting CD

Insert the CD into the CD slot with the printed side up.

Removing the CD

1. Press the button on the radio.

The CD is partially ejected.

2. Remove the CD.

Selecting a CD

1. "MEDIA".

2. "CD".

Further playback descriptions.

Display album information

A database with album information is stored in the vehicle. Depending on the information entered in this database for the played back audio CD, album name, artist, track names, and the album cover are displayed.


     Updating album information

    To update this database, contact a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop. Gracenote technology Music recognition technology and related data is provided by Gracen

     Music hard disk

    General information Tracks from CDs and USB storage devices can be stored on the music hard disk in the vehicle and played from there. CD: the tracks are converted into a compressed audio format an

     Managing the music hard disk

    Renaming folders or tracks Changing a folder name to the name of an album does not change the album designation in the track information of the individual tracks. Changing a track name changes its fil


     Overview of voltage supply

    System wiring diagram Voltage supply Digital Motor Electronics (DME) Starter motor Alternator Power distribution box, engine compartment Jump start terminal point Auxiliary battery, engine compartment Power distribution box, auxiliary battery, engine compartment Power distribution box, fro

     USB storage device

    Playable formats MP3, MP4, M4A, M4B, AAC, WMA. Apple iPod/iPhone The music search and playback of Apple iPod/ iPhone is supported. Audio player and storage media with USB port Information on all music tracks, for instance artist, genre or track, as well as playback lists, are transmitted into the ve

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