BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 5 Series: Playback

General information

Once an audio source has been selected, information on playback appears on the Control Display.

Information available for the current track followed by the playback list is shown on the Control Display. Content and scope of the playback list depend on the type of the selected playback source and the search criteria applied.

For USB and Bluetooth devices, as well as for the music hard disk, the selected playback list is displayed. This can be the result of a search or of a previously stored playback list.

Further functions are displayed by moving the Controller to the left. The scope of these functions depends on the selected audio source.

Depending on the supported Bluetooth version, some Bluetooth device functions may not be available when using iDrive. If necessary, the missing functions can be accessed directly on the device itself.

Selecting a track

Select the desired track from the playlist.

Starting with the selected track, all tracks of the playback list are played.

Changing the track

On the radio:

  • Press the left or right button.

Or depending on the equipment:

  • Press the left or right button.

The previous or next track from the playlist is played.

Fast forward/reverse

On the radio:

  • Press and hold the left or right button.

Or depending on the equipment:

  • Press and hold the left or right button.

Search criteria

General information

The possible search criteria depend on the selected audio source.

Searching for track information

The following search criteria refer to the data stored in the track information.

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Media search".

3. Select the desired setting:

  • "Search"
    All the tracks containing the search string are displayed. Entering more characters will continue to narrow down the search results.

    Tilt the Controller to the right to display the list of results.

  • "Genres"
    A list of all available genres is displayed.

    Select a genre to display all respective artists.

  • "Artists"
    A list of all available artists is displayed.

    Select an artist to display all respective albums and tracks.

  • "Albums"
    A list of all available albums is displayed.

    Select an album to display all respective tracks.

  • "Titles"
    A list of all available tracks is displayed.

4. Select album, if needed.

5. Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

The search for artists and titles can also be selected directly.

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Artists" or "Titles".

Tracks where the selected search criterion is not stored are summarized under "unknown". Tracks without track information can only be found via the directory structure.

Searching for playback lists

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Media search".

3. "Playlists".

A list of all available playback lists is displayed.

4. Select the playback list.

5. Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

Information on playback appears on the Control Display. A playback list is created from the search results.

Searching for further media

Depending on the USB storage device and equipment, separate audio book and podcast searches are possible.

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Media search".

3. Select the desired setting:

  • "Podcasts"
    A list of all available podcasts is displayed.
  • "Audio books"
    A list of all available audio books is displayed.

4. Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

Information on playback appears on the Control Display. A playback list is created from the search results.

Searching in the directory structure

It is possible to search the music hard disk and USB storage devices via the directory structure.

The names of folders and tracks correspond to folder and file names. The folder and file names can deviate from the names in the track information.

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Media search".

3. "Browse folder".

4. Change into a sub folder, if needed.

Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

Information on playback appears on the Control Display. A playback list is created from the search results.

Scrolling through albums

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Browse albums".

Available albums are graphically presented.

3. Turn the Controller to scroll through the albums.

4. Select the desired album.

All tracks of the selected album are displayed.

5. Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

6. Move the Controller to the left. The Control Display shows information on playback. The playback list corresponds to the track list of the album.

Searching for similar tracks

1. Move the Controller to the left.

2. "Similar titles (local)".

A list with similar tracks is displayed.

3. Select the track at which the playback is going to begin.

Information on playback appears on the Control Display. A playback list is created from the search results.

Random playback

The tracks of the current playlist are played in random order.

1. Move the Controller to the right.

2. "Shuffle".

Creating the Favorites list

The current track can be assigned to a special playback list, the Favorites list. If the current track already belongs to the Favorites list, it can be deleted from this list. The Favorites list is displayed first when searching for playback lists.

1. Move the Controller to the right.

2. "Add to favorites" or "Del. from favorites".

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