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How to transfer music from a USB device to a BMW radio

Updated March 23, 2017

MP3 and MP4 music stored on hard drives is an increasingly popular audio format. Users can now store thousands of tracks on a single storage device such as an iPod, rather than carrying around multiple compact discs. Music can be transferred to a BMW iDrive music system from a USB device by connecting it to a provided USB port on the system.

Insert the USB drive into the USB port on the centre console, or in the glove box.

Press the "Menu" button and select "CD/ Multimedia." Select the USB icon saying "Not Connected."

Move the iDrive knob to the right. Scroll down and select "Music Data Import/Export."

Click on the "Import New Music (USB)" option. A percentage bar and sign saying "Importing Music" will appear. If a sign saying "No USB Attached" appears, then remove the USB, turn off the iDrive system, turn off the car and get out. Lock the car, and wait about 4 minutes to try again.

Rename the music you imported. Select "USB1" and click on the "Option" button. Click on "Rename Album." Delete "USB1" using the back key. Enter the name of the new album using the iDrive knob. Click "OK."

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