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BMW 3: 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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