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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old Today, 06:09 PM
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Acceptable Audio formats for Business CD player?

I have been trying to play burned CD's on my Business CD player, but the darn thing seems to never work. It gives me a CD Error when trying to read the disc. I have burned 3 CD's and all 3 have failed. Here's a quick breakdown:

CD #1:
-Used Windows Media Player to burn, music files were in WMA format. Failed to work.

CD #2:
-Used Nero Burning Rom to burn, music files were in WMA format as well. Set the write speed to x10 (the lowest I was allowed to select). Failed to work.

CD #3:
-Used iTunes to burn. I placed songs into a playlist, then burned playlist to CD. Songs were in mp3 format this time as iTunes wanted to convert the WMA format to AAC. Failed as well.


From my understanding, .mp3 and .wma files are the only acceptable formats that the Business CD player will read. Also, my CD player has production date 09/2002 which I will be getting the AUX input cable sometime in the future, but I want to listen to some CD's for now. The CD's I used to burn were Philips CD-R CD's with 700mb/80min/52 X speed.

Should I try a different brand of CD or just give up and wait for the AUX input installation?
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Try CDA file format.
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Old Today, 06:51 PM
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Try CDA file format.
iTunes and Nero both convert the files to CDA when burning to the disc, so 2/3 of the discs are CDA format, but still do not work.

Looks like I will just wait for the AUX input since the Business CD player dislikes burned CDs.
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I have both an in-dash player, and a changer in the trunk. Both play home-burned CDs in a CDA format.
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