Volkswagen Touareg Media Mode 2013 Owner's Manual

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Media mode: Introduction


In this section you’ll find information about:

Data media and file requirements

Inserting or removing data media

Loading external DVD changer

Open MEDIA main menu

Changing the media source

Track or chapter selection in audio and video menu

Media sources” are audio and video sources containing audio and video files on various different data media (such as CD, DVD, memory CARd, external MP3 player). These files can be played back using the corresponding players or inputs of the Infotainment System (internal CD/DVD player, memory CARd slot, etc.).


Audio and video files stored on data media are normally subject to national and international copyright laws. Observe legal regulations!

More information:

Safety information for Infotainment System

Basic information on use

MEDIA-IN multimedia jack


Opening a CD or DVD player's housing can lead to injuries from invisible laser radiation.

Have CD or DVD players repaired only by a qualified workshop.


Driving on today's roads demands the full attention of the driver at all times. Driver distraction causes accidents, collisions and serious personal injury!

Never let yourself be distracted when setting, adjusting, or using the Infotainment System, when using your cell phone, or when operating the cell phone controls.

Always drive attentively and responsibly. Use the Infotainment system, your cell phone, and the cell phone controls only if road, traffic, and weather conditions permit and you will not be distracted from your driving.

If you cannot use the Infotainment System, your cell phone, or the cell phone controls safely while driving, wait until later or find a safe spot where you can pull off the road and park the vehicle.

Always set sound volume levels so that you can clearly hear horns, sirens, and other warning sounds outside the vehicle.


When inserting and removing CDs and DVDs, always hold them at right angles to the front of the unit. Inserting or removing them at an angle to the DVD drive may lead to scratching.

Inserting a second CD or DVD while a CD or DVD is inserted or is being ejected can destroy the DVD drive. Always wait until the data media is completely ejected.


Any foreign objects attached to a data medium and non-round data media can damage the DVD drive.

Only clean 12-cm standard CDs or DVDs should be used!

Do not attach stickers or other items to the data medium. Stickers may peel off and damage the drive.

Do not insert 8-cm single CDs or non-round CDs (shaped CDs) or DVDs.

Do not insert DVD-Plus, Dual Discs and Flip Discs, as these are thicker than standard CDs.

. CDs can also be played in a DVD drive if they meet the requirements .

. Uneven road surfaces and strong vibrations may cause CDs and DVDs being played in the DVD drive to jump.

. If the temperature inside a DVD drive is too high, loading and playback of CDs and DVDs is disabled.

Data media and file requirements

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

Factory-fitted CD and DVD drives conform to safety class 1 according to DIN IEC 76 (CO) 6/ VDE 0837.

Only use 12-cm standard CDs or DVDs and memory CARds with the dimensions 32 mm x 24 mm x 2.1 mm or 1.4 mm.

Data media


Conditions for playback


Audio files


Video files







i Audio CDs (up to 80 min).

i Standard video DVD and DVDcompatible DVD audio.

i CD-ROM-, CD-R-, CD-RW audio data CD up to max. 700 MB (Megabyte) in the data system ISO 9660 Level 1 and 2, Joliet or UDF 1.02, 1.5, 2.01, 2.5

i DVD+/-R/RW up to 4.7 GB and dual layer DVDs up to 8.5 GB in the Joliet file system (single-session only); UDF.

Þ SDHC memory CARds up

to 32 GB. Þ SDand MMC memory CARds in the data system FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 or VFAT up to max. 2 GB (Gigabyte) and SDHC memory CARds up to max. 32 GB.

– Digital audio specification


Bit rates from 160 kbit/s (recommended) up to 320 kbit/s and 48 kHz sampling frequency.

Format: MPEG layers 1, 2, and 3 (.MP3).

Format: . Windows Media Audio 8 and 9 (.wma, .asf).

Format: MPEG layers 2 and 4 (.m4a, .m4b, .mp4,


Bit rates up to 2000 kbit/s.

Maximum resolution

720 x 576 pixel.

Format: MPEG layers 1 and - 2 (.mpg, .mpeg).

Format: ISO-MPEG4; DivX 3, 4 and 5 Xvid (.avi).

Format: ISO-MPEG4 H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mov).

Format: Windows Media Video 9 (.wmv, .asf).

Playlists supported in formats M3U, PLS and WPL (not supported by the media center (HDD)).

Limit of 4 partitions.

On DVD limit of 1000 files per medium and directory.

On memory CARds limit of 4000 files and limit of 1000 files per directory.

Limit of 3000 files in the media center (HDD).

Requirements for using external data media via the MEDIA-IN multimedia jack .

Restrictions and notes

Windows Media Audio 9 Voice, Lossless and Professional as well as DRM-protected files are not supported. Other data media with copy protection and multi-session CDs and DVDs can sometimes not be played back or only with limitations.

Dirt, high temperatures and mechanical damage can render a data medium unusable. Please observe data medium manufacturer information.

Quality differences between data media of different manufacturers can cause problems during playback.

The data medium configuration or the devices or programs used for recording can cause individual tracks or data medium to be unreadable. Information can be found on the Internet on the best ways to create audio files, video files and data media (compression rate, ID3 tag etc.).

Due to the larger quantity of data, it takes longer to read a data medium containing compressed audio files (such as MP3, WMA) than a “normal” audio CD. Complex directory structures can also the delay the reading process. If possible, only use data media with readable audio and video files.

Play lists only define a certain playback sequence. Play lists do not save any files. Play lists cannot be played if the files on the data medium are not saved in the location to which the play list is referring (relative data path). Play lists cannot be copied to the media center (HDD).


Do not use memory CARd adapters.

. No liability can be accepted for damaged or lost files on the data media.

Inserting or removing data media

Fig. 143 Data media slots in glove compartment.

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

The driver should not operate the unit while driving. Insert or change data media before starting your journey.

Various data media (CDs, DVDs and memory CARds) can be inserted or connected (USB storage media or MP3 players via the MEDIA-IN multimedia jack). Data media can contain both audio and video files.

Compressed and supported audio files and some video files can be saved on the Media center (HDD)

The slots for a CD or DVD and 2 memory CARds are located in glove compartment  fig. 143.

Inserting or ejecting CDs or DVDs

Hold the CD or DVD with the printed side facing up.

Push the CD or DVD into the DVD slot (3) to the point where it is drawn in automatically. Do not push it in any further.

Press the unit button (1) to move the CD or DVD into the eject position.

Once in the eject position, the CD or DVD must be removed within about 10 seconds otherwise it will be drawn back in.

In addition, an external DVD changer is located in the luggage compartment behind the right-hand side trim

Inserting or removing memory CARds

If a memory CARd cannot be inserted, check the insert position and memory CARd.

Insert a compatible memory CARd into one of the memory CARd slots (2) with the cutoff corner first and facing right until the CARd clicks into place.

To remove, briefly press the inserted memory CARd. The memory CARd “pops” into the eject position and can be removed.

No files can be copied onto the memory CARd in the unit.

Data media or files cannot be read

A message will be shown if a data medium cannot be read. The data medium needs to be removed manually.

Only supported files can be displayed and played via the Audio menu. Other files are ignored.

When you browse a media source, folders containing non-supported files are also displayed, but they appear empty once opened.

Navigation data (VCARds etc.) can only be read via the Directory menu


Inserting data media when the vehicle is moving can distract you from the road and lead to accidents. Always keep the storage compartment closed when the vehicle is moving.


The memory CARd slot's locking mechanism and the memory CARd can be damaged by incorrect insertion of a memory CARd or by inserting a incompatible memory CARd!

When inserting a CARd, make sure it is correctly positioned.

Excessive pressure can destroy the locking mechanism in the memory CARd slot.

Only use suitable memory CARds .

. If you insert a number of different CDs and DVDs and receive the message Drive error every time, contact a qualified workshop.

Loading external DVD changer

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

The DVD changer is located on the right of the luggage compartment behind a cover

Six 12-cm standard CDs and DVDs can be inserted into the DVD changer. You do not have to load all the slots in the DVD changer.

CDs and DVDs in the CD changer can be selected and controlled via the Infotainment System

Only video files in the formats ISO-MPEG4 (.asf) and DivX 3, 4 and 5 (.avi, .divx) can be played in the DVD changer.

DTS audio format and the playlist format “.wpl” are not supported.

Loading DVD changer

Press the LOAD. button. The number button of the next free DVD slot starts to flash.

To manually select another DVD slot press one of the number buttons 1 to 6

When the LEDs in the DVD slot flash green, push the CD or DVD into the DVD slot with the unprinted side facing the number buttons until it is automatically drawn in.

For quick loading press and hold the LOAD. button for longer than 3 seconds. The free slots in the DVD changer will be prepared for loading one after the other.

Ejecting a CD or DVD

Press the . button. The number buttons of the occupied DVD slots start to flash.

Select the required DVD slot by pressing one of the number buttons 1 to 6

The data medium is moved to the eject position.

When the LEDs in the CD slot flash green, the data medium can be removed.

A CD or DVD will be drawn back in if it is not removed from the eject position within 30 seconds.

To eject all data media from the DVD changer, press and hold the . button for longer than 3 seconds. The data media will be ejected one after the other.

Volkswagen Touareg Media Mode 2013 Owner's Manual


Only insert or remove CDs or DVDs if the LEDs on the DVD slot are flashing green.


Before closing the side compartment in the luggage compartment, check whether the CD or DVD has been drawn in or removed completely. The DVD changer or the data medium might otherwise be damaged.

. Playlists in the format cannot be played in the external DVD changer.

Open MEDIA main menu

Fig. 144 MEDIA main menu: Audio menu.

Fig. 145 MEDIA main menu: Video DVD menu.

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

Audio, video and media sources

Audio sources” are sources which transmit audio signals; “video sources” transmit both audio and video signals. “Media sources” are all audio and video sources which can be selected.

In the MEDIA main menu different media sources can be selected and played back.

When the system is switched over to play a standard video DVD, the MEDIA main menu is opened automatically as a Video DVD menu

Other video sources (such as AVI films) are played back like audio files only via the Audio menu .

Starting media mode

Press the MEDIA Infotainment button  fig. 123.

Playback of the last media source played is continued if the data medium is still available in the Infotainment System.

Depending on the selected media source, the MEDIA main menu is opened as an Audio menu or

Video menu fig. 145.

If no media source is available, the MEDIA main menu cannot be opened.

Changing the media source

Fig. 146 MEDIA main menu with display of currently playing and available media sources.

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

In the MEDIA main menu, press the Source function key  fig. 146.

Press one of the active function keys in the pop-up window to switch to playback of this media source.

The media source currently being played is highlighted. Any media source that can currently not be selected is shown as inactive .

If a previously played media source is selected again, the playback continues at the last played position.

When video sources are played back, the function keys are hidden after a while.

Briefly press the screen or MEDIA Infotainment button to display the function keys.

Optionally selectable media sources in the Audio menu

HDD: Media center (internal hard drive)SD: Memory CARd

INT.. : Internal DVD drive

EXT.. : External DVD changer

/ AUX: External audio source to AUX-IN or external data medium to multimedia jack MEDIA-IN

BT: Bluetooth audio transmission


The volume may suddenly get louder when you switch media source or connect a new audio source.

Always lower the base volume before switching media source or connecting a new audio source.


Excessively loud or distorted playback can damage the vehicle speakers.

Track or chapter selection in audio and video menu

Please first read and heed the WARNINGS note the introductory information and heed the WARNINGS

The tracks or chapters of the media source being played can be switched through one after the other with the arrow buttons on the screen (observe playing order of audio files and folders).

It is also possible to select tracks using the or £ buttons on the multi-function steering wheel.

It is not possible to use the arrow key to switch to playback from a play list. Playback from play list must be started manually via the menu for track selection.

Controlling playback via the MEDIA main menu










Briefly press the button


Switch tracks or chapters at the start of the current



track or chapter.




Briefly press the button


Switch tracks or chapters at the start of the previous



track or chapter.




Briefly press the button


Switch to next track or chapter.




Press and hold.


Fast search backward.




Press and hold.


Fast search forward.




Briefly press the button


Playback stops. The button changes to £



OR: Briefly press the button £ once.

Playback is resumed. The button £ changes to




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