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Add CD player to auto?

JimS

Active Member
Have a couple year old SanteFe and wife has lots of CDs but the car doesn't have one.  Most cars don't have them but the center console has a fairly big compartment between the seats so thought about adding something USB or bluetooth.  Anyone done something like this or have some pointers?
 
Another option is ripping the CDs and putting them on google or amazon music drive or putting them on the phone.  Have Android phones so would need to find a good app either way (cloud storage or on the phone itself).
 

pete_c

Guru
A very basic Bluetooth transmitter for you phone that plugs in to the cigarette lighter and plays back on FM works great nowadays.  They even have microphones in the devices for phone calls these days.
 
They have aux USB power ports and SD card slots for music.
 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09L4CNPX8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018E0I01I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
 
I have purchased and used these for rental cars as I do not like pairing my phone to rental cars.
 
With these you can stream from the Internet or SD card and play back on your radio.
 

JimS

Active Member
Have an unlimited phone data plan and this is my personal car so no issue with pairing my phone to the vehicle.  In fact I have already done that but that doesn't allow me to play CDs.  Some cd drives used to have audio outputs but haven't seen those in a very long time.
 

pete_c

Guru
Understood.  I just mentioned the Bluetooth device because I use it when no bluetooth pairing is available.  The bluetooth device pairs with your phone and outputs audio to your FM radio.   Early automobile (circa 2002 or so) phone BT connections only worked with the cell phone microphone / telephone output.  Later on with newer cars then bluetooth pairing included regular audio and telephone stuff.
 
The devices all have mini SD card slots such that you can copy over a bunch of MP3 to the card.
 
This will provide your music to your car or streaming android audio to your car FM radio.
 
Many older radios did have aux RCA input jacks with an Aux/CD on the radio menu for use with a separate CD changer.
 
Easiest to just utilize the little bluetooth device that plugs in to your cigarette lighter.
 
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