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Aug 25, 2019 - 1:02:06 PM
1231 posts since 2/12/2003

I just bought a new truck (new to me, not new....who can afford new a new truck these days?).. Anyway, I didn't realize it didn't have a CD player and I have a pile of CD's. What is the best option to be able to use my CD's? I assume there are CD players I can plug into the USB port, but don't know which one might be best.

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:39:11 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23177 posts since 8/3/2003
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I use a flash drive to plug in my car and the speakers pick it up and I can listen to all my CDs that I have put on it. In fact, I have a couple of different flash drives, one with mainly old time country, one with bluegrass, one with easy listening. All work great by just plugging in and using auxiliary. Your truck may be different than my car, so maybe the owner's manual (if you have one) will tell you how and if not, maybe someone on here knows and will chime in.

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:15:09 PM

794 posts since 11/17/2018

quote:
Originally posted by stonebroke

I just bought a new truck (new to me, not new....who can afford new a new truck these days?).. Anyway, I didn't realize it didn't have a CD player and I have a pile of CD's. What is the best option to be able to use my CD's? I assume there are CD players I can plug into the USB port, but don't know which one might be best.


You might start here...

https://www.amazon.com/customerpicks/Best-external-cd-players-for-car/3e331e8e942635dd4970

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:22:22 PM

Buddur

USA

2659 posts since 10/23/2004

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:27:58 PM

1231 posts since 2/12/2003

Thanks for the suggestions!

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:56:46 PM

Owen

Canada

3860 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

<snip>....maybe the owner's manual (if you have one) will tell you how .... <snip>


Tongue -in-cheek, a guy'd have to be pretty desperate to read an instruction booklet!!  devil

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:34:09 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23177 posts since 8/3/2003
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Owen In the same tongue-in-cheek vein, why is it guys can't ask for directions or read instructions? Is it a guy thing?

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:34:39 AM
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wizofos

USA

5166 posts since 8/19/2012

I have a CD player in my truck but none in wife car. Also like to play music other places. So have an iPod and Apple does not support iTunes on linux . Ok so now have a smart phone and installed a large SD card and started loading my music onto the phone. Can sync phone with blue tooth to wifes car and use an Aux cable to plug my phone into truck. Also bought a blue tooth speaker from Costco for $39 so can take phone and speaker out in the shop or anywhere. Installed VLC software on my phone to play the music. You have to rip your CD's to your computer then move the files to your phone.
Total cost not counting the cost of the phone.
$15 for 2x32 gig sd cards (wife got one)
$39 EcoEdge Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker by ECOXGEAR from Costco.
If you don't want the extra speaker that is no cost, if you already have a large SD card then no cost there.

Already had most or all of my music ripped to my computer to install on my iPod.

So since I carry my phone most of the time this eliminates the iPod.

Aug 26, 2019 - 7:06:45 AM

tmercks

USA

681 posts since 3/7/2006

Do you have a simple mp3 port? I have a 2008 Dodge Ram with CD player, but it came with an auxiliary mp3 port. Now that's a fancy term for where to plug the speakers in. So if I take my mp3 player, I only need a stereo mini patch cord to plug it up. But keep in mind, this is a stereo input for speakers, so if you have anything that outputs music through a simple stereo mini patch cable similar to your earphone plug it will work. So you could do a full blown install of a new stereo, or you could just buy a portable CD player and just keep it in your truck. You could even patch your phone through it. If you hae any way to connect sound from your phone, that's the way you will do it.

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:45:07 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

4420 posts since 1/5/2005
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You could check the (car) wreckers and see if they have one from the same model year with the CD player. This way it's a simple matter of swapping the radios as the wiring would be the same as for the one you have now.

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:48:35 PM

1231 posts since 2/12/2003

Keep in mind I'm an old fart and technology blew by me long ago.... Shoot, I don't even have a cell phone. If I had my way, vehicles would have cassette tape players in them!! My kids just shake their head and laugh.... So, when you're talking bluetooth, MP3, syncing this and syncing that, and all that other jargon you might as well be speaking another language to me....

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:41:55 PM

2329 posts since 4/16/2003

What kind of inputs does the stereo on the new truck have?

Does it have:
- USB ?
- an "auxiliary input" (3.5mm) ?

If it has a 3.5mm input jack, you might get a basic, cheap battery-powered "carry around" CD player, and use that.  Plug the headphone out (on the CD player) into the aux in.

It will do the job, although you won't have the benefit of controlling it through the radio controls (or controls on the steering wheel), except for possibly volume. Be aware that the vibration of the vehicle -might- cause interruptions in the playback (depending on where you mount or place the player).

I'm thinking that a USB external DVD/CD drive WILL NOT work. Even though it might plug in and the player would "get power", the car stereo probably wouldn't be able to control the drive because the programmers/designers didn't make any provision for that.

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