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Doug Bishop
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My wife had a new car that does not have a CD player. It has Bluetooth and USB media ports. She has a lot of CDs she would like to listen to. Does anyone know if a "good" Walkman style CD player that can supply power and play through the USB media port, or connect to the car's Bluetooth? If it can connect to Bluetooth, there is power available through a USB power cable (same as used to charge a phone). Preferably don't want to use an auxiliary cable.
Seen some on Amazon with Bluetooth but say they won't connect to a car's Bluetooth, only headphones. Most have awful reviews.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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CD's are dying out. Would it not make sense to convert the CD's to files on a USB key that can be used in the car? Better, perhaps, put the CD's on her iPhone as music and the iPhone will connect to the car system.
CDROMs are, unfortunately archaic technology. I suggest you learn to rip CDs to MP3, and copy the tracks she wants, each CD to one subdirectory on a USB key.

100CDs should fit onto a single 16Gb device, about $5 anywhere.

Might be a bit of a learning curve, and some fiddling, but once set up, a single USB key in the dash is much less cumbersome than a basket full of optical disks.
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I've ripped 100s of CDs. That isn't the issue. The navigation on her Mazda to play music from a USB device sucks. She's actually prefer to have a CD player and is actually a bit pissed that she couldn't get one with the car when she bought it.
It is kind of ironic that Wave of the future in CDs in the 80s is archaic technology today and vinyl is making a comeback :-)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Is the car new enough to take back to Mazda and ask for warranty repairs? Point out how bad the music is.
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Is not that the music is bad it's that navigating through a USB device is difficult.
Using the GPS to navigate to am address is so bad she would rather use her phone than the built in navigation.
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Thanks.  I would use my iPhone for what is desired but that appears to be out.
LOL, I feel your pain. Interfaces on some consumers devices, such as cars and TVs seem to have been designed by Klingons on crack.
Doug:
What is your budget for this project?
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Under $100.
The navigation on her Mazda to play music from a USB device sucks
you can create one folder on the flash drive (memory stick) for each CD and this will make it much easier to navigate to the music you want to listen to. if you shut the motor off, it will pick up where you left off when you start the car again.

of course you shouldn't do this while driving!

i'm a Mazda owner & i did this for my wife. for myself, i just fill the memory stick with music that i like, put it on random and let it play through the entire list.
Well $99.99 barely makes the grade. Look close and you see new ones from $74.95.
Doing what you desire with what you have is a little messy.
Here is a very nice Pioneer Vehicle CD player, built in Bluetooth, USB charging and other features.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KKHSYGE?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AgEAAAAAAAAAAQGG
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Here is another nice one only $10 more.
Pioneer DEH-S6000BS
In-Dash Built-in Bluetooth CD,
Front USB Auxiliary,
MP3, Pandora, AM/FM and SiriusXM Ready,
iPod iPhone and iPad controls,
ARC phone app Car Stereo Receiver
https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-DEH-S6000BS-Bluetooth-Auxiliary-ALPHASONIK/dp/B00MRL30JS/ref=dp_ob_title_wld
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I've installed several car stereos and they are not that hard to install. In the fuse box there were fuses to accommodate a replacement power wire. Then again you have the existing wiring headed to the fuse box.
Maybe the dealer would install it for you.

Lower prices on the same ones may be found on Ebay.
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I wasn't really looking to replace her current system, just add an external CD player (Walkman-like, CD player only) that wouldn't need 5 cables to hook it up. There are several on Amazon that have built-in Bluetooth, but the descriptions clearly state that they will pair with headphones but not automobile Bluetooth systems. Her center console has both power and USB connectors, so it would be ideal, if not Bluetooth, then be able to be powered by USB and send audio through USB since her USB ports in the center console are media enabled.
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From what I've been able to find out through research is that the radio, unlike most, is pretty much internal in the system. There is no 'cutout' DIN opening to insert a replacement system, so the only options are to rip the CDs she wants to listen to and put them on a thumb drive and she'll have to deal with navigating through it with the built-in controls, or find a portable CD player that can plug into the audio aux port and the power port in the center console. The center console USB ports are primarily for media and don't provide enough power to charge anything (even a phone) so we have an adaptor that plugs into the power socket and provides power through USB ports. That would be the ideal way to power the CD player.

I think from what I've seen of stand-alone CD players, I'm just going to rip the music to a thumb drive and she can navigate it. I've even called a couple of stores that specialize in installing audio systems and the Mazda is a strange beast that does not lend to doing much to. They even say they have a unit that will do what I want (stand-alone CD player with Bluetooth) but it is not compatible with the Mazdas.
Sounds like you have a good plan.

Portable may take logistics, handling, actions, etc.

Stand alone units are easily mounted beneath. I had a stereo with CD player and now have a stereo with cassette, so I have to decide what do to about my own lack of CD.

Good luck on yours and if your wife gets ticked off as you mentioned earlier, maybe the only thing she tosses your way with a high rate of speed will be the thumb drive. (joke)
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now have a stereo with cassette
Do they even still make cassettes? Or cassette players for that matter? Is it an antique?? :-)
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@Paul Sauvé:

If it was as easy as playing at random that would not be an issue, but most of hers are speaking/teaching CDs, so playing at random is not an option. She has navigated through a thumb drive before, I'm not saying she can't, its just not convenient for her.

Thanks all for the suggestions. What I was really hoping for is someone who'd found a portable CD player that could tie into the car through, preferably, Bluetooth and be powered from the power port either directly (i.e. 12V) or with a USB adapter plugged into the power port.
as i said, navigating the thumb drive is much easier by creating ONE folder for EACH CD and giving a significant name to each folder (the CD title, for example)...

once you learn how to navigate in this way, it is really as convenient as flipping through a stack of CD's and selecting one to play
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That is what I've done. I don't know if she is doing something strange, but one of her major complaints is remembering what she was listening to and where she left off. I guess the position resets itself every time she shuts off the car. It is exclusively her vehicle. I think I've ridden in it once while mine was in the shop in the year we've had it.

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