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I really miss having a CD player! I love the Bluetooth, but Amazon Music gives me fits when I make playlists for my phone or Kindle. If I use my Apple 80G IPod, I always have to remember to turn it off when I stop, or it keeps on going --- won't stop where I left off. I really miss being able to jump on ITunes and burn a CD - and for the very rare times that I actually purchase a CD, it bugs me that I can't play it when I get into the car. I have two portable CD players: each one connects via a male-to-male cable from the unit to the mini phone jack on the dash, and a cord that goes from the player to what used to be considered a cigarette lighter in the car. They work, but there is no stable place in my vehicle where I can place the portable CD player - so it jostles when I drive. I will say that the Soul has a great sound system!
 

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Yes, USB drive is the way to go. Copy music to that instead of CD. Only hitch is the music has to be mp3 but you should be able to convert to that. But it will hold much much more than a CD. If you put each CD (or other grouping of songs) into a separate folder on the USB drive, you can select which folder to play. And the radio will remember exactly where you left off playing, and start playing in that spot.
 

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Like Trey said above, consider burning to a USB flash drive. If you're willing to burn a CD, just do it to a flash drive instead.

Take the time to learn the correct folder setup and your radio will list albums, artists & song titles. It will even start right where you left off last time. Experiment a bit with which baud rate (sound quality) you like before copying a ton of music over.

If you give it a chance I think you'll really like it

Good or bad, CDs are fast becoming relics of the past & fewer & fewer carmakers are putting them in.
 

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I like the fact that I have a CD player (I have a 2013), and I have SiriusXM as well, and a boatload of CDs at home, but truth be told I listen to that little USB disc more than everything else, since I can carry 100 cds on it plus a bunch of audiobooks and podcasts. I have a 64GB one that carries everything I need to last me months. If I didn't have a CD player, I would burn the CD to mp3 at home and play it that way before I'd yank apart the factory system for a declining technology.
 

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I have a 32 GB USB stick in my car. There is no way I'm ever going back to CD's. I get my music from Amazon music and Mp3Caprice. Use MP3Gain to set most of mine around 92 DB (I tried the default 89, but 92 is better) and Mp3 Tag for issues with names and covers. Works great and I am in control of it not Apple. Yes I know there are better sound quality formats than mp3's and I look forward to experiencing them. For now USB. In the near future, streaming your own music on any source with perfect sound will be the norm.
 

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I really miss having a CD player! I love the Bluetooth, but Amazon Music gives me fits when I make playlists for my phone or Kindle. If I use my Apple 80G IPod, I always have to remember to turn it off when I stop, or it keeps on going --- won't stop where I left off. I really miss being able to jump on ITunes and burn a CD - and for the very rare times that I actually purchase a CD, it bugs me that I can't play it when I get into the car. I have two portable CD players: each one connects via a male-to-male cable from the unit to the mini phone jack on the dash, and a cord that goes from the player to what used to be considered a cigarette lighter in the car. They work, but there is no stable place in my vehicle where I can place the portable CD player - so it jostles when I drive. I will say that the Soul has a great sound system!
Do you have the Audio Package? I have a 2017 with the audio package, and I have an external CD drive (for a computer, USB)... I doubt it will work, but when I get home from this trip (I'm headed to South Bend for my first Notre Dame home game... where my dad went ... against Temple ... where I went...), I will try it with my external drive and see if the UVO infotainment system is powerful enough to read an external CD drive. Again, I'm not counting on it working, but since I already have everything, I think it's worth a try.
 

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Really, who in their right minds wants to carry around a bunch of CDs when you can load all the music you need on a little USB stick.

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look some of us don't give a damn about using a USB stick AND DON'T WANT TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE DAMN CHANGES. It seems the millennial's are first to say the CDs are obsolete.and I don't think anyone wants to carry a BUNCH of CDs just what they want to play for the day. You can install the radio with CD for about $200 and $ 15.00 for the bezel
 

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I like the fact that I have a CD player (I have a 2013), and I have SiriusXM as well, and a boatload of CDs at home, but truth be told I listen to that little USB disc more than everything else, since I can carry 100 cds on it plus a bunch of audiobooks and podcasts. I have a 64GB one that carries everything I need to last me months. If I didn't have a CD player, I would burn the CD to mp3 at home and play it that way before I'd yank apart the factory system for a declining technology.
I would burn the CD to mp3 at home and play it that way before I'd yank apart the factory system for a declining technology. ....DECLINING TECHNOLOGY ???? Its very easy to install a radio upgrade for $215.00 .There is a whole bunch of us that doesn't like some of the FAST TRACK TECHNOLOGY and have NO INTEREST. why would I want to be distracted in my driving by searching a USB stick LOADED with songs
 

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I would burn the CD to mp3 at home and play it that way before I'd yank apart the factory system for a declining technology. ....DECLINING TECHNOLOGY ???? Its very easy to install a radio upgrade for $215.00 .There is a whole bunch of us that doesn't like some of the FAST TRACK TECHNOLOGY and have NO INTEREST. why would I want to be distracted in my driving by searching a USB stick LOADED with songs
if you have the UVO audio system you can search verbally for any album, artist or track - so no visible searching required. :joyous:
 

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Well add me to saying CD's are obsolete and I am far from a Millennial. That doesn't mean you shouldn't get whatever you want and if you have a large cd collection that has not degraded I at least 1/2 understand. But the days of cd's skipping, losing information over time etc are happily over. Hmm, what about an 8 track?


From your responses you just happen not to understand how a USB stick works or if your system does it how to just load songs from the stick onto the system. Those sticks are so cheap now you could buy the smaller capacity ones and put/arrange music on them just like you would on a CD. I didn't get the part about being distracted, you push play and it plays all the tracks if that's what you want. Want another set of songs, at a stop light pop in another stick.
 

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I miss the CD player for the slot! In my previous vehicle, I used a phone/gps holder that fit in the CD slot snugly--it held the gps unit (I imagine that a few of you are rolling your eyes) or my phone in a convenient and secure location, did not take up any dash/windshield space. Am having a difficult time finding a place for the GPS unit that isn't on the top part of the dash or windshield--the vent holders aren't robust enough for a GPS unit.

CD player has been helpful on roadtrips to listen to books on CD from the library--I think these have been the only CDs that we have played in our vehicles (not my Soul though) in the past 10 years.

An inexpensive but awkward solution would be to get a portable CD player with a power adapter and a male-to-male audio cable and plug one end in the headphone output, the other to the "aux" input between the two power plugs (formerly known as cigarette lighter plugs in a politically/socially incorrect time). The title and track will not show up on the screen, nor will the buttons on the radio control track selection/skip/etc.

I have a ton of music on my older phone with 64GB storage that I play via bluetooth. The majority of the digital music that we have came from CDs that we have purchased (our adult offspring don't understand why anyone would need to purchase physical music, they just subscribe to either free or paid music services). Although I am old school I have to admit that music from a phone or usb stick is convenient. Accompanying the old school habits are old school ears which can no longer perceive the difference between mp3 format vs virgin vinyl.
 

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CD player has been helpful on roadtrips to listen to books on CD from the library--I think these have been the only CDs that we have played in our vehicles (not my Soul though) in the past 10 years.
One of the largest retailers on earth specializes in audio digital books.... It's how they started. ;) Maybe not every library but the ones here have audio digital books also.
 

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Have you copied your mp3's to a usb flash drive and plugged it into the usb port in the center console?

You can install a aftermarket cd player in place of the stock one but using the usb flash drive is much easier .
I have a USB port in my 2020 Kia Soul. What & where can I get a CD player to plug into that )and does it affect my warranty?)? I borrow Books-on-CD’s from my library and would love to listen on long drives. Thanks!
 

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EASY MODE:
  • Open Windows Media Player (yes, it's on 10 even) then select recommended.
  • Press Alt and then click Tool -> Options
  • Click on the RIP tab
  • Set Format to MP3
  • Check the box that says RIP CD Automatically.
  • Set quality between 192 and 320 kbps
  • Pop in a CD let it rp to library, eject, put next disc in, etc..

Once you're done with all your CDs copy the MP3s to a USB


MODKI DONE LOST HIS MIND MODE:

  • Buy one of these -> Bluetooth Dongle
  • Plug it in to a CD Player and pair to car.
  • Laugh at all of creation with righteous vengeance.
 

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I really miss having a CD player! I love the Bluetooth, but Amazon Music gives me fits when I make playlists for my phone or Kindle. If I use my Apple 80G IPod, I always have to remember to turn it off when I stop, or it keeps on going --- won't stop where I left off. I really miss being able to jump on ITunes and burn a CD - and for the very rare times that I actually purchase a CD, it bugs me that I can't play it when I get into the car. I have two portable CD players: each one connects via a male-to-male cable from the unit to the mini phone jack on the dash, and a cord that goes from the player to what used to be considered a cigarette lighter in the car. They work, but there is no stable place in my vehicle where I can place the portable CD player - so it jostles when I drive. I will say that the Soul has a great sound system!
OP I made an account just to say that I also prefer CD players over burning to USB (which I also do but who has time for that ****), I have dozens of CDs & just want the convenience of popping them in. Also, you can fit dozens of CDs in a binder that fits in ur glovebox (for all the young folks who didn't know CD binders exist). I'm willing to pay to install a CD player in my 2016 soul, it's dumb they removed it in the first place
 
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