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 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

This thread was inspired by the discussion that happened in the Ludwig Gren....Goren....Goranc...

The Mandalorian thread.

I didn't want to derail that one any more than it had been so i thought I'd start a new topic.

The issue came up about buying cars without CD players.

I'm more than happy to have a car with no CD player. Do I still buy CDs? Absolutely.

But the fact that I can rip those CDs to a USB stick and then have the choice of multiple CDs to play and thousands of tracks available to me all on one stick that won't worry me if I lose it or it gets damaged?

That's a win for me.

No CD player in a car = sale

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Yes - thumb drives are definitely the way to go for cars.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 2:58 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

Yes - thumb drives are definitely the way to go for cars.

Especially for those long commutes

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 3:57 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I rent cars fairly frequently and most of them (even new models) still have CD players.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I rent cars fairly frequently and most of them (even new models) still have CD players.

I'm surprised, I thought they'd stopped putting them in cars a few years ago. My sister & brother-in-law have just bought newish cars, & they don't have them.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I have not played CDs in cars anymore for years. My current (four year old) car still actually has a CD player, but I would not miss it if it did not, I practically never use it. I have a USB stick in my car, so I have a few hundred albums in AAC format with me wherever I go. Better for the CDs too, if they are not kept in a car.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

I am fine having a car without a CD player, just don’t fill the empty spot with a cassette player.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I've had my current car for over five years now and not once have I used a CD in it. USB all the way.

That said, I don't mind that it's there either.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

I prefer a CD player just in case, though I rarely use mine.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

I used to have a car with a CD player (but rarely used it), but last month I had to get a new car and it does not have a CD player, but has Bluetooth instead.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

duplicate post

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

I have a lot more CDs to choose from than I can be bothered putting on a USB stick. Or on the streaming services.
But I’ve got a cheap USB CD player that works Ok in my car. I’m glad to have it as no car I have in the future is likely to have a player.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I would support the overall feel of this thread if I wasn't technologically challenged. It's a wonder I'm on here at all!

Oh and I don't drive. We don't actually have to in merry old England...

Another reason the wife has a hold on me...

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

My currrent car (late '14 Hyundai i30) has a CD-player that I don't think I've ever used. Instead, I've used a thumb drive in the USB socket. Given that it carries what's literally several months of audio, if played continuously, this suits me fine.

This suits me so much that I simply took my drive with me on my driving holiday in New Zealand back in '16. Imagine my frustration, then, when I found that the media centre of my rental car started the flash drive at the beginning every time I turned the car on! smile

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I have a lot more CDs to choose from than I can be bothered putting on a USB stick

Well, while I used to do it when I listened to CDs in the car, I kinda gave up on listening to music in sequence there. With all the short trips (especially when I was doing ride share, and then delivery) it's just too disjointed.
So I just use my random playlist and refresh it when the sequence on the drive finishes.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Years ago I culled favorite tracks on to CD-Rs. I listen to these every time I'm out in the car which is a 2014 model. I cannot be bothered to re-record all this material again. I won't purchase a vehicle without a player.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Larry847   (Member)

I stopped using my car cd player as soon as I got my first ipod. I ripped and organized all my cds in iTunes and my whole collection travels with my to and from the car.

 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 12:13 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I have a lot more CDs to choose from than I can be bothered putting on a USB stick.

Not sure I understand that argument. Personally, I have always been skeptical about having CDs in a car, as the temperature extremes (heat in the summer, cold in the winter) are not very good for CD longevity. In any case, I have currently about 350 albums on my USB stick in my car (320kbps/AAC) I can switch at will while driving, and if I ever wanted any other albums with me, well, no problem. There is no way I would ever have 400 CDs with me in the car, let alone being able to switch or shuffle them while driving. So it is way more convenient to have them on file than to put the actual CD in a drive.

 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:23 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Both of our cars - nearly 16 and 8 years old - have CD players, the older one is a 6 disc machine which I loved and i was disappointed when I found the newer car had only a single disc player (I hadn't bothered to check on this before buying!). As the older car dates from that time when CD ripping/burning became common I made many to carry in the car, rarely taking original CDs with me.

But time passes: the newer car has Bluetooth and an iPod connection so I tried those. The Bluetooth from my mobile (cell) phone allowed me to stream the few albums I'd downloaded to it; also I put a dozen or so albums onto an iPod (in those days we didn't have iPhones). And we took a selection of CDrs, iPod and our Bluetooth-enabled phones with us on our long European drives, etc.

And without doubt, the SQ of the CDrs far surpassed that of the other players, so much so that I gave up on both.

But then, I found I wasn't enjoying the music quite so much in the car. A collection of easy-listening songs ... fine (though my better-half isn't a fan) but when it comes to orchestral film music and classical ... I prefer to wait until I'm home where our Hi-Fi provides a better listening experience.

So: next car ... whenever that is (present circumstances have delayed any change) I won't be bothered ... provided it has a radio so I can listen to the news (BBC Radio 4) and occasional chat show where sound quality isn't an issue (provided the speakers don't go sotto voce too often!)

As an anecdote: back in 2001 we hired a car whilst on holiday and I was surprised to see it had a cassette player ... I hadn't taken any tapes with me. Twelve months later, similar holiday, I decided to be prepared so took half a dozen tapes in our cases ... only to find the hire car had a CD player!

There was a time I did take original CDs with us ... 2004 when I had just received a package of new FSM releases and didn't want to wait more than two weeks to hear them. I made sure I recovered them from the car when we left it at the recovery garage after we'd written the car off, near Rome ... frown

 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 1:27 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I've tried plugging in my iPod, but it's very hard to control using the car, so I'll try using a USB stick (I've never bought one) & putting a lot of "driving" music on it. Not that I use my car more than once a month, no need to if you live in the London suburbs...& are eligible for free public transport.

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