How do I play CD in my car without CD player?

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To play a CD in your car without a CD player, you have a few options available. 

Figuring out how to play CDs in newer vehicles without CD players is a bit tricky, but not impossible. There are a few options available to help you retain your music library ready for those extra long road trips. We love playing music while driving, and the thought of losing accessibility to every album we own is simply unwelcome to some.

Unfortunately, fewer vehicles are hitting the market with built-in CD players. The writing has been on the wall for some time: CDs are an artifact of the past, and they are slowly fading in popularity. So, what do you do if you have a huge CD collection that you want to listen to in your car?

Thankfully, there are workarounds. There is an option for just about every budget and experience level. 

Here are some methods you can consider:

  1. USB CD Player: If your car’s radio has a USB port, you can connect a USB CD player directly to it. This allows you to play CDs through your car’s audio system. Simply purchase a USB CD player compatible with car radios, plug it into the USB port, and use the radio controls to play, pause, and switch songs.

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2. Bluetooth Portable CD Player: Another option is to use a portable CD player with a built-in Bluetooth transmitter. This allows you to wirelessly connect the CD player to your car’s audio system. Choose a portable CD player with Bluetooth capabilities, turn on the Bluetooth function, and pair it with your car’s audio system. You can then play your CDs through the car’s speakers. The down side of this method is you can only control the playlist through the CD player and not through your screen or your infotainment system.

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3. Cassette Tape Adapter: If your car has a cassette player, you can use a cassette tape adapter. Insert the side of the adapter that resembles a cassette tape into the tape receptacle of your car’s stereo system. Connect the other end of the adapter to your portable CD player, turn on both devices, and follow your CD player’s instructions to play your CDs

4. Wireless FM Modulator: A wireless FM modulator allows you to transmit audio from your portable CD player to your car’s FM radio. Plug the wireless FM modulator into your car’s cigarette lighter, turn it on, and tune your car’s FM radio to the designated frequency provided by the modulator. Then, turn on your portable CD player and play your CDs, and the audio will be transmitted to your car’s speakers through the FM radio signal.


These methods provide alternatives for playing CDs in cars without built-in CD players. Choose the option that best suits your car’s available features and your preferences for audio connectivity.

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