Get your tunes even without the latest infotainment system

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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How to play music in your car without Bluetooth

While new technology offers a lot of extremely cool touchscreen and infotainment features, if you have had an older vehicle or buy a used car you may not be able to take advantage of features like phone pairing or satellite radio. If you wondering how to play music in your car without Bluetooth, we have some tips and tricks that should work in any vehicle with a functioning sound system.

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connecting a music or phone device to a car's infotainment system via a cord

Built-in Players: CD and Cassette Options

If you have a CD player or cassette deck, obviously you can play CDs or cassettes. However, rather than being stuck with your remaining cassette tapes in an older vehicle,  you can buy an adapter that can plug into your phone, iPod, or other music-playing device. The other side will look like a cassette tape, but plugging it into your player will allow you to play music and audio from your other device through your vehicle’s speakers.

Plug It In, Plug It In: USB and AUX Port

If your car is slightly more advanced, it may come with a USB connector, or an auxiliary audio jack. If it comes with a USB port that connects to the sound system, you should be able to connect your device simply by using the standard charging cord you use (assuming that you have a USB plug on that cord). Note that not all USB ports connect to the sound system; some of them are just for charging devices.

For the auxiliary audio jack, you will need an adapter. There are different kinds, but all have a plug that looks like it belongs on a set of headphones on one end. The other end may also look like a headphone plug, or it will plug into your specific device.

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FM Radio Transmitter

If you have a CD player and no auxiliary input options, you be stuck with the radio. However,  you can play your own tunes on the radio via an FM transmitter! This device transmits your music over an unused FM frequency. Just find a radio station that isn’t offering any sound and the transmitter will allow you to listen to your own tunes or podcasts on that frequency. Some FM transmitters will require that your phone has Bluetooth, but others will connect via a 3.5mm AUX cable that plugs in right where your headphones do.