My car doesn't have a CD player, can I fit one?

I have a 2017 Hyundai i40 with a factory-fitted stereo radio system but it does not have a CD function. Can I buy and fit a CD player that will play through the car's speakers?

Asked on 21 March 2023 by Ian Webster

Answered by David Ross
While CDs have not become obsolete, they have been somewhat pushed to the side by car manufacturers with features such as DAB, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto giving drivers a wealth of audio options.

Depending on the specification of your Hyundai i40, you should have USB and AUX inputs available, so if you want to play your CDs in the car then you could purchase a portable CD player and plug that straight in. If you want something that is more factory-fit, you would have to purchase an aftermarket audio system and replace the standard fit unit, although this would be a relatively expensive option.

We think that the easiest option would be to purchase an MP3 player and using the appropriate software to convert your favourite CDs into audio files. MP3 players are relatively inexpensive and can accept audio files in a lossless format - that means there is no loss in sound quality compared to the original CD. A 64Gb MP3 player could hold over 4000 songs in a lossless format such as FLAC, would take up less space in your car and means you can keep your CDs safely at home.
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