What to do when your car doesn’t have a CD player

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 10:06 pm
2020 Kia Sportage radio system

How to listen to music in your Kia without CDs

More and more frequently, modern cars are being built without CD players. This is a change that can be embraced. Living your automotive life without a CD player can actually be far better and you can still listen to your entire collection. Learn how to listen to music in your Kia without CDs.

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Though the CD player may be going the way of the dodo, the radio is here to stay. All Kia models come with a standard AM/FM radio built right into the infotainment screen. The reason you see fewer antennas on vehicles is that manufacturers like Kia are finding more ways to expertly hide them. Same reception, better looks.

In addition to that, all Kia models are available with SiriusXM satellite radio which allows you to listen to the same stations no matter where you are on the globe, and many of those stations come without commercial interruptions. When you buy a Kia with SiriusXM capability, you also get a free trial so you can test it out.


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If you still want to listen to YOUR tunes, then your best bet is your smartphone. However, any device with MP3 capability will be able to work. You can connect to your Kia through Bluetooth, an auxiliary jack, or even USB. Get all that music off your CDs and get those songs to a compatible device. Then your entire audio collection can come with you wherever you want to go.

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What’s more, most Kia models now come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This enables you to utilize apps right from a compatible smartphone. If you want to stream music, play your favorite audiobooks or listen to podcasts it will all work seamlessly. You no longer have to be restricted to what’s in your CD player.


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2020 Kia Sportage with Apple CarPlayWhy are CD players being phased out?

With the modern technology in the infotainment system of your Kia, listening to CDs just isn’t as convenient anymore. The average driver doesn’t bring any CDs with them even when their car is equipped with a CD player.

Adding a CD player just makes for more complexity, higher cost, unwanted design constraints, and another mechanical thing to break. By contrast, the electronics of a modern infotainment system are extremely reliable and under normal use conditions, will last for the entire lifespan of the vehicle.

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