How do I make my portable CD player work?

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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
Even though my 2018 has no CD player I'd still like to play some CD's while driving. I plugged my portable CD player into one of the USB ports but under "Audio Sources" on the front screen neither the USB1 nor USB2 are highlighted in white so I can't play a CD. What am I doing wrong?? (uhm)
 
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2018 Mazda CX-5 GT
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2018 CX5 GT, Metallic Machine Gray and 2018 MX-5 RF GT, Soul Red
I really can't help except to suggest that you may want to consider ripping your CDs and loading them onto a USB thumb drive. There are free CD ripping software available online. I have all my CDs and LPs (from the really old days) on my laptop and loaded on several thumb drives. I have two of them in the CX5 & they work seamlessly with the CX5s entertainment system.

Wade
 
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2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
I don't think you'll be able to directly play audio CDs through the USB. The radio only supports FAT32 USB storage devices. Furthermore, it only supports MP3/WMA/AAC/OGG file formats.

Does your portable CD player have a AUX jack? You might need to plug it into the car's AUX and just use USB to power the player.
 
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2016.5 CX-5 GT AWD titanium/black 2016 Miata Club ST MT white
I don't think you'll be able to directly play audio CDs through the USB. The radio only supports FAT32 USB storage devices. Furthermore, it only supports MP3/WMA/AAC/OGG file formats.

Does your portable CD player have a AUX jack? You might need to plug it into the car's AUX and just use USB to power the player.
^^ This.

Except that I don't believe that the USB ports can source enough current to adequately power your CD player. Check your owner's manual for info on the amount of current the USBs can provide and then check on the amount of current that your CD players needs.
 
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tex2670

Grand Poobah
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2012 CX-9 GT AWD, Copper Red/Sand
Even though my 2018 has no CD player I'd still like to play some CD's while driving. I plugged my portable CD player into one of the USB ports but under "Audio Sources" on the front screen neither the USB1 nor USB2 are highlighted in white so I can't play a CD. What am I doing wrong?? (uhm)
Rip your CDs to your computer and sync to your phone and play over Bluetooth
 
There should be a computer program (for computers that still have CDROMs) to automatically create a Spotify playlist from songs on the CD
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
I really can't help except to suggest that you may want to consider ripping your CDs and loading them onto a USB thumb drive. There are free CD ripping software available online. I have all my CDs and LPs (from the really old days) on my laptop and loaded on several thumb drives. I have two of them in the CX5 & they work seamlessly with the CX5s entertainment system.

Wade
At 30+/- minutes to rip a CD that could take an huge amount of time to copy any collection!!
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
I don't think you'll be able to directly play audio CDs through the USB. The radio only supports FAT32 USB storage devices. Furthermore, it only supports MP3/WMA/AAC/OGG file formats.

Does your portable CD player have a AUX jack? You might need to plug it into the car's AUX and just use USB to power the player.
Unfortunately my portable CD player does not have an AUX jack. I also thought that this idea would resolve my problem until I saw no AUX jack on the CD player. Maybe I need to shop around for such a player. Having to rip all my CD's on to a flash drive could take weeks or even months!!
 
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Chris_Top_Her

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San Antonio, Texas
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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
Unfortunately my portable CD player does not have an AUX jack. I also thought that this idea would resolve my problem until I saw no AUX jack on the CD player. Maybe I need to shop around for such a player. Having to rip all my CD's on to a flash drive could take weeks or even months!!
Does it have a headphone jack? That's the same port for aux.. you just need an aux cord, which is basically two headphone Jack's on each end.
 
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2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
Unfortunately my portable CD player does not have an AUX jack. I also thought that this idea would resolve my problem until I saw no AUX jack on the CD player. Maybe I need to shop around for such a player. Having to rip all my CD's on to a flash drive could take weeks or even months!!
With a moderately powerful PC it only takes a few minutes to rip an entire CD. Depending on the sample rate (compression quality), you might be able to get your entire CD collection on one or two USB sticks. However, it gets unwieldy and tedious searching through the a large storage device to find what you are looking for. Seriously, were you planning on taking your entire CD collection with you?
 

Avoidin Deer

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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
Find a wireless FM modulator for it.

It transmits via an unused FM channel that's at the far end of the scale, so you just tune to that channel on your radio.

I used one in my 1990 Volvo for my portable XM radio.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
Find a wireless FM modulator for it.

It transmits via an unused FM channel that's at the far end of the scale, so you just tune to that channel on your radio.

I used one in my 1990 Volvo for my portable XM radio.
While this will work, it is extremely bandwidth limited. It's so much easier and cleaner to just rip them to a flash drive. If the OP doesn't have the technical know how, maybe someone in their family can help. I just did the same for my 80 year old parents. They couldn't be happier, now that they don't have to carry around cd's any longer.
 

Avoidin Deer

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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
While this will work, it is extremely bandwidth limited. It's so much easier and cleaner to just rip them to a flash drive. If the OP doesn't have the technical know how, maybe someone in their family can help. I just did the same for my 80 year old parents. They couldn't be happier, now that they don't have to carry around cd's any longer.
Am I wrong in thinking you can just put the CD into the drive of your pc and copy the files to a usb drive? There's no special software required for those files, is there?

I'll bet your folks are astonished at how many CDs fit on a thumb drive, huh? I am. Probably their entire collection.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
Am I wrong in thinking you can just put the CD into the drive of your pc and copy the files to a usb drive? There's no special software required for those files, is there?

I'll bet your folks are astonished at how many CDs fit on a thumb drive, huh? I am. Probably their entire collection.
You need a program that converts them to a format, like MP3. I have about 1k cd's that I have now converted 3x. Once to 128k MP3, then to 256k MP3 and just recently to lossless FLAC format. I just wish Mazda supported FLAC.

As far as what fits on a thumb drive, all my 256k MP3's fit on a 128k drive. For my FLAC files, I have a portable player that has 2 400GB cards. Some day this will be the standard and we'll see 1TB flash drives. I hope I live to see it. :)

Edit: The 1TB flash drives do already exist. I guess I need to stay current!
 
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shadonoz

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State of Jefferson
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2017 CX-5 GT AWD+
Find a wireless FM modulator for it.

It transmits via an unused FM channel that's at the far end of the scale, so you just tune to that channel on your radio.

I used one in my 1990 Volvo for my portable XM radio.
That was a good solution in the 90s, but no more. As Sig said, it really does not sound good. OK for talk radio, not for music.
 

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