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How to Play USB Mp3's on a Car Stereo

Updated April 17, 2017

Playing MP3 digital audio on a car stereo provides great convenience, as it eliminates the need to transport CDs and tapes. Instead of resorting to the radio or carrying around bulky audio sources, you can play large collections of digital music from MP3 players and USB storage devices if your car has a USB-enabled stereo.

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  1. Locate the USB port on your car stereo. This looks the same as the USB ports on your computer and other USB-enabled devices. The car stereo USB port may be located behind a sliding cover. Check your car stereo's user manual if you have difficulty finding the USB port.

  2. Insert one end of your USB cable into the MP3 player you from which you wish to play audio.

  3. Insert the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on your car stereo. Ignore Steps 2 and 3 if you are using a USB storage device with a built-in USB output, as you will merely insert the device into your car stereo's USB port.

  4. Use your "Source" or "Mode" button to select the USB device as your playback source if it does not respond automatically.

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Things You'll Need

  • Car stereo with USB accessibility
  • MP3 player
  • USB storage device containing MP3 (optional)
  • USB cable

About the Author

Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.

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