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How to listen to music from USB stick in car

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How to listen to music from USB stick in car: Your job forces you to spend part of the day driving and you would like to find a solution to listen to your favorite music in the car, without being forced to take dozens of CDs with you. In addition, the numerous business calls that you receive during the day tend to download your smartphone quickly and as a result you have excluded from using it also as a music player to be connected to the car. Quiet, I may have the perfect solution for you: a USB stick .

Via a USB stick, you can comfortably have thousands of songs available, without having to worry about draining the battery of the device and without having to carry bulky media with you. If your car is equipped with a USB socket as standard, connecting the key to the car is a simple operation that takes a few seconds; if instead the car in your possession does not have a USB input, you can consider one of the numerous external devices that allow you to connect the key to the vehicle’s stereo system.

Would you like to know more? So come on, let’s not waste any more time chatting! Get comfortable, take five minutes of free time and let me explain in detail  how to listen to music from a USB stick in your car . I can assure you that in no time you will be able to find the solution that best suits your needs and to drive you in the company of excellent music. All that remains is to wish you happy reading and, above all, good listening!

Preliminary operations

Before going into detail in this tutorial and showing you how to listen to music from a USB flash drive in your car , I recommend you perform some procedures so that your flash drive and the songs contained in it are compatible for playing in the car.

Then turn on your computer and choose the songs to insert in the stick, then make sure that they are in MP3 format. If not, you need to convert: if you don’t know how to do it, I’ll leave you to my guide on how to convert audio files to MP3 .

Now, you can format the stick in FAT to make it compatible with as many devices as possible and proceed with moving the songs in MP3 format to the USB stick. Depending on the number of songs selected, the transfer speed will be more or less rapid. For more information, you can read my guide on how to download music on a stick .

Connect stick in cars with USB socket

Almost all newer car models have one or more standard USB sockets, which allow you to listen to music by connecting a USB stick . In some cases, however, the USB socket only has a recharge function: to find out the functionality of the USB socket, it is therefore necessary to contact your dealer, consult the car’s user manual or simply proceed with the connection of the key.

All you need to do to listen to music from a USB stick in your car, is to have a stick containing MP3 audio files and insert it into the car’s USB socket . If your car’s software supports music playback, playback of the files contained in the unit starts automatically.

Through the vehicle display, you can browse the files, choose which track to play and take advantage of some features, such as random play. The controls visible on the car display change according to the car you own, but in general the functionality is almost identical on all cars.

  • Player (or Player): to access the multimedia player, which allows you to pause and resume playback, access the previous and next tracks, view the title of the song, the name of the artist and advance the timeline of the content in playback.
  • List (or Current List): allows you to access the list of songs on the USB stick and choose which one to play.
  • Options o (Settings): the section to set the Repeat mode to repeat the execution of a song or folder and set the shuffle.
  • Source (or Source): to choose another audio source such as radio, CD or AUX.

Connect stick in car without USB socket

Not all cars have a standard USB socket or a car radio with USB input. However, there are some devices that allow you to add this functionality to your car and listen to music from a stick in a car without a USB socket .

The first solution you can consider is an FM transmitter with USB socket , which communicates with the stereo system via radio waves. There are numerous models and the most complete allow a Bluetooth connection, connection via AUX cable and via USB socket. Before making the purchase of an FM transmitter, however, make sure that its USB socket is not only useful for charging but that it also supports music playback via USB stick.

After purchasing one of these devices, the connection takes only a few seconds. All you have to do is turn on the ignition of your car and insert the FM transmitter into the cigarette lighter socket : the device will automatically turn on.

Next, turn on the car radio, select the Tuner function  (the one that allows you to listen to the radio), connect to the radio frequency that you see on the display of the FM transmitter, insert the USB stick into the socket of the device and you’re done.

Alternatively, you can connect the FM transmitter to the car radio via the supplied AUX cable and set the AUX mode by pressing several times on the button you use to switch from the radio to the CD player (it should be SRC or Source ). The cable connection improves the sound quality.

If you have a larger budget and you want a solution that can integrate perfectly with your car, you can consider Yatour : it is a device to be installed directly on the back of the car radio (both standard and external) and which allows you to have a USB socket, in addition to the AUX IN and SD input.

The installation requires the extraction of the car radio using the special tools supplied with Yatour, after which it is sufficient to connect the blue plug of the device to the relative input on the rear of the car radio and insert the other connector into the input on Yatour. Once the installation is complete, just insert the stick into the USB socket and you’re done.

You must know that Yatour is available in the basic version and in the Bluetooth version and is compatible with numerous car models. Before making the purchase, check that the device is compatible with your car.

Other solutions to listen to music in the car

If your car does not have a USB socket as standard and through the solutions proposed previously you have not succeeded in your intent, I am sorry to tell you that you must abandon the idea of ​​listening to music from a USB stick in your car. Despite this, you can consider numerous other solutions for listening to music in the car . Here is a list of alternative methods that might be right for you.

  • Cassette and CD : the traditional method to listen to music in the car and to rely on physical formats such as cassettes and CDs to be inserted in the cassette player and in the car CD player.
  • AUX cable : through a common AUX cable with 3.5 mm connectors, it is possible to connect to the car any device that has an AUX IN input such as smartphones, tablets, CD players and MP3 players. If the car does not have an AUX IN input, it is possible to rely on a cassette adapter to be inserted into the cassette player of the car and which outputs a 3.5 mm jack.
  • Bluetooth : among the solutions to listen to music in the car to be considered there is also the Bluetooth connection between the car and smartphone. If the car is not equipped with the Bluetooth system as standard, there are numerous external Bluetooth devices that allow the connection to auto-smartphone. If you have an Apple smartphone, you can deepen the topic by reading my guide on how to connect iPhone to the machine via Bluetooth .
  • Smart systems : the latest cars are equipped as standard with Smart systems that allow you to connect your smartphone and use it while driving in total safety. Among the many features, Smart systems offer the possibility to listen to music in the device library or through services such as Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer and much more. If your car does not have a Smart system as standard, you can install one of the compatible car radios. To learn more, you can read my guides on how Android Auto works and how to install Carplay .