Last week we picked up the new-est car we’ve ever owned - a 2015-plated Fiat Freemont - which uses a “U-Connect” sound/navi system. I’m still working out if software upgrades may enable it to use CarPlay… but “out of the box” it easily talked via BlueTooth to an old iPhone that I loaded up with my 5,000-odd iTunes library. Instant easy access to every song we own.
Then I got back into my 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, with this radio…
…and I think to myself… surely I can at least get it to play my 60-odd “Faves” playlist as an MP3 CD…?
So I pull out the manual, have a flick through… and viola - right there in black and white - MP3 compatible, but with a list of required compatibility specifications a few pages long. Woot!
Burn a disk using iTunes. Start the car, put the disk in, and - ERROR - disk ejects.
Burn a disk using a burn folder in the desktop, and - ERROR - disk ejects.
Burn a disk using Toast, its own “MP3” disk option - ERROR - disk ejects.
Get Info on the disks, shows that they are all using MacOS file systems. The manual says it needs to be ISO 9660 format. Search through Toast’s menus, righto - data disk offers an ISO option.
Burn a disk, take it out to the car, finally feeling optimistically smug… and - ERROR - disk ejects.
Re-re-re read the manual… and it dawns on me… the manual is for 3 different radio models… 1 of which plays MP3’s… 2 of which - including my “REK” model - do not.
Deflated… Burn an audio-only disk, with about 18 of my favourite songs… Yay. It plays. 4 more disks and I’ll have them all burnt…
Moral of the story - make sure you read your manuals carefully and don’t expect too much from old tech.