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New ToyoTa Camry CaN do everyThiNg exCepT play Cds

My question is this: Is there any
way to install an after-market CD
player in this car? If not, is there
any similar car out there that
comes with a CD player? Thank
you! — Janet
Wow, you really like your CDs,
Janet! You’re willing to dump a
BY RAY MAGLIOZZI
brand-new Camry just so you can
listen to the Doobie Brothers. I
Dear Car Talk:
admire that. But you won’t have
I recently bought a 2019 Toyota
to dump the Camry, Janet. First
Camry. I knew that it did not have of all, we agree with you about
a CD player, nor was one available Toyota’s “Entune” infotainment
as an option. The salesperson
system. It’s miserably
assured me that I would be able to complicated, and lots of people
download all my CDs to a thumb have complained to us about how
drive and listen to them that way unintuitive it is.
in the car.
So, you’re not alone there. And
Well, that was a pipe dream!
you’re not alone in wanting a
I have not figured out a way
CD player — although you are
to do that efficiently, and
increasingly in the minority these
Toyota’s Entune System (and its
days, as most people store their
music on their phones.
“directions”) is mystifying.

The easiest, though not cheapest,
way to get a CD player is to visit
a reputable car stereo store.
Look carefully at reviews and
recommendations because it’s a
business where quality varies a lot
from store to store.
A good car stereo shop can either
add a permanent CD player that
they will mount somewhere for
you, or they can even replace your
Camry’s “head unit” (the stereo
controller on your dashboard)
with a whole new system that
has a CD player built in. If only
I could’ve replaced my brother’s
“head unit.”
If you’re handy and prefer to
do it yourself, just go online
and search for “USB CD player
for 2019 Camry.” You’ll find a
number of options for CD players
that plug into your car stereo’s
USB port. Then, when you select

USB as your “source,” your car
stereo system will play whatever’s
in the CD player. The player itself
can go in the glove box, under
the dash, or on the side of the
center console, with self-adhesive
patches.
But try a good stereo shop first.
See what it costs to have it done
professionally and cleanly. After
all, it’s a brandnew car, Janet. It’s
a little early to be telling your
passengers to “watch the wires”
when they get in.
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