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The current US spec Mazdas with the new Infotainment system including the CX-50 have eliminated the aux input, unfortunately. Less than perfect options then seem limited to a Bluetooth or (the dreaded) FM transmitter attached to your existing CD player. The ultimate solution is to start slogging through the time and labor intensive job of digitizing one's CD collection for playing then via a phone or USB flash drive. I already have most of my favorite music already digitized or it was originally always digital files, so the remaining music on CDs I have is just the nice to have stuff at this point. But of course what works for one person isn't always the preferred solution for another.

Tangentially, my other half purchased a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek late last year and we were both pretty surprised to see that the Limited trimline still has a CD player. We completely missed that during the test drive and spec comparisons probably because we weren't even considering it as a need, and only noticed a few days into ownership.
 

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The current US spec Mazdas with the new Infotainment system including the CX-50 have eliminated the aux input, unfortunately. Less than perfect options then seem limited to a Bluetooth or (the dreaded) FM transmitter attached to your existing CD player. The ultimate solution is to start slogging through the time and labor intensive job of digitizing one's CD collection for playing then via a phone or USB flash drive. I already have most of my favorite music already digitized or it was originally always digital files, so the remaining music on CDs I have is just the nice to have stuff at this point. But of course what works for one person isn't always the preferred solution for another.

Tangentially, my other half purchased a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek late last year and we were both pretty surprised to see that the Limited trimline still has a CD player. We completely missed that during the test drive and spec comparisons probably because we weren't even considering it as a need, and only noticed a few days into ownership.
Thanks Lee. If no aux input, where would I attach/insert the flash drive? I've got a flash drive with hundreds of songs. How would I listen to digitized songs via Bluetooth on the 50? BTW, any idea what this long "thing" is next to the 2 usb ports might be? (see attached)
Thanks again!
 

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Thanks Lee. If no aux input, where would I attach/insert the flash drive? I've got a flash drive with hundreds of songs. How would I listen to digitized songs via Bluetooth on the 50? BTW, any idea what this long "thing" is next to the 2 usb ports might be? (see attached)
Thanks again!
That longer slot is for the maps SD card if you have Mazda navigation. You should be able to put your USB stick into either slot and it should show under sources in entertainment. For Bluetooth, you need to connect your phone to your car to listen to songs. It’s under communication on your Mazda connect screen.
 

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It may also be helpful to review the information shared on another forum about how to format the USB flash drive and associated limitations/best practices. While about the Mazda 3, it should apply to all vehicles with the MZD 2nd Gen Connect system:

Instructions on how to setup Mazda Connect for USB and...

The applicable info is the two paragraphs before the Bluetooth setup. Thanks to Segetsu for this useful write up!
 

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That longer slot is for the maps SD card if you have Mazda navigation. You should be able to put your USB stick into either slot and it should show under sources in entertainment. For Bluetooth, you need to connect your phone to your car to listen to songs. It’s under communication on your Mazda connect screen.
I've got loads of songs loaded onto a thumb drive and have inserted it into one of the USB input slots. Shows up under "Sources" in Entertainment. WOW!! There are several ways that the Mazda "system" views/sorts the data (songs) on my thumb drive. Totally amazing, and so cool!! And of course with the Bose sound system, no need to ask me how great it sounds!
 
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