Hardware,  Music,  Tech

Acura MDX + My Music = Disappointment

I just traded my old Acura MDX for a new 2011 model. One of the features I was most excited about was the fact that it had a hard drive that I could “record” my music to instead of having my favorite music spread across a bunch of MP3 CDs. My wife’s car, a Cadillac SRX, had similar features and I was assuming (what’s that old saying again?) that my brand new shiny car would do at least as well as hers. Unfortunately, not so much.

The first thing I tried to do was copy a bunch of MP3s from my computer to a USB stick. Like I’ve done on my wife’s car a ton of times, I’d then connect the USB key to the car and “record” the songs on to the car’s hard drive. Turns out that’s not supported; playing MP3s off a USB stick is, recording songs from it is not.

Okay, so that’s a downer and kind of lame but I should be able to copy MP3 CDs to the hard drive then. I already have a bunch of them that I used in my old car so it won’t even be all that much work to get the collection going. Well, that’s also not supported. Again, I can play MP3 CDs just fine; I just can’t record from them.

In the end, the only media I can “record” from seems to be Audio CDs. Thankfully, it works for both: original CDs or ones I’ve burned myself. Not the end of the world, but definitely a little disappointing. I still really like the MDX but I could have liked it a whole lot more had it not been as crippled as it seems to have been made.

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