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Fitting a CD Player to 2014 GC

Hi All,

This is my first thread here. I have recently taken delivery of a 2014 Grand Cherokee Laredo and the dealership have left out the CD player. They have advised me that they cant fit a factory unit now as it needs to be coded at the factory. What are my options as i am old school and like my CDs. Can a unit be retrofitted to my vehicle still utilizing the media centre console? Any help would be appreciated as i thin the dealership are trying to pull the wool over my eyes with this.
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Re: Fitting a CD Player to 2014 GC

My only advice to you would be to embrace it and get with the times. I'm surprised CD players are even still offered as an option anymore.
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Re: Fitting a CD Player to 2014 GC

I felt the same way when I first found out that Jeep had effectively gone digital. Over a few weeks, using my laptop, I copied my CDs to an SD card. This turned out to be much better than the single CD player that Jeep offered.

I doubt very much that you could not add a factory unit now. Since it fits in, and takes up most of the console interior space, it doesn't seem worth it.

In the mean time, while you are getting your head around an SD card , I would see if a portable CD player plugged into the auxiliary outlet would work.


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Re: Fitting a CD Player to 2014 GC

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I felt the same way when I first found out that Jeep had effectively gone digital. Over a few weeks, using my laptop, I copied my CDs to an SD card. This turned out to be much better than the single CD player that Jeep offered.

I doubt very much that you could not add a factory unit now. Since it fits in, and takes up most of the console interior space, it doesn't seem worth it.

In the mean time, while you are getting your head around an SD card , I would see if a portable CD player plugged into the auxiliary outlet would work.


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It should work, just audio.

USB powered CD players are quite cheap, but dunno if the USB port would take the audio off the player and play it. They are cheap enough to risk it.

You can also cut the CDs onto a USB key in non-compressed formats, although unless you have a Summit or aftermarket system good higher sample rate VBR [380 or so] MP3 software works quite tell, and allows a modest USB key to hold many many CDs worth of audio--besides there is almost always one track or two that stinks musically on any given CD.
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Re: Fitting a CD Player to 2014 GC

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It should work, just audio.

USB powered CD players are quite cheap, but dunno if the USB port would take the audio off the player and play it. They are cheap enough to risk it.

You can also cut the CDs onto a USB key in non-compressed formats, although unless you have a Summit or aftermarket system good higher sample rate VBR [380 or so] MP3 software works quite tell, and allows a modest USB key to hold many many CDs worth of audio--besides there is almost always one track or two that stinks musically on any given CD.
FYI.
The maximum bitrate for an MP3 is 320kbit/s.

I personally like to use fre:ac to rip MP3s from various audio sources.
I usually use the Variable Bit Rate (VBR) setting, but for the stereo on my boat there seems to be an issue with higher VBR songs not playing so I dropped it down to a Constant Bit Rate (CBR) of 224. Just my personal preference, but I prefer not to go below 192kbit/s.

I then use MP3Gain to 'normalize' the volume on all my songs to 93db.

I then use MP3Tag to populate the ID3 tags (the information your radio will read off the file like artists, title, album).
All of the software is 'free' for personal use.

fre:ac - free audio converter
MP3Gain
Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...)
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