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I can well imagine that you younger guys have all sorts of devises that will plug into the C-7, but for us older guys we might want to study up. Since the C-7 does not have a CD player you will need to find out what is needed to play our favorite tunes via a thumb drive, ipod, or other outboard source. Someone with a better background in such things will hopefully will see this thread and offer up some help and answer our questions on how to do that. I've been loading up music on a thumb drive for my music source and it has been fun putting on some "driving music" on it. Let's not talk about the tunes here. (I will start a different thread for that in the off topic forum) This thread is intended for folks to ask for help and find out about the sound system that GM has put in the new C-7.
 

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An educated guess would tell me that if you copy .mp3 files onto a usb thumb drive and then plug the drive into the USB port you should be able to play your music right through the stock system. Should be pretty easy to convert music from a CD to .mp3 files.
 

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An educated guess would tell me that if you copy .mp3 files onto a usb thumb drive and then plug the drive into the USB port you should be able to play your music right through the stock system. Should be pretty easy to convert music from a CD to .mp3 files.
You are correct. It is easy and works well. I currently do that in my XTS. :cool:
 

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When my son got his iPhone, his iPod became mine- isn't the hand-me-down scenario usually the other way around? Anyway- with what I've read about the C7 infotainment system, that should be all I'll need, and thumb drives should work just as well.
 

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Streaming music from cell app like pandora is ill primarily do.
Streaming via bluetooth is another great option. You can stream music stored locally on android or iPhone, or using any streaming music service like spotify, rhapsody, pandora, iheartradio etc... I will caution for some reason streaming bluetooth music from my android phone in my explorer via ford synch does not work very well however this was not an issue with an iPhone.
 

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One drivers opinion of the C-7 audio system

I have extracted this review of the C-7's audio system that I found on another site. Based on his review the audio system in the C-7 leaves a lot to be desired.

"...I'll be honest when I say that while the audio system looks pretty; the sound quality leaves a good bit for me to desire. Many people will say that the audio system should be the exhaust note (and damn this car's exhaust note is AWESOME!) or that they are not an audiophile and it doesn't really matter to them. Well, I am an audiophile with a history in the industry of recording arts and high-end consumer gear (another chapter of my life...)

The car I was driving had the 10-speaker audio system that includes a sub-woofer mounted in a 15 liter box. Apparently, the designers did not take time to do any math around acoustically fitting the sub to the payload area, or tuning it to its cabinet size. That or they must have simply thought bigger is better and that's it. The system, with tone controls set flat sounds enormously boomy and the bass response is as floppy and inaccurate as a bowl of el-dente noodles. If you like big, blurry bass to the point that your license plate holder is rattling loud enough to be heard inside the car, or you're one of those people who immediately and automatically turn up the bass without even listening to the system and no regard for anything else in the song that's on, then you might enjoy this system. I ended up turning the bass down about 1/2 to 2/3 of its adjustable range and it still sounded boomy and inaccurate to me. Any lower than that and it immediately went anemic. Last week, a GM engineer told me that the audio team wanted more space for their boom box sub but were told no. Good call... I can't imagine what they were thinking.

I did get in a different car at the track that did not have the boom-box sub option and its system sounded adequate. Not fantastic but better than the more expensive system with the sub."

To be fair, the system does give you lots of source options (3 USB ports) and a confusing array of sound modes (normal, driver, etc.) There is no CD player, showing that GM is staying with the times. I still like a CD player for simplicity and because I'm too lazy to convert my huge library but there's an SD card slot in the center console that will allow one to take many CD's worth of music in the space of a postage stamp, so no complaints from me here. All this while being fairly simple to operate via the MyLink touch screen. As well, it did a nice job of seamlessly integrating with my iPod right on-screen. I spent no appreciable time listening to traditional AM or FM radio, so I can't speak to those abilities.

I took my 5th gen iPod Touch along with me on the trip so I could switch between satellite radio and my own tunes. I am also a person with what I consider to be no musical taste - I like it all. On my trip I listened to everything from Barenaked Ladies to Train, to Warren Haynes (how could I NOT listen to 'Man in Motion'?) to Shpongle, as well as Indian and Western classical. Once the bass was somewhat in control, it was reasonably tolerable. For the price of this vehicle, I was left wanting in this one area of sound quality. Sorry but I just have to be honest here...
 

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I have extracted this review of the C-7's audio system that I found on another site. Based on his review the audio system in the C-7 leaves a lot to be desired.

"...I'll be honest when I say that while the audio system looks pretty; the sound quality leaves a good bit for me to desire. Many people will say that the audio system should be the exhaust note (and damn this car's exhaust note is AWESOME!) or that they are not an audiophile and it doesn't really matter to them. Well, I am an audiophile with a history in the industry of recording arts and high-end consumer gear (another chapter of my life...)

The car I was driving had the 10-speaker audio system that includes a sub-woofer mounted in a 15 liter box. Apparently, the designers did not take time to do any math around acoustically fitting the sub to the payload area, or tuning it to its cabinet size. That or they must have simply thought bigger is better and that's it. The system, with tone controls set flat sounds enormously boomy and the bass response is as floppy and inaccurate as a bowl of el-dente noodles. If you like big, blurry bass to the point that your license plate holder is rattling loud enough to be heard inside the car, or you're one of those people who immediately and automatically turn up the bass without even listening to the system and no regard for anything else in the song that's on, then you might enjoy this system. I ended up turning the bass down about 1/2 to 2/3 of its adjustable range and it still sounded boomy and inaccurate to me. Any lower than that and it immediately went anemic. Last week, a GM engineer told me that the audio team wanted more space for their boom box sub but were told no. Good call... I can't imagine what they were thinking.

I did get in a different car at the track that did not have the boom-box sub option and its system sounded adequate. Not fantastic but better than the more expensive system with the sub."

To be fair, the system does give you lots of source options (3 USB ports) and a confusing array of sound modes (normal, driver, etc.) There is no CD player, showing that GM is staying with the times. I still like a CD player for simplicity and because I'm too lazy to convert my huge library but there's an SD card slot in the center console that will allow one to take many CD's worth of music in the space of a postage stamp, so no complaints from me here. All this while being fairly simple to operate via the MyLink touch screen. As well, it did a nice job of seamlessly integrating with my iPod right on-screen. I spent no appreciable time listening to traditional AM or FM radio, so I can't speak to those abilities.

I took my 5th gen iPod Touch along with me on the trip so I could switch between satellite radio and my own tunes. I am also a person with what I consider to be no musical taste - I like it all. On my trip I listened to everything from Barenaked Ladies to Train, to Warren Haynes (how could I NOT listen to 'Man in Motion'?) to Shpongle, as well as Indian and Western classical. Once the bass was somewhat in control, it was reasonably tolerable. For the price of this vehicle, I was left wanting in this one area of sound quality. Sorry but I just have to be honest here... [/B]
I saw that also and was a bit disappointed (though his review of the C7 in terms of driving, cockpit, etc. was glowing). I have to wonder if those cars were basically still considered pre-production since most if not all were delivered about a week before Laguan Seca. They were definitely manufactured before the production line was fully debugged. Hopefully that is one of the areas fine tuned in our cars when we get them.
 

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Disappointing to read that review of the audio system. No CD is bad enough for dino's like me. Anyone know if you can simply copy a CD to a thumb drive or are other steps involved?
 

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Disappointing to read that review of the audio system. No CD is bad enough for dino's like me. Anyone know if you can simply copy a CD to a thumb drive or are other steps involved?
Yes you can and your computer should be able to do it easily (unless the CD has some copy protection on it).
 

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Disappointing to read that review of the audio system. No CD is bad enough for dino's like me. Anyone know if you can simply copy a CD to a thumb drive or are other steps involved?
Here is one option FreeRIP: CD to MP3 Converter, MP3 Converter once it is converted to .mp3 on your hard drive just plug your thumb drive into your computer and drag and drop the files onto the thumb drive.
 

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Well no offense to the original reviewer, but as someone who has spent a lot of years in the consumer electronics business, I say the quality of the Bose sound system will be a totally individual thing. Few companies are as good at making good sound come out of very tiny speakers.

And since no two people hear sounds alike so let's not jump to conclusions until we each have the opportunity to sit in the car with our own favorite music playing through the Bose speakers.
 

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Disappointing to read that review of the audio system. No CD is bad enough for dino's like me. Anyone know if you can simply copy a CD to a thumb drive or are other steps involved?
Georgio; I got lucky last year with the purchase of a fairly inexpensive Sony disc player(CDP CE500) that provided for direct copying of CD's to MP3 format. The only inconvenience is that it is done real time, but I enjoyed listening to what I copied while I was messing around in my garage.
 

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I dont know what the reviewers qualifications are but I am excited about the 10 speaker bose system with the sub box. I bet you we all think its great once we get it!
 

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Its in the premium system that comes in 2LT.. standard is a 9 speaker system 2LT comes with a 10 speaker system which includes a 15 Liter bass box.. One of the reviewers early on said its a booming system!
 

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What option is the sub in? I only see premium system in the 2lt. Are there other choices?
It is not a separate option, it is part of the premium sound system.
 
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It may seem a little old fashion but I have a Bose potable CD player that I plug into infotainment system via AUX cable. it works fine and I can play all of my CDs.

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