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Ford Escape Audiophile Radio & MP3

trackoholictrackoholic Posts: 3
edited March 5 in Ford
I just purchased a new Ford Escape with the 6 disc Audiophile stereo system which is suppose to allow an MP3 player to be used with it. Anyone know where theinput jack is located ?

Although the owners manual references the use of MP3 with the radio it does not tell you where to find the input jack?



  • ihave a 2001 ford escape with a mach sound system. recently the radio goes on but no sound. i have volume lines,stations change but no sound.
    if i shut the ignition off then start it again in about 8 to 10 seconds later the radio lights up and the sound is there.
    has anyone had a similiar problem and if so how was it solved ?
  • I've been looking on mine and have yet to find it. I have the exact same car, and stereo. If you find it could you let me know? I'm going to ask some friends with the same car. I was also wondering if you can add an amp and subwoofers to the factory unit? I would hate to replace the head unit with a new one. I like the fact that it takes 6 discs =)
  • As far as I can tell this unit does not offer any input connection for external devices.

    All of the manufactures, Ford especially used very creative wording and selling of an MP3 ready radio to aid in the selling of their cars.

    I find it amazing that their top of the line (so they call it) radio in this era does not have a simple input connection for an IPOD. Very poor thinking on their part.

    I've already replaced mine with an Alpine unit and next time around I will not consider purchasing a Ford vehicle.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    This means that you can save and MP3 file to a writeable CD-Rom in MP3 format and play it back on the radio.

    This means you can get a lot more music onto each writeable CD.

  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Almost all other 07 Ford have an mp3 input jack and the Escape gets it for 08.

  • I want to add an amp and some speakers and just wondering if the 2006 limited has RCA cable's coming out of the factory stereo. If so, how many pre-outs? :confuse:
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    the radio is easy to pull out if you want to take a look. There is a tool from
  • I guess the only way to hook up the IPOD, or an MP3 player, is to buy a transmitter for $20-30
  • Hello everyone! I did much searching before posting this. I hope this is something simply solved and not to long winded. My wife and I just purchased a 07 XLT which we've only owned since 2/14. We love the new truck and everything so far about it. I run into a problem with the stereo that I can't seem to solve. The radio won't seem to recognize the the MP3 files on the disk. The setup is stock as noted and the files were burnt to 2 different types of media Maxell CD-R music and HP CD-R. I've never had a coaster from either brand. I wrote both disks twice using Windows Media Player and Acoustica MP3 cd burner. When the disk is installed in the player. I get a "bad disk " message or only the first 3 songs on any disk that it reads play. I currently have a Alpine head unit on my bike and a Kenwood player on the house system and all disks read and play fine on these units. I've changed the write speeds while writing new disks with no luck, still the same. I have noticed that when pushing the menu button while in disk mode and trying to play a recorded disk that the player won't change from file to folder mode. I'm almost positive it's something I'm doing wrong. My wife and I have read and reread the instruction manual to no avail. I'm thinking it's possibly the media?? I've never had a problem before with this media in probably 5 or 6 different players. I hope someone has a suggestion as to something I missed or am missing. Thank you all for your time Pete
  • Try burning on a CD+r and see if it works
  • You can buy a greatr used factory radio on EBAY or have it checked out at Best Buy
  • Thank you CT777, I think, I got it figured out. I was burning at default speeds. I went in and did some adjustments with the write speed and test burnt the files prior to a real burn. It seemed to work. The disk worked fine! It took about 40 minutes to burn a cd but it worked. Thank you for your response very much. I just got it figured out last night 2/21. :shades: We be styl'in
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Try not to use to many nested folders as well.

  • Pete07. Hey bought my wife an 07 XLT as well. Same issue. Which CD Brand is working for you?
    CD-Rs or CD+Rs?
    Which program are you using, just the Windows?

    We've tried the slower burning rate before, but that's done nothing.

  • Hey falcon, The software I'm using is Acoustica MP3 cd burner and can be found here link title. I found this program very straight forward and easy to use. I'm using Maxell CD-R music 80 minute 700 mb media for my recordings. As far as the setup. I set the software up to test all the selected music prior to burning the cd. I burnt it at 18x but the actual burn speed was around 13.5x. I've burnt 4 cd's like this and haven't had a problem since. Each cd was burnt with folders for each album with no sub-folder. Also in the radio setup go to the menu button after the cd is in and read, and set it to folder. You will be able to scan through your folders and the folder names will appear on the radio screen. Hope this helps. You can download a trial version of the cd burner at the above website. It works very similar but I think better than Windows media player. It will search your machine for all music when it's installed. Let me know if this helps at all. Lastly, I have a pretty fast computer but with the aforementioned setup in the software. The whole burning process took about 40 minutes after the songs were setup for the cd. Pete :shades: We be Jammin
  • Thanks a lot man. We will try that tonight. One last question...before this turns into a "how to burn session".

    In your process are you burning from "Album (.cda) to MP3s" or are you taking already ripped MP3s and burning those to the CDs? I'll try both in case, but curious...
  • Ripping from original cd with acoustica and burning mp3
  • Possible we got a dud. Going to force the dealer to have someone inspect it and prove it one way or the other.
    The first "Bad Disk" my wife burned was a "Bad Disk" in my 2005 ZX4 focus (bought same day as our 07 escape...). Tonight we tried a few techniques that Pete mentioned. One disk with folders, one without. 16x speed burn, on a different software.
    Both work great in my Focus...not at all in the Escape.

    We're now trying the "Acoustica." If it works I'll post again and eat crow. If I don't post....then I'm going postal I'm sure. :mad:

    Thanks Again
  • ....yep....a big huge helping of Humble Crow Pie.

    Acoustica is a Godsend. Single Tracks, Folders, our Escape, or our Focus. Works like a charm. My guess it's in the natural rates of the burn and some other things.

    either way....very grateful Pete07. Thanks!
  • Good deal, Glad I could help you out. I went through the same thing....almost exactly. My daughter has a 07 Explorer. I was trying mine in both systems. Don't know exactly why MS-MP recording's wouldn't work. I thought, I had a bad player also. Have fun, Pete :shades:
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