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Mazda CX-7 iPod, Stereo, Sirius, AUX



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I agree, it's frustrating at minimum and should have never been released that way. The display limitations are that of the CX-7 radio and not the module so there will be no way to update this in the future. Mazda used the existing CD changer port (old Alpine technology) for auxiliary input. Future Mazdas starting with the '08 Mazda5 will have better text capability.

    All I can suggest is setting up your first 5 playlists for use in your CX-7.

    Also, if you re-boot your iPod (hold down Menu and Select) while the CX-7 stereo is in another mode (like FM), you will still have the sound connection, but control and display revert to the iPod. The CX-7 will display meaningless track numbers, etc. What sucks here is you'd have to do it every time you start the vehicle. That tip is best used on long drives.
  • I'll play angel's advocate here and say that Mazda at least gave us a semi-integrated option versus the alternative of a simple "aux in jack" which to me would not be as good.

    Sferguson, I never used to use playlists at all, but have gotten used to them and now treat a playlist much like I would a CD binder in the old days. Before I head to work, I simply make a playlist (or two or three) and can switch between them on the road, like I would CDs in the changer. Incidentally, from what I can remember, there is only a theoretical limit to number of playlists or songs - I know I've had over 10 playlists, and at times some of those have had over 100 songs.

    It'd have been nice if Mazda set the display up for text/title capability in the early CX-7s, but I don't really miss it... 11,000 songs on my iPod and I can still name most of them by memory after hearing the first 10 seconds. "Your tuneage may vary." ;)

  • carlitos: believe it or not, there are some of us out here who would have preferred a simple aux in jack as we are not ipod owners. believe it or not, there are non-Apple mp3 players out there being used...

    If the cx-7 had this input jack, I would be able to plug and play my mp3 player in to the cx-7 and use the mp3 player display to see what songs and playlists are playing.

    i know I am in the majority here but.............
  • rex10rex10 Posts: 24
    FYI - A third party vendor has released an iPod adapter that does display the song/artist info (using the text knob on the head unit). It also allows an aux jack in addition to the ipod jack. I bought a different third party adapter from audiolink, but then I saw this one. Don't have any experience with it but heard about it while reading an RX-8 message board. I think the trick is that they use the connector where the satellite radio hooks up, which does allow text info to be relayed. Sold on ebay stores here
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    ...and it even fits the rare and valuable 2006 model. ;)
  • understood. though i have that aux-in setup in another car's aftermarket head unit and really don't like it because it takes my eyes of the road too much trying to control the player. plus, trying to match all the volume levels (and then remember to put them back so i don't blast myself into deafness) is a pain for me. maybe the OEM setups work better.

    i don't have "apple" tattoos or anything, but i still think you meant "minority..." :)
  • Matltb thank you soooo much. I have over 1300 songs and the playlist solution was not working for me. I purchased the iPod so I could take all my music with me and play whatever I feel like hearing when I feel like hearing it.

    Using the re-boot solution I can now get to the music I want to hear and still have a great connection. I am happy to give up using the radio controls to be able to hear what I want to hear when I want to hear it.

    THIS IS GREAT. Again thank you so much. I'm going to suggest to Mazda that they include this in their manual. My wife thanks you also now she doesn't have to listen to me complaining about the integration module.

    Now I can complain about the iPod Touch with only 16GB.
    Thanks again
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    You're welcome.

    As far as getting it in the manual, I don't think that's going to happen for a number of reasons that I won't get into.
  • Hi,

    Any idea why my home-made MP3 tunes will display the title/track on the nav screen, but the store-bought CD's will not display the title/track? Yes, I've read the manual and there isn't any sort of adjustment to be made that I can tell. It's just "supposed" to automatically appear...

    Thanks for your help. Chari
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Your home-made CDs are "tagged" by the software you use to catalog them, likely getting the info from the internet. Only some of the store bought CDs have this info in a format that the head unit can read.
  • Hmm, I did NOT know that! Thanks. Chari
  • Unknown to most navi owners, the navigation unit for the CX-7 does have support for auxiliary input. For some reason mazda chose not to enable this functionality or to provide the input jack. Following the thread found at the following link I was able to enable the media button (to activate aux1) and to install a 3.5mm stereo jack in my cx-7 with navigation. The total cost was $35.

    How to install aux-input
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    Nice - maybe you can write up a guide on it too? Spread the wealth. :shades:
  • dmele426dmele426 Posts: 33
    i am looking to replace my factory installed radio with a Kenwood HD/CD/MP3 radio. Any advice on what tools I need to get the job done?
    I am also replacing all the speakers in my car, any advice will be appreciated!
  • jakes0616jakes0616 Posts: 1
    I am installing a parrot ck3000 blue tooth device in my CX-7 (2008). How do I get to the back of the radio, and to the ignition harness. Any advice on what tools I may need? and any hints on taking apart any of the dashboard to get to the radio and ignition dash. Thank You
  • jake70jake70 Posts: 1
    I had the ipod adapter installed in my MX-5 & found out that it doesn`t support ipod shuffle. Is there a way I can sync my ipod useing itunes to load it in a shuffle format?
    It`s driving me Crazy!! I am new to this ipod thing & the itunes site is hard to use for me. Help Me jake 70
  • jchoijchoi Posts: 1
    I bought an aftermarket Sirius radio which I have sitting atop my dash. Does anyone know whether there is an aux input in the back of the base radio unit that I can connect my Sirius radio to? And what type of cable is required?
  • craftsburycraftsbury Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    I would love to have this radio, but as a 76-year-old widow, I don't know about cost and installation. Any help? Would also like to know whether this model can use regular fuel instead of premium.
  • lexsdadlexsdad Posts: 1
    I was curious if you knew of any problems with the auxiliary ports in the center console of the 09 CX7 Grand Touring models with the technology package. Everything works fine with the stereo but the when I switch it to AUX mode and turn on my ipod nothing plays. My nav, sirius, cd and FM/AM are all fine. Is there a certain brand of cable you recommend using or is there just an issue with the system?

    Thank you,
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