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Ford Escape Audiophile Radio & MP3

trackoholictrackoholic Posts: 3
edited March 2014 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:
  • the cd player says cd error just recently 4 cds wouldnt eject and still wont play any cds at what do i do is there a recall on this model or is it a human error please help its my ex wifes and all i want to do is help fix this one thing and i will be off her ---- list for at least a month
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    If you have discs that are still stuck, there are some tips in the How to Remove a Stuck CD Guide.
  • The input jack is on the bottom right of the centre console. It is hard to spot, but just look as far down the console as possible, on the right, just above the little area where there is a rubber? mat to put stuff on.

    Hope you can find it. I just ordered my 08 Escape, can't wait. It was mandatory for it to have that feature, so I made sure it was there!
  • I took a look and I don't see any indication of a hookup on the 07 Escape. Maybe they added on the 08

    Ford is so far behind in the electronics field, well I shouldn't pick on them, it's a US auto maker thing. They are never on par with foreign makers in technology. All they do is copy years later. This is my last US car.

    As usual the dealer said the Escape had it. Typical.
  • i just got my 2008 escape hybrid and i want to replace the single cd player with the 6 disc is the oem radio. can someone explain to me how i remover the orginal radio
  • I have a "trip tunes" hard wired Ipod hook up to install on my 07 Escape w/ single CD ford radio. I need to find out the color code for the acc lead and the ground, which I assume is the black.
  • fries1fries1 Posts: 12
    I have an 07 Excape XLT w/6cd/mp3 with sat button. in the menus it has an adjust for speed sensitive volume. when I make an adjustment in the menu my drving volume does not change. My dealer says it doesnt have the option installed, but why would it be in the unit's menu if its not installed? Am I getting the run around from my dealer or is this possible. Thanks in advance for any advice. :shades:
  • bpikebpike Posts: 1
    I was able to resolve this issue with my 2003 Ford Escape XLT with 6 Disc CD. I too was getting "CD ERROR", "INITIALIZING" and "NO CD" msgs on the display - I was able to fix with the following steps...

    [1] With vehicle off and keys not in accessories position, access the fuse panel (driver left foot kickplate trim piece) and pull fuse in slot #27.

    [2] Start the vehicle/power accessories

    [3] Turn off the vehicle/disable power to accessories

    [4] Replace the fuse... it may spark (mine did) as the Radio/CD unit immediately draws power

    You should here the CD mechanism moving/realigning and clicking.

    [5] Start the vehicle or power the accessories - you should now be able to cycle through and eject discs (I had 6 loaded). I then tested by repeatedly loading, playing and ejecting a single disc (I have not tried multi discs yet though).
  • I had a 02' Focus with the 6CD Ford radio and it would not eject the CD's. I now have an 03' Escape with the 6 CD, AM/FM on both, and this radio will not push out my burnt CD's or my regular CD's that I purchase already made from the stores. If I took out the radio and tipped it upside down and put it back in the car, the radio would eject. The Focus was much easier, I took out the radio and it did not have a top to it so I could just reach in and pull out the CD's. I have used the popsicle stick on my current Escape Ford radio and finally got fed up with the Ford brand of radio and purchased an Alpine single CD head unit and it works every time. Do not think too much of the Ford radios or whatever brand that they are installing in their vehicles.
  • hi,
    please help me, my ford escape 2002 cd changer, automatically changes volume balancing, cd, ejects, and does crazy stuff byitself. even when i turn it off, it still starts byitself and start doing it again
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