Should You Use Your Mazda’s USB Port or AUX Jack for Music?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda Technology, Stories of Interest on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 6:47 pm
Benefits of USB Port vs AUX Jack for Playing Music in the Car

Benefits of USB Port vs AUX Jack for Playing Music in the Car

If you drive one of the new Mazda models out there, you’ll have two options for hooking up your smartphone or portable music playing device to your vehicle: a USB port or an AUX jack. The thing is, when comparing the benefits of the USB port vs the AUX jack, neither is necessarily better for playing music in the car. That said, let’s explore the differences between the two options and once we’re finished, you’ll likely find that you have a personal preference.

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Sound Quality Between Car USB and AUX Jack

Some drivers care little about sound quality, as long as there is no static or the sound doesn’t cut out. Regardless of how you’re listening to music in your Mazda, you shouldn’t have to worry about that.

But because the USB and AUX jack are two different connections, those who do place sound quality as their primary concern may find that they have a preference for the USB input. Generally speaking, a USB connection should provide the best sound transfer while limiting manipulations that could affect the sound quality.

Music Controls Using USB vs AUX Jack

mazda infotainment commander control knobIn either case, controlling your music should be easy. When it comes to the AUX jack, however, you’ll need to use the smartphone’s on-screen controls in order to select songs, change songs, etc.

This might be fine for many drivers, especially those who expect to have a passenger controlling the music that gets played, as they will have more convenient access. Should you use the USB port, however, you’ll be able to use the vehicle’s audio system and steering wheel controls, a convenience for drivers but something not necessarily designed for passengers.

Moreover, in the case of using a USB memory stick, there is a disadvantage. When restarting the vehicle, the system will play the first audio file on the list rather than starting at the point in the song or playlist where it left off. This is never a concern with the AUX jack, since it is completely controlled by whatever you have on your phone.

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A USB Port Can Charge Your Smartphone While You Listen

Though the AUX jack has its own advantages, the one benefit that causes many people to choose the USB port over the AUX jack is the ability to charge their phone while listening to music. This is especially beneficial on long car trips, as you can play your music while keeping your phone charged all through one cord. Plus, you’ll likely be using a cord that came with your smartphone when you bought it rather than having to buy a separate AUX jack cable.

As you can see by comparing the benefits of the USB port vs the AUX jack for playing music in your car, while there is nothing wrong with the AUX jack and it does have its advantages, many drivers will opt for the USB port. It’s just one more way your Mazda is equipped for driving in the 21st century. Be sure to return to the Mazda of Lodi blog for more on life with your Mazda.