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There was once a time when pretty girls mocked us because our cars didn't have CD players. These days it looks as if we're finally getting our own back, as Pioneer has just released the MVH-8200 -- a car stereo without a CD drive. The MHV-8200 is available now for around £279, while the MVH-8200BT will
set you back somewhere in the region of £310.
Instead of relying on old-skool plastic discs crammed with a dozen or so songs, the MVH-8200 gives you access to an almost unlimited supply of digital music via its integrated SD card reader, front-facing USB port or 3.5mm auxiliary jack. A separate cable enables you to connect your iPhone. All you need to do is copy your songs across from a PC before you set off.
The MVH-8200 has a fairly small 76mm (3-inch) colour TFT display that lets you watch films and view photos. The system supports DivX, JPEG, MP3, WMA and AAC, though you'll have to ensure your audio tracks are of the DRM-free (iTunes Plus, Amazon MP3) variety.