We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My current laptop doesn't even have a CD slot any more, but I gather you can buy a plug-in device for that. I usually download my music to the laptop now and put it on my phone, which bluetooth-links to my car's audio. Back when I was using CDs, I put the CD tracks in iTunes via the old laptop's CD player, then hooked the iPhone into the car's audio via a plug-in of some kind.
> My vehicle is of an age that it has a tape player, but not a CD player
My solution for this case was to buy a wireless FM transmitter (~$30 at Walmart) that plugs into the cigarette lighter and plays through the radio. Burn CDs to a memory stick, insert into transmitter and off we go! It also has an audio input jack.
I replaced the factory radios in 2 cars with ones with CD players that I got from Crutchfield. They sent all the parts needed, and the adapters needed. I am no whiz at mechanics, so it was amazing that I got it all to work.
Keep all cars until they reach 200,000 miles, then leapfrog to the next technology when you buy newer
Assistant Village Idiot
My favorite modus operandi. By staggering the leaps among cars, cameras, computers, and smartphones, I accumulate a steady collection of adapters and cables that come in handy for the next leap. Which reminds me: gotta finish ripping a small collection of 3.5" diskettes to flash drives so I can retire my USB-connected 3.5" disk drive. I suspect my USB CD-drive has several more years to go.