Of course I have my music backed up and flash memory is very robust, I would only worry about it breaking if it was an external mechanical hard drive
I also still get all the album art on MP3's and easy navigation with through the folders.
Did you know it supports and plays uncompressed WAV files? That's the best thing I love about it since I'm an audiophile. Basically CD quality on a USB, and there is no current form of music streaming that matches true CD audio quality
Not just that but yeah I am oldschool and prefer to have my music on a USB stick/computers and not on my phone
You have a relatively simple system that works for you. When the first iPod came out in the early 2000s, it was something like $399.00 and I though it was a complete ripoff. I used all sorts of other methods including burning music to CDs and using MP3 players made by SanDisk. I considered the iPod a poor value and have never bought one. I'm definitely a fan of simplicity.
re:CD (lossless) audio quality being available on IOS devices, it's available, propelled by audio purists such as legendary guitarist Neil Young. Apple was rurmoed to be buying this company. http://tidal.com/us https://support.tidal.com/hc/en-us/c...91-The-Basics-
Obviously, there is a not insignifcant yearly cost. Tidal has deals w/all major record companies and a 40 million track song catalog. If you streamed the lossless quality songs in your car, you might blow thru your data limit in a hurry and maybe have uneven quality. Of course there has been a recent renaissance of unlimited plans with phone carriers. That said, Tidal allows you to download the files to IOS devices, which now have a vast amount of space - at a realistic entry level of 64gb. Would be nice to see Tidal as one of the "audio" apps like Spotify on the Mazda.
Of course, your system rig costs you nothing and it works for you abd that's great. Can't argue with that.
That said, with all the car noise, and Mazda isn't the quietest car on the road, do you really think you can hear the difference between a lossy track @320 bps and lossless. I doubt it. Maybe if you were in a Bentley or a Telsa.
I would like easy access to my Podcasts through Apple's and other Podcast apps downloadable from the app store on a screen like Apple CarPlay, yes so I don't have to interact w/a phone in the car, which is not safe. I can't do that. I would like to be able to. Is it enough of an issue to have leased a different car. Defintely not. But I was surprised that Siri was impossible to use w/out doing a complete end run around the Infotainment system.