Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In Memoriam: The in-dash CD player

Alright, Chiclets ... how many of you either had, or knew someone who had an 8-track player in their car?  NO ... I didn't have one.  But, when I was a young lad, my sister drove a 1978 Buick Regal and you know that beauty came with an 8-track player. 

Then, the 8-track made way for the Cassette Tape ... and thank goodness because those tapes took up a lot less space on the floor board or in the back seat.

After that, the Cassette Tape made way for the CD .... and now, the CD is making way for the ... well, nothing.  The CD player, as MSNBC.com is reporting, is beginning to be dismissed from the dash:
CD players in cars look set to go the same way as the dodo bird, according to a report in industry trade publication Automotive News.

With content and computing power migrating to smartphones, which can now channel music, navigation and other applications to relatively simple and low-cost onboard infotainment systems, CD players are becoming increasingly irrelevant in cars, the report says.

Automakers also want to get rid of optical drives -- that is, CD or DVD players -- because they are expensive and appeal mainly to older motorists, according to the report.

Indeed, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, which debuted this week at the Detroit auto show and will go on sale in the United States this summer features an optional MyLink infotainment system that lets motorists make hands-free phone calls, listen to MP3 music and get route guidance by linking their smartphones to the vehicle's infotainment system. But no CD player, Automotive News said.
I knew this day would come ...

1 comment:

grahamophone said...

Oh no!! First the 8-track, then the cassette deck, and now this?
I wrote an homage to my car's cassette player a few years back on my blog (hate that word!). Maybe you can relate:

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