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CD Players in Cars Are Quickly Becoming a Thing of the Past

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On: Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 8:40AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

CD Players in Cars Are Quickly Becoming a Thing of the Past

The fade out of the CD player has been a long and slow process, but the age of the compact disc player in cars is obviously almost over. 

Nobody really expected the CD player to last forever, but the fade out might still surprise some drivers. Having a compact disc player in your car used to be a premium option, something you would even have to pay extra for if you wanted it in your car or rental car. Even as recently as 10 years ago, people were having to pay extra to have this “high tech” option in their ride.

The CD player is going the way of other audio devices used in cars—tape decks, 8-track players, and CB radios, but the CD player is actually dragging its heels on the way out the door. There are far better ways to get music inside your car, such as flash drives, MP3 players, audio streaming, and wireless transmitting, but the outdated CD player has stuck around much longer than the technology held its ground as the “latest and greatest”.

Some brands, including GM’s Cadillac, have already thrown out the CD player and moved on. Likewise, Tesla Motors and Smart Car models have bid farewell to this outdated technology as well. The 2014 Kia Soul and Chevy Spark are also saying goodbye to CD players during their mid-year change.

Auto makers need that valuable dash space. CD slots no longer have a place on the dashboard. Somewhat like how it made its entrance, it’s making its exit—many vehicle buyers have to request the CD option, and a lot of models have it moved away from the dash.

People have been reluctant to let go of the CD, which has really dragged out its ultimate demise. Most people who listen to music have spent a lot of money on their CD music collection and are not thrilled at the idea of tossing them out, even if they are bulky and transporting them in the car has always been a little inconvenient and awkward.

Auto makers are more than eager to toss the CD slot, but have been generous with their timeframe for those who are reluctant to switch. One might even say that the CD player, once so loved and admired, has worn out its welcome.


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