According to automotive experts, the in-dash CD player’s days may be numbered in new cars. Also, water is wet, and orange juice made from oranges.
The Telegraph reports that roughly one-third of new cars sold in the UK by the end of the decade will have a CD player, with many of those physical media players being optional extras.
About 3 out of 4 new cars come with some sort of USB connectivity as standard, according to the newspaper, which means there are many people who are opting for a USB connector AND CD player in their car today. Wait, why?
According to Bloomberg News, 24 percent of cars sold last year in the U.S. didn’t have a CD player and nearly 50 percent of new cars sold here in 2021 won’t have the option to spin its own discs.
Nearly a year ago, The Atlantic declared the CD was dead and that digital music sales isn’t much further behind. Considering that most people nowadays stream music, it’s hard to conceive why automakers will hold onto CD players for at least 5 more years — but I’m wrong a lot.
Would you want a CD player in your new car?