CD Players Slowly Exit the Car

The car CD player, which fueled an aftermarket car radio boom for years, will be missing from many new cars in the near future.

Automotive News reports that by 2018, 12.1 million cars will come without a CD drive in North America, up from 331,000 this year.

For example, GM will roll out this summer a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS that has a CD-less radio option under MyLink. The MyLink radio has a 7-inch display, but lacks advanced voice control as well as the CD to keep costs down. The new Sonic made its debut last week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Sonic Chevy 2013

Sonic Chevy 2013

A second model, the 2013 Chevy Spark will also offer the CD-less MyLink option.

Automotive News reports that car makers want to shed the CD because they are expensive. Potential buyers of the Sonic and Spark report they are looking for lower cost systems.

CD players mainly appeal to older drivers, and it’s likely the CD player will die off along with the baby boomer generation, analyst Stratacom, Inc. told Automotive News.

Source: Automotive News via Kicking Tires

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