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(Hartford Courant)   Got a CD player in your car? Not for long, you don't   (courant.com) divider line 253
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2013-07-26 01:25:27 PM  
No worries
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2013-07-26 01:31:19 PM  
Rotating disc media are a stupid thing to put in a moving vehicle.
 
2013-07-26 01:33:44 PM  
Ha!  I still have a cassette deck and I'll probably have that for at least another five years
 
2013-07-26 01:46:46 PM  
You could still buy a car with a factory cassette deck in 2011 - the Mercury Grand Marquis.

I don't think CD players will disappear entirely for a long time, but I do believe that they're on the way out more now than I did a year ago.  The big reason is I bought a vehicle that has Sirius and a USB port - I haven't actually used my CD player in this vehicle since I've bought it.
 
2013-07-26 01:47:20 PM  
i've got one, but i've never used it.
 
2013-07-26 01:56:17 PM  
I had one, until I replaced it with an HD radio with no cd player and a USB port.
 
2013-07-26 01:58:09 PM  
I got one, and it has the audio jack too, so I can do CD's AND the MP3 player. Deal with it.
 
2013-07-26 01:58:48 PM  
My car's CD player still contains the CD that came with the car.

/Sweet classic rock mix.
 
2013-07-26 01:59:12 PM  
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2013-07-26 01:59:22 PM  
 "Those are not decisions we make in a five-minute water cooler meeting."

*cough*bullshiat*cough*
 
2013-07-26 01:59:39 PM  

EvilEgg: Ha!  I still have a cassette deck and I'll probably have that for at least another five years


Same here. The stereo and amp that originally came with the car are so good we're reluctant to take it out and replace it.
 
2013-07-26 01:59:40 PM  
Why? Is someone coming to take it out?
 
2013-07-26 01:59:48 PM  
www.nobodygoeshere.com
Are we finished here?
 
2013-07-26 01:59:54 PM  
This will only lead to CD listeners flicking burnt CDs out the windows while driving.

/or using them for trashy rear-view mirror decor
 
2013-07-26 01:59:59 PM  
Buncha Babies.....

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2013-07-26 02:00:28 PM  
What about 8 tracks?
 
2013-07-26 02:00:37 PM  

FloydA: Rotating disc media are a stupid thing to put in a moving vehicle.


Car record players used to be a thing.
 
2013-07-26 02:01:41 PM  

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Current car came without a casette player.
 
2013-07-26 02:01:43 PM  
Hell I still have a VCR in mine.  I bet it's older than half of the people posting
 
2013-07-26 02:02:04 PM  
I have bluetooth, which is great for calls.  But why can't I stream music (pandora, MOG, etc.) via bluetooth to my car audio?  That shouldn't be too complicated, should it?  And yet, it doesn't work.

My ideal dash wouldn't merely be a video emulator of the smartphone navi and audio output/speakers to play whatever I dialed up on it.
Oh, and HUD for pertinent auto data.
 
2013-07-26 02:02:12 PM  
Even more useless than a CD player is a factory installed GPS system... Its usually a double-dinn, so it wastes so much real estate, is ugly, is hard to use, and you typically have to pay for the service.   It actually prevented me from buying a particular used car that i otherwise liked a lot.
 
2013-07-26 02:02:44 PM  
I recently "upgrade" from a car that had a CD player to an older truck that has a cassette player. I'm loving the cassette audio adapter thing, and hooking it up to my iPad.
 
2013-07-26 02:03:05 PM  
The used car I bought 6 years ago has a tape deck I mostly use with an adapter for my iPod and a 5 CD changer I've never used. An mp3 player is just so much easier and holds a whole lot more music.
 
2013-07-26 02:03:10 PM  

Ennuipoet: No worries
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I had my Car Discman with 8X oversampling (top notch, baby) perfectly balanced on the tunnel in my '88 T-Bird.  It only skipped when I jumped the tracks.
 
kab
2013-07-26 02:04:14 PM  
How many years have we been hearing this now?

You can still buy cassette decks for your car, if you're so inclined.
 
2013-07-26 02:05:03 PM  
Who even listens to a car stereo? Good lord, that would distract me from texting and putting on my makeup, while talking on Bluetooth and listening to directional prompts from the GPS which I named 'Nigel'. Because he's British.
 
2013-07-26 02:05:38 PM  

AcneVulgaris: FloydA: Rotating disc media are a stupid thing to put in a moving vehicle.

Car record players used to be a thing.


And I bet that some hipster has already tried to make it a thing again. Along with a hand crocheted car cover.
 
2013-07-26 02:05:42 PM  
I know cars are becoming oversized entertainment centers, but let me talk this onion off my belt, pull these loose bees out of my pocket and argue in favor of the CD.

I have thought about going to a USB stereo, but then considered I would have to find the album I wanted.  And a touch screen is just as bad.  CD's can be burnt from MP3's those arguing that the CD is dead.

It is simply so much easier to flip through a book of CD's, vs having to navigate a menu (touch screen or directory on electronic portable media).

I may sound like an angry old man, but is it unreasonable to ask people to stop farking around with electronic touch screens while driving and just farking drive.  I don't care if they are texting, or trying to find that 'mixtape' in a subdirectory, stop farking around with your personal electronic device of choice and drive.
 
2013-07-26 02:06:02 PM  

T.rex: Even more useless than a CD player is a factory installed GPS system... Its usually a double-dinn, so it wastes so much real estate, is ugly, is hard to use, and you typically have to pay for the service.   It actually prevented me from buying a particular used car that i otherwise liked a lot.


I disagree.  I like the factory navigation system.  I don't like clutter on my dash, so using an aftermarket one would leave an ugly device sitting on top.  Plus, with the factory one it can automatically mute the audio when it tells me there's a turn coming up, then bring the audio right back.

Eventually having a solution that would just mirror my phone screen on an in-dash screen through USB or a dock in the console wouldn't be bad though.
 
2013-07-26 02:06:02 PM  
I still stick with CDs in my car, since most of the music I listen to does not come over a terrestrial or satellite radio channel. (unless there's a radio station out there that has the tag line, "This is KBAT, we play all your favorite Goth hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today!") No one plays this song anymore at a Goth club either Dead Can Dance - A Passage In Time cept for me at a one time opportunity in Newark, *sighs*. The only reason you want to keep your CD player will be to play the songs you know and enjoy, at your own time and pleasure.
 
2013-07-26 02:06:55 PM  
I can finally move on from my reel-to-reel?  but I need several hours of music for those long drives....
 
2013-07-26 02:07:12 PM  
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//prefers the warmer sound of vinyl
 
2013-07-26 02:08:10 PM  

tetsoushima: [www.nobodygoeshere.com image 769x669]
Are we finished here?


You use wires?  I have a bluetooth receiver so I don't have to wear out the headphone jack on my phone.
 
2013-07-26 02:08:23 PM  

tetsoushima: Are we finished here?


Add a volume knob, and then yes! Want!
 
2013-07-26 02:08:35 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Eventually having a solution that would just mirror my phone screen on an in-dash screen through USB or a dock in the console wouldn't be bad though.


Exactly what I want.  And it shouldn't be USB or a dock.  It should be wireless/bluetooth/etc.  Keep your phone in your pocket and emulate it on the dash while you're driving.
 
2013-07-26 02:08:57 PM  

Enemabag Jones: I know cars are becoming oversized entertainment centers, but let me talk this onion off my belt, pull these loose bees out of my pocket and argue in favor of the CD.

I have thought about going to a USB stereo, but then considered I would have to find the album I wanted.  And a touch screen is just as bad.  CD's can be burnt from MP3's those arguing that the CD is dead.

It is simply so much easier to flip through a book of CD's, vs having to navigate a menu (touch screen or directory on electronic portable media).


Voice recognition is getting pretty accurate these days.  My system automatically indexes the metadata for MP3s for whatever you plug in, iPod, USB stick, etc, and then let's you say 'play album <whatever>' or 'play track <whatever>'.  Of course, you have to have MP3s with clean metadata for that to work, and it does stick on some names, especially foreign ones, but for the most part it works well.
 
2013-07-26 02:09:36 PM  
My pickup just has an AM/FM radio.  No joke. Not even a tape deck.

/I drive in silence, mostly.
 
2013-07-26 02:09:44 PM  
We have a 2013 Elantra Limited.  There should be no reason to have a CD player in a car these days.

It came with a CD player though, I haven't used it once.  My wife does though to play CDs for our 8 month old but that's just because she's too lazy to rip them to an old iPod.

I just stream my music/podcasts/soundcloud from my iPhone through bluetooth.  Easy to set up, although I had to walk my wife through it a couple of times to do it.
 
2013-07-26 02:10:04 PM  

rikkitikkitavi: TuteTibiImperes: Eventually having a solution that would just mirror my phone screen on an in-dash screen through USB or a dock in the console wouldn't be bad though.

Exactly what I want.  And it shouldn't be USB or a dock.  It should be wireless/bluetooth/etc.  Keep your phone in your pocket and emulate it on the dash while you're driving.


I just like the USB/dock solution for keeping the phone charged, since doing the heavy lifting will drain the battery faster.  Having a wireless solution for short trips would be nice too though.
 
2013-07-26 02:10:34 PM  
My 2001 Honda Insight had a factory tape deck and if you wanted a CD player your could buy a factory changer that went in the back hatch.  I don't think they offered in dash CD players until 2005 or something like that.
 
2013-07-26 02:10:44 PM  

AcneVulgaris: FloydA: Rotating disc media are a stupid thing to put in a moving vehicle.

Car record players used to be a thing.


Yeah, we actually had one when I was a kid.  I'm speaking from experience.
 
2013-07-26 02:11:50 PM  
Was the first kid in my high school to have an 8 Track in my car. Bought it at K Mart, put it in myself. Came with a dash kit so there were no holes and voila....cruisin'. Had a '73 Impala two door, beer bottle brown with a beige vinyl top. Kept a Tropicana glass bottle of water under the seat for my bong and kept my weed in the glove box.

Now....my lawn...yadda yadda!
 
2013-07-26 02:12:15 PM  

tetsoushima: [www.nobodygoeshere.com image 769x669]
Are we finished here?


You can go one further.  No input at all.  All wireless.


FloydA: Rotating disc media are a stupid thing to put in a moving vehicle.


Yeah, CD and DVD players have been proven to not work in cars at all.
 
Ant
2013-07-26 02:12:19 PM  
I have the factory CD player in my car, but I've hacked in an aux input. I have to play a silent CD in order to get the aux input to work, but it works great.

Aux input for pre-2007 Subaru factory head units
 
2013-07-26 02:12:57 PM  
I guess it's time to get rid of my 78 rpm's.
 
2013-07-26 02:13:02 PM  

T.rex: Even more useless than a CD player is a factory installed GPS system... Its usually a double-dinn, so it wastes so much real estate, is ugly, is hard to use, and you typically have to pay for the service.   It actually prevented me from buying a particular used car that i otherwise liked a lot.


I love the factory installed GPS in my Acura.  There's no service fee but every so often you need an updated CD to account for new roads, developments etc.
 
2013-07-26 02:13:40 PM  
TuteTibiImperes ,
Voice recognition is getting pretty accurate these days.  My system automatically indexes the metadata for MP3s for whatever you plug in, iPod, USB stick, etc, and then let's you say 'play album <whatever>' or 'play track <whatever>'.  Of course, you have to have MP3s with clean metadata for that to work, and it does stick on some names, especially foreign ones, but for the most part it works well.

Noted and will reconsider when change chases me down on this.
 
2013-07-26 02:14:27 PM  
I see more and more people streaming wirelessly from their phone to their car.  I would have to imagine there'd be some quality loss vs a wired connection, but that's just random speculation on my part.
 
2013-07-26 02:14:27 PM  
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2013-07-26 02:15:09 PM  
one thing that sucks about a touch screen is a lack of ergonomics. Actual buttons can  have shape and texture so that one can operate them without taking your eyes off the road. With a touch screen its one big flat surface. Try and operate that thing without actually looking at it and you find that you've turned it from AC to heat, and you're listening to gospel radio. Or take your eyes off the road to fiddle about with menus and what not and wind up tail grabbing the ass of the car in front of you.
 
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