CD player

Ford's chief interior designer hoping to soon remove in-car CD players

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:20pm

Ford dashboardFord's chief interior designer is "looking forward to the day when automotive designers get rid of CD players."

"That’s oceanfront property when you are talking about the center stack," Michael Arbaugh told the Detroit Free Press. "I think anybody under 30 is probably using all MP3 devices. They don’t buy CDs."

Throwing out the CD player would help with fuel efficiency, said Arbaugh, and "free up critical space... where technology is offering other choices." Among those choices are smartphone-friendly systems that more easily allow in-car web radio playback.

"Shedding the CD player is part of a larger trend in automotive infotainment," wrote Automotive News earlier this year (RAIN coverage here). "Content and computing power are migrating to smartphones."

You can find more from the Detroit Free Press here.

Chicago Tribune: Cars without CD players will become the norm in coming years

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:15am

Pandora in a GM carThis year's CES was flooded with devices and developments for connecting cars to the Internet -- especially Internet radio (find our coverage here). Now Automotive News (and picked up by the Chicago Tribune) reports that new technology is already replacing CD players in cars, and will do so at a greater pace in the next few years.

More than 330,000 cars will be sold without CD players in 2012, according to an analyst for research company Stratacom. He expects that number to grow to 12.1 million by 2018.

"Shedding the CD player is part of a larger trend in automotive infotainment," writes Automotive News. "Content and computing power are migrating to smartphones." The publication points to Pandora and similar webcasters as potential winners of such a trend.

You can find Automotive News' article here. The Chicago Tribune also picked up the story, which you can find here.

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