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Are you ready for the demise of the in-dash CD?
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One of the execs at Siemens VDO is quoted as saying that they could save "as much as $20 to $40 per vehicle" by this deletion, to which I say, big whoop! I think the larger point, however, is that they are already viewed by a large segment of the buying public as obsolete.
Me, I rather like having a CD in the dash. No I don't use it every day, as I have become a satellite radio addict, but for me it is much easier to plug in the CD of one of my favorite albums than to have to go and load it on some portable player as a file to be uploaded to my car. That takes more time and preparation than my lazy self cares to commit! And no, I don't currently own an iPod.
The Siemens exec also says that the CD player is valuable real estate in the dash, and automakers would love to use the space for other stereo options, but I dunno, it doesn't seem to me that it takes up that much space, especially if you consider that for the foreseeable future they will probably still offer as standard some type of radio, whether it's over-the-air or satellite-based. If you're going to have a radio anyway, how much EXTRA space does the CD player take up?
So what do you think - would you miss the in-dash CD if it went way? Would you pay extra for it if they still offered it as a $50 or $100 option? I am curious to hear what people think.
2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)