No More CD Players

August 1st, 2011
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Remember the days when all you could listen to on the drive home was the radio? Well, those days have long surpassed us, having experienced the evolution of the car radio to the cassette player, the CD player and then the Auxiliary plug in.  But now what? Could it be that these portals are now becoming obsolete?

Ford Motor Company seems to think so, as they have stated that starting next year the new Ford Focus in Europe will be available WITHOUT a CD slot, offering a USB connection instead. Of course, most of their newer models already come with a connection as either standard or optional, but never without the complete CD player.

It was mentioned that the major drop in CD sales especially in Britain was a contributing factor in Fords decision. Given the considerable increase in downloaded music sales, the move makes sense, but will buyers appreciate having a piece of equipment missing and still have to pay the same price, and what about those who have yet to digitalize their music?

A spokesman for the manufacturer’s Irish division said: “We don’t see there being a sudden changeover to Ford cars having no CD players – in the initial instance, customers will be given the option of selecting a model without a CD player. While plans have not been fully worked out yet, it is envisaged that this option will be available during 2012 in a number of markets across Europe.”

Ford is the first to replace CD players with digital music technology, and while this move seems to have been originally intended as a way of demonstrating the company’s ability to keep up with the latest technology trends, we shall wait to see if the public will be as receiving to the new change.

www.irishtimes.com

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