Go ahead and leave your mix tapes at home before you go test drive a new vehicle, they won't do you any good. According to a report in The New York Times, auto makers have finally moved on and there isn't a single 2011 model car that sports a factory-installed cassette player. The last model that did was a 2010 Lexus. Is time running out on the CD player too?
"Lexus was the last holdout," said Phil Magney, vice president for automotive research for the IHS iSuppli Corporation. "We actually stopped tracking cassette players in cars some time ago. Now the question the automakers are asking is, how long has the CD got to go?"
Probably not anytime soon, but the better question to ask is, what should automakers replace it with?
"We went from radio to tape to optical and then to flash memory or a hard disk drive, and now we're moving away from memory and to storage of our tunes in the cloud," said Mike Kahn, director for mobile electronics of Sony.
How do you access your music while driving around? Do you still use CDs?