Ford Is Purging CD Players from Their Cars

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In a surprising yet also unsurprising move, Ford is killing off the CD player in the Ford Focus in Europe. Soon, they'll be purging CD players from the rest of their line too. Are we ready for this in America?

In the CD players place will be a USB and iPod port, auxiliary input and Bluetooth (or you can upgrade to Ford Sync). The CD Player isn't dead dead, as it'll still be an option for customers, but the end is obviously near. Ford plans to remove CD players in all their other cars in the next few years.

Ford's bid to kill off CD players is an industry first and obviously a bold move but not one that's unexpected. Technology gets outpaced and killed and to be honest, CDs became irrelevant years ago. Car manufacturers, who are notoriously slow at adopting good technology, are probably realizing that very few people use the CD player over an auxiliary input (when given the option). Most people I know never even touch the CD player. Why bother, right?

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But still. Even though the CD player purge isn't happening in America, I still feel a little sad about its European death. Ford killing it in the Focus is a little like Archduke Franz Ferdinand getting assassinated before World War I (okay, not really). This shit is going down guys. And it's sad! I remember the awkwardness of six-disc CD changers, I remember lugging around a 20 pound book of CDs and I remember woefully simple dashboards where all you could do is play tracks (go figure, right). Ah, what memories. Mixtapes gave way to mix CDs which gave way to playlists, I guess. It's the circle we live in. New things get better while old things disappear. [Jalopnik; Sound and Vision Mag]


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I own a 2010 Mustang with Ford Sync, and it includes a 6-disc CD player, as well as a USB port for plugging in any USB-based device into the Sync system. You can also use media devices over bluetooth.

With a lot of music on my phone, I'm finding I use the CD player a lot less than I once did. It's more convenient and since you can get even generic MP3 players on the cheap these days (or USB thumb drives of reasonable-enough capacity for a large number of MP3s), I say getting rid of the CD player wouldn't matter a whole lot to me.

For some it might. Perhaps the better option would be to include the CD player as an optional accessory, but relegate it to the tape decks and include an in-dash USB port instead. I'd say an iPhone or iPod dock, but some people (like myself) have Android phones that would make this rather useless, whereas nearly everyone has something that can plug into a USB port.