Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Crissie asks: One of the reasons I like my older (’99) car is because it has a CD changer. Do any of the new cars still have these?
My reply: A few. But mostly only the older models – the new model year cars that haven’t been redesigned in a few years. But even they are dropping the CD slot. The 2020 Ford Edge I’m driving this week, for instance. Same basic vehicle as it was back in 2015 but the ’20 no longer has even a CD slot (forget changer). Instead, it’s been fitted with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. These are wireless systems that let you transmit music from your phone or iPod to the car’s audio system.
Generally, I’m averse to tech for its own sake but in this case, there’s an actual functional and physical improvement. You can store hundreds – thousands – of songs on a device the size of a pop tart; I don’t miss the days of lugging around a small suitcase of CDs or having to change CDs.
I still have my CDs – hundreds of them – but I transferred the songs to my iPod, so I can carry them all in my pocket now.
I dig that.
But – if you prefer CDs (and some do, apparently because the sound quality is richer; I’m too much of a Philistine, apparently, to notice) you aren’t out of luck. Even if the factory doesn’t offer a CD slot anymore, it’s not a huge big deal to get one from the aftermarket. These are available in non-rigged design, too – meaning you don’t have to mutilate your car’s dashboard or even accept an obviously not-factory-looking head unit. They make ’em to fit your car- any car – both functionally an aesthetically. Crutchfield is a good place to start but you may also want to visit a local audio shop – hopefully one without a Diaper Wearing policy!
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