Ford Ditches CD Players

Usually, auto manufactures are slow to adopt new technology. For instance, up until the mid-2010 you could still have a tape player if you bought a Lexus SC430. Ford, however, is looking to change that. Sound and Vision Magazine is reporting that Ford will stop installing CD players in all Ford Foci going forward. The move is likely to spread to more models soon.

They report:

Ford has been pushing their Sync system, and this is just one more step towards a “cloudy” world. “In-car entertainment technology is moving digital more rapidly than almost any other element of the vehicle experience,” says Sheryl Connelly, global trends and “futuring” manager for Ford Motor Company. “The in-car CD player — much like pay telephones — is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology.” Ford will continue to offer players as long as there is demand for them, but they are clearly moving away from physical media. Launching first in Europe, the new systems will have multiple USB ports, SD card slots, and Bluetooth.

Kudos to Ford adapting to technology much faster than any automaker.


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