Michael Arbaugh, chief designer of Ford interiors, describes center console space as "oceanfront property" – already fully populated, with more tenants trying to move in every year. Speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, Arbaugh said one tenant he'd like to evict is the CD player because it's dead weight for audio Luddites.

Ok, so he didn't say that exactly. But Arbaugh believes they're out of fashion with people under 30, and that growing lack of interest means they occupy space that could be better employed. CD players also add weight that has to be countered somewhere else in the march to meet CAFE regulations, an endeavor with nearly aerospace tolerances anymore.

The CD-less car is just talk at the moment, but there's no doubt it's coming. More and more computers are being sold without optical drives, and as it goes in the tech world so it shall go in the car-tech world. If we could just get carmakers to properly integrate connections for other PMPs that can play lossless codecs and don't mutilate the music, we wouldn't mind at all.


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      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Arbaugh said one tenant he'd like to evict is the CD player because it's dead weight for audio Luddites." From Wikipedia: In modern usage, "Luddite" is a term describing those opposed to industrialisation, automation, computerisation or new technologies in general. Getting rid of the CD player because it's dead weight for the 'audio Luddites' is pretty much the exact opposite of what your trying to say. The 'Luddites' are the people that WANT CD players to stay in cars, not get rid of them. But hey why use correct definitions?
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob Cook
        Perhaps Arbaugh should be evicted for not getting his facts straight.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      nea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have zero issues with this - if you're one of the few people who actually notice the quality improvement over high bit rate MP3, you're gonna have to upgrade your entire sound system anyway.
      lobster_guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      happy with my cd players in both my cars. My 16 year old son has no problems them either.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our '11 Fiesta S sedan didn't come with a CD player either, just radio and AUX. All you really need is an AUX jack for iPods and the like, but the sound quality is much better on a CD in my car.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing as how most new cars have at least one USB port (Fords with MFT have two) why don't they make a USB CD player for people who really want them (like me). Every computer maker who offers laptops without optical drives offers a USB CD or BluRay drive for around 50 bucks.
      Michael Williams
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have player in both cars. Would not take nothing for them. I am not into the new gadgets.
      wat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just put a CD slot in the center console. Boom. Not that hard to design a car AND eat some cake.
      Tomifobia
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wanna lose some weight in order to meet tougher fuel economy standards? How about trimming back the size of those giant center consoles, or maybe going back to smaller diameter wheels? Are 20-inchers really necessary on a family sedan? This Luddite still uses his CD player, since I travel to many places where music won't "stream" and I don't have a music player that is compatible with most interfaces.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tomifobia
        [blocked]
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tomifobia
        Good comment on the dubs. 16" wheels are even often bent on roads in the DC area, 40-series sidewalls are just looking for bent rims.
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as they stop charging $200 for "Ipod Integration", I'm fine with it.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        Or $450 for BMW OEM. Just get an adapter for the CD-cable in the trunk. Oh, yeah, that's going away.....
      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm fine with axing the CD player, just don't charge me $200+ for a cable to plug my iPod into (and please, for love love of technology, charge my phone/MP3 player at the same time!)
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        You must be pretty dumb to think a USB cable costs $200
          Du K
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Bmw wants 90 bucks for just an aux adapter cable non interface type.
          hocus_focus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Really. You should think before you post.
          Rob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          It's not the cable people are really talking about...It's the outlet/interface/pluginthat they really mean. Some car companies charge hundreds for that option... I have a USB outlet on my car. But it will only use my radio control if I use a Ipod/Iphone...But I have an Android and it just charges it.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        "just don't charge me $200+ for a cable to plug my iPod into" That's the original post that I mocked, its nice to know that nobody here can actually read.
      reattadudes
      • 2 Years Ago
      the two greatest audio inventions for vehicles: CD players and satellite radio. I have no interest in dragging a bunch of devices that need to be plugged in who knows where, with accompanying little teeny tiny screens that require pushing a bunch of teeny tiny buttons to get the damn thing to work. the factory radios in my vehicles light up with big green digital numbers, have big buttons and big knobs that are easy to see and use while DRIVING, and are IN the dash, not laying around on a seat or console, or mounted on poles attached to the car with two way tape, Velcro, or saliva. I have a friend who wanted to show me the "wonders" of an iPod. he plugged it into the outlet of one of my vehicles, and the sound quality reminded me of being forced to listen to any Yoko Ono album. ironically, I had a CD with one of the same songs he played, and stuck it in. he could not believe the difference in sound quality. I'll remain a staunch Luddite.
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