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Old 07-27-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Thinking about a new Toyota sometime this year. The stock audio systems are described as

"AM/FM CD with MP3/WMA playback capability"

In the past, I've opted for the upgrade to a six-disc in-dash CD changer. However, I've noticed recently that it's getting hard to find blank CD-R music discs to record on, so I'm wondering if that technology is being phased out.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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hard to find? I see cd-r for sale everywhere I go. Also, i think mp3/wma is becoming popular enough that its out-moding changers
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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The demand for multiple CD car stereo has gone down with the increased use of cell phones as personal music devices. You can copy your favorite CDs onto your cellphone or MP3 player (they're very cheap now with off brands) and play them in your car with the cable connection.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I think CD's are going the way of cassettes and 8 tracks. Anymore you buy an iPod for about what a CD changer used to cost, and it will store hours and hours of music non stop, provided you get something like a 160 gig version.

Sadly I have a really nice Pioneer CD burner for a home stereo that I paid $330 for brand new in 2001....now I'd be lucky to get $30 for it. And there's nothing wrong with it either.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I've even seen new after market car stereos that allow you to insert your iPhone or iPod into the stereo and it'll be hidden inside behind the faceplate.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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I think CD's are going the way of cassettes and 8 tracks. Anymore you buy an iPod for about what a CD changer used to cost, and it will store hours and hours of music non stop, provided you get something like a 160 gig version.

Sadly I have a really nice Pioneer CD burner for a home stereo that I paid $330 for brand new in 2001....now I'd be lucky to get $30 for it. And there's nothing wrong with it either.
The difference, FWIW, is that those other formats were phased out by something that sounded better. CDs still sound better than 99.9% of the MP3s that can be bought, and I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't compress for higher capacity on their MP3 player.

Capacity over quality is the new norm.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I don't think CD players will go obsolete from vehicles anytime soon (especially since the drive will probably be there in most for the optional DVD players anyway), but MP3 players are quickly making them the less practical (and therefore less used) option. They're more convenient, take up less space, and are much more portable. Of course, cell phones with internet capabilities are quickly replacing those just as fast.

But yeah, the days of having to carry around the giant book of CDs is over, thankfully.

Mike
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Ford announced today it will not be putting cd players in it's new cars.
Bob.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Ford announced today it will not be putting cd players in it's new cars.
Bob.
I wonder if you'll still be able to install a multiple CD changer in the trunk connected to the factory stereo?
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Vinyl still outdoes CDs as far as sound quality goes dynamically.
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