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Old 03-20-2021, 06:38 AM
 
Location: western NY
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I can't drive anymore after my last accident but when I could, I don't like taking my eyes off the road to fiddle with a playlist on the phone or for that matter, touchscreens in the dashboard. Yeah there's Alexa or Siri but getting things right is like arguing with your wife. I've got a few folders which hold enough for a good road trip and I'd rather grab a folder of CD"s and go than scroll through a list and have Siri tell me "I can't seem to find that now" & "That's not very nice."
Good point!!

Obviously, this discussion has been going on for quite a while, and I'm getting into it a little "late". However, after reading through some of the earlier replies, I think that yours, above, pretty well sums things up. Yes, I have a Sirius XM subscription for my Jeep GC, and it's what I listen to most of the time, while I'm ratting around town. But for "road tripping", I also bring along 6-8 CDs, and they're kept in a "pocket" that's built into the door panel.

In this Jeep, a 2015 GC, the CD player is located in the console's glove compartment, which I'll admit, is not the most convenient. However, when you have 60-70 minutes of music available, it isn't that big of a deal...
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Old 03-20-2021, 08:44 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I can't drive anymore after my last accident but when I could, don't like taking my eyes off the road to fiddle with a playlist on the phone or for that matter, touchscreens in the dashboard. Yeah there's Alexa or Siri but getting things right is like arguing with your wife. I've got a few folders which hold enough for a good road trip and I'd rather grab a folder of CD"s and go than scroll through a list and have Siri tell me "I can't seem to find that now" & "That's not very nice."
Having CDs and playlists are the same. Different methods. You still need to control music tracks. It's all about understanding the methodologies.

For example Spotify is just so much superior because they use algorithms to suggest and play music that is relevant to your taste.

So why bother messing with the playlist or CDs and let Spotify or music apps play a random generated playlist for you.
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Old 03-20-2021, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I don't use the CD players in my vehicles very often, but it's one of those things that's nice to have when I decide to use it. I don't have a ton of CDs, maybe 50 or so. Occasionally if I'm going for a longer drive, I'll grab one I haven't listened to in awhile and take it with me.

I just don't like having a lot of stuff stored on my phone, I have enough crap on there already. CDs are just easier for me, I can use the up/down buttons on the steering wheel to change tracks, no need to mess around with my phone.
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Old 03-20-2021, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Having CDs and playlists are the same. Different methods. You still need to control music tracks. It's all about understanding the methodologies.

For example Spotify is just so much superior because they use algorithms to suggest and play music that is relevant to your taste.

So why bother messing with the playlist or CDs and let Spotify or music apps play a random generated playlist for you.
I haven't used Spotify in several years, but I do use Pandora. I use the free version though, so I can only skip so many times before I'm forced to listen to a song I hate. I don't love it enough to pay for it.
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Old 03-20-2021, 11:29 AM
 
Location: western NY
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Having CDs and playlists are the same. Different methods. You still need to control music tracks. It's all about understanding the methodologies.
Not really............you slide a CD into the player, and you potentially have 90 minutes of interrupted music.
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Old 03-20-2021, 02:05 PM
 
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Having CDs and playlists are the same. Different methods. You still need to control music tracks. It's all about understanding the methodologies.

For example Spotify is just so much superior because they use algorithms to suggest and play music that is relevant to your taste.

So why bother messing with the playlist or CDs and let Spotify or music apps play a random generated playlist for you.
I don't like to touch screen controls. Having to flip through climate and navigation menus to get to what I want is needlessly complicating something. I like these streaming services better than CDs, I don't like it built into my vehicle I want to be able to have the choice.
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Old 03-20-2021, 02:39 PM
 
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I don't use the CD players in my vehicles very often, but it's one of those things that's nice to have when I decide to use it. I don't have a ton of CDs, maybe 50 or so. Occasionally if I'm going for a longer drive, I'll grab one I haven't listened to in awhile and take it with me.

I just don't like having a lot of stuff stored on my phone, I have enough crap on there already. CDs are just easier for me, I can use the up/down buttons on the steering wheel to change tracks, no need to mess around with my phone.
You can use a thumb drive for music.
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Old 03-20-2021, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Old school people that just want to have a radio and c/d's in their car (and don't have a smartphone) are screwed?
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Old 03-20-2021, 04:33 PM
 
Location: western NY
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Old school people that just want to have a radio and c/d's in their car (and don't have a smartphone) are screwed?
Of course, we will be, over time. Look what happened to 8 track tapes/players, followed by cassette tapes/players......
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Old 03-20-2021, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Of course, we will be, over time. Look what happened to 8 track tapes/players, followed by cassette tapes/players......
Yep. These devices cost money, and they also take up valuable interior space that can otherwise be used for something else that most customers will value more. So automakers need to do a calculation as to how many customers prefer the CD player versus prefer something else (like a bigger digital screen, an inductive cell phone charger, whatever)... and as time goes on, fewer and fewer customers will prefer the outmoded audio tech.

I would guess that the vehicles that still offer CD players are themselves ones that would be preferred mostly by older buyers. If the average age of buyers for a vehicle is 25, or even 45, I don't think there will be many customers who will be clamoring for a CD player instead of other tech and comfort devices.
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