Are the Days of the CD Changer Numbered? - 2009 Audi S5 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi S5: Are the Days of the CD Changer Numbered?

August 13, 2009

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Couldn't help but notice the substantial dashboard real estate being occupied by our S5's CD changer. I hadn't really noticed it before because I've never actually used it.

That got me thinking about the fate of the in-dash CD player. Now that new cars have almost universally rid themselves of the cassette deck, how long before CD players are banished to some obscure options list?

I mean, who buys CDs anyway? And even if they do, who doesn't just immediately rip them to some form of music player?

With no big CD mechanism to worry about, hopefully automakers will take the opportunity to clean up their dashboards, but I'm not counting on it.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 6,746 miles

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