General Motors has made the technological milestone decision to drop CD players from its passenger vehicles, effective 2022, although it has been gradually discontinuing them for some time.
The last to go, gmauthority.com reports this month, will be from the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans — which in themselves conjure up romantic images of a young couple on a camping vacation, a van full of camping gear stowed behind them as they enjoy Garth Brooks' greatest hits … in, like, 1996.
A tearful farewell to a piece of automotive componentry that once was a make-or-break gotta-have in a new-vehicle sale for customers of a certain age. Remember those 10-CD changers inconveniently located in the trunk? Loading up the playlist for the holiday drive before pulling out of the driveway? What could go wrong with that plan on a rainy four-hour drive?
Yeah, yeah. Let the young people snicker. But those players were state of the art. And now … what are we supposed to do with these stacks of old CDs?