Car enthusiasts will no longer be able to listen to their CD collection in GM’s new passenger car.
General Motors has phased out CD players in all of its passenger cars for the 2022 model year, putting another nail in the coffin of the once dominant music format. In the 2000s. There were almost no cars without a CD player, but after 20 years drivers are interested in cars with modern multimedia systems.
As reported by the GM Authority, the last GM cars with a CD player were the 2021 Chevy Express and 2021 GMC Savana with mechanical linkage. A year earlier, the CD option was discontinued for the 2020 Chevy Tahoe / Suburban, the 2020 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL and the 2020 Cadillac Escalade.
If you really want to, you can still buy a commercial vehicle Chevy Silverado Medium Duty or Chevy Low Cab Forward. Builders and other professionals can still enjoy the pure quality of CD-output WAV files.
Music CDs first hit the US market in 1984, but peaked in 2000 with $ 13.2 billion in sales. Since then, sales have steadily declined, reaching just $ 483.3 million (4%) in 2020 due to the growing popularity of music streaming services. Something similar happened a few decades ago with the rise and fall of cassette players, although they never reached CD status at their peak.