End of the road for the car tape deck

Demise of the cassette continues as cars manufactured in the US in 2011 will no longer be fitted with tape decks.

Never mind the end of the Sony Walkman, here is further proof of the demise of the cassette: RIP the car tape deck. As 2011 models roll off production lines and on to American sales lots, not one is factory-equipped with a cassette player, according to the New York Times. The next question for car manufacturers, explained one researcher, is "how long has the CD got to go?"

If the car cassette player has an epitaph, it is the 2010 Lexus SC 430. This was the last new car to be factory-equipped with a way to play your old mixtapes, the New York Times reports. "Lexus was the last holdout," explained Phil Magney, an analyst for IHS iSuppli, a technology research firm. For the 2011 model year, tape players are not available as standard – or even as an option – on any new cars sold in the United States." If you wan to listen to the decaying hiss of your cherished tapes, you will either
have to buy a used vehicle or install a third-party cassette player.

Here at 991.com we think it is a shame that car manufacturers are removing the equipment to play this much loved format.  If you are in need of a classic cassette to listen to in the car, we have a massive archive of material, from Bowie to U2. Check out the web site for 'the one' you are missing.

Click here to read more about the end of an era at Guardian.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. Kinda sad, really. I grew up during the era where jogging with a Walkman is the “in” thing.
    My dad, bought our second car with a tape deck as an option. He bragged about it to his cousins for weeks. It really is quite a shame that tape decks are now being phased out, but you’ve got to admit, it has managed to work side by side with the CD for 20 years now; that’s pretty impressive in my book.

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