In the early 2000s, car manufacturers began installing CD players as a standard feature in most vehicles. It was a popular choice for car buyers who wanted to listen to music without having to rely on the radio. Some car manufacturers even began adding multiple CD changers, allowing drivers to switch between different albums with ease (via Car & Driver).
However, with the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, CD players have become less common in newer cars. More and more drivers are using their smartphones to stream music through their car’s audio system, making CD players seem outdated. Additionally, many car manufacturers are choosing to remove CD players to make room for newer features like Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports.