GM Finally Kills Off The CD Player

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It's about time.

We live in a time of astonishing technological advances, and our cars are proof of this rapid progress. One aspect that is particularly noteworthy is the infotainment system, which is constantly being upgraded by each manufacturer. Porsche has just revealed an all-new system, BMW's new voice command is next-level, and the GMC Hummer EV's system has Google built in. But not every system is periodically updated, and some still offer archaic technology in the form of a CD player. But while the Chevrolet Express and its GMC Savana have doggedly remained ancient, these two models are finally discontinuing the CD player, meaning that no GM passenger vehicle now offers such a system.

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Everything about the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana screams outdated, and removing the CD player as a standard or optional feature will do little to change this, but it's a start. By the way, you can still get a CD player in some new GM products: the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD still offer it, as does the Chevy Low Cab Forward range of trucks, but since these are commercial vehicles, the death of the CD player in the aforementioned vans means the official end of the ancient tech in passenger vehicles. Interestingly, there are still some that yearn for a CD player.

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According to GM Authority, buyers of vehicles like the Sierra were disappointed to discover that the CD player is no longer an option. See, not everyone carries their entire music collection on their phone and some like the old-school, almost analog feel of a physical object being the medium of choice for their music. Naturally, these people are in the minority and most would rather use Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto, but this sort of thing is to be expected. Some people simply like an old-school feel. That's why Lexus still fits the 2021 LC with a CD player, but eventually, all cars will be exclusively digital and wireless. For the GMC and Chevy van twins, we hope the deletion of the CD player is the start of a renaissance for these prehistoric vans.

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Source Credits: GM Authority

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