According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), CD album sales in the United States have fallen 97% since their peak in 2000. They are also at their lowest since 1986, giving us concrete proof that CDs don’t sell the way they do. more used to.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people with a huge collection of CDs. The downside, however, is that they won’t be able to play their CDs in General Motors passenger vehicles of the 2022 model year. GM Authority, the CD drive option in Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans will not be available for the 2022 model year.
Chevrolet Express with CD player option
GMC Savana with CD player option
It’s worth noting that overlooked technology, the best source of in-car entertainment, has been ditched in GM vehicles redesigned for the 2021 model year. The latest news, however, is the final nail in the coffin, as both vans are full. full-size are the latest in GM’s passenger vehicle lineup to offer the $ 150 option.
We have to emphasize the word “passenger” because CD players are still available as an option for Chevy Silverado Medium Duty and Chevy Low Car Forward trucks, but both are utility vehicles.
While this is certainly not surprising, GM is actually a bit late in dropping CD players in its lineup. Major car brands like Ford, Toyota and Honda have already abandoned them in 2016, while Tesla has already done so long before them.
Then again, someone still prefers to play CDs in their car rather than streaming them through smartphones. CD players are said to have arguably better sound quality than their digital counterparts. For these people, there are many options, including aftermarket accessories.