GM just killed the CD player


CDs are taking the path of the cassette and eight tracks before them, and they have been for some time. Best Buy stopped selling them in 2018 and few cars these days can even play them, probably because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto exist. As further evidence, General Motors no longer sells normal passenger vehicles with CD players, as it just removed the option from its 2022 Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans.

This sad but unsurprising news was highlighted by GM Authority. CD players had already been wiped out from the current generation Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, leaving the aforementioned two vans as the only models carrying the torch. Naturally, it no longer makes sense for GM to offer this feature since so much music is only digital these days – or, perhaps ironically, on vinyl.

To be clear, GM is still selling some vehicles with CD players, but they are not what anyone here would call practical for simple everyday commuting. The new Chevy Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD, as well as the Low Cab Forward trucks designed with a badge, can indeed play the hits of yesteryear without the aid of Bluetooth or a USB connection. I don’t know if you want to go that far just to listen to Matchbox Twenty when your phone is dead, but not my call either.

If you want a new Chevrolet but not a trendy smartphone with 5G – or, really, just a slightly modern iPhone – then you’ll have to deal with what’s on the radio. SiriusXM is pretty solid, but again you have to pay it off after the first three months. You’re probably better off bite the bullet and ditch this Nokia.

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