DETROIT â€“AGâ€™s Frank Homann got about 150 phone calls last year after Wardâ€™s quoted him as saying car CD players soon will head into obsolescence like tape decks before them.
â€śIt sparked a big discussion,â€ť Homann,vice president-North American interior electronics solutions group, says at the Wardâ€™s Auto Interior Show this week.
A lot of interiors engineers called to agree with him. Many say they wonâ€™t miss disc players in cars because their internal workings take up disproportionate space in a premium front-and-center location where equipment competes for space.
Based on those conversations and additional trend tracking, Homann says he is surer than ever that the CD days are numbered.
â€śThey are going away,â€ť he says. â€śThe question is when. It wonâ€™t be in 2010, but by 2016 most CD players will be out of cars.â€ť
CD sales have been off by double-digits in recent years as consumers switch to MP3 players with music download capability. More and more vehicles are being equipped with MP3 player adapters.
â€śForty-eight percent of U.S. teens didnâ€™t buy a CD in 2007, yet they did billions of music downloads,â€ť Homann says. â€śBy 2011, about 28 million cars will be equipped for MP3 players.â€ť