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2011 – The Year US Automakers Kill Tape Players

image from 3.bp.blogspot.com Well, it happened. In 2011, there will be no automakers selling cars with tape players. It's hard to imagine that it took this long to happen – for me anyways. But it did.

Given how progressive the Hypebot community is, it's easy to overlook the prevalence of tape culture.

The Times suggests that "millions" of drivers are still attached their tape libraries.

Welcome to the digital, err, analog age.

"In the 21st century millions of drivers are still attached to their tape libraries — the homemade party mix tapes as well as store-bought titles — that provided durable, portable alternatives to vinyl records and eight-tracks, neither of which were practical to record at home.

That nostalgic affection for tape holds no sway with automakers, though.

For the 2011 model year, no manufacturer selling cars in the United States offers a tape player either as standard equipment or as an option on a new vehicle." (Read on.)


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