With the growing popularity of streaming audio and Internet radio, the compact disc player may soon be a thing of the past. But not without a whimper as music enthusiasts voiced out how CD audio produces the highest fidelity for listening to music available to the general public.
The Consumer Electronics Show put the focus on streaming audio and Internet radio. General Motors has revealed that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS won’t have a CD player.
Having all these alternatives is good but streaming audio is low-fi and the fidelity of satellite radio is terrible. Furthermore, the default setting on the iPod downloads results to a grainy sound. That’s why this isn’t the same argument as when the turntables, in-dash cassette players and eight-track players were phased out by automakers.
Those audio formats easily degrade. Record albums get skipped and scratched and cassette and eight-track tape get worn out and are of low-quality material anyway. The CDs always deliver clear sound, bright highs, defined bass and punchy midrange that don’t make conversing difficult. [source: AutoWeek]