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 |  Mar 26 2011, 7:51 AM

For everyone out there despondent about the news that cassette decks will no longer be available in new cars, you’ve just been granted a reprieve. We are happy to announce that there’s still hope for your extensive collection of tapes from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

It turns out that the Crown Victoria still comes with a cassette player as part of its entertainment package. But, we’ve got some bad news, and some more bad news. The bad news is the Crown Vic will end production later this year, so if you really want the cassette deck in your new car, you need to get one before the year is out. The other bad news is it’s only available as a fleet sale. Now all you have to do is convince your boss to buy it as a company vehicle and you’ll be set.

For the bulk of us, it looks like the end of an era is upon us. What are you going to do with your cassette tapes?

 |  Mar 15 2011, 11:30 AM

The end of an era is over. No longer will you be able to your Duran Duran tape while cruising down the road. It’s finally happened – automakers have stopped putting cassette players in new vehicles.

The last new car to be factory-equipped with a cassette deck in the dashboard was the 2010 Lexus SC430. It’s time has finally come, and besides, if anyone still carries tapes in their cars, please raise your hand. They’ve been long replaced by CDs (whose time is coming, thanks to the MP3 player). But the tape had a good run while it lasted – they dominated your car’s speakers for about 20 years. But if you’re a retro die-hard, you can still DIY with a variety of high-quality tape decks that you can install yourself.

There are no plans for manufacturers selling 2011 models in the United States to offer a tape player either as standard equipment or as an option on a new vehicle. “Lexus was the last holdout,” said Phil Magney, vice president for automotive research for the IHS iSuppli Corporation, a firm that conducts technology industry analysis. “We actually stopped tracking cassette players in cars some time ago. Now the question the automakers are asking is, how long has the CD got to go?”

[Source: New York Times]