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Leg Warmers, Perestroika and Tiananmen Square
The 1980s was an important decade that shaped the world we live in today. During this period Madonna surged to stardom, personal computers revolutionized how people worked, Back to the Future burst into theaters and the Berlin Wall came a-tumblin’ down. Not surprisingly the automotive world was just as eventful.
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]