Skip to main content

The Evolution of Automotive Music Systems

img 474733242 1449244649452 jpg Dmytro Skorobogatov, Ziviani, Pincarel, Rodrusoleg/iStock/Thinkstock; Cars.com graphic by Paul Dolan

CARS.COM — From the days of the 1990s mix tapes to the Spotify and Pandora playlists of today, music long has been important to drivers. We’ve mapped the rise and fall of three popular technologies that help get you the music you want to hear.

Related: More Technology News

The numbers in the chart represent the percent of vehicles sold in each model year that had that technology available, at least as an option. While the cassette player is surely dead, the CD player has not yet succumbed as many observers thought it might have by now, and Bluetooth is just about everywhere. (Note: Our data provider does not differentiate between Bluetooth for phone and streaming audio, so this chart lumps them together.)

Featured stories

chinese ev tariffs 2024 exterior 01 jpg
lexus lexus rx 450h2B 2024 01 exterior front angle scaled jpg
toyota crown signia limited 2025 02 exterior profile red scaled jpg