Have any of you ever listened to the car radio lately? Well, I haven’t heard a radio in any private vehicle I have ridden in years. When I hop on a bus, the entertainment consists of a flat television screen. And even the FX taxis I ride tend to play a collection of digital music instead of tuning in to the airwaves.
The only time I ever listen to the radio is when I hop on a taxi when a calamity or epidemic is taking place somewhere. This can be an earthquake occurring in Mindanao, a volcano erupting in Taal, or the spreading of the Novel Coronavirus around the world.
This shift in habit may have been brought about by the widespread availability of USB-equipped head units. In place of the CD player, USB ports are now the cheapest mode of listening to music today.
Sure, these same systems typically come with the ability to wirelessly connect to an Android or Apple phone, but doing so means wearing out the batteries with daily use. In addition to this, a USB is a heckuva lot cheaper and is easy to replace when lost. They’re also a lot smaller than even the tiniest pf phones today.
It also doesn’t help that you can now watch programs on your mobile phone. You either download movies through a paid streaming service or attach a dongle to watch television while stuck in traffic.
Despite F1 technology, change for vehicles take surprisingly a long time to happen. Anti-lock brakes, power steering, intermittent wipers, LED lights, and yes, head units that work with USB drives took years to become standard for vehicles.
[Heck, despite the proliferation of LED lights in homes, they still don’t come standard with entry-level vehicles.]
But now that head units capable of connecting USB drives have finally the standard, whoever listens to the radio anyway? Afterall, why should I listen to something with a ton of commercials when a house of non-stop music is available?