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Walk onto any new car lot ready to plunk your money down for a shiny 2018, it will be a coin toss whether your new ride will be able to play your favorite cds.

But not to despair, over at gordie boucher nissan, 4141 S. 108th st., and at braeger ford, 4201 S. 27th st., both greenfield, all the 2018 models have CD players, along with those USB ports for electronic devices.

Other major car manufacturers land somewhere in between in terms of whether their new models have CD players. However, some are saying that down the road, they too will phase out the shiny disc.

The reason is that americans aren’t buying cds the way they used to. They’re downloading music onto ipods, smart phones and computers, often from itunes. Or they’re streaming the music onto those devices from various sources such as apple music or sirius. Or they’re even streaming some local radio stations through streaming services such as iheartradio.Audio books


streaming sometimes involves a fee, as does downloading songs from itunes.

That is a stunning reversal of fortunes for cds that roared to popularity after the first commercially produced CD hit the market in 1982. By the early 2000s, CD players had largely replaced audio cassette players in new cars. But then the slide began. Between 2000 and 2008, major label CD sales dropped 20 percent, according to wikipedia.

Commuters who like to listen to audio books don’t have that many options, however, and all but one involve having a smart phone. The phone must have enough memory to download an entire audio book, not a problem for newer phones.

Downloading audio books onto phones, ipods, tablets and other devices surpassed purchases of CD audio books between 2009 and 2011, depending on whether you look at dollars or number of units sold.

Those who are used to borrowing audio books on cds from local libraries can still look to libraries for their favorite trip companions.Michael koszalka that’s because libraries subscribe to digital media services that offer the audio book downloads free to library patrons.

The main service is called overdrive media console. The other is hoopla, a service being piloted by libraries in milwaukee county. Before hoopla, the west allis public library started books on freading.

A device sold under the brand name playaway is the closest thing libraries have to audio books on cds that can be borrowed. The playaways come with books already loaded into them. (photo: michael koszalka/submitted) non-phone option

The one option that doesn’t require a smart phone or any other device is available at libraries. It is a device sold under the name playaway. They are about as big as a package of cigarettes that come loaded with an entire book. Library patrons with an adapter can plug the playaway into a car’s USB port.

The collection of playaways in west allis is somewhat limited because they are rather expensive, said library director michael koszalka.Audio books however, if CD players in cars really do disappear, the library will definitely look into expanding its playaway offerings, he said.

The transition from cds to digital has been bumpy for some. Don jacobs toyota new car manager steve jacobs has heard many a distressed exclamation from new car buyers.

"They’ll say, ‘oh my gosh, they don’t have a CD player anymore,’" he said. But it isn’t the end of the world, even for somebody with a big CD collection, like himself, jacobs said.

So, he ran next door and bought one, showed the customer where to plug it in and then gave it to him. The man’s granddaughter took it from there, jacobs said.

The road back to listening to your favorite cds starts with loading the CD into the home computer. If there isn’t a CD slot, an external CD reader can be obtained for about $50 that will plug into the computer. Then the phone, ipod or MP player is plugged into the computer, setting the stage for transferring music or books.West allis WHAT’S OUT THERE

• john paul’s buick GMC, 3615 S. 108th st., greenfield — no 2018 buick has a CD player, however, the GMC yukon and sierra models do. Players are not offered as options.

• schlossmann honda, 3450 S. 108th st., greenfield — only the HRV model offers a CD player. Players are not offered as options for other models. However, a package including a DVD can be purchased for two higher-end models and cds can be played on it as well as dvds.

• boucher lincoln, 3161 S. 108th st., west allis — all 2018 models come with CD players standard except the navigator and the continental. Both those models offer CD players as options.

Hales corners library plans to buy as many cds, both music and audio books, as it always did, laughlin said. There’s still lots of demand for both kinds of cds, she said.

The west allis public library also continues to buy cds, but not as many as four or five years ago, said director michael koszalka.West allis demand, while still strong, isn’t as strong as before, he said.

Whether libraries cut back on CD purchases will differ by communities, he said. If demand is high because people prefer or must use CD technology, the cds will stay, he said.

Otherwise, they could go the way of cassette and VHS tapes. The west allis library got rid of its audio tapes a year ago and its VHS tapes a year and a half ago, he said. Manufacturers don’t even make vcrs anymore, koszalka said.

Demand for cds also is strong at the greenfield public library, which continues to buy cds as much as before, reported director sheila O’brien.

"Greenfield residents still have an interest in the older technology," she said. "If a community hangs onto their cars, it’s probably a wise format to be able to use."