Click on the image above to view a full-sized version of this circa 1927 photograph from the Shorpy Historical Photo Archive.
Technology certainly has changed, hasn’t it? I obtained a new car last week and it doesn’t even have an “old fashioned” CD player. Instead, it has a USB connector to plug in a flash drive, an iPod, or any other device that plays music through a USB connector. Fidelity is great through the 10-speaker Bose stereo that also includes AM, FM, and SiriusXM radio. I bet it sounds better than the above phonograph.
Many new cars now have the same or similar “infotainment” systems. I now carry about 14,000 MP3 music files in my auto. I suspect the folks in the above photograph would be envious of the technology we all now enjoy.