Remembering the Days When You Could Order Your Car with a In-Dash Turntable

I took delivery of a new vehicle over the weekend. The longest showroom orientation involved how to operate the infotainment system. Damn, it’s cool–but a little complicated.

This reminded me of the days when you could actually buy a turntable for your car. Back in 1956, Chrysler/Dodge/DeSoto offered the Highway HiFi.

Yeah, it didn’t work very well and was soon discontinued. We’d have to wait until Ford introduced the 8-track in their 1965 models before we were able to program our own road tunes. Still, nice try.



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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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