In a discussion on Facebook with Alan and PDB (not that I'm name-dropping, even though I am), we got on the subject of car stereos (after a discussion of why the fancy extras weren't worth it, since they get obsoleted so quickly).
In this day and age of MP3 players, iPhones, and such, it seems like the car stereo is pretty much a relic of the past. I commented that all I was looking for was an AM/FM radio and an AUX port - I can keep enough music and podcasts in a $50 iPod to last me halfway across the country. Alan commented that all you really needed was the AUX port and an amp connected to speakers, and darn it if he wasn't onto something.
Cassette players - which were just coming into common use when I was growing up - have come and gone. CD players, while now the default, are certainly seeing their last days - you can buy a portable CD player for chump change and it holds a lot less than a comparably priced bargain-brand MP3 player. The days of the CD are numbered.
Wouldn't it be great to have a package available from your car that offered a docking station, an amplifier, and half a dozen or so really good speakers?
That is all.