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Cassettes Beset with Threat: Cars Ditch the Deck

cassette tape in carLike the eight-track before it, the cassette tape is riding off into the sunset -- just not in a car. According to The New York Times, no 2011 model vehicles manufactured or sold in the U.S. will feature a cassette player as a standard feature or as part of an extra package. The Lexus SC 430 will go down in history as the last car packaged with a factory tape deck. The deck won't be placed in a museum and gazed at like the dinosaur it is, but we will think fondly of the cassette tape, which allowed music lovers to record unique mixes, every time we create a playlist on iTunes.

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