Cars are getting smarter… usb flash media seems to be the new media of choice… though mfg forced bluetooth to have a delay (in stock radio/infotainment systems) so that you don’t want video while driving and watching your cellphone or other bluetooth video device as a distraction (DOH!). Most cars have a workaround such as an ANALOG audio input. So you need to wire up to avoid the delay. You can easily load thousands of mp3 tracks on a 64, or 128gb usb stick… They even make low profile ones so it actually looks like part of the car. The number of cars on the road made before 2013 is getting smaller, and newer models would probably have one of these newer technologies. Though, you can still put mp3s on dvd and play them from there as well (at least on my toyota corolla), but those electric cars of the future won’t likely have optical media as an option-- more likely cell phone integration/screen mirroring-extending is where it’s heading.
BTW, mfg won’t let consumers play video from stock infotainment while the car is in drive mode. You’ll have to get aftermarket, and god help you if you get sued for having such a device after a serious accident occurs. It could swing the balance of liability.
Children born today will see the phase out of optical media, for sure… most likely see youtube videos of them inspecting this ANCIENT stuff and be like wth is this?!? How does it work?!-- The way they do today with vcrs, 8-track, vinyl records, and cassettes. No doubt it will be mfg’d in limited quantities but not a mainstream consumer technology.
The media industries always fall on their feet… physical media is dying. As with technology evolving so do consumer choices. We also see this transition with traditional cable-tv subscription model dying in favor of on-demand and OTT technologies supported over the internet. Streaming and downloading are going to take over. If someone told me I’d e using waze traffic data and streaming spotify while driving, I would have told you that your crazy. Now it’s just the way to go… I do have physical flash installed, but it’s a b* to keep up syncing the playlists, so one will eventually replace the other.