In a country as large as the U.S., and with some cities’ appalling commutes, driving without entertainment is almost inconceivable. Nowadays, we take for granted the availability of audiobooks and podcasts, music and talk radio, all at the touch of a button. Or a touchscreen. Or a voice command.
It wasn’t always so.
Through their first three decades, owners of production automobiles enjoyed no sounds other than the puttering of their engines and the screams of unwary pedestrians. When Nissan Motor Corporation introduced its first vehicle to the United States – the Datsun 1200 sedan in 1958 – there still was no such thing as in-car entertainment. No “hifi;” no “car stereo.”
The monophonic AM in-dash car radio had arrived in the 1930s (it was a Motorola), and the first automotive FM radio debuted in 1952. Drivers and passengers remained unable to control which songs they actually listened to, however. The arrival of the 8-track in the 1960s changed that, followed by compact cassettes. Even then, most enthusiasts still only had a couple of speakers on the rear parcel shelf.
By the 1980s, multi-speaker systems were powering up using external amplifiers. Late in that decade, CDs brought shining sound quality to in-car entertainment, and the advent of multi-disc players made something like true operator track-choice a reality. Digital MP3 players eclipsed even that.
Since the mid-2000s, factory-installed auxiliary inputs have become more and more common, and true iPod integration is now possible. USB jacks even allow in-dash equipment to read albums, artists, playlists and songs, and apps changed everything up. Stereo Bluetooth streaming and sideloaded music (using USB flash drives or SD cards) allow those without iPhones or MP3 players to enjoy the same standard of provision.
Hitting the High Notes
While aftermarket outlets are relatively common, most audiophiles want to buy cars already equipped with everything they need. The tech world is increasingly fragmented, and it’s not always obvious what sound sources, which mobile devices, work with which in-car installations. Advanced integration can be complex, while factory-installed equipment lets you know exactly what you’re getting, and how much it’ll cost.
That’s where Nissan comes in. Without cord clutter, your music streams wirelessly from any Bluetooth-compatible audio device, thus allowing nominated passengers to play DJ from any seat in the car. Alternately, steering wheel-mounted controls take over, and the full suite of controls return to the driver, with all relevant information presented on their NissanConnect display screen. Even the individual tracks you listen to will be scrolled.
- Buyers who need to go off-road regularly, and who want get where they’re going with minimum hassle, should consider twinning NissanConnect with navigation to the 2014 Nissan Titan. The full-size pickup can negotiate pretty much any terrain, while the nav package means there’ll be no more map books.
- If you need a beautifully-equipped mid-size sedan, and regularly use apps to make life easier or more interesting, consider ordering NissanConnect with Apps in the 2014 Nissan Altima. Now in its fifth generation, and available as a hybrid, it’s the perfect vehicle for business people who need to connect with their teams from any location.
- For urban chic, there’s nothing like the Juke. A mini SUV, the 2014 Nissan Juke can be outfitted with NissanConnect with Navigation and Apps, allowing inner-city orientation twinned to full, fun-filled connectivity.
Interested? People across west central New Jersey, and the metropolitan Philadelphia area, make appointments to test drive the combo of their choice at Cherry Hill Nissan. There, you’ll discover the many other interior features that help to make Nissan the vehicle of choice for any music-lover.