So when did Compact Discs or CDs overtake cassettes as the standard media for playing recorded songs. When first release along with a Sony CD player in the US in 1982, it didn't take long. I would say that by 1993, cassettes were out and CDs were in. So why is it that it took auto manufacturers 10 years to change from standard cassette to standard CD. First of all, I think it was the money involved in upgrading. So many people were willing to pay to have the upgrade that it wasn't worth it. Anecdotally, I would say that the Asian auto companies adapted to the CD first. So if you look for used cars, you have a better chance at finding a CD player in an older Honda or Toyota. Meanwhile, Ford, Chrysler, and GM pushed cassette. It is fitting that US manufacturers trailed long behind. If I were working for any of these businesses, I would incorporate a USB port as standard on my new cars, just so that we can have the edge for once.