GM highlights car audio's switch to phone integration
Ever since Nicola Tesla first demonstrated radio to an audience in 1893 the device was destined for use in the automobile. By 1930 the radio had evolved enough that the Galvin brothers first placed one into a car with commercial success. Radio became not only the delivery system for baseball games, music and programs, it was one of the main forms of communication in the United states. Presidents used regularly scheduled radio programs to deliver news and politics to Americans and through the Second World War was the main way Americans learned what happening in their world.
In one of two press releases today General Motors highlighted the milestones of in-car entertainment. In 1952 Blaupunk, who would later become famous in the US for radios in German cars, introduced FM radio and quality was vastly improved over AM. 8-tracks came next. The audiophiles of America and beyond became used to the format which allowed the huge luxury of not only listening to one’s choice of recording in the car, but could also magically switch the sides of the “Album” with the touch of a button. Cassettes followed and the “mix tape” was born. Billy Idol, Genesis and many other bands became available not only on albums, but mixed up on tapes either randomly or in themes one could make for themselves or give to a friend.