These three trends will determine listening to music in the car

These three trends will determine listening to music in the car

No matter if more streaming or headphones in the car. These three trends should be kept in mind for car music lovers.

Get in the car, drive off and turn on the music! For many, almost nothing works without entertainment. So it’s no wonder that suppliers like Harman put a lot of development work and money into new car audio systems. The company now owns a large part of the loudspeaker brands installed in cars. The best known are probably JBL, Harman Kardon, Bowers & Wilkins, and Bang and Olufsen. I.In the course of the digital CES, AUTO BILD spoke to the sound giant about the trends for the next few years. These three aspects will be important in the car in the next few years:

1. Streaming

The age of the physical disk in the car is over. Hardly anyone still uses CDs or even cassettes in their cars. If you have a smartphone, you stream. This will not change in the future either and even the last CD slots hidden in the glove compartment will sooner or later disappear from the new cars to come.

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thanks to the LTE cellular standards and larger data volumes Reasonably priced, were able to Establish streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music in the car. This trend will only intensify with 5G. The larger bandwidth allows music of better quality to be obtained over the radio link. The music does not need to be compressed as much, which leads to less loss of sound quality. Mom’s home-made music mix on CD is a thing of the past, instead there is a self-made playlist for the birthday.

2. Wearables in the car

Harman EXP - CES 2021

Driving in the car should in future become a personalized music experience.

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Wireless Wireless headphones are the digital megatrend the last few years. At least since the introduction of the second generation of the Apple Airpods in 2019 is the trend arrived in the masses and other brands such as JBL or Bose are playing hard with the lucrative “earbuds”. As a supplier, Harman is also keeping an eye on this trend and is even working on solutions for integrating these devices into the car. In this country, the integration of headphones in the car will probably only be possible for passengers, but it could still make long journeys an experience for families or larger groups. All in all, the car should become a place of experience. The corona pandemic has shown that there are also situations in which you should not move away from your place of residence. The car could serve as a digital retreat here in the future. For this reason, Harman presented a concept at CES in which the car becomes a virtual concert stage. Musicians and fans can interact with each other. Thus at least a spark of normality should be preserved. New headrests with integrated speakers could also change the way we perceive music in the car.

3. New retrofit options

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Modern radios and entertainment systems are deeply integrated into the car. The classic DIN slot in which the radio found its place has long been obsolete. This makes it more difficult to upgrade and customize audio systems according to your own preferences. The days of colorful LCD displays and large bass rolls in the trunk seem numbered. If Harman has its way, software can be a kind of replacement here. In the future it should be possible to buy different functions in the car afterwards. For example, different sound profiles can be added to the equalizer later and the sound changed. On the hardware side, a modular structure of the components would also be conceivable. This gave customers at least the option of upgrading their amplifier or installing other tweeters. No matter which approach should be followed in the future. The trend is definitely towards more individuality. There is no question that manufacturers will use the deep integration of their systems to make money with customers for as long as possible after the actual system has been sold.


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