Broadview, IL (September 24, 2007)--In a sign of the times, German car radio manufacturer Blaupunkt has announced that it is now shipping the Melbourne SD27, which eliminates the CD player altogether in favor an SD/MMC card slot. Blaupunkt is not the first to skip the CD slot, but they certainly won't be the last.
"For more and more people, compact discs have become obsolete," comments Blaupunkt USA general manager Lutz Marschall. "They buy their music from the internet, download it to their hard-drive music server, and take it with them on their iPod. The last holdout for many of these consumers is their car radio, which still requires them to burn CD-Rs with either audio or MP3 files. The Melbourne is a far better solution for these consumers--no CD required: they just plug in a memory card or portable MP3 player and they're on their way."
In addition to the SD/MMC card slot, the after-market radio's front-panel features a plug-and-play input for portable audio players as well as controls for the built-in, 25-preset AM/FM radio. The Melbourne is designed for use with Blaupunkt's optional iPod and Bluetooth/USB interface modules to integrate with cell phones, portable players and MP3 storage devices.
The Melbourne SD27 radio supports both MP3 and WMA audio files at bitrates of 8 to 320 kilobits. The front panel display accommodated up to 127 directories of music, and displays ID3 tag information up to 30 characters in length. The 3.5 mm front-panel auxiliary input is compatible with the headphone or aux outputs of nearly any portable device, and an optional interface can be added to enable control of an iPod from the radio front panel.