In a sign of technology's ceaseless march onward, Ford has announced plans to kill the CD player as a standard option in European models of the Focus. Soon all Ford models, on this shore included, will no longer come with compact disc players, and instead will feature a USB port, iPod doc and bluetooth connectivity for all your digital wares.

Of course, CD players, in both the single disc and later the glorious multi-disc changer variety, have been a staple of cars for decades-- replacing tapes and 8-track players before it. Now, as with those deceased technologies, Ford's move pushes the CD a little closer to the grave.

Finally time to say goodbye that trusty 150-disc binder?