I have a 2002 Infiniti and my sister has a 2002 Maxima and both of us have had trouble with the factory stereo. She has had hers replaced twice already and I haven't bothered. It's the CD player. The CD players don't play worth shit, the discs skip. The later model cars have better stereos but almost everyone I know who has a pre-2004 Infiniti has had this same problem.
At home, I have an umbrella cockatoo. She's a sweetie pie but she gives off a fine powder like dander and my CD player just couldn't handle it, so after about 6 years of this stuff, it went kaput.
I really grew tired of listening to the radio, so I went to Best Buy and I bought an i-pod. I also bought a thingy that lets me play the music through the radio in my car. I've already downloaded five or six CD's on the thing.
When I went to bed last night I thought of my sister. She has always been the one in the family with a passion for music. All music.
She is 10 years older than I am. When I was little, like about seven, we each had one of those little record players that looked like a box. It had a lid with a hinge on it and it latched when it was closed. I think hers was purple. She also had one of those hand-held tape players, not a cassette style, but a reel to reel one. When I would go into her room, I would have to be very quiet because she would record music from the record to the tape player. This was before "auxilliary" outlets were available that you allowed to record directly from one device to another.
I can't believe how far we have travelled in my lifetime. It's all going so fast.
About 4 or 5 years ago, I had my car broken into and all of my favorite CD's stolen. Then it happened again about a year later. It got to the point I didn't want to keep them in my car. So, WOW, how cool is this to have everything loaded onto this tiny little device that fits in my purse. I called my insurance company and confirmed that it was covered under my renters policy if it ever gets lost or stolen. So is my blackberry.
This little ipod is so cool; I think MacIntosh is on to something.