Rosen Entertainment has introduced what may be the first “virtual CD changer” in a car radio, as a part of its aftermarket system offerings.
The new factory look-alike radio includes a feature that records, in real time, up to five CDs in five different memory slots, so users can access their CD music from memory. A sixth slot lets users rip individual songs from different CDs for storage. Users can record over any CD recorded earlier.
Steve Weimar, sales and marketing VP of Rosen, said the feature stands out because the CDs can be recorded as you listen. In addition, many of these radios are purchased to add in-dash navigation to a car, but the CD changer capability may be lost in the process. The “virtual CD changer” restores that function.
The virtual CD changer also allows random shuffle across the entire range of songs in memory.
In 90 to 120 days, a second update will allow the virtual CD player to rip CDs in 15 to 20 minutes instead of in real time, and will permit users to label the virtual CDs through a pop up on screen keyboard with touch screen control, said Rosen.
The first of the new radios will be designed for 10 Volkswagen models and then roll out for additional car models, including the Toyota Venza, and Honda Accord.