I have heard that Mercedes got a huge deal on cassette/radios. It must be true because there is no justification for equipping a premium automobile with a cassette radio! The developed world has been listening to compact disc for over twenty years! Asking a customer to pay an outrageous price for a cd changer that connects to a tape/radio is an insult! Anyone can buy a cd hea unit for $99 and up that will blow away any tape deck in terms of clarity and dynamic range. Anyone with a computer can download any music and record a cd easily. Even those hard to replace 'bootleg' recordings and old Lp vinyl can be recorded onto cd with Roxio's Easy Cd Creator Platinum. It removes all the his, pops and clicks, and scratches. Most better cars come with CD head units so it is amazing at best that Mercedes-Benz puts antiquated technology tape decks in the dashboards of their magnificant cars. P.