Regarding the cars, you ain't kidding. My 2012 Civic was approaching its endgame recently, so I started looking at 2018's, and I honestly couldn't believe that the CD player has gone by the wayside. I have bags and bags of CD's and I have no interest in sitting in front of a computer for a month converting it all to usable media.
A lot of it is video game soundtracks which aren't available on the streaming services. I ended up switching brands and getting a 2018 Kia, which still had the CD player. Yes, the CD player was the dealbreaker/clincher. I know that by the time this happens again in 2024 I'll likely be completely out of luck.
I'm only 32 and have no interest in streaming music so I have to believe theres tons of 40+ and baby boomers that have no interest as well. I really couldn't believe cars are ditching them, but what do I know.
What in the world did you do to a Civic that you had it "approaching it's endgame"? Those things will easily run 10-12 years with basically no issues, asking only for minor stuff like oil changes and tire replacement. A bit more than 6 years on a Civic is basically through the tutorial.