This chapter is the first of two background chapters. As an introduction to the subject matter of the book, the text explores the culture of automobiles within a historical framework, illustrating the social embracement of the automobile as an integral component of everyday life. Then, the chronological development of caraudio from the 1920s is outlined. Finally, the chapter targets the interface between music and the automobile as seen through popular culture. Cars-&-music have truly become a highly widespread predominant and overbearing constituent of our modern times.