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Apple, BMW execs talk about iPod auto integration

Jim Dalrymple of talked with Apple and BMW executives about the recent release of an iPod integration adapter. “We are beginning a really big push into a world we all spend a lot of time in—our cars,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. “So many people invest in great cars that have great stereos, but one thing they don’t have is access to their music library. Now you can put your iPod in your BMW or Mini and have all of your music everywhere you go.” Phil Schiller also noted that this is the first of many more partnerships.

“We know that a lot of BMW owners are people that achieve success early in life—they are work hard, play hard kind of people and they adopt new technologies that help them save time or empower them,” said Jim McDowell, vice president marketing BMW North America. “We knew when we saw the iPod come out that it was something that would appeal to a lot of BMW owners.”

Editor’s note: Apple and BMW claim to be the first to provide a complete in-car audio solution, but we beg to differ. Dension was the first company to offer iPod integration with their ICE-Link Auto Integration Kit, and it’s available for many car models.

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Anyone know if, and when, other motor vehicle manufactures will team up w/ Apple for a similar adapter?  I’m looking for this for the VW Passat.

Posted by VW Passat owner in Irvine, CA on June 23, 2004 at 11:15 AM (CDT)


Anybody else surprised to find out that the connection’s digital?

Posted by mattwardfh in Irvine, CA on June 23, 2004 at 3:25 PM (CDT)


what about the smart car and the ipod?

Posted by CDN Guy in Irvine, CA on June 23, 2004 at 6:11 PM (CDT)


did anybody notice that the Mini, which was touted as one of the models they were offering this option on has mysteriously disappeared completely, with no more mention of it on either Apple or BMW’s sites? Weird.

Posted by betelgeise in Irvine, CA on June 23, 2004 at 9:04 PM (CDT)


I agree with the Editors note, typical Apple claiming a first when its not

Posted by urban in Irvine, CA on June 24, 2004 at 5:17 AM (CDT)


  Mini offers a kit for about $30 to
  hook up the ipod to the sound system.
  No integration with the radio display
  though. I installed it in mine and havent
  listened to the radio since.


Posted by arno in Irvine, CA on June 24, 2004 at 6:47 AM (CDT)


Yeah what happened to the Mni Cooper ?! Why did it just diappear from the site? I was really wanting to get one and was really interested in getting the adapter.. does anyone know anything ?

Posted by Lemonzinger in Irvine, CA on June 24, 2004 at 3:19 PM (CDT)


Well I just bought a BMW 3330IX today and will get the adapter for the Ipod as soon as it is available—probably around July 12th.

So I guess I can officially say that I bought a BMW to go with my Ipod!!!

Posted by random person in Irvine, CA on June 27, 2004 at 8:28 PM (CDT)


I saw a commercial on TV about that!  It’s pretty neat!

Posted by Asian_N02 in Irvine, CA on June 28, 2004 at 8:00 AM (CDT)


Well it pretty much sucks, when you can only have 5 playlists, and no id3 readout.

Posted by Claus Hingebjerg in Irvine, CA on June 29, 2004 at 4:18 AM (CDT)


i had my 3g ipod for quite a while now, then i first saw the ipod / bmw integration on the mobile pc magzine two weeks. i bought a brand new 2004 bmw 330ci last week just because i could enjoy both joys at the same time!  but you guys are right, apple is NOT the first one who married a car with an ipod.  but who cares how they throw marketing campaign?  i’ll be the first one line up for the kit install on July!

Posted by ipodder_brea in Irvine, CA on June 30, 2004 at 5:05 PM (CDT)


Does anyone know what this issue is with the bmw/ipod solution not working in bmws with a navigator (the nav is integrated with the stereo system).

is there a way around it?

bmw had an audio-line-in solution but the new one is great mainly because of 1) recharging and 2) steering wheel control.

Posted by in Irvine, CA on July 7, 2004 at 10:38 PM (CDT)


who is the music to the very last band. the dude with the skeleton glove??

Posted by Evan in Irvine, CA on July 16, 2004 at 9:18 AM (CDT)


I NEED TO KNOW THAT TOO?  Are those real bands? and who is the last one?

Posted by BEN in Irvine, CA on July 17, 2004 at 4:59 PM (CDT)


I made an appointment last week (14 Jul)at my BMW dealership to have the ipod installed…the service guy told me that the day this was introduced (12 Jul)...the BMW dealerships were flooded and now the parts are on national backorder.  Anyone else having this problem or are they feeding me a bunch of bull?

Posted by random person in Irvine, CA on July 18, 2004 at 7:38 PM (CDT)

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