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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

Apple today announced it has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Nissan, Scion, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari to deliver iPod integration with their car stereo systems this year. The iPod Integration Kit for Mercedes-Benz will debut this April in the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and will be available for most other 2005 and 2006 models later this year. Volvo will offer two iPod connectivity options—The Volvo iPod Adapter and an FM transmitter—for their entire 2005 US model line. Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari will announce details of their iPod integration solutions later this year. These companies join BMW and MINI Cooper who began providing integrated iPod solutions in 2004.

“Music lovers want to listen to their digital music in their cars, and we’re delighted to be working with Mercedes to offer a fully integrated solution,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The iPod Integration Kit for Mercedes-Benz features the quality and attention to detail Mercedes is famous for, perfectly complementing Apple’s innovative iPod.”

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Comments

1

apple competitors:” I think we are experiencing a series of unfortunate events here.”

im just joking..

Posted by frankthetank on January 11, 2005 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

2

Now if only they would get on board with a company like Saturn, a vehicle for he masses.  Not Ferrari and stuff like that.

Posted by genrlz on January 11, 2005 at 2:45 PM (PDT)

3

Where is Volkswagen compatibility?

Posted by Sol in Brisbane, Australia on January 11, 2005 at 7:24 PM (PDT)

4

Since Mercedes-Benz now owns Chrysler, I wonder if this “Integration Kit” will work with the latest generation of DCX vehicles?  (it would be nice if there were some solution beyond FM Modulators for can-bus vehicles!!!)

Posted by IDSmoker on January 12, 2005 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

5

“a vehicle for he masses. Not Ferrari and stuff like that.”

What about Volvo, Nissan, Scion?

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on January 14, 2005 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

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