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Monster intros iCruze car audio solution for iPod

pic Monster today announced iCruze, a direct connect iPod auto solution that allows consumers to play their music collection through their car audio systems. In conjunction with SoundGate, the iCruze is a $199.95 interface that enables the connection of an iPod to a factory or aftermarket radio through either the car’s existing CD changer or satellite radio port. Users are able to select songs and playlists through either the steering wheel controls or the CD player’s controls. An optional display (multi-line, 20-character backlit) is available if the existing head unit is limited and cannot display text. The iCruze will work in “virtually hundreds of different vehicles,” according to Monster. It is scheduled to be available later this fall.

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1

this looks sweet, but at $200 it’s a bit steep.

If it was cheaper I would look at getting one, but at that price no way.

Posted by m00j in Brisbane, Australia on November 3, 2004 at 9:54 PM (CST)

2

Yay…I hope this works with the 2004 Honda Accord with GPS… The Neo Ion was supposed to…but nope.

Posted by engroll918 on November 3, 2004 at 10:38 PM (CST)

3

enfig.com has a solution that is a bit cheaper but not as clean. I’ll keep an eye out for this.

Posted by John Wilker in Southern CA on November 4, 2004 at 7:24 AM (CST)

4

“Virtually” hundred of vehicles? Don’t they mean “literally” hundreds or something? What’s a virtual vehicle look like?

Posted by bipto in Minneapolis, MN on November 4, 2004 at 7:41 AM (CST)

5

I’m using the PIE/ICELink combo on Mazda3 now and it is sweet.
This looks even better since it has the optional text display. My Mazda HU can’t display text.

Monster makes great stuff, but it is pricey! (Sort of like Apple…)

Having an integrated system where I simply dock my iPod, have audio via the line out on the dock, and control the iPod from the HU and the steering wheel controls is well worth the cost! After you’ve used something like this, you will never be contented with FM transmitters, cassette adapters, or headphone jack to aux in connections.

Posted by YuleLogger in Southaven, MS on November 4, 2004 at 10:25 AM (CST)

6

Nahh….

Let’s face it, the VAST majority of user interfaces on car stereos are very poor.  Controlling and navigating through 1000s of songs on your iPod through your car stereo is just not practical.  You’re far better off to spend $40 on a CD changer to RCA converter, and get an RCA to headphone patch cord. 

Not line out quality, but very close. No comparison to the FM or cassette options.  Remember were talking mp3 quality, so line out vs headphone out really is a moot point.

By FAR the best bang for your buck.  No question.  Please do yourself a favour and save $150!

Posted by theREALiPodRob on November 4, 2004 at 11:47 AM (CST)

7

Most people don’t spend time singling out one specific song, play it, and then single out another—especially while driving.

Rather, you use ratings, playlists, albums, or whatever to pick a SET of music—often shuffled—and let it play.

Then, the main controls you use most of the time while driving are NOT browsing, but rather Skip, Pause, and Volume.

Those things can be done great by steering wheel controls—and much more easily and safely than by any other means. Even in-dash controls, if you’re used to them for your radio and CDs, are nice to have be identical for skipping iPod songs.

Posted by Nagromme on November 4, 2004 at 12:36 PM (CST)

8

“Users can select the songs and playlists of their choice through either the steering wheel controls or the CD player’s controls”

Does this mean you can navigate through the artists and albums on your ipod or is it just the basic scroll, volume, pause

Posted by BBas on November 4, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CST)

9

hello…i need help from you guys…im from malaysia and i have an ipod mini..the thing is that im lookin for those fm modulators but so unlucky they don ship to malaysia..can anyone help me…? if can can u guys email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)?
thankx all ipod guys :)

Posted by nikita on November 8, 2004 at 11:47 AM (CST)

10

Monster has completely blown it in their zeal to be “first” with this solution. The more information they release about iCruze, the more hamfisted it looks. No display compatibility, 6 playlists (or 10, depending on the configuration of your multi-CD controller), an “optional” display that’s not ready yet…what a sham. Check the website and you’ll see. Hopefully Clarion will do better.

Posted by jdelbosco in minneapolis, mn on December 28, 2004 at 6:01 PM (CST)

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