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.