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Apple, BMW announce iPod-compatible cars

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2004

iPod-compatible cars

BMW and Apple have announced that will let drivers flick between songs without taking their hands from their steering wheels, according to CNET News.com: "The cars will connect to the iPod, with drivers able to charge up their music players or listen to songs on their iPod through the car stereo, with the iPods designed to sit in the BMW's glove box. For the BMW X3, X5, 3 Series and Z4, the steering wheel will come with an iPod control built in, based on the familiar interface from car CD players. Other BMW models will be able to recharge an iPod and connect it to the car's stereo, but won't come equipped with the steering wheel control."




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A little dated...

    Wasn't this announced over a month ago?

  1. Hemingray

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah...

    ...my thoughts exactly. Are the car models new or something?

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Psychic

    I had a brief flash of how it must feel to be psychic.

  1. brianosaurus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mostly...

    I think this announcement is new cars that will have the iPod interface built-in. The thing they announced before was an adapter that could be installed on a BWM you already owned. As I read it, the iPod interface has gone from an option to standard equipment.

    Its not really newsworthy to anyone except BMW, and maybe Apple.

  1. hrlmobile

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPod BMW costs

    beware the costs on the installation. I assumed it would be more than advertised but I paid to install the iPod controller into my BMW. I ended up paying not 150 but 185 for the parts and 1.5 hours for labor, total, about 400 dollars. Ouch.

  1. ThinkingDog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wow

    who is your dealer?!! BMW labor for my M3 runs $80/hr.

    $200+ for labor to install that sounds super high. Plus, I thought it was a flat 1 hour rate install.

    In any case, do you like it? I would do it but i already have the CD Changer.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: wow

    The Toyota dealer I used to go to charged $90/hr. The next year I had the same maintenance done on my car and was puzzeled as to why it cost twice as much. They had upped their rate to $180/hr. I don't go there anymore.

    The car selling model of the futere will be: Free cars, with a contract that says you will bring it into the dealer for every scheduled maintenance.

  1. Meövv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Steering wheel control?

    Steering wheel control? So you have to turn the steering wheel to scroll the song list? Sounds dangerous....
    Or does it mean that the iPod scroll wheel doubles as a steering wheel? Sounds even more dangerous. I will stick to AM radio in my Dodge.

  1. bashar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    BMW intgration sucks

    I have a new BMW and decided to change the factory stereo for an alpine, because the sound plain sucks for the ultimate driving machine, my honda sounded 10 times better.... Anyway the Alpine integration lets you control and see the tracks on your stereo, while retaining steering wheel control + a remote control, Apple BMW kit sucks because you have to create only 6 playlists and use them, anything else is ignored on the ipod, not to mention that you can not see the track names on the display screen, Alpine rocks!

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