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Ford, GM, Mazda plan iPod connectivity

updated 08:50 am EDT, Thu August 3, 2006

Ford, GM, Mazda, Apple

Apple has announced that it has teamed up with Ford, General Motors, and Mazda to bring 'seamless' iPod integration into the majority of their cars, reports Leftlane News. Apple says that more than 70 percent of 2007-model year automobiles sold in the US will offer iPod integration to buyers. Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing stated that he was delighted with this deal and that, "Now more than 70 percent of 2007-model year automobiles in the US will offer iPod integration, with General Motors alone making it available on all 56 of its models, representing millions of cars and trucks." Ford and GM will boast iPod connectivity on the majority of their lines in the United States 2007 model year vehicles, while Mazda will bring iPod connectivity to all their 2007 vehicles across the globe. The systems will offer iPod charging, improved sound quality, and convenient iPod storage. iPod integration will give the driver full control over the iPod through the stereo controls included with the car.

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  1. MrVent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great news...

    Hope my prelude would have this connectivity.. Although I'm having some issues with the headlamps. It seems that about every 6 months I had to replace one of the bulbs on my 02 Mazda P5 (this may have had something to do with cold weather though, as I usually replaced the bulbs in the late fall/winter). Time will tell if I have the same issue with the 03 P5.

    While the audio system on this 03 may be fine for most, (the spare tire sub woofer and 6 disc changer is quite impressive for a stock system, not to mention the component speaker system in the front (woofer in the door and tweeter up near the side mirror)) anyone considered an amateur audiophile (or more) should consider an mazda protege parts upgrade.

    I will admit it could be powered a little better, but then again, 130 HP for a 2700 pound car is really quite enough.

    I like the cup holders in the 02 Protege better than the 03 (but there are many more upgrades in the 03 that outperform the 02, so the cup holders lose!).

    Other than those few VERY MINOR complaints, there is NOTHING to stop me from loving this car! so much that I replaced the totaled one, with another Mazda Protege 5.

    OH!!! I do have one more complaint!!!...

    They should have NEVER stopped making this car!!!

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