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Alpine slips car stereos with iTunes Tags

updated 10:50 am EST, Wed January 2, 2008

Alpine iTunes Tag Stereo

Alpine will soon release a trio of new head-end units for vehicles geared primarily around the iPod, the company has unintentionally revealed through a brochure (PDF) posted online. The iDA-X100, based on the earlier X001, will be one of the first car stereos to support iTunes Tagging. When listening to specific HD Radio stations through the X100, listeners will be able to flag songs and use an attached iPod to sync this information with a computer, creating a playlist of songs to be bought through the iTunes Store. It can also play audio directly from newer iPods through a USB connection, including the iPod touch.

The single-slot unit also plays some more generic music handhelds and will recognize AAC, MP3, and WMA tracks from most any USB storage device. An optional IMPRINT processor dynamically adjusts sound to fit the acoustics of the car and can also be supported by adapters for satellite radio and Bluetooth audio from cellphones. It should be available by this spring and will be supported by the lower-cost X200, which omits iTunes Tagging, and the X300, which shares the same features but reduces the number of pre-amp outputs from three to one.

The listing also makes reference to a double-slot, 7-inch touchscreen stereo system known so far as the IVA-W505; though few details are revealed, the unit will play video from supporting iPods as well as raw DivX videos. [via Audiojunkies]

iDA-X100 (X200 and X300 are similar)

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  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    very nice... let's just hope these will work with the iPod Touch and the iPhone.

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Alpine didn't leak this

    Their printing company or someone there may have. Look at the printing press registration marks and color bars. If I was Alpine, I'd not only fire the company (presuming they had a contract that provides for confidentiality), but sue them as well. If I had new products, I'd damn well want to set the timetable and venue for release of the info, not some guy working at a printshop.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you know, it boggles my mind why car stereo makers weren't putting 1/8" mini audio input jacks in their stereos long ago, even before iPods. The only reason I can think of, is that for CD-less stereos they didn't want you to have the ability to hook up your portable CD player and not buy their CD-enabled unit, while if you had a unit with CD they didn't want you to not replace it if the CD player broke (by using the jack to replace the broken CD player with a portable unit).

  1. swaltner

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does anyone see a retail price on these head units? I'd be tempted to replace my current clunker head unit with something like this.


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