Dension announces ice>Link v1.1 for iPod: iPod vehicle interconnection

Dension has announced ice>Link v1.1 which the manufacturer says is the ultimate solution in high quality iPod vehicle interconnection. ice>Link takes the place of your external CD Changer and it operates like one. iPod starts when CD changer is�selected on a supported factory or aftermarket radio, and paused when other source is selected. Track control from radio and steering wheel controls are provided.

ICE>Link v1.1 allows cross platform compatibility and effortless migration from classic to 3G or mini iPods without having to replace the entire ICE>Link unit. Even better, you can use all generations by simply using the appropriate connectors.��

Dension lists the following supported vehicles:

AUDI
BMW / Mini
Chrysler cars
Ford cars
GM cars
Honda / Accura
Jaguar
Landrover
Lexus
Mazda
Mercedes
Nissan / Infiniti
Porsche
Saab
Scion
Subaru
Toyota
Volkswagen
Volvo

Dension lists the following supported aftermarket makes:

Pioneer
Panasonic
Sony
Kenwood
Blaupunkt
Alpine M-Bus compatible (not AI net!)
Grundig

ICELink v1.1 for iPod now features interchangeable connection options to support all current iPod models – classic, 4G, 3G and mini.

More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: We still want head units that accept iPods like they would an 8-Track tape: stick in the iPod, dock-connector first, and it can be controlled from the head unit and/or the steering wheel while simultaneously charging the iPod’s battery. What’s taking so long?!

Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple request: we need the Apple ‘iBox’ and ‘iPodCar’ products now – August 07, 2003

25 Comments

  1. My Toyota hybrid Prius has the in-dash LCD display. I’m holding off for the product which includes my preferred feature: I wish to have the song and artist info displayed, not just ‘Track 01’, etc…

  2. We still want head units that accept iPods like they would an 8-Track tape: stick in the iPod, dock-connector first, and it can be controlled from the head unit and/or the steering wheel while simultaneously charging the iPod’s battery. What’s taking so long?!

    And to think just a year ago despair was the rule for us Mac users.

    “The Mac is dead!!”

    LOL

  3. My take:

    1. Add wireless capability to the iPod (as well as other players).
    2. Add wireless capability to head units.
    3. There… it’s finished.

    More elegant.
    More useful.
    More stylish.
    …and better than an 8-track!

  4. My take:

    1. Add wireless capability to the iPod (as well as other players).
    2. Add wireless capability to head units.
    3. There… it’s finished.

    More elegant.
    More useful.
    More stylish.
    …and better than an 8-track!

  5. Actually MDN the Alpine iPod adaptor is being stocked as we speak. It’s available to buy here in the UK with a 2 week delivery time. In fact most car audio giants are doing deals where you get it half price with any AL-NET head unit.

    The Alpine solution is teh ONLY one as far as I’m concerned. It is the only solution that provides FULL control of your iPod from the head unit. You can select individual songs by artist/genre/album and browse playlists.

    The denison systems are ugly and crude, you might as well use an iTrip for all the good it does.

  6. Mac & PC Guy:

    Here’s why I think a unit such as MDN suggests would be something I would be interested in:

    The portable music industry – iPod and the like – is still very young! Putting an iPod inside a player forces a company to stand behind a proprietary piece of equipment. Even withing its own line, the iPod changes enough to warrant slight redesigns – size, dimension, weight.

    Any good engineer would realize that the best way to accomplish this is to use their own standard connection on the inside for all units, then use a secondary adapter mount tailored for each model of iPod. The adapter mounts would simply be a single piece of plastic with an iPod connector inside them, and the company’s standard connector at their bottom, and would fit snugly inside the main unit. that would bring the overall cost of manufacture down greatly — even if the audio company did not manufacture their own custom adapter for, say, a 1G iPod, iPod accessory companies such as Marware or Xtrememac could probably make their own, since we’ve now gone from something as complicated to manufacture as a car stereo to something less complicated that an iPod cradle.

    Here’s something you haven’t thought of: How much physical space will an 8-track iPod take up in the already-crowded interior of head units?

    They make 8-track iPods now? My iPod is smaller than an old 70’s 8-track tape, so I imagine it would take up as much space as, well, an iPod. (If I had a Mini, it would take up even less!) Using my adapter idea, I assume the entire slot would be slightly larger than a 1G iPod — about 3 inches by 1 inch.

    Now, could you fit for the iPod slot AND a CD player lot into a SINGLE car rack space? Maybe not. Most cards do have the capability for a double-height unit. If not, I guess I’d choose to give up the CD player, since all of my CDs are already on my iPod.

    Continued in part 2…

  7. The more realistic approach is to incorporate some sort of communication protocol between the portable player and the head unit. That way, the head unit can support protocols rather than having to commit to a single product, a single company, and a small amount of sales.

    Buy a head unit just to support an iPod?!

    Work on supporting a communications protocol, transmitted via WiFi/Bluetooth. C’mon folks, free your minds! Think!

    That would be all well and good, but here’s why I like the idea of snapping my iPod into a slot: IT WOULD TAKE LESS THAN A SECOND to become operational.

    Way, way back when, I had a cassette player in my car and bought a Sony “Car Discman” (which meant a CD Walkman that came bundled with a cassette adapter). When I got into my car, I had to put the get the Discman out of the case I used to carry it, unravel the cassette adapter audio cord, plug one end into the Discman, plug the other end into the cassette adapter, unfurl the power cord, plug one end into the Discman, plug the other end into the cigarette lighter, put in a CD, turn the power on on the cassette player, and hit the play button on the Discman. (I could have skipped the power cord step if I wanted to keep paying for batteries, which I didn’t.)

    When I got an in-car CD player, the procedure became one step: Put the CD into the player’s slot. It turns itself on, sucks in the CD, and begins to play it. And I don’t have to worry about batteries.

    Right now my iPod connection is pretty much along the same lines as the cassette adapter, including connecting the FireWire-to-cigarette-lighter cable if I don’t want to worry about the battery. I would LOVE a solution that takes as little effort AND AS LITTLE TIME as I now have playing a CD in the CD player. It’s a lot of seconds of my life futzing with things when i just want to drive off and get where I’m going, and I would gladly pay to reduce it to about a second or so.

    And as for Bluetooth — my wife just bought a Palm Tungsten, and I set it up with iSync last night via Bluetooth. Talk about battery drain! If Bluetooth takes up that sort of power, well, iPod batteries get enough of a bad rap without introducing Bluetooth and cutting their time down to a third.

    So, MDN, I’m in your corner. I agree –what’s taking so long?

  8. Even easier (but far less likely to happen) – just sync the iPod with your head unit containing a hard drive. With the size of hard drives these days, not much room is needed to store one of these things.

    Apple ought to just make a head unit with a partner. Sync your iPod with your iHeadUnit with the same software as your iPod and be done with it. Or just plug the iPod directly into the face plate. Provide the same outputs as any other head unit and your good to go with your quaint old CDs in the changer, too.

  9. One thing they don’t tell you about with this product is the drain the ICE-LINK adapter places on your car battery. It may not be much but if like me you can at times leave your car idle for a month or more, then their may not be enough juice left for the engine to turn over.. I’ve found this out to my cost !!!

    This has to be a design floor, but it;s still the best product out there..

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