Apple teams with Acura, Audi, Honda, Volkswagen to deliver iPod vehicle integration

Apple today announced it has teamed up with Acura, Audi, Honda and Volkswagen to deliver iPod integration with their car stereos for 2006 model lines. Seamless integration of iPods in cars allows music lovers to enjoy high-quality sound through their car’s stereo system, easily access their entire music library and take their music with them everywhere they go. There are now 15 car companies around the world offering iPod integration, and more than 5 million cars will ship with iPod support in the US in 2006.

“We’re thrilled to team up with Acura, Audi, Honda and Volkswagen to provide drivers with a seamless iPod experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing in the press release. “Car companies are embracing the iPod, and over 30 percent of the cars sold in the US in 2006 will offer iPod integration.”

The Honda and Acura Music Link iPod integrations will be the first to include text-to-speech capabilities or VoiceID, which is used to search for playlists, artist and album names or genre information. Acura and Honda will feature iPod integration in the majority of their lineup beginning later this year.

Beginning in November, Audi will feature iPod integration in the A3, A4 and TT models and Volkswagen will offer iPod integration for the majority of their 2006 US lineup.

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5 Comments

  1. Wow! So what cars do Creative players sync with? I understand they’re Apple’s biggest competitor!

    Seriously, this is one more illustration of just how badly Apple is crushing everyone else. Want a player that integrates with your car? iPod is pretty much it.

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