Apple teams with Ford, GM & Mazda to deliver seamless iPod Integration

Apple today announced it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models, making it easy for iPod users to enjoy and control their iPod’s high-quality sound through their car’s stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration.

“We’re delighted that Ford, General Motors and Mazda will support iPod connectivity in nearly all of their new models,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing, in the press release. “Now more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles 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 General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda’s entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. iPod offerings for Ford, General Motors and Mazda provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod, while conveniently storing the iPod in the glove compartment. Seamless iPod integration also allows drivers to use their car’s multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.

iPod and iTunes are leading the digital music revolution, providing the best way to listen to music on the go, at home and in the car. With over 58 million iPods sold, the iPod is the world’s most popular digital music player and the iTunes Music Store is the number one online music store with over a billion songs purchased and downloaded worldwide.

For more information on carmakers integrating iPod please visit: http://www.apple.com/ipod/ipodyourcar/

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reason why [fill in this week’s “iPod Killer” here] doesn’t have a donut’s chance in Glaser’s corner office.

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20 Comments

  1. God I wish my car had an iPod adapter built into it.

    In fact, every car should. What does it cost, $5.

    To be honest, I am surprised every car does not come with a line input.

    Car companies are slow. MP3 players and portable CD players have only been hot for 10 years now.

  2. Crap–will they have any retrofit kits for my new Mazda?? It’s killing me not to have my iPod integrated into the system!

    BTW, if they don’t, what’s the best 3rd party solution? I want to control my iPod through the wheel controls, and have song title and such appear on the text screen my car has above the radio. Any suggestions? TIA!

  3. MegaMe: I completely agree about the line in feature. What that’s not standard on car stereos is beyond me. And Walkmen have been around since the 80s, so I’d say this kind of portable music has been popular for a lot longer than 10 years…..

  4. Yet another reason why [fill in this week’s “iPod Killer” here] doesn’t have a donut’s chance in Glaser’s corner office.

    Or the Zune having a chair’s chance of surviving in Ballmer’s conference room

  5. And in other news:

    Malcolm Bricklin, the American entrepreneur who first imported the Yugo to the U.S. in 1985, says that he has signed a deal with Zastava Motor Works in Serbia to introduce the former Yugo manufacturer’s latest product, tentatively dubbed the ZMW.
    We are going to set up 12 distributors across the United States,” said Bricklin, 63, who also introduced Subaru to the U.S. in 1968. Bricklin said he expects to import the first ZMWs in 12 months and was confident his new company, to be called Zastava Motor Works USA, could sell 60,000 cars in its first year. He said the cars will come in four different models: a two-door, a four-door, a convertible and a pickup truck. Engines, according to Bricklin, will come from a major European carmaker, such as Volkswagen, Fiat or PSA (the maker of Peugeots and Citroens). In keeping with Yugo’s reputation as an innovative and hi-tech automobile, every Yugo model will also come equipped with a Zune dock, located in the trunk. Prices will range from $5,000 to $10,000, making them the cheapest cars on the market today, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association in McLean, Va.

  6. Talk about unstoppable force. This is getting ridiculous! By the time Zune comes out Apple will have locked up just about every possible peripheral market. MS should have paid for the “iPod compatible” sticker for the Zune, then they might have a chance.

  7. LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son:

    I doubt this connection on car radio will lock the enermy out. MS probably has the pin out definition for iPod, so they could implement same pin out on Zune. Only difficulty will be the protocol, but I’m sure that can be either duplicated or firmware on radio can be modified to accomodate multiple protocols. If the connector and protocol are proprietary, then anti-trust lawyers can take care of that.

  8. Oh No Not FORD!

    Even if they can give full audio and video playback controlled from the steering wheel…

    It’s still in a FORD!

    Well, at least you’ll have something to keep you occupied on the side of the road. In that case, Genius!

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