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Apple teams up with car makers for seamless iPod integration

Posted: 09 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple? Ford Motor? General Motors? Mazda? iPod integration?

Apple has teamed up with Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models, allowing iPod users to enjoy and control their iPod's sound through their car's stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model U.S .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. "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 United States beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity.

According to Apple, iPod offerings for the three companies provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod and 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.

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