Owners of select BMW automobiles can now have their Apple iPods integrated directly into their vehicle’s audio systems thanks to
a new interface developed by Apple and BMW. The iPod can be controlled directly from your BMW’s audio system and multi-function steering wheel through the use of an integrated adapter that’s installed into the vehicle’s glovebox. It’s available for model year 2002, 2003 and 2004 BMW3 Series; Z4 Roadster; X3 and X5 SAV; and MINI models. The interface cable is not available on vehicles with navigation system, CD changer, DSP cassette player or satellite radio.
The interface cable provides the iPod with power, and enables drivers to navigate through tracks and playlists and adjust volume level using the steering wheel controls. You can also use iTunes on a Mac or PC to create up to five unique BMW playlists, which you can then play when you’re driving. The adapter simulates the CD changer function in the vehicle’s existing audio system.
Apple has also posted a QuickTime movie of
a new television ad promoting the interface.
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