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Jun. 21st, 2004 @ 05:13 pm Silly geekery
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Normally I try to avoid turning this into a typical blog, and thus there's not so much of the OMG!!!11ONE DIS IS AWESOME stuffs, but this is finally something that warrants that kind of excitement, at least to me:

http://www.apple.com/ipod/bmw/

My MINI and my iPod will soon be fused into a being of perfect harmony.

No more listening though the neat auxiliary input on the back of my head unit.
No more being frustrated at another button to push when I turn my car on to get some music.
No more using my cigarette lighter slot to provide power for my iPod.
No more taking my hands off the steering wheel to mess around with songs.
No more needing to leave my iPod in plain view, so that I'm forced to roll up my windows and sunroof on hot days when leaving the car unattended.

Only problem is that it's not coming out for a week or so...
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From:mkincaid
Date:June 21st, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
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OMG! So cool! Apple++
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From:dji
Date:June 22nd, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
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awesome... now I have at least one reason to buy a 3 series.. oh wait.. I have my empeg.. nevermind. =)
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From:poeticruse
Date:June 22nd, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
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Make sure that your audio system is compatible before you go buy this thing. It's intended to control it through the standard controls (dash & wheel) so it may need something above and beyond your current stereo (like 2005 BMW or MINI audio systems.)

But yes, I read that on corporate news feed. Very cool.

Now all I need is Satellite Radio + iPod. Um. Free.
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From:bogosort
Date:June 22nd, 2004 10:53 am (UTC)
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I did check that out, and my car's on the approved list. Basically this thing is a hack on the CD changer interface on the back of the headunit. As far as the car is concerned you have a CD changer attached for the controls. You just can't have a Navigation system or the like since I'd presume that those used the same port.
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From:poeticruse
Date:June 22nd, 2004 11:26 am (UTC)
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Sweet.

Does it take input from the ipod and display it on screen?

Anyhow, sounds like a really nice upgrade. Mr. Jobs said a lot of other automakers are doing similar things. I think the Focus could benefit a lot from this kind of interface.

I may take my car to a Mickey Shorr or a Best Buy and get a cable like yours stuck on the back of my head unit. Though I am satisfied with iTrip at the moment.
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From:bogosort
Date:June 22nd, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that(the lack of display of the track information) is the biggest downside that I've seen to this adapter thingy. But still it's still way more convenient to switch tracks with my steering wheel controls rather than reaching for my iPod. I managed to install the auxullary input on mine and the plugs for the respective cables are right next to each other, so this shouldn't be too hard of an install.

What is it about the Focus that would make it benefit from such an interface? Or is it just the fact that you could get lots more sales by promoting such a feature to iPod owners?
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From:dji
Date:June 24th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC)
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the question is.. will it work with the 1st gen and 2nd gen iPods? or just the new 3rd generation versions that are out now? and will it work with the mini iPods too?
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From:bogosort
Date:June 24th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
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Doesn't work with earlier gen iPods, since it uses the dock connector. It works on all 3rd gen ipods as well as the iPod mini... It's so bad being terribly tempted to get an iPod mini to go with my MINI...