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MacBytes
Jan 7, 2007, 10:40 PM
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Link: Microsoft, Ford confirm deal (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20070107234008)
Description:: The deal appears to involve Apple as well.....

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Willis
Jan 7, 2007, 10:48 PM
In addition, the system will connect via USB port with iPods and other music devices, including Microsoft's Zune, to let drivers browse and play music using voice commands or buttons. Details about songs and phone calls will be visible on the radio display or another screen inside the car.

Microsoft has worked out a deal to let the system play songs encoded in Apple's FairPlay AAC format. Previous versions of the Microsoft Auto system played songs from iPods in unprotected formats, but not those encoded in that way. Songs played through the car audio system will still reside on the iPod or other music device, which must be plugged in for the music to play. The arrangement to play FairPlay AAC files from the iPod isn't unique. Other third-party devices and in-car systems can do the same thing.

that will be interesting to see.

Grimace
Jan 7, 2007, 11:00 PM
[yawn]...

Microsoft...you're not even trying anymore...sounds like a traffic accident waiting to happen anyway.

What's next? Topping Apple for most cars with Zune compatibility?

lord patton
Jan 7, 2007, 11:17 PM
I test drove a couple Fords the other day. Ford and Microsoft deserve each other.

Nevertheless, a true iPod integration scheme would look like this... docking the 'pod, charging the pod, and accessing the songs and playlists through the car's in dash (and on-wheel) controls, displaying said info on car's info panel. Surprisingly few "integration" option feature this.

1/8 inch aux in can eat me.

tvguru
Jan 7, 2007, 11:19 PM
Ford and Microsoft deserve each other.


LOL! First thing I thought when I read the headline. :D

Jedi128
Jan 7, 2007, 11:48 PM
How did Microsoft get the system to play the fairplay AAC songs? Well, I guess this shows just how scared they are of us now. I laugh at you Microsoft.....

yg17
Jan 8, 2007, 12:39 AM
How did Microsoft get the system to play the fairplay AAC songs? Well, I guess this shows just how scared they are of us now. I laugh at you Microsoft.....

Using the iPod as the decoder rather than another device doing the decoding.

Pretty simple...the iPod dock connector offers line out, and also allows for a remote to control the device, among other things. So the car controls tell the iPod to play the song, and the iPod outputs the song via the line out on the dock connector.

SPUY767
Jan 8, 2007, 06:56 AM
Wow, we need yet another implement to distract denizens of our freeways from the subtle art of driving.

MacBoobsPro
Jan 8, 2007, 06:59 AM
I thought you were not allowed to listen to music from the Zune in a car. DRM and all that?