Volvo reveals in-car iPod dealer deal

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    This will mean something when it, like a lot of other Volvo technology, trickles to the more popular Ford marques such as Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln.
  3. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    The iPod is charging hidden in the armrest (easier to reach than glovebox), while you control it from steering wheel controls. Sounds about perfect to me.

    Maybe add a screen for song info--but the radio might already be able to display that, I'm not sure. A FULL iPod navigation screen would be bad while driving. People are distracted enough--and when you're stopped (or a passenger) you can always pick up the iPod on its cable and use its own screen.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2003
    you could install it youself and just stick it in the trunk, no distractions than :D :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
    Volvo completely missed the market. Most iPod users don't buy $50000 granny cars. Volvo has some stupid FM transmitter thing for the 'hip' under $29000 s40/v50 cars - no steering wheel controls. What a bunch of Cr4p!
  6. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I think that the Volvo is a car for all age groups, because it is one of the safest cars on the road. They are very modern and stylish looking just like the iPod. We are out of luck we have a 2005 model, still a very proud owner.
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    It's the PhatNoise equipment, nothing especially Volvo. Mazda already use it, so do GM and VW.
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2004
    Don't get me wrong. I druel over the stealth V70R but I can't even afford a used one. And the used one doesn't have the iPod controls. To get a V70R new would would cost $20K more than the used car just to get one with the iPod controls. I don't think so! Everything but the new entry level cars have a reserved stodgy style -- safety or not. The C70 clearly has s40 styling all over and inside. Nice little hardtop/convertible!!!

    Also, it looks like it isn't a phatbox or iPod connector choice. You have to have both! $1000 to listen to the iPod in the car that is nuts too!
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    Actually, the cars they have that are closest to the market for the iPod are not Volvos at all, but Fords and Mazdas -- which is where I'd be more excited to see an iPod adapter built-in, particularly on the Ford Focus, Fusion, and Five Hundred.

    It'll be mainstream when it's on trucks.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2005
    North of Dallas
    Not only 2006

    To clarify things, the iPod connector is available as an add-on to all S60, V70, XC70 models from 2002 and onwards. It is a approx 40 dollar cable that hooks into the external CD changer connector in the back of the radio.
    If the car is not equipped with an MBUS cable, you need to get that as well.
    It has to be installed by a dealer, as the radio has to be programmed to recognize the existance of the unit using VADIS.
    You control it using the same system as most iPod connectors. (Mercedes, BMW etc ) e.g. 10 playlists (CD 1-10) and next - previous track within each playlist.

    It is a priceworthy addition, and it is cheaper to buy a 60 gig iPod and the connector kit than Volvo's own "jukebox".
  11. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That's nice to know. Thank you for the update. ;)

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