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In followup to the earlier story on rumors of an Apple/BMW iPod partnership, MacMinute posted a magazine advertisement promoting the new features.

The ad reads:

The first seamless integration of iPod and automobile. Connect with your music like never before. With the installation of an integrated adapter developed by BMW and Apple -- now available for the BMW 3 Series, X3 and Z4 -- you can control your iPod through the existing audio system and multi-function steering wheel. Which means no loss of power. No loss of sound quality. And no loss of control.

and directs users to iPodYourBMW.com (not yet live)
 

bobindashadows

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That looks awesome... I don't know if it would sway my buying decision if I were looking for a car like that, but it's neat.
 

dwsolberg

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Did anyone notice?

That the website was registered on register.com? It's strange that Apple or BMW or Fallon Worldwide would use a consumer-oriented service to register a new website. This seems really odd to me, but I guess they have to do it some way.
 

tveric

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Now they just need to put the same interface in all VW's and I'll buy my new TDI Jetta.
 

asif786

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dwsolberg said:
That the website was registered on register.com? It's strange that Apple or BMW or Fallon Worldwide would use a consumer-oriented service to register a new website. This seems really odd to me, but I guess they have to do it some way.


I think register.com is one of the most expensive registrars - perhaps that's why they used it?
 

Freg3000

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Later this year.....mmmmmm......Sooner rather than later is always good. :D

Very cool. Love the ad too, with the split steering/iPod wheel
 

Aeolius

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Ready for a unique complaint?

My new Suburban has XM radio and no cassette adapter. I consider this to be a downgrade from my previous car, a Tahoe, because now I have to hook my iPod up through the auxiliary video input of the overhead DVD player. I have tried FM transmitters and have never found one that preserved the quality of sound. I am about ready to yank the factory-installed XM radio out of there and get a radio with a cassette deck.
 

gallagb

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Apr 28, 2004
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i've talked 2 my VW dealer
he says- as cool as it would be-
VW has no plans on doing anything like this anytime soon.

quote: "well, yes, VW does cool things- but sometimes just a bit slower"
my agruement: they used to offer an iPod/Beetle deal
his response "that sold a LOT of cars"
me: "so"?
him "we'll see, but don't count on it"

grr- i just picked up a new '04 Golf GLS
and the stereo adaptor works in my tape deck attached to my iPod- but it would be cooler if it was integrated
much cooler
eventually i'm sure- just a question of when.-
yea for BMW though- maybe it'll raise the industry to a new standard
 

asif786

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innervision said:
why only these three model cars and not the higher-end model 5, 6 and 7 series?


Exactly. How could they forget the X5? That's like one of the most popular BMWs in the UK atm...
 

micvog

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Now if only BMW offered Bluetooth integration the same way as the Acura TL...
 

Gherkin

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I think BMWs are some of the nicest looking expensive cars. If I were rich, it'd probably the type of car I'd buy (and no, not just because of the iPod adapter).
 

five04

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car.jpg

ipodadapterad.jpg


notice the picture behind steve is the same as the one in the ad minus the bmw logo.
 

veedubdrew

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Guess y'all haven't heard about this:

http://www.densionusa.com/x/index.phpoption=content&task=view&id=375&Itemid=79

The icelink allows you to control an ipod through your stock stereo's cd-changer controls. Most newer cars, even with the base stereo, have factory controls for a CD changer and the icelink makes use of them.

On my car, the ipod can even be controlled through the factory 7" LCD touch screen or my steering wheel mounted audio controls! I plan to get one of these very soon, hide my ipod in the center console and have 2500 wired-in tunes at my disposal. This thing seems virtually identical to what BMW is doing (maybe it's the same unit?) in their promo.

As for the 5, 6, and 7 series models, I suspect there is no option for this new thing because of the stupid iDrive control interface. That thing is a nightmare...

-Drew

Edit: That link doesn't seem to get you all the way there, but just go to the "products" link on the left, then choose "icelink 1.1."
 

Longey Nowze

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I think

innervision said:
why only these three model cars and not the higher-end model 5, 6 and 7 series?

those models use the iDrive which is completely different from the lower end models, the iDrive is based on are you ready? windows :eek: so I think they would have to write more software for that or something...

I like Audi more but that's my Opinion the new A6 is cool!
 

silverone

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Cheaper Car: Same Idea

Anyone who is interested, can also pick up the new Smart Fortwo that also works specifically with the 3G iPods.
http://www.thesmart.co.uk
I'm in the US and have ordered one already from a Windsor, CA MB Dealership. I got the iPod interior accessories online and the dealership is just going to install it. No wires, ports right into bottom adapter for charging and playback through the head unit without the need to finding an appropriate sound level on one or the other. Works much like the Altec Lansing technology if you're familiar with that. Owed a Brand New Bimmer and had never-ending electrical issues - now I'm shopping smart (cheap) cause gas is insane!! FYI -silverone
 

ahmadof

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i think the reason people are more excited about this than the..

icelink is that the icelink 1) requires that you disconnect your CD changer, and 2) does not allow full integration (song titles,playlists). 1 may not be that important, but 2 is critical if you want to put your iPod in the trunk or glovebox. The icelink is just a partial solution.
 

joemama

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innervision said:
why only these three model cars and not the higher-end model 5, 6 and 7 series?


Because the same people who buy 3-series are the ones most probable to buy and/or have iPods.


5/7 Series are more parents.....(in general)
 

moosecat

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five04 said:
car.jpg

ipodadapterad.jpg


notice the picture behind steve is the same as the one in the ad minus the bmw logo.

Not that it's very important, but no, they're not the same pictures. Look at way the dashboard features in the background line up with the sides of the wheel. No match.
 

fixyourthinking

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Question for Gherkin

Gherkin said:
I think BMWs are some of the nicest looking expensive cars. If I were rich, it'd probably the type of car I'd buy (and no, not just because of the iPod adapter).

I found a post of yours in another forum saying this:

The reason it is constantly delayed is because Apple and MacMice are deep in negotiations to brand the bluetooth mouse as an official Apple product.


Sorry I couldn't see your email address and I want to know how you know this or where else you saw this or read this from.
 
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