Today, Apple announced the fact that it had teamed up with three of the biggest cars manufacturers to allow a better integration of iPod into their products.
The three manufacturers are no other than General Motors, Mazda and Ford. This alliance will allow an easy way for iPod users to enjoy and control their iPod’s high-quality sound through their car’s stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration.
“We’re delighted that Ford, General Motors and Mazda will support iPod connectivity in nearly all of their new models,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. “Now more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration, with General Motors alone making it available on all 56 of its models, representing millions of cars and trucks.”
Ford and General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda’s entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. iPod offerings for Ford, General Motors and Mazda provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod, while conveniently storing the iPod in the glove compartment. Seamless iPod integration also allows drivers to use their car’s multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.
With over 58 million iPods sold, the iPod is the world’s most popular digital music player and the iTunes(R) Music Store is the number one online music store with over a billion songs purchased and downloaded worldwide. This says it all about the interest that the car manufacturers show to Jobs’ deal and products.
If you are wondering what cars will benefit from this alliance, take a look at this link. You’ll find cars like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ferarri, VW, Chrysler and much more.