iPod Integration Kits Proliferate for Home and Car

U2 iPod at Amazon.MacNN reports the Sonance iPort will ship later this month, which must mean next week. Anyway, the iPort is a wall mounted dock that hides all the cables — audio, firewire, dock, others — in the wall. The MacNN story includes nice pictures of the unit, including the beauty shot and a view of the ports and connectors. Sonance makes no end of “architectural-audio” equipment, including those speakers you sometimes find hidden in the wall.

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A short while ago, Monster annouced their iCruze for iPod car audio integration kit.

The iPod and iPod mini can be hidden away and controlled by the CD player that it is connected to. Users can select the songs and playlists of their choice through either the steering wheel controls or the CD player’s controls. The song information can also be viewed on the optional display and the iPod can be mounted anywhere in the vehicle.

The product was developed with assistance from SoundGate, and is said to cost $500. No word on when it’s going to ship, though.

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Denison, I think, was first to market with an iPod car integration kit. Their original Ice > Link debuted during the 1G iPod days, but now they’ve added control and display via compatible head units to the Link: Plus“>Ice > Link: Plus.

Use your radio or iPod to navigate through playlists, albums and songs and access the simple to use ipod interface. The ice>Link interprets the radio controls from your vehicle to the iPod to emulate a fully loaded CD changer with advanced features.

iPod integration kits seem to be proliferating, but the Denison kit seems to differentiate itself by including a bit of software that appears to run on the iPod itself to add control and features not possible through the head unit (though the ”software“ might only be a playlist of special tracks that signal commands via the audio out, as with the iTrip). Their compatibility list includes cars from Audi, BMW/Mini, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda/Accura, Jaguar, Landrover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan/Infiniti, Porsche, Saab, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo. At $200, it looks like a deal.

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Recent news related to iPod integration also available in: In Car iPod, InCar iPod, Take 2, iPod News.

[update:] There’s been lots more iPod news since this story came out.

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6 thoughts on “iPod Integration Kits Proliferate for Home and Car

  1. I saw an ad for a $99 Alpine product that integrates with a certain class of Alpine car stereo that allows for iPod control from the stereo and search/track/title/data display on the stereo display from the iPod. Very tasty.

  2. Good morning

    I am driving a Mercedes E 200K Sedan Avangarde released in 2003
    Can you advise me how to integrate my Apple I pod on the existing car system?


    Maarten Annaars

  3. I have a 2002 Mercedes-Benz c230 Kompressor… does anyone have any idea what would work for that particular model?

  4. I don’t know for sure. I’m looking around too. I tried my itrip and it barely works. The best signal I can get is not worth even listening to. I’m guessing it has something to do with the antenna, like when you turn on the rear defroster and the radio goes out.

  5. this adapter
    makes iPod as a CD changer, and play iPod through car
    audio system, it does not use FM transmitter, but wire connection.
    (Plug into the CD changer port of the Head Unit). Once it is equipped,
    you can choose music of iPod from the car stereo’s buttons or steering wheel controls,
    For example,
    1 choose playlist from iPod
    2 Select songs by Next or Previous
    3 Multi Play mode: Repeat, Random, Scan
    4 Charge function

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